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On the night of Nov. 22, 2018, registered nurse Krystal Kenney received a text from her on-again, off-again boyfriend Patrick Frazee, saying that the two needed to talk.
“When she calls back, Patrick tells Krystal, ‘You have a mess to clean up. You need to get out here right away, and you need to come prepared,’” Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Viehman told “Killer Couples,” airing Thursdays at 8/7c on Oxygen.
While Kenney was not exactly sure what Frazee was talking about, she had an idea — two months prior, he had solicited her to kill his fiancée and mother of his 1-year-old daughter, Kelsey Berreth.
Frazee alleged Berreth was a “terrible mother” who struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, even claiming that she was abusive to their child. He told Kenney the only way they could be together and save his daughter’s life was to get rid of Berreth, but Kenney had no intention of harming Berreth, she told investigators.
“He [kept] trying to guilt her with the fact that, this is going to be your fault if my daughter dies, so she [broke] off communication with Patrick for a couple of weeks,” Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater told producers.
Following her conversation with Frazee, Kenney drove 11 hours overnight from her home in Idaho to the small town of Woodland Park, Colorado and arrived at Berreth’s condominium shortly after Thanksgiving Day.
As a health care provider, Kenney was used to seeing blood, but nothing could have prepared her for the gruesome, horrifying scene.
“She cleans up blood. She also takes several items that she can’t clean because it’s either cloth, she doesn’t have time to wash these things in a washer, so she collects a lot of these things, puts them in trash bags, and puts them in the trunk of her car,” Viehman said.
Once she was done scrubbing down the crime scene and gathering any remaining evidence, Kenney met up with Frazee at his nearby ranch, where he confessed what he had done to his former fiancée.
Frazee said that on Thanksgiving, he surprised Berreth with a romantic game. He blindfolded the young mother and then had her guess the fragrances of several scented candles he had laid out.
As she was sniffing them, Frazee said he grabbed a baseball bat and began beating her. While he bludgeoned Berreth to death, their daughter was playing in the next room.
“He didn’t kill her instantly,” KRDO Colorado Springs reporter Andrew McMillan told producers. “She suffered because at a certain point, she said, ‘Please stop,’ and those were the last words that Kelsey said.”
Frazee then put her body in a plastic tote, which he loaded into the back of his truck before driving off with his daughter. Back at home, with Berreth’s remains still in the storage container, Frazee enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
Pressed by investigators as to why she helped Frazee cover up the heinous murder, Kenney said he was her first love and that “he had power over her. She was in love with him, but also afraid of him,” FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing told “Killer Couples.”
When Kenney later met up with Frazee, she said they picked up some gasoline, and Frazee lit the plastic tote on fire with Berreth’s body still inside. At Frazee’s command, Kenney then drove back to Idaho with Berreth’s purse and cellphone.
“It was a shocking moment to sit there and listen to Krystal outline what Patrick did. It opened the floodgates to this case,” Viehman said.
Frazee was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, and he was ultimately convicted of first-degree murder, felony murder, and three counts of solicitation to commit murder, according to “Killer Couples.”
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 156 years.
In exchange for cooperating with investigators and agreeing to testify against Frazee, Kenney pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, for which she was given a reduced, three-year prison sentence. She will be eligible for parole in 2021.
To hear more about the case and Frazee’s shocking trial, watch “Killer Couples” now on Oxygen.com. New episodes air Thursdays at 8/7c.
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