Case 160

Beverly McGowan

In late July 1990, siblings Steve and Jane McGowan both received a letter in the mail from their sister, 34-year-old Beverly McGowan, advising that she had quit her job and was selling her condo in order to go travelling. This made no sense to Steve and Jane. Beverly worked hard at her career and had only recently saved enough money to purchase the condo. They couldn’t understand why she would suddenly give up everything and leave without a proper goodbye. 

A startling discovery in a remote area of Saint Lucie County, Florida soon confirms the siblings’ suspicions. But what really happened to their sister, and who was the striking blonde woman with an English accent last seen using Beverly’s credit cards?



Casefile Presents



Research & writing – Erin Munro

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska



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’90 murder trail leads to woman – South Florida Sun Sentinel

Hunt for the Chameleon – The Guardian

Murder suspect ‘Chameleon’ a suicide victim – The Ledger

Police label Panhandle suicide victim ‘Chameleon’ – Florida Today

’Chameleon Killer’ cheats the Florida police by ending her many-faced life – The Telegraph



Headless body is Pompano woman’s – The Miami Herald

Police identify body as missing woman – South Florida Sun Sentinel

Slaying remains mystery to police – South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Pierce investigators seeking mysterious woman in slaying – The Palm Beach Post

New lead pursued in 1990 beheading – The Miami Herald

Decapitation murder remains unsolved – Tampa Bay Times

Police go international with unsolved murder – The Palm Beach Post

Police at her door, fugitive kills self – The Orlando Sentinel

Suicide ends search for ‘The Chameleon’ – The Palm Beach Post



The World’s Most Wanted Woman – World of Wonder Productions

Unsolved Mysteries – season 4, episode 9 – NBC

Swamp Murders – season 2, episode 8 – Crazy Legs Productions

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