It's still happened. Another horrific crime in Colorado – the alleged murder of Woodland Park's mother, Kelsey Berreth, who disappeared in late November – has caught the attention of the nation as well as the press around the world.
Media coverage of a preliminary hearing held at Cripple Creek on February 19, during which a judge determined that there was sufficient evidence to judge Patrick Frazee, Berreth's fiancé, for the same crime if no body has been found has reached a new high. But the cover did not stop there.
Indeed, the details of the macabre scene entrusted to Krystal Lee Kenney, a nurse from Idaho who had an affair with Frazee (and admits to having helped clean up the place after the murder, somehow) have eaten big chunks of national newspapers the CBS and other networks this morning. And expect the story to fail in anticipation of Frazee's indictment, scheduled for April 8, and certainly beyond.
A measure of the public's fascination with the Berreth tragedy: a search on Kelsey's name in quotes on Google this morning recorded 758,000 hits. The results were greater than those obtained by the research of six members of President Donald Trump's cabinet, including Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie (215,000), Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (364,000), secretary to Health and Social Services. Alex Azar (382,000), Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta (590,000), Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (631,000) and even the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats (748,000).
The interest in Berreth's fate closely follows the widespread obsession with another Colorado crime, which led to the arrest in August 2018 of Chris Watts of Frederick for the murder of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, Celeste, three years old. and Bella, four years old. Watts later pleaded guilty to these acts. A lawsuit was then filed to prevent him from taking advantage of his deeds and an auction is scheduled to sell the house where the homicides took place.
Like the Watts family killings, Berreth's demise shares common ground with Colorado's other crimes that dominate the national imagination – including the assassination of JonBenet Ramsey in 1996, the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, and the shooting at the Aurora Theater in 2012.
All of these incidents involved people who lived in a wonderful place and seemed to have an ideal life when their world was turned upside down by horror. Pictures of attractive victims accompanied by stories like this on Berreth from the Daily mail, which illustrates the global reach of the saga.
And then there are the depravity stories releasing the jaw shared by Kenney, who has already pleaded guilty to tampering with the evidence and has agreed to testify against Frazee.
Kenney claims that Frazee tried three times to kill Berreth before succeeding.
Last September, Kenney asked her to give Berreth a poisoned caramel macchiato. then he wanted her to attack Berreth with a metal pipe in a parking lot near her home. Finally, Kenney told investigators that Frazee had suggested hitting her with a baseball bat – the same type of weapon that he would have used on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, more than one. week before Berreth's disappearance.
The new information provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Gregg Slater during the February 20 testimony added even more twists and turns.
Slater told the court that Frazee had beaten Berreth to death while his one-year-old daughter was in a nearby room and then sat down for a nice Thanksgiving dinner.
A reservation photo of Krystal Lee Kenney.
Colorado Springs Police Department
After driving Idaho to Colorado, Slater went on to say that she had donned a hygienic garment and rubber gloves before helping to tidy up the room where the attack had occurred throwing too much bloody objects to save even a splattered Bible.
Kenney, however, insisted that she had left traces of blood so investigators could find evidence of what had happened, and also claimed that she had then cleared the phone from Berreth to ring in places such as Grand Junction, Salt Lake City and Gooding. Idaho, to point the finger further to Frazee.
In reference to Kenney, Slater stated that on November 24, Frazee had taken Berreth's body from a container kept in a barn and burned it in a trough, producing such a blaze that he had alerted her mother before disposing of the remains in unknown places.
This is enough drama for several podcasts, documentaries or Netflix series on pure crime, all of which could make their appearance. But while people across the country are following every aspect of the fate of another Colorado victim, too few of them stop to think that he was a real person, with a real child, real friends and real loved ones astonished and moved by these revelations.
And the next time something awful happens to a photogenic Coloradan, they will be stuck to their screens again.