Texas man sentenced to life in killings of couple for fake carnival Mafia

November 18, 2020 

A Texas carnival worker who helped carry out a hit job on two colleagues on the orders of a bogus carny “mafia” has been sentenced to life in prison.

Rusty Frasier, 37, of Aransas Pass, Texas, was ordered to life without parole for 50 years on each count of murder in the July 2018 deaths of Alfred and Pauline Carpenter, who worked with him at the Barton County, Kansas, fair.

Frasier was one of several vendors who were contacted by a purported mob boss using the name “Frank Zaitchik” and ordered to kill the Carpenters under the pretext of being initiated into a carnival mafia group, which authorities later determined does not exist.

The Carpenters — who were jewelry and handicraft vendors — were shot and killed on the fairgrounds, then their bodies were driven in their own RV to Arkansas, where they were buried in shallow graves, authorities say.

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Police were tipped off when a woman traveling with the group called the police out of fear for her safety, the Hutchinson News reported.

Investigators confiscated the phone of another carnival worker, Kimberly Younger, and determined she had a Facebook page in the name of Frank Zaitchik.

Younger has pleaded not guilty to several charges in the Carpenters’ deaths, including capital murder.

With Post wires

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