28 episodes

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.

Crime Beat Southern California News Group: Keith Sharon, reporter for the Orange Count

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 347 Ratings

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.

    Loud in the Silence

    Loud in the Silence

    In this special episode of Crime Beat, you will meet Janine Madera, a fierce advocate for justice who works as a homicide prosecutor in the Orange County District Attorney's Office. She has tried 72 trials and won 57 convictions without hearing a word of testimony. Madera is deaf and operates in the courtroom with strategically placed sign language interpreters. But her deafness isn't the most important part of her story. Madera was raped as a child, and she would someday work to put criminals behind bars.

    • 47 min
    Questions and Answers

    Questions and Answers

    The "Crime Beat" team offers insight into Season 2 at a Coast Conversation event, and we wrap the season with updates on what is going on with key people you met along the way.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Xavier's Final Guilty Plea

    Xavier's Final Guilty Plea

    Xavier Lopez gave a final statement that proved truth still wasn't part of his defense strategy.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sam's Interview

    Sam's Interview

    You will hear the entire interview with Sam Lopez from the day Cathy Torrez's body was found.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Murder Tour

    The Murder Tour

    Detective Daron Wyatt takes us on a tour of Placentia to show where and how Cathy's murder took place.

    • 34 min
    Bombshells

    Bombshells

    Was Cathy Torrez pregnant? One of the witnesses makes an incredible revelation.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
347 Ratings

347 Ratings

krnlmbch ,

Season 2

I’ve listened to 50-75 different “true crime”podcasts, and this was one of the best. Tragic story Cathy had an incredible mom & family! Inspiring, the youth in the story; intelligent driven, hard-working, loving, loyal and respectful. Tragic, to see it all stolen from them. Very engaging story...binged it all in 1 night! Minimum and not annoying ads👍🏻! The host, narration are great! This particular “story” is new, not redone by every podcaster out there. The sound & whole production are above average. Look forward to more from this host👍🏻

Memaof4 ,

Detailed Investigative Journalism

Just finished Season Two. Really weaves a thorough detailed story from initial events, to dogged pursuit of the truth, to final outcome. Leaves no stone unturned. Great facts and interviews.

Bschora ,

Obnoxious Ads, wrong locations, painful recordings.

S2. Why is there no Walnut Street on Google Maps in Placentia CA? There is S & N Walnut Avenue. What’s With That?

Example, S1, Ep4, 27-minute mark... the narration is backed by an intense wiry electric guitar and it is ANNOYING.

So far, 3 Stars... will see how it goes. The story is good. Sound effects are wrecking it. May have been helpful if there was some volume available, but it’s turned all the way up, and I’m having trouble hearing the audio without earphones.

Fini. I had a very hard time listening to all the recorded interviews. They are old and really hard to hear. It was painful. I skipped Eps 12 & 13 entirely. Would have preferred narration, and that would have cut the entire story length in half.

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