’48 Hours’ Ambushes Carolyn Abel Homicide Suspect Kathy Patrick at Work
Within the 48 Hours episode “Out of Attain,” TV investigative reporter Peter Van Sant investigates the brutal homicide of Carolyn Abel, a younger American girl who had been residing in South Korea. She moved to Seoul in 1988 to show English. On December 20, 1988, Abel was discovered stabbed to loss of life (30 instances) in her condominium. A colleague advised Korean authorities that their fellow instructor, Kathryn “Kathy” Patrick, did it. The Korean authorities issued a writ of arrest for Patrick however she had already left the nation and returned house to the state of Washington. U.S. officers have been powerless as a result of the 2 international locations didn’t have an extradition treaty. Patrick can’t be pressured to return to Korea to be tried. (The regulation has since modified: if an American kills one other American abroad, the homicide suspect might be tried within the U.S.)
With the digicam rolling, Van Sant traveled to Western Washington College the place Patrick works as a steerage counselor. She refused a proper request for an interview, so Van Sant ambushed her at her workplace. When he walks into her workplace and asks her what she has to say to the allegations, she says on digicam, “I’m harmless.” When Van Sant relays the speculation that she killed Abel after Abel rejected Patrick’s romantic advances, Patrick denies it (see video beneath).
As Van Sant says, “it’s extremely unlikely” that Patrick will ever be prosecuted. Plus, Abel’s household has been advised that the proof in Korea has been destroyed — together with the police recordsdata. 48 Hours airs Saturdays at 9 pm and 10 pm on CBS. [NOTE: Stream any CBS present by Amazon Prime or CBS ALL-ACCESS. Each choices supply free trials.]