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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: Henry Every "All Hail the Pirate King"

    Vanished: Henry Every "All Hail the Pirate King"

    When we were last together, we spoke of DB Cooper, and the only unsolved case of air piracy in US history. Tonight, we take piracy to a whole new level. 




    In the late 1600’s, in just a two year period, a single man would lead a mutiny aboard a ship named Charles the second, become the captain elect of that ship, and go on to have the most successful pirate career of anyone that ever lived. Like Cooper, he has no beginning. In fact, modern day scholars can’t even agree on when he was born. 




    After the most successful raid of his short career, this man would vanish into thin air, leading to the first worldwide manhunt and a trial that would have an absolutely shocking ending. You really gotta hand it to those pirates boy. They don’t stand on ceremony, especially Henry Every. No this guy disappears into the vast oceans with a treasure that today could be worth north of hundreds of millions of dollars. 




    Legend says that Every became so successful that he lived out his days in a legendary pirate city on Madagascar where the streets were paved in gold, and the riches were so vast, he need never be concerned with money again. 




    Others, tell a different story. 




    One thing’s for certain. No one ever found him. Maybe more importantly, no one ever found the treasure. 




    The end of season 2 is upon us. 




    Finally, it’s time to set sail. This is Vanished: Henry Every.

    [Stay till the end of the show for a very special treat from Technofunkboy]





    LINKS



    Our Website

    Vanished on Twitter 
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    Vanished on Facebook 
    Vanished Facebook Discussion Group 
    Vanished on TikTok

    Jennifer Taylor on Twitter 
    Chris Williamson on Twitter 
    Music by Dane Gerous Schmidt 
    Opening Theme “A Thief’s End” by Henry Jackman
    Technofunkboy on Twitch 
    Colin Woodard appears courtesy of Mariner Books 
    Dr. Rebecca Simon appears courtesy of Mango Media 
    Eric Jay Dolin appears courtesy of W.W. Norton & Company




     SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING 




    “Enemy of All Mankind” by Steven Johnson @ Amazon

    Henry Every @ Wikipedia


    “The Most Successful Pirate You’ve Never Heard Of” @ History


    “The Elusive Henry Every” @ The History Press

    Henry Every @ The Pirate King 


    Proclamation for Apprehending Henry Every Alias Bridgeman 

    “Silver Coins Unearthed in New England May Be Loot From One of The Greatest Crimes in History” @ Livescience 

    • 2 hr 21 min
    Vanished: DB Cooper "Trial by Jury"

    Vanished: DB Cooper "Trial by Jury"

    If you made it this far, you’re probably in till it’s over and I commend you. We’ve covered a lot of ground so far in a very short time. And now in our final segment together, we take it all the way. But before we all enter the courtroom together, we have a few more stops to make and a few more experts would like to weigh in. The story of DB Cooper is a complex one taking twists and turns at every possible opportunity. And it’s about to get crazier. As I ramped up my investigation into this case and into the possibility that we may have found our guy, some new information made its way forward as it always seems to do in these cases. If you know me, you know that no matter what happens, I’m always about forwarding the progress. And tonight we do just that. From the skies above Portland to the shores of Tena Bar, we wind down our series with new evidence that strengthens the case for Braden and a bombshell call to arms that could have continuing effects on this case for years to come. Let’s get back into it. The conclusion of our investigation into DB Cooper begins now. 

    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 
    Opening Theme "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project 
    Eric Ulis appears courtesy of his official website

    Mark Zaid appears courtesy of Mark S. Zaid, P.C.

    Nicholas Broughton appears courtesy of Nicholas Broughton 
    Drew Beeson appears courtesy of Fort Necessity Press




    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING




    "Paratrooper of Fortune: The Story of Ted B. Braden - Vietnam Commando, CIA Operative, Congo Mercenary, and just maybe D.B. Cooper" by Drew Beeson

    "Sky Ghost: The D.B. Cooper Report" by Eric Ulis 
    The Vault @FBI - DB Cooper Records


    The DB Cooper Letters @ History.com

    • 2 hr 20 min
    Vanished: DB Cooper "A Dark Horse"

    Vanished: DB Cooper "A Dark Horse"

    Happy Thanksgiving, and welcome back to Vanished.

    In part one of our series, alongside our guests, we discussed the mindset, the story, and the legend of DB Cooper. We also discussed the science being worked on the two largest pieces of physical evidence that we have in this case. And I know what you’re thinking. That’s all great, but who was DB Cooper? And what about all these suspects? In part two, we continue our journey into the vortex with series advisor and returning guest Darren Schaefer as we discuss some of the standout suspects in this 50-year-old cold case. 




    We’ll also hear from newcomers and giants in this investigation. Lastly, I’ll introduce you to an investigator that has been quietly working on a suspect that he believes has been hiding in plain sight. A suspect with a background that you won’t be able to believe. 




    Let’s go to work. This is part two of Vanished: DB Cooper.

    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 
    Opening Theme "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project 
    Darren Schaefer appears courtesy of "The Cooper Vortex"

    Anonymous appears courtesy of DB Cooper Hijack 
    Dr. Robert Edwards appears courtesy of Schiffer Publishing 

    Tessa D'Amico appears courtesy of Tessa D'Amico 
    Drew Beeson appears courtesy of Fort Necessity Press

    A very special appearance by Hank Bertsch 



    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING




    "DB Cooper and Flight 305: Reexamining the Hijacking and Disappearance" by Dr. Robert Edwards


    "Paratrooper of Fortune: The Story of Ted B. Braden - Vietnam Commando, CIA Operative, Congo Mercenary, and just maybe D.B. Cooper" by Drew Beeson



    SUSPECT RUNDOWN




    Robert Rackstraw 

    Richard McCoy 
    Walter Recca 

    Lynn Doyle Cooper 

    William Gossett 
    John List 

    Kenny Christensen 

    Sheridan Peterson 

    Duane Weber 

    Barbara Dayton 

    • 3 hr 34 min
    Vanished: DB Cooper " November 24th, 1971"

    Vanished: DB Cooper " November 24th, 1971"

    Welcome back. Anniversaires are fun. And if you’ve followed this show you know that we kind of make a big deal of those around here. January 5th, 1939; after vanishing over the pacific ocean alongside her navigator Fred Noonan, icon Amelia Earhart is declared dead in Absentia. August 31st, 1888, the body of Mary Ann Nichols was discovered at 3:40 AM in Whitechapel...officially beginning Jack the Ripper’s “Autumn of Terror”. April 14th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth leading to a nationwide manhunt just after the end of the Civil War. 




    Remembrance of those dates is important because they tell stories. Stories that have been expanded upon and investigated thoroughly to this day. And that brings us to tonight. Not too many people can become historically associated with a verb. But our next subject can. 50 years ago tonight, a still unidentified man skyjacked a commercial airliner, demanded a $200 thousand dollar ransom (a little over 1.3 million today), and jumped out of that airliner into the darkness never to be seen again. He has no ending and no beginning. He existed for only a few short hours, and in that time, he committed the perfect crime. His name is only an alias, but it’s become the most famous alias in all of aviation history. 




    Tonight, we have a first for this show as we release our entire series on one very special anniversary. 50 years ago, an unassuming man jumps into history. He’s become a ghost. But now, perhaps finally, we’ll have a name to go with that ghost. 




    Oh, you thought we were done? We’re just getting started. 




    Welcome back to Vanished. And part one of our three-part series for DB Cooper.

    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 
    Opening Theme "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project 
    Angel Mays appears courtesy of "Color Me Dead" 
    Javier Leiva appears courtesy of "Pretend" 
    Darren Schaefer appears courtesy of "The Cooper Vortex" 

    Tom Kaye appears courtesy of "Citizen Sleuths" 




    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING




    Tena Bar Money Find 

    Money Analysis 
    Overview of "Snap-on" Tie from Penneys
    Washougal Washdown Theory
    Marty Andrade's Website 

    "Finding DB Cooper: Chasing the Last Lead in America's Only Unsolved Hijacking" by Marty Andrade

    "DB Cooper World prepares for the 50th Anniversary of this iconic skyjacking" by Bruce Smith 

    From "The Cooper Vortex" DB Cooper’s Money - Arthur L. Friedberg

    • 1 hr 25 min
    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 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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103 Ratings

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Absolutely Awesome podcast! Listening to Amelia Earhart right now. Love the way you guys are covering everything

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Such an interesting podcast. Great job! I love the historical aspect! Hey Chris and Jen, please consider the strange disappearance of band leader Glenn Miller. It’s a good one!

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