When she started her career in law enforcement, Samantha Sepulveda had the best intentions in mind. She thought that this was the easiest way to help people in need! However, her colleagues eventually learned that she was hiding something from them. Who would have guessed that she had been leading a double life the entire time?! It was showing to learn that she was not as she seemed. They knew that their district would be the laughingstock of the entire police force as soon as word got out about it.
A Double Life
Samantha Sepulveda decided to keep it a secret, so she must have known the possible repercussions of her secret life. After all, it did not go with her career as a police officer. She went to the University of Massachusetts, where she earned her degree in management. Mind you, and she also finished with honors! She also took up an MBA in finance, but life took her in a different direction. Or shall we say directions?
How She Became A Cop
We already told you that the New York native decided to launch a career in law enforcement! However, she embarked on another one at the urging of her friend. When everyone learned of it, people could not help but chime in with their two cents. Let us just say that this was an unusual career move for a cop.
Meet Samantha Sepulveda
But who on earth is Samantha Sepulveda anyway? Let us talk more about who she is and how she got to where she now is. In 1984, she was born in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. However, she did not stay in her homeland for a long time because her mother brought her and her sister to the United States when she was a child. At the age of five, they relocated to the United States!
Where They Went
There was a good reason for the move. You see, her mother found employment in an American plant. On top of that, she knew that her daughters would get better prospects and improved education in the United States. This is the reason the three of them packed their backs and moved to New York City.
A Talented Athlete
When she was young, Sepulveda impressed her peers with her athletic prowess. Her interest in sports only got more serious as she grew up. When it was time for her to start college, she got the chance to play lacrosse as a student at the University of Massachusetts! She decided to take them up on it.
Two Impressive Degrees
On a scholarship, she finished a bachelor’s degree in Management as a student of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass. After that, she earned a Masters of Business Administration at Hofstra University! Isn’t it cool to hear that she has two degrees in such a challenging industry? Good for her.
She Wanted To Give Back
However, she decided that the world of finance simply was not for her. In 2017, Sepulveda got to talk about this some more when she spoke to the New York Post. She said that she was looking for a more meaningful job! She explained, “It sounds awkward, but what career can I help people more in-money-driven Wall Street or government, where are you protecting people?”
Not A Normal Cop
As a student, Sepulveda studied hard for her degrees in business and finance. It was strange to hear that she somehow ended up in a job in law enforcement! This former lacrosse athlete was not at all what you would imagine when you think of a cop. For one thing, she only had a height of 5 feet and 2 inches.
She Underwent Training
However, she did not let her height get in the way of her dreams. Together with other hopeful officers, Sepulveda enlisted at the Police Academy. After the training was over, she had a job! Her post tasked her to patrol the streets of Freeport, Long Island in New York.
Her Chance To Help Others
In 2010, she started a new chapter of her life. We are glad that her passion for the job has not wavered. Seven years after that, Sepulveda told the New York Post what she likes about the job. “It’s because people don’t have to turn to the cops when they call.[ Being a policeman] gave me the chance to give back people who need assistance,” she said.
As A Female Officer
As a woman, it was only natural that there would be certain differences between Sepulveda and her male colleagues. For one, she learned that it was easier for her to soften the criminals. “With a woman officer, her guard is reduced. There is less aggression, and the situation is reduced,” she explained.
Looking As Male As Possible
Unlike other jobs, she does not really get a say in what she wears. On the job, she has to put on a regular police uniform and put her hair up in a simple ‘do. On top of that, she only wears her face bare. This allows her to “look as male as she can.” This trick does not stop the comments from coming, however…
Getting Used To The Jokes
She always has to deal with all kinds of jokes from the people she arrests and talks to. Sadly, she has gotten used to stuff like, “You can always arrest me!” Not only that, but Sepulveda has also said that a suspect once stopped in his tracks when he saw what she looked like.
The Gorgeous Cop
There was a time when she and her colleague had been chasing down a guy who attacked his wife. She informed the New York Post that he even threatened them as they ran after him! But when he saw her, he told her, “You’re the best-looking cop I’ve ever seen! Can I take you on a date?”
It Has Its Perks
The comments can get annoying, but her looks have also helped her on the job at times. She has admitted that she sometimes uses it to her advantage, especially when it is time to subdue persons of interest. “I talk men into handcuffs all the time because they don’t want to fight me.” she shared.
Her Second Career
What did her colleagues think of this? While they treat her with respect, it was hard to ignore her looks. This is part of the reason she made up her mind to pursue the other job. According to her, it is not exactly unusual to take a second job. In fact, she said that a lot of her colleagues had side gigs as well!
All Eyes On Her
The difference is that they had more traditional jobs compared to hers! You see, a lot of them moonlight as electricians and plumbers. Unlike them, Sepulveda did not have a skill in a similarly practical trade. But what else could it be if it is not that? “I have been under a microscope since I began,” she admitted.
Her Second Job
When her colleagues found out about her double life, some of them could not believe it. They were also surprised to hear that her side gig did not have anything to do with business and finance. Instead, her other job had more to do with her good looks! But how exactly did she land such a job in the first place?
She Is A Model
She is a model on the side! It started when a friend of hers had been working at a lingerie and swimwear company. Her pal knew that Sepulveda would be a great model for the fashion show, with her body and face. This served as the start of her modeling career, which has taken her to Spain, England, Nicaragua, and Australia. She also made her debut at the New York Fashion Week in 2017! She called it “exciting.”
New York Fashion Week
Sepulveda had to put on a bridal gown when she went on the catwalk for Azulant Akora at the New York Fashion Week. According to the designer, the cop was the ideal model for the collection. The artist said, “Her confidence inspires me.” During the same interview with the New York Post, she said, “I feel Sam represents thousands of years, and I wanted to create a wedding gown for thousands of years.”
It Went Well
The gowns in the collection came with hand-stitched beads! This amazing detail was used to represent the flow and ebb of water. She put on one of these gorgeous creations and worked her stuff. It must have felt like a “hot call” in the station to her. Needless to say, she did a great job.
An Adrenaline Rush
Aside from that, Sepulveda explained that her day job gave her a “different sort of adrenaline pump.” People had different thoughts about it. Others said they were glad about her public image as a cop, but others found her photos offensive. This is especially true about her provocative Instagram photos.
Not Offensive To Her
According to her, those shots were taken to “celebrate the body of a woman.” She also shared, “I don’t think they’re offensive.” Sepulveda went on to say, “If people find them offensive, close your eyes.” We are glad that she does not let it get her down! From her follower count, she has more fans than haters.
Her Following Has Grown
The number of her followers only went up somewhat when the press ran a story about her double life! It saw an increase of 90,000 people, which resulted in more than 200,000 overall followers. The number did not stop there either! At the moment, she has upwards of 400,000 people on her follower list.
International Women’s Day
In general, you will find more modeling shots than uniform photos of her on the Instagram page. But on International Women’s Day in 2018, Sepulveda made an exception to the rule. The caption said, “Shout at the hands of all those strong, trusting, well-rounded, concentrated, beautiful, kind, independent women who have careers and still feel sexy and beautiful all at once.”
An Unusual Career Choice
The post in question received a lot of supportive comments and reactions from her fans. “Thank you for your law enforcement service,” a netizen told her. It is nice to see that they are not only in it for her looks! Others praised her for her beauty and work. Another person said she was “Earth’s hottest cop.”
The Support Of The People
We are glad that she gets more support than hate! After all, we know that social media can turn people into monsters. In Fremont, the locals found it easy to accept the double life of the pretty police officer. “They’re a lot better because they feel they know me,” Sepulveda shared with the New York Post.
They Sometimes Recognize Her
In the same interview, she said that people have even recognized her while she was on patrol duty. “I was at a hospital, and a patient said,’ Hey! She recalled. You! You! You‘re that hot policeman model!” How did she feel when her two worlds collide? At first, she did not know how to respond.
Not Used To It
Sepulveda went on to say, “I blushed and just walked the other way… I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to [the fame].” This talented model also said that she liked the way others reacted when they found out about her other line of work. She acknowledged, “The support was amazing.”
The Beautiful Cop
The Fremont locals are stunned by her dazzling good looks. Is this also true for her colleagues at the station? They apparently do not bat an eyelid at her fame! This was what she had to say about it: “When I came to the office, it was business as usual. All treated me in the same way. For that, I respect them.
Still The Same
While she has become a famous model, she has not changed even a little. Her modeling jobs often involve risqué lingerie, and she gets to bring some of them home! Despite this, the police officer said that she hardly ever uses them. She instead admitted, “I like just to be comfortable. Lingerie is for men!”
Her Two Careers
You were wrong if you thought that her careers made the other one more difficult. In reality, they have only helped each other! In 2014, Sepulveda even snagged a spot in “America’s girls in the fitness center.” This is a list crafted by Muscle and Fitness magazine. Not only that, but she was profiled by Inside Fitness the following year as well.
She Blew Up Some More
Her career blew up some more after New York Post ran a story on her. It looked like she made the right call by doing many post-publishing interviews. Aside from those, she was also allowed to work on a feature by Maxime magazine! As you can see, she has seen a lot of success recently.
Staying In The Force
We love the fact that she can work two challenging jobs at the same time. Sepulveda also has no plan to leave her career in law enforcement! But what does the future have in store for her? She said that she hoped to do more international work. It is also possible that she might appear on the small screen!
A Balanced Life
For her, it is important to maintain a semblance of balance in her life. She found it hard to find a partner who loved her for her beauty and brains in the past. According to Sepulveda, she did not like how certain men would react to her photos. This is especially true when they happen to be a bit racy.
Using Her Platform To Help
Let us see what else she told the New York Post! She said, “I got exes who asked me why I always have to show my boobs, but I’m not stupid. If people want to look at my boobs, that’s all right — but my Instagram has also provided me with an excellent platform for people to help.”
Her Other Goal
It is a good thing that she did not let their words affect her! She hopes to use the Instagram page to a different extent in the future. The same goes for her business training and police experience. In 2017, Sepulveda even admitted that she was looking into supporting sustainable energy plants in Thailand.
Time To Settle Down
At the same time, she is also interested in leading a more traditional lifestyle. Sepulveda had been hoping that her work as a bridal model would be a foreshadowing of sorts. You see, she has admitted that she felt like she was “ready to settle down.” We are sure that she has a lot of suitors!
Do Not Forget
We bet that it is hard to look for a partner when you are juggling two careers simultaneously. She has been doing very well as both a police officer and a model as of late. It would be a terrible idea to forget that she is a law enforcement officer! In 2017, she reminded everyone, “I’m still the issuer of the first summons.”
A Super Mom
Things might have worked out for her, but double lives do not always have a happy ending. Let us now talk about Paige Birgfeld, who had been hiding a secret from everyone else. When she did not return home after two days, the nanny asked the police for help! Her daughter never got to see her ever again. When the investigation started, they found something that made them wonder if they knew Paige at all.
Vanishing Into Thin Air
When Paige Birgfeld disappeared, she had been 34 years old. At the time, she was a resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. She was the hardworking single mother of three kids: Jess, Taft, and Kohl. She had been divorced two times in her life, but she had her three kids with her second husband, Robert Dixon.
Like Wonder Woman
Like many mothers, she worked hard to meet the needs of her children. Paige had a couple of businesses. Among other things, she sold products such as kitchenware and slings. On top of that, she also tried to open her very own dance school. Clearly, she wanted to provide for her sons and daughter.
A Soccer Mom
According to her daughter, Paige was a true “soccer mom.” This was a woman who was so dedicated to her kids that she drove them anywhere they needed and let them sleep in her bed. She fit the criteria for the title of supermom! However, no one actually knew her as well as they thought they did…
She Did Not Come Home
The incident started on June 28, 2007. Paige crossed 120 miles to spend some time with a 37-year-old man called Howard Biegler, who was actually her first husband. While driving back home, she called him on the phone at around 9 p.m. She told him she was near, but she did not return home that day.
Her Strange Working Hours
It was not exactly all that unusual for a client to be home late. The nanny who took care of the kids did not think much about it. However, the daughter thought that it was strange that her mother had not returned. This was the reason Jess pushed the nanny to get in touch with the cops.
They Found Her Burnt Car
The day after that, police found the Ford Focus that she drove. It was in a parking lot a couple of kilometers away from their home in Grand Junction. To their shock, it had been burned down! They also retrieved a couple of items like checks and business cards scattered down a road near the home.
Another Dark Twist
Everyone was confused to hear this. However, they had no idea that this was only the tip of the iceberg. Things took an even stranger turn when the police learned more about her other line of work. There was an excellent reason for her to hide such a thing. You will soon see why we say that…
Her Escort Service
The truth was that Paige Birgfeld had been secretly running an escort service. Her closest friends had been the only ones to know about it. This means that even her family had no idea that this was going on. Her father Frank told the Daily Mail, “I can’t tell you how I’d have reacted negatively.”
An Exotic Dancer
When she was in her twenties, Paige Birgfeld enjoyed success as an exotic dancer. The truth was that she met the man who became her second husband when she was working at a strip club! Sadly, the divorce had been rough. It left her in dire straights when it came to money. This pushed her to start the escort service…
Doing It Herself
Her friends said that she did not always send other women on the dates she set up. Most of the time, Paige Birgfeld went to them herself! However, they always made sure to clarify that their friend was not a “prostitute.” Her ads, however, said that the service provided an “escort, erotic [and] private dancer.”
Legal And Illegal
Jamie Silvernail was one of her old friends who wanted to clarify this matter. “There is a very distinct line between legal and illegal,” she explained when she spoke to People’s magazine. They were determined to defend Paige, who must have known that she would put her kids at risk if she crossed the line.
They Could Not Find Her
The revelation shocked the people in town. We bet that her family also had been under a lot of stress during that time. Despite the testimonies from and interviews with her clients and friends, it remained unsolved for a few years. Things only changed after a hiker found something in Delta County in 2012.
A Shocking Discovery
The hiker in question found some bones from the creek bed! With the help of her dental records, the authorities confirmed that these were the remains of Paige Birgfeld. This meant that the missing person case was now a murder. The investigators hoped to find more information about it sooner than later.
A Person Of Interest
After some time, the officers had their eyes on a specific person. They returned to a Colorado mechanic called Lester Ralph Jones. He was named a “person of interest” in 2007! He was among the last clients that contacted Paige Birgfeld before she went missing. In November 2014, they finally arrested him.
Night Of The Disappearance
But where was he on the night of her disappearance? Jones had been away from the house for longer than an hour after telling his wife that he forgot to switch off the lights. Not long after Paige Birgfeld disappeared, the authorities found a lot of suspicious things in his toolbox. Among others, they found a list of telephone numbers and bra sizes. There were also men’s wigs in there! What was going on?
His Criminal Record
In 2014, the police finally arrested him concerning this case. Before that, he had a first-degree assault and second-degree abduction on his record. He spent five years behind bars for those! The cops were also onto him since he issued contradictory statements that only made them feel even more suspicious.
Standing In Trial
In September 2016, Lester Ralph Jones finally went to trial. However, the jury reached a unanimous verdict that resulted in a mistrial! People who followed the case was frustrated to hear this. Luckily, he was up for a second trial three months after the first one. How did the trial go in December 2016?
It Gave Them Closure
This time around, the jury declared him guilty of the charges. He was given a life imprisonment sentence without a chance of parole! Let us see what the Prosecutor’s Office of Mesa Country had to say about it. “While this decision will not bring Paige Birgfeld back to her family, yet we’re happy he will close his family’s mourning,” the office told People magazine.
They Did Not Expect It
No one saw it coming. Her loved ones had no idea that they would never see her again! On top of that, they had no clue that she was actually leading a double life. It must have been hard to deal with both of those things at the same time. As a consolation prize, they can sleep at night, knowing that the man responsible for her mother will be there for the rest of his life.