Meet Kelly Cochran: Convicted Serial Killer Who May Have Served Boyfriend As BBQ

By: Mike McPadden

Kelly Cochran [Lake County Sheriff’s Office]

Kelly Cochran [Lake County Sheriff’s Office]

CROWN POINT, IN — On Wednesday, Kelly Cochran, 35, was convicted and sentenced to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 2016 slaying of her husband, Jason Cochran, 37. Kelly admitted to intentionally injecting Jason with a fatal overdose of heroin and then smothering him to death with a pillow. Alas, it wasn’t her first murder.

The conviction came as Kelly is already serving life in prison for the 2014 murder of Chris Regan, 51, an Iron River, Michigan, man with whom she’d been having an affair — and who, friends and family allege, Kelly chopped up and served to them as meat at a barbecue.

In her original murder case, prosecutors say Kelly lured Chris Regan to her home, where Jason shot him. The couple reportedly then dismembered Regan together and hid his remains in a wooded area — or at least some of his remains.

According to Dead North, a documentary airing on Investigation Discovery, Kelly Cochran is further suspected of literally making a meal out of Chris Regan’s corpse and feeding it to guests at a cookout.

Dead North also chronicles former Iron River Police Chief Laura Frizzo’s ongoing investigation into the violence, disappearances, and other mysteries that have somehow cropped up wherever Kelly Cochran has gone through the years.

In addition to the two killings for which she’s serving time, Kelly’s brother Colton Gaboyan has told authorities he believes his sister has slaughtered at least nine victims, and that she’s left corpses hidden in Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, and Minnesota.

If those allegations prove true, that tally would make Kelly Cochran one of the most prolific female serial killers in the annals of modern American crime.

Due to the specifics of Kelly’s plea, the State of Indiana can never charge her for these additional murders. Kelly is free to talk about them without fear of any new legal penalties — if she chooses.

For her part, Kelly Cochran has not commented on the cannibalism allegations … yet.

According to court documents, Kelly said she and Jason executed Regan as part of a “pact” they’d made to “kill off anyone involved in their extramarital affairs.”

Kelly Cochran, 2016 mug shot [Graves County Police Dept]

Kelly Cochran, 2016 mug shot [Graves County Police Dept]

As to why Kelly murdered Jason two years after killing Regan, she reportedly still missed her possibly barbecued boyfriend and blamed her husband for taking away “the only good thing” in her life.

As even more devious details come to light, Dead North delves deep into the twisted saga of Kelly Cochran and Laura Frizzo’s tireless quest for justice. Commenting on the documentary, Frizzo said:

“I’m so grateful that justice was served for Chris Regan, but I firmly believe that there are other victims out there. With new leads regarding their whereabouts, I’m hoping this series will shed light on the case and allow me to finish the investigation I started.”

The two-night special, Dead North, premieres May 28 and 29 at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery. But on Saturday, May 18, catch an early premiere of the first episode exclusively on ID GO!

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