The Crime Beat podcast digs deep into fascinating true crime stories, exploring new twists along the way with award-winning Southern California News Group reporter Keith Sharon’s fresh interviews of criminal masterminds, some of their victims and the detectives trying to piece together what really happened. Each season explores a different crime, beginning with the biggest bank heist in American history.
Across the Street
We meet Cathy Torrez, Mary Bennett and the people in their neighborhood. The last person we meet is Sam Lopez, who lives across the street.
About Season 2:
On Feb. 12, 1994, Cal State Fullerton honor student Cathy Torrez didn't come home after working the evening shift in the photo department at Sav-On. A week later, her body was discovered stabbed to death in the trunk of her own car.
“Crime Beat,” Season 2 focuses on Cathy's mother, Mary Bennett, and her extraordinary quest for justice. It took 21 years for Mary's wish to come true: The man who lived across the street was convicted of Cathy's murder.
In this season, we will take you behind the scenes of the investigation, playing old interviews from cassette tapes taken from the 1994 police archives, conducting new interviews with people involved in the case and reporting new stories that have never been published.
Letters of Intent
We reveal the content of 18 letters between Cathy and Sam. The letters were discovered after Cathy died.
Cathy Can't Remember
Sam Lopez takes Cathy on a date, and she comes home drugged with slashed tires and no panties.
What Happened to Albert
In the months before she died, Cathy was dating Albert Rangel, who wanted more from the relationship than Cathy could give him.
Find the Car
Cathy doesn't come home after working a shift at Sav-On. People from her family and the community send out search parties trying to find her.
WARNING: This episode includes details from Cathy Torrez's autopsy report that might disturb some listeners. Skip to 9:40 to avoid those details.
Police believe Sam Lopez is lying about his movements on the night Cathy disappeared. But they can't arrest him because they don't have probable cause.
First crime watch podcast
This is my first crime watch podcast and I loved it but I saw another review talking about it but sometimes the beat was louder than interviews
Loved it but only gave 4 stars as the audio was difficult to hear-especially the interviews.
Crime Beat an Awesome podcast!
Fabulous work in this podcast. In particular the meaningful way the voices of the long suffering family have been shared with all of us. How tragic and triumphant at the same time. Tears and pain so unfair.
This podcast really shed the reality of the pain and ongoing anguish suffered by the family. I think they are all truly amazing human beings and it’s been an honour to share their deeply sad experience.
Thanks for this great work and for enlightening the audience.