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5.24.24 CRU with Nancy Grace: Kansas Moms, Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley Bodies Found in Chest Freezer

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On today’s CRU, Sheryl McCollum and Nancy Grace discuss the gruesome details regarding the Kansas moms, Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley, whose bodies were found in a chest freezer buried in a cow pasture. They discuss the chilling details, suspect behaviors, and the meticulous investigation that followed.

Show Notes:

  • (0:00) Welcome! Nancy and Sheryl introduce this week’s crime roundup with a ‘toast to crown royal’    
  • (2:00) Crime Stories with Nancy Grace - Watch For Free on Merit Street Media 
  • (2:50) Latest on Kansas moms - bodies found in a chest freezer 
  • (7:00) Analysis of suspects' behavior before and after the crime
  • (11:00) Evidence used is discussed 
  • (20:30) Possible stereotypes during trial 
  • (25:00) “That was not hot blood.  They were not angry in the moment about custody of a child. They weren't angry. They were cool, calculated, cold when they dug that hole when they got that freezer chest and put it down in there. To put these two mothers leaving six children behind with a life sentence of life without mommy.”


Nancy Grace is an outspoken, tireless advocate for victims’ rights and one of television's most respected legal analysts. Nancy Grace had a perfect conviction record during her decade as a prosecutor. She is the founder and publisher of, a crime- fighting digital platform that investigates breaking crime news, spreads awareness of missing people and shines a light on cold cases. 

In addition, Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, a daily show hosted by Grace, airs on SIRIUS XM’s Triumph Channel 111 and is downloadable as a podcast on all audio platforms -

Connect with Nancy: 

X: @nancygrace

Instagram: @thenancygrace

Facebook: @nancygrace

Sheryl “Mac” McCollum is an Emmy Award winning CSI, a writer for CrimeOnLine, Forensic and Crime Scene Expert for Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, and a CSI for a metro Atlanta Police Department. She is the co-author of the textbook., Cold Case: Pathways to Justice. 

Connect with Sheryl:


X: @ColdCaseTips

Facebook: @sheryl.mccollum

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