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.
Police were tipped off when