Krissy Bates murder: Last voicemail message of transgender victim

Categories: Homicide Files
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Krissy Bates posted this photo of herself online.
Krissy Bates, the first murder victim in Minneapolis this year, was a transgender woman who'd been in town only a few months.

Krissy came from the South. She didn't share much about her past. Some of her neighbors thought she was from Atlanta, others remembered her hometown as New Orleans.

But Krissy had moved to Minnesota from Kentucky. She took up residence at a small studio apartment at 1302 Linden Ave. in November. By January 11, she was dead, the city's first murder victim of 2011.

Three or four times a day, Krissy spoke on the phone with her dear friend Janice Polson, of Closplint, Kentucky. The women had never met--Polson had been introduced to Krissy by her brother, and the women had formed a close bond despite the distance. Until Krissy was murdered, Polson didn't know that her friend had transitioned genders.

"It's been bad for me," Polson says. "I love her to death. She was real nice to me. We talked and she listened to me--I have an autistic kid."

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Krissy Bates, in a self-portrait posted online
When Polson hadn't heard from Krissy in several days, she called the neighbor across the hall, Chezron Jones, to check on her. Chezron notified the building caretaker.

On Tuesday, January 11, the caretaker at 1302 Linden went into Krissy's apartment and found her dead. She had multiple injuries, including possible stab wounds, according to Minneapolis police.

Detectives quickly came to collect the evidence. The body went to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

Around 1 a.m. on Jan. 13, a sheriff's deputy and a state patrol officer went to a home in Jeremiah, Kentucky, to notify Krissy's brother of her death.

That morning, the medical examiner released Krissy's name, identifying her as Christopher Paul Bates, a white male aged 45. (The medical examiner identifies only male and female--no third category for transgender exists with the office).

The voice of murder victim Krissy Bates on her voicemail message:



On November 28, Krissy posted an ad for a roommate on Backpage.com, an online classifieds website owned by City Pages' parent company, Village Voice Media.

"Small intimate studio apt. i need a roomie whos compatable with me asap if interested call krissy" she wrote.

On December 16, Krissy posted another ad on Backpage, this one advertising sexual services: "attractive tranny offering full service massage therapy," she wrote. Another ad on Backpage offered intimate services for $100 an hour.

Neighbors were familiar with Krissy's line of work and saw johns coming in and out of her door. She had both male and female clients, one neighbor said.

"She was a person who was bubbly, cheerful, spiritual, religious," says Bryant DeVine, her neighbor across the hall. DeVine said Krissy was always made up and well-groomed. "She always made sure she gave her clients her best."

A few weeks before her death, Krissy looked as though she had been beaten up. "She had a black eye," says DeVine.

Krissy had come to him a couple of times asking him to protect her, saying she was concerned for her safety. DeVine says he helped out as he could, picking up alcohol or cigarettes when Krissy wanted them.

Police are investigating the murder and haven't released more information about her.

"I just pray to God that they catch whoever did this," says Chezron Jones. "Her soul is still with us."

Previous Coverage

* Chrissie Bates, transgender homicide victim, found stabbed downtown

* Chrissie Bates cause of death: Complex homicidal violence

* Chrissie Bates photo: murder victim was working as a prostitute



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AJ Farrar
AJ Farrar

This is really tasteless and unnecessary, yet more than a year later, here it remains...

Dan B
Dan B

why is her voice here ??? and why is it relevant what her name used to be ???

Coletta Hughes
Coletta Hughes

From Heath Atom Russell: Transsexual activist and sociologist from CA: I agree, Coletta. It was completely unnecessary for them to post her voicemail message. Would they have posted that had it been a cisgender person? I doubt it! Exploitative journalism! Have some respect for the deceased, whoever runs this publication. Also, did we REALLY need to know what her name was pre-transition? The answer is no, not really! Next time you want to report a story like this, consult some actual trans people about appropriateness and decorum. Thanks, but no thanks! >:(

Coletta Hughes
Coletta Hughes

From Heath Atom Russell: Transsexual activist and sociologist from CA: I agree, Coletta. It was completely unnecessary for them to post her voicemail message. Would they have posted that had it been a cisgender person? I doubt it! Exploitative journalism! Have some respect for the deceased, whoever runs this publication. Also, did we REALLY need to know what her name was pre-transition? The answer is no, not really! Next time you want to report a story like this, consult some actual trans people about appropriateness and decorum. Thanks, but no thanks! >:(

Coletta Hughes
Coletta Hughes

They put her voice mail voice on to disgrace her even further than being murdered. This is National Enquirer/Jerry Springer style reporting at it's best. Way to go cisgender bigots! 

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RIP Krissy. She sounded like a good person without many positive things going in her life. Hope they catch the murdering scum who took her life.

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What is the rationale, goal, and intent of promulgating Ms. Bates' voice mail announcement? How is the public's "Need to Know" served by doing this? Why would you put this on Youtube?? Why was the phone number from the Backpage ad published in plain view, when having this telephone connection jammed by frequent calls could conceivably hinder the police investigation?

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