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Photo Adam Bergseth recently sent to a friend


The man who was shot and killed by a Marionville police officer on June 30th had an extensive criminal history and traveled highways and back roads between the east and west coasts frequently.
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Bergseth attended elementary school at Piru School in California and bounced around schools near Oxnard, California, near where his mother still lives, according to a childhood friend of Bergseth's. He was also a creative writer, according to his facebook page.
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He had a son when he was about 18 with a "significantly" younger girl named Autumn, according to the friend. He also had three children with another woman, Laurie Weiss, who now lives in Florida. Bergseth and Weiss had been in a relationship for over a decade before they split up last year.

Bergseth's Florida mug shot (courtesy Seminole County SO)


In July of 2011, Bergseth was arrested by the Sanford, Florida, police department and booked in to the Seminole County jail. Online records do not say what he was being held for or if any charges were filed against him at that time.

In November of 2011, Bergseth was arrested after police in Sanford received a tip that he was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Missouri and was driving on a suspended license. At that time he told police he was homeless,
according to The Sanford Herald.

On January 5th and 6th, 2012, Bergseth made the following posts on his facebook page:

"Found myself in a strange position today as a young woman asked me out. Had no idea what to do and like the cool sophisticated suave guy I am I ran to the bathroom and threw up and escaped out the back door. I am not ready for anything major and all that.
Blonde, blue eyes, 5 foot 2 and about 99 lbs at the most. Will post some pics later I guess. Sighs."


Bergseth, who has also lived in Republic, Bolivar and the state of Nevada, had violated the conditions of his probation or parole at least 12 times in the last 4 years. Authorities in Greene County issued a warrant for Bergseth's arrest on June 15th after he failed to appear for a probation violation hearing. He was placed on probation again last year after pleading guilty to drunk driving and being a persistent offender of driving while revoked, according to online court records.
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“Subject has consistently demonstrated throughout the years that he [has] no intention of complying with terms of his probation,” the probation officer wrote in a report to the Greene County Court asking that Bergseth’s probation be revoked.
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Adam Raleigh Bergseth aka as Adam Bergs or "Adam The Liberal" trolled Craigslist looking for lonely women to hook up with, according to Erica Chaffin.
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It was at Chaffin's townhouse that Bergseth lost his life. "I had put up a fake Craigslist ad because I was trying to catch my husband cheating." Chaffin says.
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Bergseth responded to the ad and he and Chaffin began communicating via text message, phone calls and the Internet for a few weeks when they hatched a scheme to trick her husband. "We told him that Adam was the gay cousin of a friend of mine."

Erica Chaffin


Bergseth told Chaffin, and her friend Kim O'Callaghan, that he was a successful video game designer who was working on Dead Space 3 and traveled frequently for his job. He told the women he had business meetings in Dallas about a week prior to him being killed and that he was into the "swinging lifestyle." 
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 In reality, sources say, Bergseth was really in Aurora hooking up with another woman. When Bergseth "returned" from Dallas, he would visit Chaffin's home for a few hours every couple of days and then leave.
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So when Chaffin's husband, Dillon Albers, left for a drug study in Springfield that fateful weekend he thought he had left his wife and son in the safe hands of a gay man he had never met. He had no idea at that point, well, no one did at that point, that Bergseth was allegedly responsible for the murder of at least one woman whose remains would soon be discovered in a trash can outside his rented Springfield home.
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It was Marionville police chief Mark Webb who wanted to know more about how Bergseth ended up in his jurisdiction that led him to Bergseth's home at 1231 W. Edgewood. 
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As he was piecing that puzzle together Webb said he notified SPD about "a smell of human decomposition" in the Mitsubishi Eclipse that Bergseth had driven to Marionville. "They didn't seem interested at first," said Webb. When Webb went to Bergseth's rented home at 1231 W. Edgewood on July 3rd he alerted authorities to the grisly discovery in the trashcan.


Bergseth's home surrounded by crime scene tape



Chaffin, who is on probation for drug and stealing a motor vehicle convictions, confirms there was an "awful" smell inside the vehicle. "He told me that he had been messing around with a woman and her boyfriend found out and dumped pigs blood in his car."
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But Chaffin says the Edgewood house isn't the place Bergseth took her to when they went to "his" place. "It was a townhouse where we went."
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Chaffin says Bergseth told her he would help her make a furniture payment that weekend and when they arrived at the furniture store Bergseth handed her a check. "They didn't accept checks...and thank God they didn't," said Chaffin. It was while she was on her way out of the store that Chaffin noticed the check didn't belong to Bergseth - it belonged to a woman named Kelly F.
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Chaffin says that Bergseth took her to Great Southern Bank on Battlefield on the afternoon he was killed and attempted to have her pose as a woman named Jillian or Julianne P. in order to cash a state check. "I asked him who Julianne was and he said you are now." Chaffin says the drive thru teller gave the check back to them and said she couldn't cash it if the person did not have an account at the bank.
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However, Dillon Albers says his wife attempted to deposit the check in his account and they wouldn't accept it.
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Chaffin says Bergseth would "get nervous and jittery" whenever they saw a police cruiser. "He started getting really controlling and possessive. He wouldn't let me really leave his sight or have my phone, so when I got to make a call, I called Kim and told her about all the weird stuff that had been going on all weekend and asked her to call the cops and tell them I was being held against my will."
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courtesy KY3


Chaffin was on the phone outside her apartment door with O'Callaghan when officer Danny Hughes arrived to check on her well being. "She put me on speaker phone and I could hear everything that was going on," said O'Callaghan.
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Hughes "asked where Adam was and Erica told him he was in Apartment A, it was unlocked and he could go in. He asked if there were any weapons in the house and Erica said, only knives and scissors."
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When 37 year-old Bergseth saw the cop from the window he ran upstairs but was eventually coaxed downstairs, according to Chaffin.
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When he came downstairs he bolted for the kitchen. O'Callaghan remembers this exchange. "Keep your hands where I can see them. Don't go back there....Adam keep your hands where I can see them....Adam, don't grab those scissors. Put the scissors down, I have a gun. Adam, put the weapon down, I have a gun - I will use it." She says the next thing she heard was two gunshots. Chaffin said even after Bergseth was shot, he again lunged at Hughes with the poultry shears and more shots were fired.
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A source close to the investigation says authorities believe the human remains found in Bergseth's trashcan belong to Kelly F., who was from Longwood, FL, and that the identification of several people were in Bergseth's possession. Dillon Albers says someone in law enforcement told him that a severed body part, that does not belong to the victim in the trashcan, was found inside Bergseth's home.
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When Kelly's mother, J.F, was reached by phone she confirmed that her daughter is missing and said she wasn't ready to comment until a positive identification was made. "It's every mother's worst nightmare. The waiting is unbearable." 
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A friend of Kelly F's, who lived with her and another woman, says they believe she met Bergseth when she while they were patients at a mental health facility in Florida.   "I know she was visiting him in jail.  When he was extradited back to Missouri, she said she was going to go there to be with him.  We begged her not to go.....we told her it was crazy and said what would you do if it was one of us.  She said....tell you not to go.  But she wouldn't listen to her own advice and went anyway."
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The friend says he attempted to reach Kelly around the Christmas holiday and Bergseth answered her phone and told him she was asleep.  Kelly never returned the phone call, according to the friend.
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I received the following email from the boyfriend of a woman who met Bergseth after he moved to Missouri:
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See, her and her friends used to hang around with him when they (meaning the woman and her friends) were in high school. He was the often the center of the party because he supplied the alcohol. She hadn’t seen him in roughly 10 years until February. She has a second job working 2 days/nights per week at a bar not far from his rental house (he told her he bought it). After he ran into her, they exchanged numbers & he FB friend requested her with the name he was going by Adam Bergs (I think he deleted the page mid June). He made a weird FB post about running into a girl who was way out of his league, but changed his outlook on life. Then he texted and called both her & her friend non-stop with messages I found weird. He continued to show up where she was a server & even waited for her after work once (early on) where he brought her out to his car to give her a (fake) signed Picasso. At some point she became sufficiently worried to make me fully aware of all his contacts, and I instantly told her he seemed psychotic. I told her some of the messages seemed to have dark undertones, and she needed to flat out tell him to never ever contact her again. The messages stopped, but he did come into the bar a few more times. A couple of weeks before he was shot, he was in there, and he was buying drinks for a group of people (one of them was his roommate). When he ordered drinks from my girlfriend, and she became aware he had an open tab, she told him she needed a credit card & she was going to close him out. The cc was declined & when she told him, he just took off running out the front door. Long story short… the SPD showed up & got permission from the roommate to go into his rental house to look for him. They apparently found a bunch of I.D.’s and credit cards. That must’ve been the time he realized the gig was up, because he remained out of sight until that Marionville policeman responded to that call.


Marionville police chief Mark Webb (courtesy Springfield News Leader)


"I don't know if he thought he was going to go to jail for the rest of his life or what, but I think he definitely knew he was living on borrowed time," Chief Webb said.
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Chaffin and Albers were evicted from their townhouse the day after the shooting and Dillon Albers has filed for divorce and has an exparte against his wife.
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Chaffin, who has had to seek mental health care since witnessing Bergseth's death, wants Officer Hughes to know she is thankful he "saved" her. "I could have ended up in a trash bag too. I'm sorry for the girl in the trashcan and her family. I hope the other girl is still alive."
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UPDATE 08-31-2012:

Kelly Frech's mother Jeanne confirmed that the human remains found in Bergseth's trashcan are those of her daughter.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent article. Can't wait to see how this plays out. I think they will find more.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the article. Great investigation! I'll be watching to see how this unfolds.

Anonymous said...

This article has many misleading inaccuracies. Adam Bergseth has not been accused of the death of the woman, and they have not commented on her identity. Police are still conducting investigations. As to the part about reaquainting with an old high school friend, Adam did not go to high in Springfield. And as to the child he had when he was 18, he had that child with his high school girlfriend of many years, and she was not "significantly" younger. This blog has so many accusations, lacks facts, and hurts family members mourning soemone who was murdered at the hands of a police officer. There were many people that had access to the trashcan where the human remains were found. Until the police investigation is complete, we should not smear someone's name who was killed and is not able to defend themself. And as to the woman who claimed she was being held against her will, she made the call from her front yard, so clearly she could have left at any point. The fact that she would drive around in a car that smelled of "decomposition" while trying to scheme against her husband and attempting to cash checks of other women she did not know convinces me that she was not the victim, but a criminal herself.

Anonymous said...

Very good article, the unfortunate reality is that there are children and family that will be haunted by this nightmare for the rest of there lives. Let this be a lesson to all, dont enable these type of people, dont let them buy you drinks, cash checks for them or whatever they ask. We all have a duty to one another, if we chose to do the right thing the next right thing will happen.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. Have you been able to talk to him roommate(s) yet? I find it so hard to believe that they didn't know about any of this.

Kathee Baird said...

@ anon 10:10 p.m.: I have attempted to reach out to friends and family members of Adam's but have only heard back from 5 of his friends.

I would like to know more about Adam and his life...I know there are people who loved him.

Please contact me at: meyer_news@hotmail.com or 417-369-2616.


k

Kathee Baird said...

@ anon 9:51 a.m. - I haven't talked to his SGF roommate/s yet. Attempting to reach them.




k

Anonymous said...

Nice try, the fact that he did not go to HS in Springfield and his girlfriend was of age does not dismiss the fact that this article is pretty accurate.

Anonymous said...

Murdered at the hands of a Police Officer ? More like cop saved himself from being murdered by this waste of life. His kids stand a better chance at a decent life without him. I am glad I don't have to waste any money keeping him alive. Nice shootin Officer !!

Kathee Baird said...

@ anon 10:10 p.m. 7/15:

After speaking with my source it was while the WOMEN were in high school and after AB moved here. Bergseth was older and supplied the alcohol to them, according to the source.


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Jeff said...

Anonymous speaks of 'misleading inaccuracies' and how we shouldnt slander anybody or make false accusations yet this same anonymous person says that the officer 'murdered' this guy...seriously?? I guess accusing an officer of murder is ok in your book? If someone charges at me with a weapon you can bet that I will fire more than 4 shots. Nice shooting Mr. Officer...and stay safe out there.

Anonymous said...

Have you thought of the possibility that he was trying to sell these girls into sex slavery? Maybe the FB post about the physical description was even a hidden ad of sorts? I am also very curious as to what happened to Julianne.

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe he was not involved because he was driving the missing womans car?

Anonymous said...

I think you need to research a little more before you start stating "facts". No matter who did what there is people who loved these people and would like for you mind you own damn business. By the way do you masturbate to these stories.

Anonymous said...

I know in my heart that he did it he was not murdered that's not what it should be called i hate cops but i'm totally on their side with this one. I knew him personally and worked with him and he drove that car to work everyday and if he was still alive and not in jail i don't think i could sleep at night so i'm so thankful that cop killed him :)

Kathee Baird said...

@ anon 6:38 p.m. - It became my business when human remains were found in his yard. And I won't even dignify an answer to your last question.

@ anon 10:44 p.m. - where did you work with AB. My email address is:meyer_news@hotmail.com




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Anonymous said...

I know Erica, her story of trying to catch her husband cheating is most likely false. She has cheated in every relationship she has been in. Her trying to cash a womans check @ a bank then again deposit it in her own account,shows her true character. I am thankful that the officer did the world a favor and wasn't harmed in the process. Erica is lucky she didnt get harmed, and I would hope she sees that, but I believe she will continue to meet men and in fact I know from her facebook that shortly after this event, she was still hanging out with men she barely knew.

Anonymous said...

Of course there are people suffering over whats happened. Let's not forget Kelly F's mother. I cannot imagine what she is going thru. As for Adam being responsible for her death...he was driving her car, had her checkbook, her remains were in his trashcan. I suppose someone else did it and dropped her remains in his trash can and conveniently left the car, with her checkbook, in his driveway. Come on, get real.

Anonymous said...

Adam was a strange guy that told a lot of complex lies to manipulate those around him. Many people will be bothered by this for years! Thank you Mr. Officer for doing your job!

Ben said...

I'm with Jeff on this one! Thanks officer for removing a dangerous psycho from SPF!

Anonymous said...

While I considered Adam to be a friend, anyone who spent any amount of time with him had to know he was a pathological liar. None of us ever thought he would be capable of murder though. So sad. Why haven't the police made an official statement on the identity of the remains yet? Seems like we all know who it is anyway, though.

Anonymous said...

How did chaffin know the girls body was in a trash bag in the trash can? Was that info, released to the public?

Anonymous said...

The Marionville shooting has alot more than people know. The "victim" Erica was sitting on the curb laughing and carrying on like nothing had happened. If I had witnessed someone killed in front of me I would have totally freaked out. Erica is a liar and needs to be investigated too. She is behind more than they know.

Anonymous said...

I agree completely. And nobody questioned the pigs head story because of the way he lied about it. He texted me in the middle of the day saying "it's been an awful day! You'll never believe what happened!" And then proceeded to tell me about the pigs head. He was a great liar... it just what he did.

Anonymous said...

Why is there nothing about this on the news sites?

Kathee Baird said...

@ anon 3:16 p.m.: I don't know, you'd have to ask them.



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Anonymous said...

Bergseth story. i was adams neighbor on the north side of town about 10 years ago. he and laurie were great neighbors. his stories did seem to be out of control. a few years back we ran into him. he said that he had won the missouri lottery, and was moving to florida. psssht i've found nothing about him ever winning the lottery. he was a good manipulator.

Anonymous said...

Why is this taking so long to identify Kelly's body? Isn't that a little strange that it's taking this long?

Anonymous said...

Since neither the victim nor the suspect has any family around here, and there is no one to prosecute, it's probably not a priority for the police.

Anonymous said...

That's unfortunate because the victim has family and friends in Florida anxiously waiting to find out the results one way or another and to pay last respects. She deserves that much.

Anonymous said...

BC its not public and a lot of the info this terrible reporter has posted is FALSE! WORD OF CAUTION DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING U READ!

Anonymous said...

It was just in April when my daughter and I played volleyball with Adam. I hadn't seem him in 7 years. He was my daughter club volleyball coach when she was in high school. At that time he told us he had cancer and when I seen him in April I asked him about it and he said he was in remission. He gave me the update on his life and said he was suing for custody of his 3 kids from Laurie. Said that he had a bunch of money from selling a computer game software and was getting ready to open up a restaurant. I am just amazed how he boldly lied to me and my daughter to our faces. I believe he has lied all along now!! I see now that he was good at being bad. I am sad for him children and the victims. I would be interested in hearing Laurie's side of the story. Where did he get all the ID's? Where was he getting his money for BOND for the past 10 years?

Anonymous said...

Im gonna take a guess and just say that METH played a really big part in all of this. the connections with strange people, the enormous amount of weight that he'd lost,his violent outburst and pathological lying and stealing are all common characteristics of meth users.

John Sheehan said...

I am the uncle of Kelly, who was murdered by Adam Bergseth.

First, my sincere thanks go out to Police Officer Danny Hughes, who is responsible not only for the return of Kelly's remains to us, but also for his heroic act in saving the life of Erica Chaffin.

I won't go into all the details of the circumstances that led to Kelly's murder. We feel that her father's death (heart attack) was very traumatic for her.

I live in the Philippines and last saw Kelly 3 years ago.

We know that Adam Bergseth is the guilty criminal.

Again, our heartfelt thanks go out to Danny Hughes. We will never forget you and will keep you in our prayers always.

Anonymous said...

Although I feared all along that it was Kelly (her car, checkbook, etc), it hurts so much now that John had confirmed her death at the hands of AB, and reality starts to set in.
My deepest condolences to her family.

Anonymous said...

Meth had nothing to with this it. he was a narcissistic fool. I personally knew him from march till late may. I would only hang out with this guy in public and always left well before he did. the roommates are good guys and are safe thank god.

Anonymous said...

Adam had a very troubled up bringing. He was doomed from the start. Not that this is any exuse for the horrific crime he has committed. But I will say he had a family history of insanity on his fathers side & drug addition on his mothers side. He had the classic signs of a deeply disturbed person at a young age. I'm not at all surprised that he beacame a monster!

Anonymous said...

Kathee, has law enforcement made any mention as to any sort of time line?

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to Kelly's family, but there still is not proof that Adam killed her. A decomposed body (for instance, a dead animal) smells horrible. Anybody ever keep a chicken past its expiration date in the refrigerator? It smells like nothing else. How is it that none of the roommates, if they are innocent, didn't notice the stench of a decomposed body on the property? I find it amazing how everyone posting comments wants to allege a drug problem, psychological issues, etc., but nobody seems to be questioning Erica and her lies, the roommates, police conduct, etc. Maybbe before people start destroying Adam who cannot defend himeself, wait for the authorities to release information.

Anonymous said...

Can you give us an update on this case?

Anonymous said...

Re: Adam Bergseth

To the anonymous person who stated that his child was with his HS girlfriend - you forgot the mention the baby he had with one of the 16 year old girls whose volleyball team he was coaching when he was 22.

While I have nothing but sympathy for his family - his mother particularly - this end was foreseen by many. I am just glad that more women did not have to die before he was eliminated.

Also, I don't care if some "facts" are missing - I knew AB personally, and quite frankly, him being dead is such a load off of my mind. I can finally stop looking over my shoulder knowing that he is finally rotting in hell.

He was pure evil incarnate.

Kathee Baird said...

I spoke with Kelly's mother and the SPD this week and they are still waiting on forensic results.


k

Anonymous said...

Are there more victims?

Kathee Baird said...

@ anon 08/18 @ 6:12 p.m. - At this point the SPD will not answer that question.



k

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping us updated, Kathee. Lots of people out here want answers.

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