Case 160

Beverly McGowan

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Case 160

Beverly McGowan

On Thursday, July 19 1990, Florida resident Steve McGowan received a letter in the mail from his 34-year-old sister, Beverly. The siblings had last spoken on Sunday, July 15, when Steve called Beverly to see if she would like to drop by for a visit. She had declined, saying that she was too busy. Their conversation was pleasant and ordinary.

Now four days later, Steve was mildly surprised to find Beverly had sent him a letter out of the blue. The brief note contained the following message:

“I just want to say goodbye to you, and the kids, and let you know that what I am doing is the right thing. This is what I need at this point in my life, so don’t worry… When I come back, I will be a much better and happier person.”

________

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Erin Munro

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

’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

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

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

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

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

Unsolved Mysteriesseason 4, episode 9 – NBC

Swamp Murders season 2, episode 8 – Crazy Legs Productions

 

 

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On Thursday, July 19 1990, Florida resident Steve McGowan received a letter in the mail from his 34-year-old sister, Beverly. The siblings had last spoken on Sunday, July 15, when Steve called Beverly to see if she would like to drop by for a visit. She had declined, saying that she was too busy. Their conversation was pleasant and ordinary.

Now four days later, Steve was mildly surprised to find Beverly had sent him a letter out of the blue. The brief note contained the following message:

“I just want to say goodbye to you, and the kids, and let you know that what I am doing is the right thing. This is what I need at this point in my life, so don’t worry… When I come back, I will be a much better and happier person.”

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Erin Munro

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

’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

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

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

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

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

Unsolved Mysteriesseason 4, episode 9 – NBC

Swamp Murders season 2, episode 8 – Crazy Legs Productions

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Beer52 – Get 8 German craft beers for free – just pay the £5.95 postage

ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for FREE

Best Fiends – Download Best Fiends for free

SimpliSafe – Protect your home and your family today. Free shipping, free returns and 60 days risk-free trial

Liquid IV – Use promo code ‘CASEFILE’ for 25% off your order

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