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What Happened To Sandy Beal

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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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

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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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May 04 2022

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The Unraveling

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

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Apr 22 2022

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Divided Minds

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The Beals' distrust of police leaves even the most basic facts about Sandy's case up for interpretation. 

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Apr 15 2022

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Update: Sandy's Police File

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

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Apr 06 2022

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The Stink

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

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Mar 30 2022

29mins

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My Life As A Cop Freak

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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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Mar 23 2022

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Dear Doug

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Unbeknownst to her parents, Sandy Beal was secretly dating a married state trooper at the time of her death. The letter she left him in her car leaves her family with more questions than answers.

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Mar 16 2022

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The Girl In The Pole Yard

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For more than forty years, Kim Parmer has been haunted by the prospect that someone murdered her cousin, Sandy Beal, in 1977. Award-winning reporter Melissa Jeltsen investigates the mysterious death of a teenage girl in Prince George's County, Maryland. 

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Mar 09 2022

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Introducing: What Happened To Sandy Beal

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Mar 02 2022

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