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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 Vanished

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    • 3.9, 51 Ratings

“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 Announcement Teaser

    Vanished John Wilkes Booth Announcement Teaser

    This story begins with the most famous assassination in history. After he fired the bullet that murdered Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth went on the run. A run that most say ended 12 nights later when he was cornered in a tobacco barn in Virginia.
    But there are many that believe that night in Virginia wasn’t the ending at all. In fact, it was only the beginning.
    ”Vanished John Wilkes Booth" features attorney Jennifer Taylor & podcaster Chris Williamson. In season 2, audiences will follow along as they investigate the 12 day manhunt for Booth, the events that took place on the night of April 26th 1865 and determine whether Booth died that night as a result of wounds suffered by Union Soldiers or whether or not Booth was one step ahead of the nationwide hunt and was able to devise a plan that would allow him to vanish and live on for another 40 years.
    Starring: Montgomery Sutton (https://www.montgomerysutton.com/) as John Wilkes Booth 
    Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8068897/)  
    Album Art by Desdymona (https://desdymona.com/)
    John Wilkes Booth Signature Animation by Nick Littlefield of "The Pixel Guys" (http://thepixelguys.com/)
    Script by Jennifer Taylor & Cory Sutton 
    Trailer Edit by Chris Williamson
    "Vanished" is a part of the "Straight Up Strange" (https://straightupstrange.com/) Network
    "Vanished" stars Jennifer Taylor & Chris Williamson
    "Vanished" is a "ChrisEvan Films" production copyright 2020
    www.vanishedshow.com (https://www.vanishedshow.com/)

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    16: Vanished Amelia Earhart: "Epilogue"

    16: Vanished Amelia Earhart: "Epilogue"

    The epilogue of season one. A reflective interview of Chris Williamson conducted by Jennifer Taylor.

    • 54 min
    15: Vanished Amelia Earhart: "Legacy"

    15: Vanished Amelia Earhart: "Legacy"

    Our journey is over. We created something that I didn’t know that we could. And we did it together. And now as I look back on everything that we accomplished, I can finally move forward into an exciting future. One of hope. One of faith. And one where the skies are the limit. I think Amelia would appreciate that. 
    So, goodbye Amelia & Fred. Wherever you are...

    • 18 min
    Introducing "In Defense of Liberty" Starring Jennifer Taylor

    Introducing "In Defense of Liberty" Starring Jennifer Taylor

    On New Year's Day, "Vanished" co-host Jennifer Taylor debuts her brand new podcast with the first two episodes of "In Defense of Liberty"!
    Check out the trailer for "In Defense of Liberty" and subscribe to the show on all major podcast platforms now! 

    • 2 min
    14: Vanished Amelia Earhart: "Enter Irene Bolam"

    14: Vanished Amelia Earhart: "Enter Irene Bolam"

    In 1965, Major Joseph Gervais was invited to speak at a gathering of retired pilots. While he was there, he was introduced to Mrs. Irene Bolam by one of Amelia Earhart's closet friends, Viola Gentry. Gervais felt he instantly recognized her as an older version of Amelia Earhart and commenced to research her past. Using Gervais' research, author Joe Klaas documented his assertion in his book Amelia Earhart Lives released in 1970. Bolam denied being Earhart, filed a $1.5 million lawsuit and submitted a lengthy affidavit refuting the claim. The book's publisher McGraw-Hill pulled Klaas' book from the market shortly after it was released, and court records indicate they made an out of court settlement with her after she refused to give a set of fingerprints to the court upon her victory. 
    On Bolam's death, Gervais sought permission to photograph and fingerprint the body, but permission was denied.
    After Amelia Earhart Lives was published in 1970, three additional books were subsequently published that continued to support the Irene Bolam hypothesis as it’s come to be known. Those books were titled, Stand by to Die by Robert Myers and Barbara Wiley, Amelia Earhart Survived by Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (2003), and in January 2016, Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave by W. C. Jameson was published. The authors of these books continued to promote the theory that Bolam and Earhart were one and the same.
    Shortly after the passing of Irene Bolam in 1982 researcher and author Bob Meyers, who we mentioned earlier and who had known Amelia Earhart as a young teenager had multiple conversations with Irene’s closest friend and confidant Diana Dawes about the role that Irene played in the repatriation of Amelia Earhart. Recently courtesy of aviation pioneer Ann Holtgren Pellegreno who herself completed Amelia’s world flight in a Lockheed 10 we received those tapes. Conversations never before heard by the general public. Until now. 
    Friends of Amelia Earhart like Bob Meyers, Art Kennedy and many of the Zonta believed that Amelia Earhart returned and that Irene was Amelia. While denying it on public platforms, Irene herself played coy about her background and past in private; even going so far as to tease family and friends that there was more to her than meets the eye. Irene’s own son Larry Heller stated emphatically that when Irene passed away in 1982, the woman pictured on the funeral program was not the woman who raised him. Check the links in the show notes for tonight’s episode for the photo of Irene Bolam that Joe Gervais took on that day in 1965. You won’t’ find any photos of that same woman prior to 1940. That’s because according to the theory, that woman didn’t exist before 1940. At least not as Irene. 
     
    For most people, this theory is the most far-fetched of all the many theories in this case. Most people wouldn’t give a platform to such an idea. But we’re not most people. Tonight, we return and theory five is finally upon us. 
     
    Exit Amelia Earhart. Enter Irene Bolam.
    SHOW NOTES:
    Tod Swindell's site of record: Irene-Amelia (http://www.irene-amelia.com/)
    Handwriting Expert Witnesses: Their Role, Value, and Admissibility (https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/handwriting-expert-witnesses-their-role-value-and-admissibility/)
    Facial Recognition Is Accurate if You’re a White Guy (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/technology/facial-recognition-race-artificial-intelligence.html)
    "Stand by to Die: The Disappearance, Rescue, and Return of Amelia Earhart" (https://www.amazon.com/Stand-Die-Disappearance-Rescue-Earhart/dp/0935125019) by Bob Meyers & Barbara Wiley 
    Michael Streed's website "Sketchcop Solutions" (https://sketchcop.com/)  
    "Amelia Earhart's Survival and Repatriation: Myth or Reality?" (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart%27s_Survival_and_Repatriation:_Myth_or_Reality%3F) by Dr. Alex Mandel, in

    • 2 hr 11 min
    2: Vanished Sleepy Hollow: The Vanishing

    2: Vanished Sleepy Hollow: The Vanishing

    As the diary page of Katrina Van Tassel garners worldwide attention, an investigation on both sides of the story begins. Attorney Jennifer Taylor and investigator Chris Williamson interview experts on both sides of the spectrum and a trial with testimony from both the Van Brunt and Van Tassel families takes place...
     
     Vanished Sleepy Hollow Part Two features the voice talents of:
    Rob Kristoffersen from "Our Strange Skies" (https://www.ourstrangeskies.com/) as Ichabod
    Ash & Aziz from "History of Westeros" (http://www.historyofwesteros.com/) as Katrina and Brom
    TJ Counihan from "Pints & Puzzles" (https://audioboom.com/channel/pintsandpuzzles) as Timothy Van Brunt
    Lanie Hobbs of "True Crime Fan Club" (https://truecrimefanclub.com/) as Lanie Van Tassel
    Henry Steiner of Sleepy Hollow (http://headlesshorsemanblog.com/) as himself 
    Special appearance by Chris Cogswell of the "Mad Scientist Podcast" (https://www.themadscientistpodcast.com/)
    Special appearance by Forrest Burgess of "Astonishing Legends (https://www.astonishinglegends.com/) "
    Special appearance by Javier Leiva of "The Pretend Podcast" (https://pretendradio.org/)
    Special appearance by Jim Harold of "Jim Harold's Campfire" (https://jimharold.com/category/jim-harolds-campfire/)  
    Narration by Adam Ballinger of "Graveyard Tales" (https://www.graveyardpodcast.com/)
    Featuring Jennifer Taylor & Chris Williamson
    Vanished Sleepy Hollow was written by Cyris S. Slate, Jennifer Taylor & Chris Williamson. Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8068897/) and art by Desdymona Howard. (https://desdymona.com/)

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

amm700 ,

Great podcast!

If you are interested in law and history this is an amazing podcast! Hosts are extremely informative and love the whole style of this podcast!

FlygirlVagabond ,

Search No Further...

Fans and admirers of AE, avgeeks, history nerds, or - well - even those who just crave a good mystery (arguably one of the greatest, if not “THE” greatest of all time), profiled in rich, compelling detail, and thus featuring a diverse and highly-knowledgeable panel of experts, both on the woman herself (and her most epical life, both within - and even well beyond the context of aviation’s colorful formative years), in addition to the various theories and hypothesis surrounding her storied disappearance, over eight decades prior, yet which nevertheless still manages to resonate as “relevant” all these years later, as well as continuing to occupy special place in the hearts and psyches of young and old alike, the world over, myself certainly included. In short, the host and his team succeed brilliantly in laying out the case in such a way and manner as to serve to transport the listener back in time - and thus straight into the pages of history, yet with the benefit of state-of-the-art technology and superior sound quality. A true auditory adventure for the ages...

Bierwibp ,

Not the AE case

The AE case was gripping, interesting, and extremely well formatted.

Sleepy Hollow sounds forced, overt scripted, and poorly written.

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