Zanesville, OH – Last week we reported on the murder of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman, the woman found on the side of a rural Ohio road severely burned with a rope tied around her neck. On Saturday, police announced they had arrested 20-year-old Katrina Culberson and have charged her with Fronsman’s murder.
The Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Culberson with one count of aggravated murder with two death penalty specifications (murder was during a kidnapping and an aggravated arson), one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated arson. Police questioned Culberson last Wednesday and placed her in jail at that time on a felony theft warrant.
Last month, a motorist discovered Fronsman on the side of a Zainesville, Ohio, road. She was naked with a rope around her neck and suffering from fourth-degree burns that went as deep as the muscle and bone. Fronsman was alert and pleading for help when found, and was able to tell responding police and medics what had happened. She was flown to the Wexner Medical Center burn unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, where she remained in critical condition for two days before dying.
“This is one of the most gruesome things I’ve ever seen in 23 and a half years in law enforcement, as well as some of our detectives,” Sheriff Matt Lutz said. “I can’t imagine the pain this lady went through.” Lutz has not revealed a possible motive for the heinous murder or whether anyone else aside from Culberson is involved, saying only that “there are other people of interest that investigators are trying to contact.”
According to Fronsman’s sister, Culberson and Fronsman were friends and both of them were leading dangerous lives. Court records show that Culberson has been arrested at least six times in the last two years on charges that include soliciting for prostitution, theft and burglary. In the last 10 years, Fronsman was arrested more than 20 times on charges that included domestic violence, cocaine possession, and prostitution.
I stated it before in the first article, and I repeat it now; no matter what kind of lifestyle Fronsman was living, she did not deserve to be burned to death.Tags: Burning, Celeste Fronsman, Crime, Katrina Culberson, Murder, Ohio, Torture