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“The past is filled with incredible mysteries; the clues to solving them all around; hidden in plain sight. But these stories begin with some of the most famous vanishings in history."

Join attorney Jennifer Taylor and investigator Chris Williamson as they re-open some of the biggest disappearance cases in all of history.

Chasing clues, witnesses and new information Jennifer and Chris will take you on the ride of a lifetime and uncover new evidence in some of the biggest historical cold cases ever; some of which the world won't be ready to believe.

"Vanished" is a ChrisEvan Films production, and part of the Straight Up Strange podcast network.

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“The past is filled with incredible mysteries; the clues to solving them all around; hidden in plain sight. But these stories begin with some of the most famous vanishings in history."

Join attorney Jennifer Taylor and investigator Chris Williamson as they re-open some of the biggest disappearance cases in all of history.

Chasing clues, witnesses and new information Jennifer and Chris will take you on the ride of a lifetime and uncover new evidence in some of the biggest historical cold cases ever; some of which the world won't be ready to believe.

"Vanished" is a ChrisEvan Films production, and part of the Straight Up Strange podcast network.

    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "Epilogue"

    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "Epilogue"

    And now we’ve reached the end. In part 4 I mentioned that we’ve covered this case, in essence, two times. The John Wilkes Booth story represents, for me, a very big struggle for the show because we had to change the structure midway through research, and just before we were set to launch an entire season based on the case you just heard. And now, it’s reflection time. 

    As we exit our journey into 1865 and John Wilkes Booth I found it only fitting to end with the first round table discussion we’ve ever done on this show. And it features the creators and writers of the hit podcast "1865" Erik Archilla and Steven Walters along with myself and Jen and a returning Dave Taylor as we discuss our coverage of this case, the assassination of Lincoln, the radicalization of John Wilkes Booth, and how the events of 1865 service as a striking parallel to what we’re all living through right now, in modern times. 

    LINKS



    Our Website

    Vanished on Twitter 
    Vanished on Instagram 
    Vanished on Facebook 
    Vanished Facebook Discussion Group 
    Jennifer Taylor on Twitter 
    Chris Williamson on Twitter 
    Smith & Vinson Law Firm Official Website

    Jennifer Taylor Attorney Profile @ Smith & Vinson's Official Website

    Smith & Vinson on Twitter

    Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt 

    "Satisfied" performed by Amber Farndon
    Album Art Illustration courtesy of Desdymona 
    Vanished is a ChrisEvan Films Production
    Vanished is part of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network 
    Vanished stars Jennifer Taylor and Chris Williamson with special appearances by Erik Archilla and Steven Walters
    Erik Archilla on Twitter

    Steven Walters on Twitter

    Dave Taylor's site of record Lincoln Conspirators 
    Dave Taylor on Twitter




    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING 





    Dave Taylor's "John Wilkes Booth: In the Woods" Series Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7

    The Podcast of Record 1865


    "Donald Trump's presidency is ending a lot like Andrew Johnson's" @ The Hill

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "Trial by Jury"

    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "Trial by Jury"

    It's easy to make extraordinary claims when they're unchallenged. But that's about to change. A few episodes back, I encouraged you to jump down this rabbit hole. And now, I'm here to help you climb back out. Welcome to the fourth episode of our series on John Wilkes Booth.

    Trial by Jury.

    LINKS



    Our Website

    Vanished on Twitter 
    Vanished on Instagram 
    Vanished on Facebook 
    Vanished Facebook Discussion Group 
    Jennifer Taylor on Twitter 
    Chris Williamson on Twitter 
    Smith & Vinson Law Firm Official Website

    Jennifer Taylor Attorney Profile @ Smith & Vinson's Official Website

    Smith & Vinson on Twitter

    Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt 

    "Satisfied" performed by Amber Farndon
    Album Art Illustration courtesy of Desdymona 
    Vanished is a ChrisEvan Films Production
    Vanished is part of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network 
    Vanished stars Jennifer Taylor and Chris Williamson with a special appearance by Montgomery Sutton as John Wilkes Booth
    Dave Taylor's site of record Lincoln Conspirators 
    Dave Taylor on Twitter

    Mark Zaid's Official Website

    Mark Zaid on Twitter

    Special Appearance by Nate Orlowek 



    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING 




    "The Escape & Suicide of John Wilkes Booth" by Finis L. Bates @ Amazon

    Dave Taylor's "John Wilkes Booth: In the Woods" Series Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7

    The Podcast of Record 1865


    "Relatives press fight to reopen Booth grave Appeals court will study bid to confirm whether body is Lincoln assassin's" @ The Baltimore Sun


    "John Wiles Booth Descendants Seek to Exhume Body" @ The Chicago Tribune


    "Body of Lincoln's Killer is Left in Grave" @ The Tampa Bay Times


    "Did Booth Actually Get Away" Original Article @ USA Today 

    • 4 hrs 4 min
    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "X Marks the Spot"

    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "X Marks the Spot"

    I have a lot of heavy lifting to do.

    In part 3 of our series on John Wilkes Booth, my investigation is in full swing. Joined by a world class guest list, I dive into the case head first in an effort to understand how and why Booth might have escaped, the complex introduction of DNA into the case, and the first trial that took place on this case a little over a quarter century ago.

    Welcome back to Vanished. This is part 3 of our series on John Wilkes Booth.

    LINKS



    Our Website

    Vanished on Twitter 
    Vanished on Instagram 
    Vanished on Facebook 
    Vanished Facebook Discussion Group 
    Jennifer Taylor on Twitter 
    Chris Williamson on Twitter 
    Smith & Vinson Law Firm Official Website

    Jennifer Taylor Attorney Profile @ Smith & Vinson's Official Website

    Smith & Vinson on Twitter

    Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt 

    "Satisfied" performed by Amber Farndon
    Album Art Illustration courtesy of Desdymona 
    Vanished is a ChrisEvan Films Production
    Vanished is part of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network 
    Vanished stars Jennifer Taylor and Chris Williamson with special appearances by Montgomery Sutton as John Wilkes Booth and TJ Counihan as Sargent Silas Cobb.
    Dave Taylor's site of record Lincoln Conspirators 
    Kate Clifford Larson's Official Website 

    "The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln" @ Amazon

    Emma Hinkle's Blog 
    Steministas Podcast

    Emma Hinkle on Twitter


    "Who is the Real John Wilkes Booth?" @ Amazon

    Mark Zaid's Official Website

    Mark Zaid on Twitter

    Special Appearance by Nate Orlowek 



    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING 



    Dave Taylor's "John Wilkes Booth: In the Woods" Series Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7

    The Podcast of Record 1865

    "The Ironic Death of Silas Cobb"
    "The Need to Kill James William Boyd" 
    Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack - Season 4, Episode 2 - Full Episode @ YouTube


    "The John Wilkes Booth Mummy That Toured America" @ History

    "The Strange Story of David E. George (Or Is It John Wilkes Booth?")
    "The Postmortem Career of John Wilkes Booth"

    • 2 hrs 30 min
    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "They Can Only Hang Me Once"

    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "They Can Only Hang Me Once"

    I’ve been investigating historical mysteries for a long time. And everything always begins with a story.

    It’s hard to look at our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln as controversial. But he was. As much as he’s now revered the world over for his acts during his presidency, there were many people that stood in opposition of Lincoln and the Union. When we think of Lincoln, we often think about his end; the assassination that we’ll be covering so deeply during this series. But what you might not know is that the assassination that would be successfully carried out in 1865 wasn’t the first attempt on his life. Four years earlier, there was another attempt. And the story behind this one is something out of a summer blockbuster movie. But every bit of it is real. In order to get to the ending, and everything beyond, we need to start at the beginning.

    Tonight, we lay out all the events that begin on April the 14th 1865 and end 12 days later in a tobacco farm in Virginia. Or do they?

    As our split investigation continues on from Oklahoma and Austin, here’s the big question. If John Wilkes Booth did vanish that night in 1865, he must have had help. So, who helped him? Could it be that Booth was simply the tip of the spear that pierced the Union? Is it possible, maybe even probable that the figure calling the shots was in Lincoln's own cabinet? A man that would have the most to gain from the assassination of the president? And was his potential collusion influenced by the most famous assassin in all of history?

    Welcome back to Vanished. This is part 2 of our series on John Wilkes Booth.


    LINKS



    Our Website

    Vanished on Twitter 
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    Vanished on Facebook 
    Vanished Facebook Discussion Group 
    Jennifer Taylor on Twitter 
    Chris Williamson on Twitter 
    Smith & Vinson Law Firm Official Website

    Jennifer Taylor Attorney Profile @ Smith & Vinson's Official Website

    Smith & Vinson on Twitter

    Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt 

    "Satisfied" performed by Amber Farndon
    Album Art Illustration courtesy of Desdymona 
    Vanished is a ChrisEvan Films Production
    Vanished is part of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network 
    Vanished stars Jennifer Taylor and Chris Williamson with special appearances by Montgomery Sutton as John Wilkes Booth and R. Bruce Elliot as Andrew Johnson.
    Dave Taylor's site of record Lincoln Conspirators 
    Dave Taylor on Twitter 
    Josh Mensch's Official Website 
    Josh Mensch on Twitter 

    "The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President--and Why It Failed" @ Amazon 
    Special Appearance by Nate Orlowek 



    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING 



    Dave Taylor's "John Wilkes Booth: In the Woods" Series Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7

    The Podcast of Record 1865

    Allan Pinkerton @ Wikipedia 
    Kate Warne @ Wikipedia 

    "The Unsuccessful Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln" @ Smithsonian 

    "Abolitionist John Brown is Hanged" @ History


    "The Web of Conspiracy" by Theodore Roscoe @ Amazon 
    James William Boyd @ Wikipedia 

    "A Conspiracy Theory to End All Conspiracy Theories: Did John Wilkes Booth Act Alone?" @ Rollingstone 

    "John Wilkes Booth Killed Lincoln, but Who Killed John Wilkes Booth?" @ Vice 

    "The Escape & Suicide of John Wilkes Booth" by Finis L. Bates @ Amazon 

    "A Piece of Crutch" @ Lincoln Conspirators 

    "Historical Vertebrae, a Sideshow Mummy and the Lingering Mystery of John Wilkes Booth" @ PBS

    • 4 hrs 4 min
    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "The Greatest Story Never Told"

    Vanished: John Wilkes Booth "The Greatest Story Never Told"

    What you’re about to hear really started for me a few years ago. I was just about to leave Los Angeles for our big family move out to the midwest. I was in the Los Angeles Public Library looking through some microfilm on Amelia Earhart when I stumbled back a little too far and found the contents of an 1862 Valentines’ note to Lucy Lambert Hale; a prominent Washington D.C. socialite. That’s right. Everything you’re about to hear, started with a Valentine. 




    The contents of the note read like something out of a period romance film but with just a pinch of darkness. The words jumped off the page. Here’s what it said. 





    “My dear Miss Hale, were it not for the License with a time-honored observance of this day allows, I had not written you this poor note. … You resemble in a most remarkable degree a lady, very dear to me, now dead and your close resemblance to her surprised me the first time I saw you. This must be my apology for any apparent rudeness noticeable. To see you has indeed afforded me a melancholy pleasure, if you can conceive of such, and should we never meet nor I see you again believe me, I shall always associate you in my memory, with her, who was very beautiful, and whose face, like your own I trust, was a faithful index of gentleness and amiability. With a Thousand kind wishes for your future happiness I am, to you, a stranger. 





    The, at the time anonymous letter captivated Miss Hale, and that captivation went from 0 - 60 when she learned that the note had been written by none other than John Wilkes Booth; the man that three years later would commit the most famous assassination in all of history. 



    As I sat there pondering what I’d just read one of the librarians came over to me and said “you found the Hale note”. I remember telling her how I’d always been fascinated by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and by John Wilkes Booth in particular. And then she hit me with a question that I’ve been wondering about to this very day. “Did you know the FBI still holds an active investigation into the fate of John Wilkes Booth?” And that question has taken us to Oklahoma.

    Since that day in Los Angeles in 2017 I’ve been piecing together a story that I’ve gone over and over and over in my head. A story that, as history has recorded it, contains love, betrayal, tyranny, rage, murder, secret burial plots, modern day trials, the birth of the FBI, mummy's, and a history altering conspiracy that the world isn’t ready to believe.

    And that’s before we got to it.

    Season 2 rolls on from Oklahoma, this is part one of Vanished: John Wilkes Booth.


    LINKS



    Our Website

    Vanished on Twitter 
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    Vanished Facebook Discussion Group 
    Jennifer Taylor on Twitter 
    Chris Williamson on Twitter 
    Smith & Vinson Law Firm Official Website

    Jennifer Taylor Attorney Profile @ Smith & Vinson's Official Website

    Smith & Vinson on Twitter

    Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt 

    "Satisfied" performed by Amber Farndon
    Album Art Illustration courtesy of Desdymona 
    Vanished is a ChrisEvan Films Production
    Vanished is part of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network 
    Vanished stars Jennifer Taylor and Chris Williamson with a special appearance by Montgomery Sutton as John Wilkes Booth 



    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING




    "Into the Abyss: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" by Kate Gillett

    "Stalking John Wilkes Booth" @ American Battlefield Trust


    "Lucy Lambert Gets a Valentine From John Wilkes Booth" @ New England Historical Society  



    THE UNION  


    Abraham Lincoln @ Wikipedia 
    Edwin Stanton @ Wikipedia 
    Andrew Johnson @ Wikipedia 
    William H. Seward @ Wikipedia 
    Ulysses S. Grant @ Wikipedia 



    THE CONFEDERACY



    Jefferson Davis @ Wikipedia

    Robert E. Lee @ Wikipedia 



    THE BOOTH FAMILY



    John Wilkes Booth @ Wikipedia 
    Edwin Booth @ Wikipedia

    Asia Booth Clarke @ Wikipedia 



    THE CONSPIRATORS



    Michael O'Laughlen @ Wikipedia 
    Samue

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Vanished: Jack the Ripper "The End of the Beginning"

    Vanished: Jack the Ripper "The End of the Beginning"

    This is the end. And frankly I’m relieved to be through it. To be honest, when we first decided we’d venture outside the Amelia Earhart case, I had doubts. I still do if I’m being completely honest. But starting with Jack the Ripper was a good experiment for me. It tested my emotional ability to get through a case like this and come out the other side.

    You’ve had a couple of weeks to digest the trial, the evidence and the testimony and now the time is almost at hand for you to render your decision. Who do you think was Jack the Ripper? And does it even matter? Are the legacies of the victims what we should really be discussing here?

    Jack the Ripper is an enigma. A faceless man. A man without an identity. Or maybe a man with several. I know what I believe. Now, as always it's up to you. But before we leave you to decide we have one more person that we feel you need to hear from. And what she has to say might change the way you look at Montague John Druitt and the man behind this unspeakable evil forever. Welcome back to Vanished and our final episode on Jack the Ripper. 

    LINKS



    Our Website

    Vanished on Twitter 
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    Vanished on Facebook 
    Vanished Facebook Discussion Group 
    Jennifer Taylor on Twitter 
    Chris Williamson on Twitter 
    Smith & Vinson Law Firm Official Website

    Jennifer Taylor Attorney Profile @ Smith & Vinson's Official Website

    Smith & Vinson on Twitter

    Exit script read by Oz Oddball of the Oddball Aussie Podcast 
    Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt 

    "Satisfied" performed by Amber Farndon
    Album Art Illustration 50399190 © Alancotton | Dreamstime.com

    Vanished is a ChrisEvan Films Production
    Vanished is part of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network 
    Christine Ward-Agius appears courtesy of Regnery History

    Get the UK edition of "The Escape of Jack the Ripper: The Truth About the Cover-up and His Flight from Justice" Here

    Preorder the US release featuring new information on the case by Regnery History Here 
    John & Christine's Official Website

    Hainsworth & Ward-Agius @ Facebook 



    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING



    Montague John Druitt @ Wikipedia 
    George Robert Sims @ Wikipedia 
    Henry Richard Farquharson @ Wikipedia

    John Moylan @ Wikipedia 
    Basil Thomson @ Wikipedia 
    Melville Macnaghten @ Wikipedia 
    Mcnaghten's Favoured Suspect @ jack-the-ripper.org 
    Montague John Druitt @ Casebook

    Montague John Druitt @ Jack the Ripper Tour 
    The Macnaghten Memoranda @ Casebook 
    The Macnaghten Memoranda Original Document @ Casebook Courtesy of Thomas Schachner

    • 1 hr 50 min

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Vanished Amelia Earhart is a must for anyone interested in the disappearance of the most famous aviatrix of all time.

The depth of research that Chris Williamson and his team have put into producing this podcast is worthy of praise in itself. Couple this with an incredible array of guests, an innovative and an open minded approach, active listener participation and you’ve got a first class podcast.

This isn’t just a podcast though, it’s a labour of love and it shows.

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