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In 2017, Libby Caswell was found dead in a motel room in Independence, Missouri. Police quickly ruled her death a suicide. But her mother Cindy thinks she was murdered — and she believes she has proof the crime scene was staged. Award-winning investigative reporter Melissa Jeltsen dives deep into Libby’s final days, finding new evidence that unravels the official story and threatens to implicate more than just those in the motel room that day. In her search for answers, Jeltsen exposes the web of failures that left Libby vulnerable, and explores how her story fits into one of America’s most deadly epidemics.
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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.  If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text "STRENGTH" to Crisis Text Line at 741-741. The story that brought Kim to Melissa See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text "STRENGTH" to Crisis Text Line at 741-741. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text "STRENGTH" to Crisis Text Line at 741-741. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The exact nature of Sandy's relationships with local police officers comes under new scrutiny.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sandy’s newly released police file reveals that she sought help from law enforcement months before her death.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Beals' distrust of police leaves even the most basic facts about Sandy's case up for interpretation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sandy’s cousin Kim meets with a cold case detective who offers her something unexpected - and transformative. If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text "STRENGTH" to Crisis Text Line at 741-741 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Beal family is faced with a daunting task that threatens to divide them. Sandy’s final words are cast in a new light.  If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text "STRENGTH" to Crisis Text Line at 741-741 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this bonus episode, Melissa talks with Laura Crimaldi — a reporter for The Boston Globe — who is covering a contemporary case with eerie similarities to Sandy Beal.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 2017, Libby Caswell was found dead in a motel room in Independence, Missouri. In Season Two of "What Happened To...", investigative journalist Melissa Jeltsen exposes the web of failures that left Libby vulnerable, and explores how her story fits into one of America’s most deadly epidemics.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 2017, Libby Caswell was found dead in a motel room in Independence, Missouri with her boyfriend’s belt around her neck. Her grieving mom Cindy is left with more questions than answers. Award-winning investigative journalist Melissa Jeltsen digs into the circumstances surrounding Libby’s death.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Libby’s boyfriend is interviewed by police. The medical examiner isn’t sure exactly how Libby died — but the police close the case as a suicide anyway. Libby’s mom, Cindy, questions the official report.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Investigative journalist Melissa Jeltsen explores Libby’s complicated relationship with her boyfriend and their interactions with police. And, a witness comes forward with a harrowing story.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We learn more about the secrets in Libby’s life that threatened to endanger it, and the tumultuous cycle that led Cindy to a difficult decision.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Libby’s mom Cindy hires a private investigator to uncover new clues. Investigative journalist Melissa Jeltsen visits the motel for herself. And Libby’s friends open up about the last week of her life.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A forensic expert discovers evidence that upends the official narrative about Libby’s death and points to a coverup. Local police defend their work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Family members defend Libby’s boyfriend and help shed light on his actions over the years.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the final episode, a new witness comes forward with details that raise tantalizing questions. Cindy becomes a national advocate for changes in how domestic violence is handled.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Go behind the scenes on the making of What Happened to Libby Caswell. Host Melissa Jeltsen talks to fellow journalist and podcaster Emma Gray (MSNBC columnist, host of the Love To See It podcast, and co-author of the Rich Text Substack) about what drew Melissa to Libby's case, what she looks for when considering a new investigative project, why she focuses on stories about violence against women, and what she hopes both seasons of What Happened To tell us about how we, as a culture, view women's lives and deaths.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Apr 19th
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Saint Pete Girl

I’m calling BS. They remember her - they all remember her.

Jan 22nd
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Hiruyasumii

like 10min of freakin ads every episode, seriously. Good podcast but geez.

Dec 14th
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stuart rogers

just constant adverts

Dec 13th
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hrobb76@hotmail.com

Is it possible to get through one story without a journalist playing activist?

Dec 5th
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Carlos Barron

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Dec 2nd
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just me

This guy is a piece of shit. I would love to find him in a dark alley. One if us wouldn't be walking back out.

Nov 22nd
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Rebecca Miller Gill

As a parent, I would want the DNA tested to see who she was with last. I just cant believe that didn't happen. I think that cop knew how to talk to her and make this all go away. I picture all the cops high fiveing with the last episode. I'm just not convinced Sandy killed herself. Her note would be been more FU to Doug and the department.

Nov 20th
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Debbie Hopkins

the adverts are ridiculous!!

Nov 15th
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Carlos Barron

"What Happened to Libby Caswell" is a gripping and thought-provoking podcast that delves deep into the mysterious disappearance of Libby Caswell. The production quality and storytelling in this podcast are exceptional, which makes it a captivating and emotional journey for the listeners. The host's dedication to uncovering the truth behind this case is evident in every episode. https://www.dealerbaba.com/suppliers/packaging/paper-products/houston-packaging-solution.html Libby Caswell's disappearance is a heart-wrenching and puzzling story, and the podcast does a commendable job in shedding light on the various aspects of the case, including the initial investigations, the timeline of events leading up to her disappearance, and the possible suspects.

Nov 4th
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ModestMomof2

I listened to the intro to this podcast and immediately knew Sandy's mother had to be a Mainer. There's no mistaking that accent. Being from Maine, where towns are small and communities are wide, I feel deeply for this family.

Dec 18th
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Shiela Horton

Abortion was never a constitutional right. It was a legal right via the Supreme Court's initial ruling, but it was never an Article of the Constitution.

Oct 24th
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Greg Ganjon II

if you like multiple commercials during a short episode than this is for you.

Oct 19th
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Andrea Barone

I have a story... just need a little help getting out there

Jul 8th
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PuddinPie

I don't think she committed suicide. Such a tragedy.

May 4th
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Molly Byrd

So I looked up the polyard being called 88 and there is a police signal 88 that means a situation or a location has been secured

Apr 27th
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Anita Simaganis

this is so f*ckin heartbreaking

Apr 25th
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Kacey Lynn Piña

Interesting that the Detective drew a picture of tire tracks next to her car and states that it appears there was another car that may have pulled up besides her but then states he doesn’t think that’s the case and still believes it’s a suicide. This sounds suspicious to me.

Apr 21st
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Kimica Z

Who would you report police sexual misconduct to? The police? So they can investigate themselves? The problem with police is they have no accountability. There is no independent oversight of police departments to ensure that those charged with upholding the law are following the law themselves. The single biggest problem with police in this country is that they lack accountability.

Apr 16th
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Kimica Z

Unbelievable how the homicide detective in the case just decided he didn't *think* it would be useful to interview Doug. Whatever your opinion might be, it's protocol to interview the boyfriend/ex-boyfriend/male companion. The fact that they didn't do it, and still to this day resist the mere suggestion that it should have been done, reeks of a coverup.

Apr 16th
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