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Beauty Sleep

A Glamorous Mother, a Woman from Her Past, and Her Mysterious Death

Michaele G. Ballard

St. Martin's True Crime

On April 10, 2001, Sandra Baker, a recently separated, forty-five-year-old mother of two, went for a facelift—and a new lease on life. But the nurse anesthetist was a woman from her past. And Sandra’s future was in jeopardy…

Decades before, in a world of high school cliques and competition, Sally Jordan Hill had a crush on a guy whose attentions turned toward Sandra. Little did Sandra know how jealous Sally might have been…

Once Nurse Sally had Sandra in her care, she administered a lethal dose of the painkiller Fentanyl. Within hours, Sandra was brain dead—and her death was ruled a medical mistake. But earlier, Sally’s coworkers heard her say this: That’s the woman who stole my boyfriend in high school. And soon, a determined detective would find new clues to convince a judge that Sandra’s death was no accident. …

Beauty Sleep is the true story of glamor, jealousy ... and cold-blooded murder.

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April 10, 2001
It was considered routine plastic surgery.
Sandra Joyner was scheduled to have a mini-facelift, liposuction and fat grafts to fill in a couple of scars on her face and plump up her lips. While she was under, she decided to have her lower eyelids resurfaced to smooth out the tiny lines that had begun to form.
At 45, Sandra was still a beauty. She was a striking blonde, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and a toned and taut 115 pounds. But her life had fallen apart. She and John, her high school sweetheart and only real boyfriend, married after college and had two children. In
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  • Michaele G. Ballard

  • Michaele G. Ballard is a journalist who has worked with People magazine since 1999. She has written news and feature articles for a number of national and local publications including the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Business Journal, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Business Journal, Ventures, North Carolina Focus, and Independent Filmmaker. She studied English and Creative Writing at Memphis State University and Journalism at Marin Community College in Larkspur, California. She now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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    Beauty Sleep

    A Glamorous Mother, a Woman from Her Past, and Her Mysterious Death

    Michaele G. Ballard

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