Episode 98: Celia Fought Back & the Disappearance of Kelsey Berreth

Dec 04, 2019, 11:01 AM

Celia was sick and tired. She was an enslaved woman, living in Missouri. It seemed the man who purchased her had done so for the sole purpose of raping her. For years, Robert Newsom raped Celia. She did everything she could to stop him. Then, after roughly five years of abuse, Celia reached her breaking point. Robert said he would come to her cabin that night. She warned him not to. She said she’d hurt him. She wasn’t kidding. Then Brandi tells us about the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth. Kelsey went missing on Thanksgiving Day, 2018. That weekend, she texted her boss at Doss Aviation to say she wouldn’t be in the next week. But that wasn’t like Kelsey. Her mom, Cheryl-Lee sensed that something was wrong. Kelsey had an infant daughter and an important career as a pilot. She wouldn’t have just taken off.  And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes f...

Celia was sick and tired. She was an enslaved woman, living in Missouri. It seemed the man who purchased her had done so for the sole purpose of raping her. For years, Robert Newsom raped Celia. She did everything she could to stop him. Then, after roughly five years of abuse, Celia reached her breaking point. Robert said he would come to her cabin that night. She warned him not to. She said she’d hurt him. She wasn’t kidding.

Then Brandi tells us about the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth. Kelsey went missing on Thanksgiving Day, 2018. That weekend, she texted her boss at Doss Aviation to say she wouldn’t be in the next week. But that wasn’t like Kelsey. Her mom, Cheryl-Lee sensed that something was wrong. Kelsey had an infant daughter and an important career as a pilot. She wouldn’t have just taken off. 

And now for a note about our process. For each episode, Kristin reads a bunch of articles, then spits them back out in her very limited vocabulary. Brandi copies and pastes from the best sources on the web. And sometimes Wikipedia. (No shade, Wikipedia. We love you.) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the real experts who covered these cases.

In this episode, Kristin pulled from:
The book, “Celia, A Slave,” by Melton A. McLaurin
“Missouri v. Celia, a Slave: She killed the white master raping her, then claimed self-defense,” by DeNeed L. Brown for the Washington Post
“Celia, A Slave Trial,” by Douglas O. Linder for famous-trials.com
“State of Missouri v. Celia, a Slave” wikipedia.com

In this episode, Brandi pulled from:
“Kelsey Berreth Case: What to Know About the Missing Colorado Mom Last Seen on Thanksgiving Day” by Caitlin Nolan, Inside Edition“Fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth arrested, charged with murder” Associated Press, CBS News
“Kelsey Berreth case: Timeline of investigation and Patrick Frazee’s murder trial” by The Denver 7 Team, The Denver Channel
“Kelsey Berreth murder trial: Patrick Frazee had hit list of witnesses to kill, inmate says in testimony” by Carol McKinley, Clayton Sandell, and Emily Shapiro, ABC News
“Patrick Frazee found guilty of killing missing fiancee Kelsey Berreth; sentenced to life without parole” by Clayton Sandell, Carol McKinley, and Emily Shapiro, ABC News
“Patrick Frazee convicted of killing his fiancée, sentenced to life without the possibility of parole” by Jack Hannah and Darran Simon, CNN