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47 minutes | 8 months ago
Bonus Episode: 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. Janine Madera was raped as a child, and she decided as a pre-teen that she was going to someday work to put criminals behind bars.
62 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep. 14: 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.
66 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep. 13: Xavier's Final Guilty Plea
Xavier Lopez gave a final statement that proved truth still wasn't part of his defense strategy.
70 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep. 12: Sam's Interview
You will hear the entire interview with Sam Lopez from the day Cathy Torrez's body was found.
34 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep. 11: The Murder Tour
Detective Daron Wyatt takes us on a tour of Placentia to show where and how Cathy's murder took place.
35 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep. 10: Bombshells
Was Cathy Torrez pregnant? One of the witnesses makes an incredible revelation.
32 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep. 9: Surprise: Four Arrests
After 13 years, police arrest four suspects in the murder of Cathy Torrez.
33 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep.8: Cold as Ice
The Cathy Torrez murder investigation is dead. No one is investigating. Mary Bennett and Daron Wyatt can't seem to find anyone who cares.
33 minutes | a year ago
Bonus episode: True Crime discussion with Rebecca Lavoie
Rebecca Lavoie, host of "Crime Writers On," talks with Crime Beat host Keith Sharon about podcasting, journalism and some of the best true crime podcasts of all time.
36 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep. 7: Keeping the Case Alive
Police finally find a fingerprint and some DNA evidence, but neither belongs to Sam Lopez.
45 minutes | a year ago
S2, Ep. 6: Probable Cause
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.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
S2, Ep. 5: 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.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
S2, Ep. 4: 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.
28 minutes | 2 years ago
S2, Ep. 3: Cathy Can't Remember
Sam Lopez takes Cathy on a date, and she comes home drugged with slashed tires and no panties.
29 minutes | 2 years ago
S2, Ep. 2: Letters of Intent
We reveal the content of 18 letters between Cathy and Sam. The letters were discovered after Cathy died.
37 minutes | 2 years ago
S2, Ep. 1: 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.
3 minutes | 2 years ago
Season 2, Mom vs. Murderer, has a launch date
After Cathy Torrez was murdered in 1994, Girl Scouts planted a tree to honor her. To Cathy's mother, Mary Bennett, that tree only served one purpose.
1 minutes | 2 years ago
Crime Beat, Season 2: Mom vs. Murderer
The body of 20-year-old honor student Cathy Torrez was found in the trunk of her car. For more than 20 years, her mother fought for justice. And for most of that time, the suspected murderer lived across the street. Would justice ever be served?
55 minutes | 2 years ago
8: Opening and Closing
A former getaway driver and the writer who captured his story have a big week. And find out what a master thief thinks of the movie about the biggest bank heist in U.S. history.
54 minutes | 2 years ago
7: Glory Days
Master thief Amil Dinsio loses his edge late in his career ... and his freedom. One of the stars of the movie based on the heist, Rachael Taylor, chokes up about the real story. And “Crime Beat” becomes the podcast the Nixon people don’t want you to hear.
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