Justice for murdered Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth

Justice for murdered Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth

Produced by Marcelena Spencer and Susan Mallie    

[This story previously aired on November 23, 2019. It was updated on August 1, 2020.]

Patrick Frazee sits in a grim Cripple Creek, Colorado, jail – put there by his former girlfriend Krystal Lee – for the homicide of his fiancée Kelsey Berreth.

“There was blood on the wall right here, there was blood on the wall right here, and there was blood proper right here,” Lee factors out to investigators in video obtained by “48 Hours.”

In disturbing proof — the guts of the prosecution’s case towards Frazee at his trial — Lee tells her story a few crime scene cleanup, a plan to move a physique and her assist in making certain there can be no hint of it left behind.

“So, the issues that had been thrown into the fireplace by me had been the belongings from Kelsey’s home, the curtains, the pillows,” she tells investigators within the video.

The story begins with the haunting pictures of a mom within the grocery retailer procuring along with her child. Thanksgiving Day, 2018 — the final time Kelsey Berreth was seen in public.

Surveillance image of Kelsey Berreth on November 22, 2018, at the Woodland Park, Colorado, Safeway grocery store. / Credit: Woodland Park PoliceSurveillance image of Kelsey Berreth on November 22, 2018, at the Woodland Park, Colorado, Safeway grocery store. / Credit: Woodland Park Police
Surveillance picture of Kelsey Berreth on November 22, 2018, on the Woodland Park, Colorado, Safeway grocery retailer. / Credit score: Woodland Park Police

CHERYL BERRETH [to reporters]: She’s not the sort that runs off.  That is fully out of character. Kelsey loves her God, she loves her household and buddies and she or he loves her job.

It was Cheryl Berreth who reported her 29-year-old daughter lacking after making an attempt to succeed in her for days.

CHERYL BERRETH [to reporters]: Kelsey we simply need you dwelling.  Name us should you can.  We cannot give up wanting [emotional].

At the moment – in early December – Woodland Park Police had not publicly named a suspect.

POLICE CHIEF MILES DE YOUNG [to reporters]:  We’re treating Kelsey’s disappearance as a lacking particular person’s case presently.

Her mom nonetheless had hope of discovering Kelsey alive.

Cheryl Berreth: You possibly can’t eat, and you may’t sleep … and the stress will not finish till we discover her.

Nikki Battiste | CBS Information correspondent: Did any of you textual content her or attempt to name her?

Amanda Smith: I did. I informed her that I hoped that she was OK and that I beloved her.

Nikki Battiste: None of you acquired any responses?

Amanda Smith: No

Nicole Haywood: No.

Ashley Cogburn: It does really feel somewhat bit incomplete with out Kelsey, as a result of normally it was us 4 all collectively on a regular basis.

Ashley Cogburn, Amanda Smith and Nicole Haywood had an unbreakable bond with Kelsey. They grew up collectively in Moses Lake, Washington.

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Kelsey Berreth

Nicole Haywood: From the photographs she’s attractive, clearly, and really put collectively and so that you would possibly assume that she’s this prissy lady, however she was not. She was raised on a hay farm and really a lot a tomboy.

Nikki Battiste: A rustic lady?

Nicole Haywood: Yeah, she was out their driving tractors and bucking bales.

And she or he was flying planes. She was a flight teacher.

Nikki Battiste: Do you bear in mind Kelsey speaking about desirous to be a pilot?

Amanda Smith: Yeah … I really acquired to go up along with her one time and that was fairly superb, I used to be terrified at first.

Nikki Battiste: Was she a superb pilot?

Amanda Smith: Oh, yeah [laughs]. She was actually good.

Nicole Haywood: She wasn’t afraid to problem the standard boundaries.

So, it wasn’t a shock when a Colorado cowboy named Patrick Frazee caught Kelsey’s eye on a relationship web site in 2016.

Nikki Battiste: Did Kelsey say what was it she preferred about Patrick?

Ashley Cogburn: You understand, he was, like, a rustic boy and that is what she was used to. That is what she preferred.

Patrick Frazee and Kelsey Berreth / Credit: Cheryl BerrethPatrick Frazee and Kelsey Berreth / Credit: Cheryl Berreth
Patrick Frazee and Kelsey Berreth / Credit score: Cheryl Berreth

They began a long-distance relationship. Patrick Frazee lived on a 35-acre ranch in rural Florrisant, Colorado, the place he skilled cattle canine, shoed horses and groomed donkeys.

Clint Cline has recognized Frazee for seven years.

Clint Cline: Patrick is the farrier for the donkeys … individuals name ’em horseshoers and all that, however our donkeys do not have footwear.

Nikki Battiste: So, he trims their ft?

Clint Cline: He trims their ft. He provides ’em, as we name it, donkey manicures.

Cline says Frazee was quiet and devoted to his work.

Clint Cline: … He is sort of laid again, you understand, sort of stays to himself. He had his ranch to handle.

Nikki Battiste: Had you ever met Kelsey?

Clint Cline: I did. I met her sooner or later, she got here out throughout one of many trimmings and spent the day.

Nikki Battiste: Have been they affectionate in any respect?

Clint Cline: Properly, this is not probably the most affectionate place on the planet [laughs], so I would say that day, no.

Ultimately Kelsey moved to Colorado from Washington State to be nearer to Frazee – and so they had been anticipating a baby. Her mom Cheryl says they had been engaged.

Nikki Battiste: Did she have a gown but?

Cheryl Berreth: No. I do not assume she cared concerning the massive marriage ceremony sort of factor. It was between them and God.

Even after their daughter Kaylee was born in October 2017, the couple nonetheless did not stay collectively however shared parenting duties.

Ashley Cogburn: He by no means got here to see her, however she would, like on her days off, she would return and be with him.

Associates say Kelsey was struggling to steadiness the newborn, her job and an extended commute. Her relationship with Frazee appeared strained.

Ashley Cogburn: … she gave the impression to be sort of stressed from the entire thing that she could not make him joyful.

Nikki Battiste: Was Patrick emotionally abusive?

Ashley Cogburn: It appeared that approach from what I noticed … And it appeared prefer it was simply knocking her spirit down.

Nikki Battiste: Did Kelsey ever say he was bodily abusive?

Ashley Cogburn: No.

Cogburn says Kelsey as soon as talked about there might have been one other lady in Frazee’s life.

Ashley Cogburn: I believe Kelsey had talked about one time about an ex-girlfriend who nonetheless kinda wished to be with Patrick … Kelsey wasn’t anxious about it. I do not know if it is ‘trigger she knew she lived distant. Kelsey did not appear all that anxious about it.

After Kelsey was reported lacking – police talked to Frazee.  He informed them that the day earlier than Thanksgiving, Kelsey stated she wished to finish their relationship.

Ashley Franco | KKTV reporter: He stated that Kelsey wished to go their separate methods and issues weren’t understanding between them. They wished to cut up custody fifty/fifty and so they had been simply not meshing anymore.

Patrick Frazee informed police he and Kelsey met to change the newborn on Thanksgiving Day. He additionally returned Kelsey’s belongings.

Ashley Franco: A handbag, keys to the automobile, keys to the townhome after which a gun that Kelsey owned.

It was a gun Frazee says he had as soon as taken from Kelsey for her personal safety. Police say Frazee informed them Kelsey struggled with melancholy hinting that she could also be suicidal.

Nikki Battiste: While you hear that Patrick stated Kelsey was unstable … that she was possibly suicidal.

Ashley Cogburn: No.

Amanda Smith: No, under no circumstances.

Ashley Cogburn: It would not match up with Kelsey.

Police searched Kelsey’s dwelling however turned up no indicators of foul play. Then Cheryl Berreth and her son went to the home to test it out.

Ashley Franco: They need to discover Kelsey, they need to know what occurred to her, in order that they’re staying in Kelsey’s townhome and issues sort of get somewhat odd … there was a mat — like a rug of some kind within the toilet. And it is gone. … and she or he had additionally observed that the fridge regarded prefer it had been wiped down not too long ago, you possibly can see streaks. Later, her son … is within the toilet and notices blood on the bottom of the bathroom.

Nikki Battiste: And the alarms go off of their minds?

Ashley Franco: Alarms go off.

Kelsey’s mom Cheryl alerted investigators who returned to the home. This time they used chemical compounds to detect the presence of blood.

Ashley Franco: They discovered hint quantities of blood in all places within the toilet.

Nikki Battiste: Do we all know whose blood?

Ashley Franco: DNA outcomes confirmed it was Kelsey’s.

Investigators believed Kelsey had been murdered, however they wanted extra proof. A better take a look at Kelsey and her fiancé’s mobile phone exercise Thanksgiving weekend would make them her suspected killer. 


Almost a month after Kelsey Berreth vanished, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Younger made this grim announcement:  

CHIEF MILES DE YOUNG | WOODLAND PARK POLICE [to reporters]:  Patrick Frazee was taken into custody this morning in Florrisant, Colorado, simply after 7 o’clock this morning Mountain Customary Time.

CHIEF MILES DE YOUNG [to reporters]: As we speak we arrested Patrick Frazee on prices of first-degree homicide of Kelsey Berreth … As a reminder Patrick Frazee is presumed harmless till confirmed responsible.

Patrick Frazee was arrested on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Kelsey Berreth. Her body has not been found. / Credit: Woodland Park Police DeptPatrick Frazee was arrested on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Kelsey Berreth. Her body has not been found. / Credit: Woodland Park Police Dept
Patrick Frazee was arrested on prices of first-degree homicide within the loss of life of Kelsey Berreth. Her physique has not been discovered. / Credit score: Woodland Park Police Dept

Regardless of the homicide cost, Kelsey’s physique had not been discovered.

CHIEF MILES DE YOUNG [to reporters]: As you’ll be able to inform from the arrest, sadly, we don’t consider Kelsey continues to be alive. … Kelsey’s daughter Kaylee is in protecting custody and can be reunited with Kelsey’s household.

Patrick Frazee entered a plea of not responsible, however from the start, investigators had questions on Patrick Frazee’s story — beginning along with his preliminary declare that the day earlier than Thanksgiving, Kelsey informed him she wished to interrupt up and “go their separate methods.”

But, there she was procuring the subsequent day for the household dinner.

Nikki Battiste: And the surveillance video right here at Safeway turns into central to this case?

Ashley Franco | KKTV reporter: Proper … the final day she’s seen publicly.

A surveillance image from November 22, 2018 shows the last time Kelsey Berreth was seen in public. / Credit: Woodland Park Police Dept.A surveillance image from November 22, 2018 shows the last time Kelsey Berreth was seen in public. / Credit: Woodland Park Police Dept.
A surveillance picture from November 22, 2018 exhibits the final time Kelsey Berreth was seen in public. / Credit score: Woodland Park Police Dept.

Ashley Franco: You see her seize a cart and put Kaylee within the cart after which go off, and that is the final time publicly anybody has seen Kelsey Berreth.

Nikki Battiste: What does she purchase right here at Safeway?

Ashley Franco: She buys substances for a candy potato casserole.

Investigators questioned, if Kelsey had damaged up with Frazee why would she ship him this textual content: “I purchased some candy potatoes in case you wished candy potato casserole …”

Kelsey did not inform her mom she and Frazee had been breaking apart when she spoke along with her Thanksgiving morning. 

Nikki Battiste: Did she sound regular? Did she sound —

Cheryl Berreth: Positively, she sounded joyful and —

Nikki Battiste Regular mom-daughter discuss.

Cheryl Berreth: Yeah, yeah.

One other massive query investigators had was when Frazee stated he final noticed Kelsey.

CHIEF MILES DE YOUNG [to reporters]: Patrick informed officers that he hadn’t seen her since Thanksgiving, November 22nd when he exchanged their daughter Kaylee Berreth.

In pictures from a neighbor’s safety digicam on that Thanksgiving Day, Patrick Frazee and Kelsey are seen at her door with a child provider after Kelsey returned from the shop.  She might be seen holding a poinsettia.  Later, Frazee is seen at that very same location alone.

On November 22, 2018 at 1:23 p.m., a neighbor's surveillance camera captures Kelsey Berreth, Patrick Frazee and their daughter Kaylee entering Berreth's home. Berreth is carrying a poinsettia plant she had just purchased at Safeway. This image was captured shortly before her murder. / Credit: Teller County DA's OfficeOn November 22, 2018 at 1:23 p.m., a neighbor's surveillance camera captures Kelsey Berreth, Patrick Frazee and their daughter Kaylee entering Berreth's home. Berreth is carrying a poinsettia plant she had just purchased at Safeway. This image was captured shortly before her murder. / Credit: Teller County DA's Office
On November 22, 2018 at 1:23 p.m., a neighbor’s surveillance digicam captures Kelsey Berreth, Patrick Frazee and their daughter Kaylee coming into Berreth’s dwelling. Berreth is carrying a poinsettia plant she had simply bought at Safeway. This picture was captured shortly earlier than her homicide. / Credit score: Teller County DA’s Workplace

Aya Gruber: We do not know whether or not if he is coming or going. He would not have Kaylee and he is not with Kelsey. After which that is it.

College of Colorado legislation professor Aya Gruber has adopted the case.

Aya Gruber: The essential query is what occurred in between round 1:30, 1:45 … and three:30 after they get that image of him.

Police say that is doubtless when Frazee killed her:

CHIEF MILES DE YOUNG [to reporters]: … investigators have recovered various objects that make us suspicious that the crime did happen at Kelsey’s residence.

Frazee informed authorities he drove their daughter Kaylee to his ranch for Thanksgiving dinner. He stated Kelsey wasn’t with them, however investigators found that her mobile phone was.    

Ashley Franco: They pulled mobile phone information and located that on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, hastily Kelsey’s telephone and Patrick’s telephone began touring collectively … However Patrick and Kelsey weren’t collectively.

Textual content messages between Kelsey Berreth and Patrick Frazee

Investigators say Frazee took Kelsey’s mobile phone after he killed her as a part of a scheme to cowl his tracks. They consider he faked 19 calls between the 2 telephones over Thanksgiving weekend and was sending texts between them together with this one from Kelsey’s telephone: 

KELSEY BERRETH: I am going working I am going to name you guys after I get dwelling.

PATRICK FRAZEE: “Okay. Be secure”

Aya Gruber: The speculation that the prosecution goes to place ahead is that that was Patrick along with her telephone and he is texting, pretending to be Kelsey.

Two days after Thanksgiving, authorities consider Patrick concocted this dialog:

PATRICK FRAZEE: Are you awake?

KELSEY BERRETH: Sorry I did not hear my telephone. Going to leap within the bathe. I am going to name you guys after I get out.


Then, investigators consider, to maintain up his ruse that Kelsey wished the breakup, Frazee despatched this message: 

PATRICK FRAZEE: If that is really what you need, I am going to respect your needs and provide you with area …

On Sunday — three days after Thanksgiving – there was a weird improvement that will ship this case in a really totally different course.  Telephone information present whereas Frazee’s cell stayed close to his ranch, Kelsey’s telephone was on the transfer – heading west out of Colorado.

Ashley Franco: … there was a textual content from Kelsey’s telephone to her supervisor at Doss Aviation saying … “I will not be at work.” So, individuals had thought possibly they heard from Kelsey.

The following textual content from Kelsey’s telephone learn: “Do you even love me?” That textual content pinged off a mobile phone tower 800 miles away.

CHIEF MILES DE YOUNG [to reporters]: Studies are right that Kelsey’s telephone gave a location close to Gooding, Idaho, on November 25.

Ashley Franco: When that got here out, I believe everybody was — was simply shocked.

Nikki Battiste: And the place’s Kelsey?

Ashley Franco: And the place’s Kelsey? Nobody is aware of the place Kelsey is.

So how did her telephone find yourself in Idaho? One lady might have the reply.


It was startling information when investigators revealed that three days after Kelsey Berreth was final seen, her mobile phone had pinged in Gooding, Idaho — 800 miles from her dwelling.

KMVT ANCHOR: Tonight, we’ve new details about a 32-year-old Twin Falls lady that will have helped Patrick Frazee cowl up the disappearance and alleged homicide of his fiancée, Kelsey Berreth.

On the time of Kelsey’s disappearance, telephone information present that Patrick Frazee was in contact with Krystal Kenney Lee — a nurse and avid horsewoman who grew up right here. 

Nikki Battiste [on horseback]: Is that this Krystal’s world? Horses, open areas?

Kade Atwood [on horesback]: That is Krystal’s world.

Kade Atwood is KMVT’s information director and a weekend cowboy.

Kade Atwood: That is what we do. … We, within the Magic Valley, we work exhausting to have the ability to do that on the weekends.

Kade Atwood: Krystal and her household are a giant a part of the rodeo neighborhood. A really outstanding household.

Michelle Stein is Lee’s greatest good friend. Stein spoke with Nikki Battiste on March 23.

Michelle Stein: You discuss horses … and that is — you are talking her love language, you understand. … Horses are her life, she beloved horses.

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Krystal Lee

She was a cowgirl who preferred to have enjoyable. And in Idaho, the place rodeo guidelines, Lee was royalty. In 2008, she was topped queen of the Magic Valley Rodeo.

Laura Stutzman has recognized Lee since she was a young person.

Laura Stutzman: Krystal was so sort with everyone that it was simply so tough to show her down in any approach.

Nikki Battiste: Krystal had a repute of getting what she wished?

Laura Stutzman: No, I would not say it was a repute of getting what she wished … Krystal labored so exhausting at every part she did to attempt to do every part fully right.

Authorities believed that it was Krystal Lee who travelled to Idaho with Kelsey’s telephone. However when the FBI made their preliminary name to Lee, she stated she had “no thought” who Kelsey Berreth was. She additionally denied figuring out Patrick Frazee. Then, she modified her story.

Ashley Franco: They requested her, “when was the final time you talked to him?” And she or he stated, “I do not know. I would have to have a look at my telephone.” After which says, “Oh, within the final month.” And investigators are considering, OK, however we already know that your telephone has referred to as his telephone a number of occasions in the previous couple of weeks.

Ashley Franco: She says, “I haven’t got a private relationship with Patrick Frazee. I’ve gone to Colorado and checked out a couple of of his horses, and that is the extent of our relationship.”

Nikki Battiste: She lies.

Ashley Franco: She lies.

Seems Krystal Lee and Patrick Frazee had an extended historical past. They met after highschool. Then, eight months earlier than Kelsey disappeared, Lee and Frazee’s relationship heated up. Lee was not too long ago divorced with two kids.

Ashley Franco: She had been out right here a number of occasions to see him and … it was sort … a kind of affair.

Nikki Battiste: What did Krystal say about Patrick? Was she in love with him?

Michelle Stein: I believe that she was to a degree.

Nikki Battiste: Have been they in a sexual relationship?

Michelle Stein: I do not know … when she would go to Colorado, it wasn’t simply to see Patrick. She has household in Colorado.

Patrick Frazee / Credit: Teller County DA's OfficePatrick Frazee / Credit: Teller County DA's Office
Patrick Frazee / Credit score: Teller County DA’s Workplace

Throughout the investigation, the FBI acquired a tip that Michelle Stein had explosive details about the case. She says Lee referred to as and confided in her a few disturbing dialog she and Frazee had a month earlier than Kelsey disappeared.

Michelle Stein: She was very, very upset, very distraught … she had informed me … that he had requested her to “handle his child mama.”

Nikki Battiste: And also you took that to imply?

Michelle Stein: And, so, I used to be like … Properly I used to be in shock at first as a result of … who says that? No one says that. … so, I used to be like. “Wait, what?” And she or he stated, “Yeah … he requested me if I’d kill the mom of his child.”

Nikki Battiste: What are you considering at that time?

Michelle Stein: I used to be simply in shock and disbelief …

Nikki Battiste: What was Krystal’s tone when she was telling you this?

Michelle Stein: She was bawling. She was crying she was extraordinarily upset and scared.

Stein says she requested Lee why Frazee wished to kill Kelsey.

Nikki Battiste: What’d she say?

Michelle Stein: And she or he stated that he had informed her it was as a result of she wished to take him again to court docket to get custody of the newborn … and he was in concern that she was going to hurt the newborn.

Investigators discovered no proof Kelsey had harmed her daughter however did discover proof that Frazee had deliberate to problem Kelsey for custody and consider that will have been his motive for homicide.

Nikki Battiste: Do you remorse no longer calling the police?

Michelle Stein: Properly that is the factor individuals want to know. What was I alleged to do?

Stein claims she did not know the complete names of both Frazee or Berreth.

Michelle Stein: So, I used to be alleged to name someplace in Colorado and say, hey there’s some man in Colorado that wishes to kill some lady. I do not know their names and I do not know the place they stay. However you understand good luck discovering them. I suppose that is what individuals assume I ought to have performed.

Stein says she pushed Lee to name the police.

Michelle Stein: That is the factor. … I saved telling her to name and inform any person. See, you bought to know, I am trusting her to do the correct factor.

Nikki Battiste: However, I believe, Michelle, individuals watching will say … “name the police.” Say, “it’s good to discuss to my good friend. Somebody is asking her to kill somebody.”

Michelle Stein: You are proper … In fact, the viewers are going to assume that.

Nikki Battiste: However do you have got remorse?

Michelle Stein: In fact, I remorse it. I remorse it day-after-day. Oh, my God. I’d do something to have stopped that one way or the other.

Kelsey had been gone a few month earlier than Stein talked to the FBI. And when the FBI went again at Lee a second time, she too was prepared to speak.

Ashley Franco: I believe at that time she sort of is aware of, “I’ve to come back clear.”

However first, Lee wished a deal. In change for her testimony towards Frazee, she agreed to plead responsible to proof tampering. She admitted to eliminating the gun, to tossing Kelsey’s keys in a canyon and destroying her telephone.

Aya Gruber: It is a tampering with proof cost, which is a minor cost in comparison with homicide, or you understand, accent to homicide or tried homicide.

Nikki Battiste: She solely faces at max, three years in jail.

Aya Gruber: This can be a fairly whole lot that she will get.

What Lee revealed to investigators would change into the middle of the prosecution’s case towards Patrick Frazee.


When Krystal Lee lastly began speaking, she did not cease for four-and-a-half hours. Her story was gorgeous: she claimed Patrick Frazee tried to get her to kill Kelsey Berreth three totally different occasions.   

Nikki Battiste: And the primary thought on methods to kill Kelsey was what?

Ashley Franco: The primary thought was to get a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, Kelsey’s favourite drink and put poison in it.

Two months earlier than Kelsey went lacking, Lee says she drove 12 hours from Idaho to a Starbucks close to Kelsey’s dwelling in Colorado. Lee, a nurse, informed investigators she instructed the right potion: a deadly dose of Ambien and Valium.

Aya Gruber | College of Colorado legislation professor: She says … “I am going to get the medication. I am going to poison the espresso.”

Nikki Battiste: So, Krystal brings this Starbucks Caramel Macchiato proper right here [to Kelsey’s house].

Ashley Franco: Waits within the alleyway, walks as much as Kelsey’s door, knocks on the door, and tells —

Nikki Battiste: Kelsey opens it?

Ashley Franco: Kelsey opens it, tells Kelsey this elaborate story. She says, “I am new to the neighborhood, somebody had informed me that you simply had helped get my canine out of bother” … and Kelsey says, “no, I did not try this.”

Nikki Battiste: Does Kelsey take the espresso?

Ashley Franco: Allegedly, Kelsey takes the espresso inside and closes the door, and from there we do not — we do not know what Kelsey does with the espresso.

However Lee says she could not do it. She did not poison the espresso and when Frazee discovered he was indignant.

Ashley Franco: He was livid. He was not joyful … that she did not undergo with it.

Michelle Stein | Krystal Lee’s greatest good friend: He would play head video games along with her so much … he simply had a approach of manipulating her into doing issues.

After Lee stated she could not undergo with the poison plan, she informed investigators Frazee got here up with a distinct thought.

Ashley Franco: He calls her again and says, OK, I am going to provide you with a second likelihood. You possibly can come out right here and I am going to provide you with a brand new technique to — to kill her.

Nikki Battiste: What does he say?

Ashley Franco: He says I’ve a … metallic pipe that I am going to depart outdoors my property that you would be able to come choose up, and I need you to go anticipate Kelsey at her townhome. And when she comes, hit her on the again of the top.

The best way Krystal Lee tells it, she drove to Kelsey’s home with that metallic pipe, however did not assault her and drove again to Idaho. Per week later she says Frazee referred to as with a brand new homicide plan.

As soon as once more, Lee drove from Idaho to Kelsey’s Colorado townhouse.

Lee claims she waited for Kelsey outdoors her dwelling.  This time, with an aluminum baseball bat. However similar to her earlier makes an attempt, she says she chickened out.

Aya Gruber: It is simply exhausting to consider these tales. They appear outlandish and wild.

Telephone information present Frazee referred to as Lee in Idaho round 4:30 on Thanksgiving Day. Krystal stated he informed her, “You’ll want to get out right here now, you bought a large number to scrub up.”

Ashley Franco: And at that time Krystal is aware of one thing has occurred to Kelsey.

Nikki Battiste: What does Krystal do subsequent?

Ashley Franco: Krystal says that she will be able to’t come out that very same day, however will come out a couple of days later …  She’s in Idaho … masses up the automobile with cleansing provides, bleach, hair nets, you understand, gloves, trash luggage …

Aya Gruber: … she principally introduced the equal of a hazmat go well with and each form of … cleansing product that one would possibly see in a type of TV exhibits about methods to clear up against the law scene.

Two days later, on Saturday morning, Lee says she drove 800 miles to Frazee’s ranch to select up a set of Kelsey’s keys he left for her outdoors. Then, she says, she drove to Kelsey’s dwelling.

Ashley Franco: Krystal tells authorities she opens a door and the scene is horrific. There’s blood in all places. There’s bloody footprints … each inch of the townhome is roofed in blood.

In keeping with Lee, Kelsey’s physique was not inside.

Ashley Franco: … after which spends, you understand, three to 4 hours cleansing and scrubbing the homicide scene.

Nikki Battiste: And she or he throws away a couple of objects that she says she will be able to’t get clear.

Ashley Franco: Proper, you understand … there’s child toys, there’s books … And she or he takes a few of the issues that she could not clear and places them into trash luggage and masses them behind … the automobile she was driving.

Lee claims Frazee was again at his ranch through the cleanup.

Ashley Franco: There was a time limit when Patrick Frazee had informed Krystal Lee, while you go to scrub up her townhome, there may be probably a tooth someplace.

Aya Gruber: So, one of many issues Krystal says is that after she does about three to 4 hours of cleansing … she goes and … will get a Sonic burger.

Nikki Battiste: Who goes to get a Sonic burger after cleansing up what she describes as a horrific bloody scene for 3 to 4 hours?

Aya Gruber: Yeah, that’s … you understand simply one thing that feels actually unbelievable.

Lee informed investigators after the cleanup she met with Frazee. She described to them how he stated he lured Kelsey to her loss of life. Lee claims Frazee invited his fiancée to play a guessing recreation with candles.

Ashley Franco: She says that he takes a sweater from Kelsey’s room and blindfolds her with the sweater and has candles sitting out in entrance of Kelsey and is telling Kelsey to guess the scent of every candle.

Throughout her interview with investigators, Lee stated Frazee informed her whereas child Kaylee was in one other room, he took a baseball bat and “he went to swinging.”

After killing Kelsey with that baseball bat on Thanksgiving Day, Lee says Frazee informed her he put her physique in a black tote. Surveillance picture exhibits Frazee at an ATM earlier that day with a black tote in his truck.

Patrick Frazee, seen on surveillance video at a drive-through ATM on November 22, 2018, was on his way to Kelsey Berreth's home just before her murder. In the back of his truck, pictured right, is the black tote that prosecutors say he soon used to transport Berreth's body after beating her to death with a baseball bat. / Credit: Teller County District Attorney's OfficePatrick Frazee, seen on surveillance video at a drive-through ATM on November 22, 2018, was on his way to Kelsey Berreth's home just before her murder. In the back of his truck, pictured right, is the black tote that prosecutors say he soon used to transport Berreth's body after beating her to death with a baseball bat. / Credit: Teller County District Attorney's Office
Patrick Frazee, seen on surveillance video at a drive-through ATM on November 22, 2018, was on his technique to Kelsey Berreth’s dwelling simply earlier than her homicide. Behind his truck, pictured proper, is the black tote that prosecutors say he quickly used to move Berreth’s physique after beating her to loss of life with a baseball bat. / Credit score: Teller County District Legal professional’s Workplace

Lee went with investigators to Frazee’s ranch.  She informed them that she and Patrick went to the ranch collectively, and that she watched him burn that tote – together with different proof.

KRYSTAL LEE: He poured gasoline within the bucket after which pitched it into the fireplace.

AGENT: I consider yesterday you stated that you simply additionally collected wooden and put it into the burn pit?

KRYSTAL LEE: Sure, I did …

Police later examined the spot the place they consider Kelsey’s physique was burned.

Lee additionally went with investigators to Kelsey’s dwelling – she’s sporting a police jacket and hat. 

AGENT GREGG SLATER |COLORADO BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION:  Are you able to level, should you bear in mind, the place the tooth was?

AGENT: Use the broom.

KRYSTAL LEE [she points]

AGENT GREGG SLATER: Across the tooth, what was there, if something?

KRYSTAL LEE: Blood … There was blood on this chair, there was blood on the desk. There was blood on the Interest Foyer bag that was sitting there

She identified the place she claims she deliberately left blood for them to seek out.

AGENT: Are you able to present me the place you left these?

KRYSTAL LEE [points to fireplace]: Proper there.

On December 21, 2018, Frazee was arrested at his ranch and charged with Kelsey Berreth’s homicide.

Aya Gruber: This can be a case with out a physique. This can be a case with out loads of bodily proof. So, what we primarily have connecting Patrick Frazee to an extremely brutal and violent crime… is Krystal Lee’s testimony.

Lee, who had minimize that cope with prosecutors, appeared shaken when she appeared in court docket after she turned herself in to authorities.

Laura Stutzman | Krystal Lee’s good friend: The Krystal I knew might do no incorrect … however the Krystal that has performed the issues that got here out of her mouth is any person I do not know.

And that leaves Laura Stutzman with one query: Why?


Virtually a yr after Kelsey Berreth’s disappearance, there was an extended line to get a seat within the courtroom at Patrick Frazee’s homicide trial.

Clint Cline: I believe lots of people that knew Patrick … they do not assume that the candle story provides up.

Frazee’s good friend, Clint Cline, was there nearly day-after-day.

Clint Cline: I do not know of any guys that will’ve considered going out and shopping for candles and having their girlfriend be blindfolded after which odor the candles

Nikki Battiste: You assume that needed to be a girl’s thought?

Clint Cline: I believe so.

Frazee was pushed from the jail in a black SUV. He entered the courthouse by means of a white tent — out of sight from the media. Safety was tight. No cameras within the courtroom.

DA Dan Could | Teller County, Colorado: I gotta inform you, it is one of the crucial emotional trials I’ve ever been by means of and I have been by means of loads of trials in my profession.

Prosecutor Beth Reed painted an image of Patrick Frazee.

Prosecutor Beth Reed | Teller County DA’s Workplace: Very charming, very manipulative, and controlling, all traits per being a sociopath.

KKTV reporter Ashley Franco summed up the protection case: no physique, no homicide weapon, and no clear motive.

Ashley Franco: They’d stated, you understand, Patrick wasn’t concerned. There is no proof to point out he was concerned. And Krystal Lee had already lied to legislation enforcement, so she’s the one accountable for this.

On day 4, the prosecution’s star witness, Krystal Lee took the stand. Her credibility was on the road.

Prosecutor Jennifer Viehman | Teller County DA’s Workplace: I do not assume we might have recognized what occurred to Kelsey with out Krystal Lee.

For 2 days, prosecutor Jennifer Viehman requested Lee to explain Frazee’s plan to kill Kelsey Berreth. They bolstered their case with surveillance movies and photographs, together with one of many black tote behind Frazee’s truck that Lee says he would use to eliminate her physique.

Most annoying, prosecutors performed that video of Lee inside Kelsey’s dwelling exhibiting investigators how she stated she cleaned up the crime scene.

AGENT GREGG SLATER: While you got here in what did you see? 

KRYSTAL LEE:  …  blood everywhere in the ground. I noticed blood up the wall. Noticed blood on this wall.

AGENT GREGG  SLATER: Did you say, right me if I am incorrect, did you say that you simply cleaned off a few of the home equipment?

KRYSTAL LEE: I did. I wiped the – there was blood on the entrance of the dishwasher. There was blood on the entrance of the range. There was – that cinnamon roll pan had blood on the tin foil.

They’d pulled up the ground boards the place they discovered Kelsey’s blood.

They confirmed video of a hay barn the place Lee says Frazee hid Kelsey’s physique in that tote. A cadaver canine alerted to the realm.

On November 24, 2018, Patrick Frazee is captured on a Conoco gas station surveillance camera filling up a gas can. Prosecutors say he later used this gas to burn Kelsey Berreth's body at his ranch. / Credit: Teller County DA's OfficeOn November 24, 2018, Patrick Frazee is captured on a Conoco gas station surveillance camera filling up a gas can. Prosecutors say he later used this gas to burn Kelsey Berreth's body at his ranch. / Credit: Teller County DA's Office
On November 24, 2018, Patrick Frazee is captured on a Conoco gasoline station surveillance digicam filling up a gasoline can. Prosecutors say he later used this gasoline to burn Kelsey Berreth’s physique at his ranch. / Credit score: Teller County DA’s Workplace

A surveillance picture exhibits Frazee at a gasoline station. Lee says he was shopping for gasoline to start out a fireplace:

KRYSTAL LEE: We introduced the tote right here.


KRYSTAL LEE: We unloaded the tote.


Kelsey’s physique was moved to Frazee’s ranch:

AGENT: Have been your current when he began the fireplace?

KRYSTAL LEE: Sure, I used to be.


Video exhibits how Lee says she helped Frazee burn Kelsey’s physique in that black tote:

AGENT: What concerning the accelerant?

KRYSTAL LEE: Gasoline.


And burned proof, together with Kaylee’s toys and Kelsey’s blood-stained Bible:

AGENT: Do you bear in mind what the books had been — 

KRYSTAL LEE: Certainly one of them was her, I’d think about it was her Bible.

Consultants say a human feminine tooth fragment was recovered from Frazee’s ranch close to the burn web site, however there wasn’t sufficient DNA to find out a profile.

On the finish of her testimony, Lee informed the jury Kelsey’s chilling final phrases: “Please cease.” However he did not.

What Kelsey Berreth’s final phrases need to say about her character

DA Dan Could: He retains, beating her, and beating her, and beating her. … The jury wanted to listen to that, they wanted to listen to how brutal this was, how uncaring he was. How mindless this was.

Why would Lee assist Frazee? She claimed she feared for herself and her kids.

Prosecutor Jennifer Viehman: She was in love with Patrick Frazee and has been for a very long time … because the trial went on and we noticed a few of that darkish facet of Patrick Frazee, that Krystal noticed, that Kelsey noticed, I believe you’ll be able to perceive a few of that concern. I do not know we’ll ever perceive totally why she did what she did. It is pretty inexplicable.

Maybe probably the most surprising testimony got here from a shock prosecution witness.

Nikki Battiste: Your final witness, I believe jaws dropped when he began testifying. Inform me about him.

Prosecutor Beth Reed: We did not find out about him.

Prosecutor Beth Reed says the shock witness was an inmate on the similar jail the place Patrick Frazee was being held.

Prosecutor Beth Reed: He really had began calling our workplace … whereas we had been in the midst of trial.

The previous inmate had watched a “48 Hours” episode on Kelsey Berreth’s homicide. Seems, he says, Frazee gave him successful checklist –– a few of the names handwritten on paper towels he was instructed to flush.

Nikki Battiste: Describe to me what was within the 16 notes handed between Patrick and the previous inmate.

Prosecutor Beth Reed: Properly, they had been requests {that a} sure variety of witnesses wanted to vanish, but it surely was very particular as to Krystal Lee, graphic descriptions of what wanted to occur to Krystal Lee … he described placing a bullet in her head.

Additionally on Frazee’s hit checklist: Krystal Lee’s greatest good friend, Michelle Stein, and Kelsey’s mom Cheryl Berreth.

Nikki Battiste: What does that say about Patrick Frazee?

Beth Reed: It says that Patrick will do no matter he needs to get no matter he needs.

The protection referred to as no witnesses. Frazee selected to not testify. The case went to the jury.

After three-and-a-half hours of deliberations, there was a verdict. Frazee was discovered responsible of first-degree homicide and sentenced to life in jail plus 156 years.

Patrick Frazee, seen in court before his trial for the murder of Kelsey Berreth, was sentenced to life in prison plus 156 years. / Credit: KKTVPatrick Frazee, seen in court before his trial for the murder of Kelsey Berreth, was sentenced to life in prison plus 156 years. / Credit: KKTV
Patrick Frazee, seen in court docket earlier than his trial for the homicide of Kelsey Berreth, was sentenced to life in jail plus 156 years. / Credit score: KKTV

Nikki Battiste: Do you assume if Patrick hadn’t concerned Krystal, he would’ve gotten away with Kelsey’s homicide?

Prosecutor Jennifer Viehman: Yeah, I do. I believe it’s totally attainable he would have gotten away with that. Involving Krystal was — it was a silly plan. The entire plan was silly. … however he wished Krystal Lee to pin it on.

As for Krystal Lee, she’s going through a most of as much as three years in jail.

Nikki Battiste: I believe loads of our viewers are in all probability considering, “Krystal Lee, given what she’s admitted to, acquired a very whole lot.”

DA Dan Could: She did. And it is simply not proper. And I am not going to attempt to justify it in any approach. … It is sadly part of my occupation that generally so as to clear up a case … we’ve to provide a deal to the satan. That is precisely what we did right here.

Nikki Battiste: In case you might sentence Krystal Lee, what would it not be?

DA Dan Could: A heck of much more time than three years. … She might have saved Kelsey so many occasions over so many months, and it’s very inexcusable.

Nikki Battiste: Is there justice for Kelsey and Kaylee? Can there ever be justice?

DA Dan Could: Justice on this case? Kelsey can be sitting right here speaking to you, not us. I – excuse me [in tears]. We definitely see a certain quantity of justice however not the justice this case deserves.

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