9 episodes

What Happened to Sandy Beal investigates the violent death of a young woman who dreamed of a career in law enforcement. The search for answers leads to accusations of conspiracy and cover up that have haunted her family for more than 40 years. Investigative journalist Melissa Jeltsen untangles the mystery at the heart of the case — and reveals a troubling pattern of behavior by local police.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.2 • 835 Ratings

What Happened to Sandy Beal investigates the violent death of a young woman who dreamed of a career in law enforcement. The search for answers leads to accusations of conspiracy and cover up that have haunted her family for more than 40 years. Investigative journalist Melissa Jeltsen untangles the mystery at the heart of the case — and reveals a troubling pattern of behavior by local police.

    Good Grief

    Good Grief

    The Beal family is faced with a daunting task that threatens to divide them. Sandy’s final words are cast in a new light. 

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    • 33 min
    The Unraveling

    The Unraveling

    Sandy’s cousin Kim meets with a cold case detective who offers her something unexpected - and transformative.

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    • 29 min
    Divided Minds

    Divided Minds

    The Beals' distrust of police leaves even the most basic facts about Sandy's case up for interpretation. 
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    • 33 min
    Update: Sandy's Police File

    Update: Sandy's Police File

    Sandy’s newly released police file reveals that she sought help from law enforcement months before her death.
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    • 15 min
    The Stink

    The Stink

    The exact nature of Sandy's relationships with local police officers comes under new scrutiny. 

     
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    • 29 min
    My Life As A Cop Freak

    My Life As A Cop Freak

    A journal entry sheds light on Sandy’s desires to be a police officer. When she suddenly dies, the homicide detective tasked with her case is inundated with strange phone calls.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
835 Ratings

835 Ratings

itswhatsername2u ,

Great Podcast

It’s a great podcast that takes little information about a teenagers death to explore different scenarios that have affected women for decades. Sexual assault, stalking, teenage pregnancy, police sexual misconduct.

01KelsFl ,

Great investigative podcast!

I’m only on episode 2 but it is so frustrating because this is very clearly not a suicide. I am so sad this woman and her family did not get justice earlier!

Neisoxtsjeltocjsbaywifnx ,

Way too many ads!

It’s an interesting story, one that I’d like to hear. However, there are more ads than I’ve ever heard on a podcast. They’re every few minutes and they last so long.

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