In mid-October 2008, mother of three Kristy Frensley was raped and attempted to be killed in the town of Livingston, Kentucky.
The crime was so violent that even first responders and police officers who came to the scene were shaken. The way the crime was committed and the lack of emotion of the killer, a former soldier named Kevin Dunlap, angered the entire state.
The “Evil Lives Here: We Looked Happy” show on Investigation Discovery recounts the case and gives plenty of details about the investigations and how the case was handled legally. If you’re interested and want to know more about the case and where the attacker is at the moment, we’ve got you covered. So shall we start?
What’s her name?
Kevin Wayne Dunlap of Hopkinsville spent over 13 years in the US Army (1989-2002). After his release from the army, he joined the Kentucky National Guard and served for 2 years in the Hopkinsville unit, which no longer exists. On October 15, 2008, he approached Kristy Frensley, a mother of three, while she was working in her yard in the Trigg County, Ky., community of Roaring Spring. Dunlap wore a blue DIRECTV polo shirt and white Reebok athlete shoes. He also carried a black handgun and white plastic cable ties, according to reports.
Kristy said she saw Dunlap once, when he came to her house to ask for directions about a week or two before the incident. He was setting up the DirecTV satellite television service and even asked about his house, which was for sale. His work records would later show that he had been a DirecTV installer for Bruister and Associates. After entering Kristy’s house, Dunlap allegedly pulled out a gun, tied her hands and feet with zip ties, and took her into the bedroom.
Shortly after, when Kristy’s children Ethan Frensley, 5, Kortney McBurney-Frensley, 14, and Kayla Williams, 17, came home from school, Dunlap put all three of them in the same room. . He then put gags on them and tied Ethan with pantyhose and the two girls with zip ties. He then moved them to another part of the house. Kristy was then raped by Dunlap. After that, he washed her, put her to bed, and used a pillow to try to suffocate and suffocate her.
Dunlap also stabbed Kristy once in the left ear and twice in the lower back with a butter knife. He then stabbed her four times in the neck and attempted to cut her neck. Dunlap was so mean to her that the butter knife handle broke off and got stuck in her neck. Dunlap didn’t leave the room or go to the kids until Kristy tricked him into pretending to be dead. Medical records show Ethan, the youngest child, was stabbed nine times. He was stabbed six times in the back, once in the stomach and twice in the chest, with a wound going through his heart.
Kortney was stabbed four times: once in the right side of her neck and three times in her chest, with a wound going through her left lung. Kayla’s neck was also stabbed and her throat was slit from ear to ear. The cut was so deep you could see his trachea. Dunlap used a steak knife with a serrated edge. The blade broke and during the autopsy it was found in Kayla’s sweatshirt. Dunlap had poured something flammable on Kristy’s bedroom floor and set it on fire. Kristy ran away even though she was tied up, cut up, and nearly dead. She did so by rolling through one of the patio doors in the room that opened onto the pool deck.
Kristy was badly burned, but she was able to roll in the pool, where the sheriff’s deputy will find her later. Dunlap had started a fire in the house and then left. When neighbors saw the fire, they called the police and tried to help the people who were trapped. Kristy was the only survivor at the end and she was rushed to Jennie Stuart Medical Center. Matt Ledford, who was friends with Kayla, told police he went to Kristy’s house in the afternoon of the day in question. As he parked his car, he saw a “champagne-colored 2004-2006 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab truck with a trailer hitch and the letters ‘HEY’ on the license plate.”
Investigators obtained a search warrant based on a description of Dunlap’s car that they found in vehicle registration records. Kristy was taken into the care of medical examiners and a vaginal swab found DNA matching Dunlap’s. The police went to his house and found Kristy’s DNA on the driver’s seat belt of his car and Kortney’s DNA on his tennis shoes. On October 18, 2008, three days after the massacre, Dunlap was arrested at his home in Cox Mill Road.
Where is Kevin Dunlap right now?
Kevin was charged with numerous crimes by a Trigg County grand jury. He was found guilty of one count of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of attempted murder, one count of first-degree arson and three counts each. tampering with physical evidence, kidnapping and murder. Prosecutors wanted the person put to death. On February 9, 2010, a day before choosing the jury, Dunlap changed his guilty plea, even though his attorney told him not to.
Dunlap was sentenced to death on March 19, 2010. He received six death sentences and three life sentences for first-degree rape, arson, and kidnapping. He was also sentenced to 55 years in prison for attempted murder, tampering with evidence and first-degree burglary. Trigg, CA Circuit Judge “Woody” Woodall told Dunlap, “The fact that you admitted to committing these crimes says more than anything I can say.” Even Commonwealth prosecutor GL Ovey defended the conviction and told the court: “If there is a case that calls for the death penalty, this is it.
Doug Williams, the father of one of Dunlap’s child victims, said it best when he said his son’s crimes were very serious. In a written statement to the court, he told Dunlap: “I still find it hard to understand how you can sit there, motionless, emotionless and unresponsive as the many pictures and stories of the aftermath of your crimes are described. in great detail.” It’s clear that you don’t feel bad for what you’ve done to my family and to this society.
But in July 2022, 14 years after Dunlap’s horrific crime and more than a decade after his conviction, his new lawyer requested a new trial. Dunlap is on death row and in a cell at Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. He is 50 years old.