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Alaska, 1972. Two congressmen vanish on a small plane. They’re never found. In 1995, a mobster tells the F.B.I. the plane was bombed. What happened?

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    • 4.4, 294 Ratings

Alaska, 1972. Two congressmen vanish on a small plane. They’re never found. In 1995, a mobster tells the F.B.I. the plane was bombed. What happened?

    Bananas in Tucson

    Bananas in Tucson

    A mobster marries the widow of one of the missing men.

    • 43 min
    Bonus: A Day on the North Slope

    Bonus: A Day on the North Slope

    The pilot’s account of a previous Arctic crash.

    • 31 min
    The Croat Letter

    The Croat Letter

    A mysterious assassination letter surfaces.

    • 41 min
    The Search

    The Search

    Battling snow and waves, searchers hunt for the missing plane.

    • 44 min
    The Disappearance

    The Disappearance

    Two congressmen vanish in Alaska in 1972.

    • 39 min
    Introducing Missing in Alaska

    Introducing Missing in Alaska

    Alaska, 1972. Two congressmen vanish on a small plane. They’re never found. In 1995, a mobster tells the F.B.I. the plane was bombed. What happened?

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
294 Ratings

294 Ratings

Glitter on the Dancefloor ,

Really good, but I’m going to nitpick

The central event explored in this podcast — the disappearance of a twin-engine Cessna carrying two U.S. Congressmen in Alaska in 1972 — happened before my time, about 10 years before I was born.

I’m actually surprised that I never knew this story, given that I not only grew up in Alaska, but am also well familiar with some of the central personalities, including the Begich family (Mark Begich graduated from my high school a few years before I attended, and was the bane of every Anchorage teen’s existence in the 1990s when he served on the Assembly). So, it was very cool to hear this story, along with the stories of so many prominent Alaskans I remember from forever ago, and the mention of these crazy places all over the state: the North Slope, Prudhoe Bay, Whittier (and Begich Tower, lol), Portage Pass.

Alaska is a pretty unique place, and it’s always amusing when someone from the Lower 48 tries to understand it, let alone explain it to an audience. The podcast executes this aspect beautifully, simply by relying on locals to tell the story. Nicely done.

Also like how he asks for the audience’s help finding documents and other missing or lost evidence. This is brilliant because Alaska is a community: you need a document that was lost from the library or radio station 50 years ago? No problem. Someone knows someone who was working there at the time, let them make a call. :) Things are like that in the AK. :)

What doesn’t work for me? Well, it’s nit-picky of me, but bugging me enough that I’m moved to review a friggin podcast, so here we are.

First, this podcast suffers from the same issue I’ve encountered time and again, from Serial to Up and Vanished to Dolly Parton’s World: these podcasters seem to think that they’re somehow personally relevant to the story they’re telling. (Trust me. You’re not). If you’re a reporter, we don’t need to know your feelings and opinions — our reasons for listening aren’t about you, they’re about the story you’re telling us. This podcast keeps it to a minimum, but combine that with another nitpicky irritation — it’s hard for me to take a journalist seriously when they sound like a college kid rather than a professionally trained speaker — and it all comes off very amateurish. It’s a shame here, because the podcaster ends up undermining himself, imho.

Second: the 180 into Peggy Begich’s marriage to a mobster. Sigh. Am I just old or something? There’s nothing scandalous about it, or even shocking. Have you ever seen how spun out political widows get when they remarry? (Hint: see Jackie Kennedy’s second husband). Or any chick who’s first husband tragically and unexpectedly dies after decades of marriage? There’s nothing surprising about vulnerable women, probably still grieving and traumatized, ending up with a sketchy new husband, who was polar opposite of the first. Happens all the time. This is when I stopped listening.

This story is interesting enough it itself. It literally writes itself. A conspiracy theory won’t somehow make it more exciting or add any new information to what happened to the missing plane.

And ultimately, what did happen?

You said it in the first episode: a plane carrying two congressmen disappeared in Alaska after hitting bad weather — full stop.

It was the *370th* small aircraft crash in Alaska that year. And that’s just the little planes. Just a year earlier, an Alaska Airlines 727, flying the exact same route as that missing Cessna would take, hit bad weather flying into Juneau, crashed and killed everyone on board. (Fun fact: every airline that ever flew into Juneau has crashed into that mountain at some point).

Know what I saw, some 20 years later in 1995 when I was driving home from high school in Anchorage? An AWACS plane taking off in the distance - it went up, came back down, followed by a giant fireball.

When the best pilots in the industry drop a 727 into a Juneau mountain, and military pilots lose their lives in the only AWACS crash ever — it tells you something about the unforgiving flying conditions in Alaska.

What chance did Begich and Boggs have? Or Senator Ted Stevens (it was was his 2nd plane crash in Alaska - he survived the first), for that matter? In small aircraft in bad weather in Alaska? None.

There is no conspiracy here. Planes crash in Alaska all the time. They always have. That’s the story here. Wish the loosely linked conspiracy theory were just completely left out of it - it’s pointless.

Know what’d be way more interesting? Finding the plane.

kmwaller ,

Very interesting

So far this is a great story. I was actually born in Anchorage in July of 1972. My family was there due to my dad being in the Army. I grew up and live in Florida.

Sandmanzach ,

Give It A Chance/ It’s Lowkey Dope AF

Im an 18 year old teen and I have spent so much time googling and browsing for a podcast that I actually enjoy. This is the one and only podcast that isn’t boring, and sounds really good. It’s not embarrassing to listen to in public. Very suspenseful, it really keeps your attention. I will say the audio quality of the 2nd hand accounts aren’t that good and is hard to understand. But, I don’t expect it to sound good because it was audio that was taken 50 years ago. The narrator does an amazing job of summarizing and explaining what they are saying. I don’t like how they give you like a ton of dates that you need to remember. But I can guarantee that if you listen to the first episode, you will want more and you will get sucked into listening to this podcast. In summary: WATCH IT, GIVE IT A CHANCE!!! (1 Episode Just One)

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