The Murder of Beverly McGowan

The Murder of Beverly McGowan

Update: 2024-02-272


Dubbed "the world's most wanted woman" in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Elaine Parent was sought for the murder of her potential roommate, Beverly McGowan. Using over 20 different identities and mastering disguise, Elaine eluded authorities for more than a decade. 

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  2. Tattoo may help…”, The Palm Beach Post, 21 Jul 1990

  3. Power, Trish and Bendavid, Naftali, “Headless body is…”, The Miami Herald, 2 Aug 1990

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  6. Waukau, Anne, “Clue found in…”, St. Lucie News Tribune, 1 Sep 1990

  7. McMullan, Dawn, “County joints Scotland…”, St. Lucie News Tribune, 5 Sep 1990

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