Dead North Documentary Special Probes Kelly M. Cochran as Possible Serial Killer

Murder, dismemberment and possible cannibalism highlight ID’s Dead North documentary series.

Kelly Marie Cochran pled guilty, in April, to smothering her husband Jason Cochran on Feb. 20, 2016. She was already serving a life sentence for helping her husband kill and dismember her boyfriend. Those may not be only murders the Indiana woman has committed, according to a Dead North, Investigation Discovery’s upcoming true crime documentary. The two-night special premieres on Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29 at 9 p.m.

“When Laura Frizzo, the lone female police chief in the isolated, relentlessly cold world of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, began an investigation to find missing person Chris Regan, she never expected to uncover an alleged female serial killer as well,” reads Investigation Discovery’s press statement.

Iron River Police Chief Laura Frizzo was stationed in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when a tip came in that Chris Regan went missing. She began her investigation on October 27, 2014. Kelly Cochran had been having an affair with Chris and may have been the last person to see him. The following day, Frizzo met with Kelly and her husband Jason Cochran in Hobart, Indiana.

Jason was found dead of a suspected overdose in February 2016. The Indiana Lake County Coroner discovered Jason didn’t overdose. He was murdered, cause of death: asphyxiation.

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“The story that unfolds through Chief Frizzo’s own video documentations is a rare opportunity for viewers to see a skilled investigator at work,” Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America, said in a statement.

Kelly admitted participating in Regan’s murder during interrogation, explaining she and her husband had a pact to “kill off” anyone involved in their extramarital affairs. Kelly admitted to helping her husband dismember the body. According to Rolling Stone magazine, they used a sawzall. They put the parts in garbage bags and hid them in the woods around Iron River. According to neighbors, some of the remains may have been served at a barbecue. A man’s skull was found in the desolate Upper Peninsula woods.

Dead North follows Frizzo down a “rabbit hole that alludes to cannibalism, reveals human remains and uncovers a deadly love triangle. The investigation escalates into a cat and mouse pursuit, and brings Frizzo face-to-face with a serial killer she describes as pure evil.”

The series uses bodycam footage and interrogation room conversations. The exclusive docuseries chronicles “every first-hand detail of this bizarre, Fargo-like tale, concluding with a stunning face-off between two women on opposite sides of the law.”

The police chief learned Kelly might have been a serial killer with nine victims by Colton Gaboyan, Kelly’s brother. Kelly was sentenced to life in prison for Regan’s murder on On May 10, 2017. Her April 18, 2018, guilty plea carries a 65-year-sentence. The State of Indiana can never charge her for additional murders because of the plea agreement.

Frizzo remains adamant that the case isn’t closed. The City Manager relieved her of her duties just as Kelly admitted to having other “friends” buried in Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Minnesota. The identities and specific locations of these bodies remain a mystery to this day.

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“I’m so grateful that justice was served for Chris Regan, but I firmly believe that there are other victims out there,” said Laura Frizzo. “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.”

Dead North premieres on Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29 at 9 p.m. on ID.