Jail phone calls between a murdered Glendale kindergarten teacher and the main suspect in her murder, reveal a turbulent and romantic relationship between the two, according to phone records recorded from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
The phone calls between Cathryn Gorospe, 44, and Charlie Malzahn, 27, occurred from Sept. 5 to Oct. 4, 2017, days before the teacher bailed Malzahn out of jail on Oct. 6.
Gorospe’s body was found on private property in Mayer in Yavapai County on Oct. 13, 2017.
Malzahn has been the primary suspect in Gorospe’s death, but has not been charged with her murder.
The hours of jail phone calls show Gorospe desperately trying to save enough money to bail Malzahn out of jail by trying to use her car and her home as collateral, despite dealing with a man who was quick to anger and berate.
“This is what you want, you want to be cussed up and down, Cathryn. Is that what you need, you need me to cuss you out,” Malzahn screams at Gorospe after he learns that she was talking to his sister, whose car Malzahn stole and was the reason he was in jail.
“Well, you pretty much did,” Gorospe said.
Malzahn continues to shout expletives at Gorospe throughout the phone call.
“I feel like it is you and everyone else just leaving me out in the cold.”
Gorospe seems to understand Malzahn’s temper and worries about him becoming violent against people he is angry at.
Gorospe tells Malzahn in one conversation that he can’t see his sister or mother in person because he might become violent. She describes him as “compulsive” and “anger.”
Malzahn gets angry at Gorospe on multiple occasions when she tells him she can’t afford his bail and insist that she use her whole paycheck for his bond instead of her mortgage.
However, Malzahn is also quick to tell Gorospe he loves her and says, “If I was given the chance I would do anything to keep you happy every morning.”
The couple talked about taking trips to Mexico and going to California for a trip to Disneyland.
The phone records even detail Gorospe and Malzahn’s plans the night he made bail.
The couple planned to have dinner at an Oreganos Pizza then sleep in the woods near Williams.
“I want to sleep under the stars,” Gorospe said as she happily planned a camping trip with Malzahn because they did not have the money for a hotel.
Gorospe also attempted to help Malzahn with his addictions by saying she would help him stop drinking, gambling and doing drugs.
Malzahn repeatedly describes himself as a meth addict and had bought drugs in Clifton before being arrested in Phoenix two days after Gorospe’s disappearance.
The phone records also show that Malzahn had a dark sense of humor and was not shy about joking about date rape and murdering people as well as animals.
Malzahn jokes about killing a puppy and, during one phone call, describes in detail how he and Gorospe would kill her roommate.
ARREST IN FLAGSTAFF
Malzahn spent 4.5 years in prison and on supervised release after being convicted of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
The conviction stems from an April 2012 incident where Malzahn beat an intoxicated man and assaulted police outside Maloney’s Tavern at the intersection of East Aspen Avenue and North Leroux Street in Flagstaff.
Police attempted to arrest Malzahn after they witnessed him beating a severely intoxicated man outside the tavern, according to the police report.
Malzahn was standing over the victim, repeatedly hitting the man in the face to the point that he could not defend himself.
When police attempted to make the arrest he first attempted to run but then “squared up” in front of the arresting officer and began punching him in the head.
The victim Malzahn assaulted was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center and suffered a busted lip and extensive swelling to his face. Police stated that the “victim’s mouth was full of blood” when they attempted to treat him.
The assaulted officer had minor cuts and bruises to his face and head, according to the police report.
Malzahn was extremely intoxicated at the time of his arrest. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.165 percent.
He told police that his attack was “retaliation” because the victim had punched him inside the bar.
Surveillance footage shows the victim touching Malzahn on the shoulder outside Maloney’s. Malzahn then gets into the brief argument with the man before attacking him. Surveillance footage did not show anybody hitting Malzahn.
PRISON RECORD MIXED
Malzahn’s prison record is mixed. He did not record a single infraction during his first year in prison. He received 11 disciplinary infractions from 2014 to 2016, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections. The infractions ranged from disorderly conduct to possession of contraband.
He worked as a groundskeeper, automotive technician and assisted in the health unit of the prison. Malzahn was released on supervised parole in November of 2016.
He completed supervised probation on June 13, 2017, and met Gorospe that summer after returning to Williams, where Gorospe was working as a summer tour guide for the Grand Canyon Railway. He carjacked his sister’s vehicle on Aug. 20 in Tempe and was arrested that same night in Williams. Gorospe was last seen bailing Malzahn out of Coconino County Jail on Oct. 6.
A bail bondsman said he tried to talk Gorospe out of putting up cash for Malzahn multiple times before she did and later went missing.
The bail bondsman said Gorospe told him she went on dates with Malzahn and the teacher later said she loved him.
Malzahn’s stepfather is the Williams chief of police, who has said he has had little contact with his stepson in the past decade after his stepson dropped out of Williams High School in 2007. He has delegated all police matters regarding his stepson to other officers in the department.
Malzahn is currently in custody in Phoenix after being arrested on unrelated assault charges and driving Gorospe’s blood-stained Rav4. No murder charges have been filed in connection with Gorospe’s death.