52 episodes

“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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    • 4.2 • 150 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: Jesse James "St. Joseph, Missouri April 3rd 1882"

    Vanished: Jesse James "St. Joseph, Missouri April 3rd 1882"

    Some of the stories we cover for this show take a toll. You get into something, and you think it’s for a little while, and you end up being swallowed by your fascination and taken down rabbit holes you never thought you’d be in. Over the years, we’ve received a ton of requests for us to cover one story in particular. Ever since we took that pit stop in 1865 to visit the story of John Wilkes Booth, the fever has been burning. Our next story is a monster with so many twists and turns, that theory and fact seem to have become transparent. What a fun place to begin.

    It's important to us to convey the history of our subjects in a way that allows our audience a deeper understanding of their historical significance. Perhaps no other case will convey that better than our next subject. We’re about to explore the life, legacy, infamy and history of perhaps the biggest outlaw in all of history. 

    This is the story of what happened (or didn’t) on April 3rd, 1882 in St. Joseph, Missouri and how a figure clouded in polarization could become even more polarizing after his death, when in 1951, another man arrives on the scene in Granbury Texas, far from where he made his name, claiming to be the real Jesse James. What happens when theory casts a shadow on history?

    He’s known by many names. Icon. Outlaw. Legend. Robinhood. Murderer. But who was Jesse James, really? And could his story have lasted far longer than history officially records? 

    Oh, and one more thing. If Jesse James was ever in Granbury, maybe he ran into a certain other figure that we’ve discussed extensively on this show. You’d be surprised at what you uncover when you follow the evidence, wherever it leads. 

    Welcome back to Vanished and our multi part series on the outlaw Jesse James. 


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    Opening Theme "Tattoos & Bad Booze" by Caleb Morris Feat. Dane 
    Adam Ballinger Appears Courtesy of Graveyard Tales 
    Dr. Scott & Dr. Shiloh Appear Courtesy of L.A. Not So Confidential 



    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING



    Jesse James @ Wikipedia 

    Pinkertons maim Frank and Jesse James’ mother @ History 
    Jesse James Timeline of Terror @ The History Junkie 
    Bloody Bill Anderson @ Wikipedia 
    William Quantrill @ Wikipedia 

    Quantrill’s Bones @ American Heritage 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Vanished: Amelia Earhart "Summer 2019 (Part 2)"

    Vanished: Amelia Earhart "Summer 2019 (Part 2)"

    On July 5th 2020, we walked away from the Amelia Earhart case as a team. After over a year of recording and almost two years in production, we ended what I thought was the final conversation we’d have on this show regarding Amelia Earhart. 

    Well, you know how that goes…..

    2 weeks ago, on January 26th, a very intriguing sonar image of what appears to be an aircraft 16,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific was revealed by Tony Romeo and Deep Sea Vision - a team that had been searching in that area for any remnants they could find of the holy grail of aviation. Sometimes, when you’re searching for a needle in the biggest haystack on the face of the earth, you produce a miracle. 

    Tonight, for one night only, we return to our audience and re-open the case that we left over 4 years ago. 

    Suddenly, it’s the summer of 2019 again. And Jen Taylor hasn't missed a step. 

    This is a line I never thought I’d say again. Welcome back to Vanished. This is Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan.

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    Opening Audio News Clip  

    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING



    Is This Amelia Earhart’s Long-Lost Plane? @ The Wall Street Journal

    Liz Smith’s Dateline Theory Blog 

    Tantalizing Theories About the Earhart Disappearance @ History

    • 39 min
    Vanished: The Mary Celeste "Abandoned Ship" (Live)

    Vanished: The Mary Celeste "Abandoned Ship" (Live)

    It’s December 5th, 1872. The waters of the Atlantic are cold and desolate. Unforgiving. 

    A British brigantine, the Dei Gratia sits about 400 miles east of the Azores when crew members spot a ship that seems to just be bobbing on the endless waves -  lifeless in an ocean that seems to never end.   

    The Captain of the Dei Gratia, David Morehouse was surprised when he discovered that the ship his men were seeing, was none other than the Mary Celeste - a brigantine that left New York City eight days earlier bound for Genoa, Italy. Surely, they should have made it by now, he thought. Something must be wrong. 

    Under the order of Captain Morehouse, the Dei Gratia changes course in an attempt to investigate the seemingly abandoned ship. 

    Upon arrival at the Celeste, Morehouse sends a search party that includes first mate Oliver Deveau and second mate John Wright to board the brigantine and begin a search. Among the many strange things that the De Gratia crew discovered upon boarding the ship, was that her vessels were set, her cargo intact, but her crew of ten, including Captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife, and their two-year- old daughter was nowhere to be found. Below deck, the ship’s charts and maps were a mess, but present. It’s only lifeboat was missing, and one of it’s two pumps had been strangely disassembled. There was over a 6 month supply of both food and water, but no one aboard the ship to consume it. 

    The absence of life aboard the Celeste immediately fueled rumors and speculation, that still send shivers down the spines of some of modern day’s most seasoned nautical investigators.

    Again, under orders of Captain Morehouse, the crew of the Dei Gratia took control of the abandoned ship and sailed it 800 miles to Gibraltar where a British court convened a salvage hearing to determine if the spoils of the Mary Celeste would be divided up amongst the crew of the Dei Gratia under maritime salvage insurance law. 

    The case wouldn’t be so cut and dry though, as the attorney general in charge of the inquiry, Frederick Solly - Flood, suspected that foul play may have played a part in the mysterious vanishing of the ship’s crew. That is where tonight’s story begins. 

    Welcome back to Vanished. This is the Mary Celeste. 

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    A Very Special Thank You to the True Crime Podcast Festival for Hosting Us
    Bob Motta, Alison Motta and Darren Wood Appear Courtesy of Defense Diaries

    Jason Usry Appears Courtesy of Santa Maybe 
    Angela and John Appear Courtesy of The Bravo Docket 

    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING



    What Happened to the Mary Celeste? @ History


    The Chilling Mystery Of The Mary Celeste, The Ghost Ship Found Empty In The Atlantic In 1872 @ All Things Interesting


    The Incredible and Chilling Story of the Mary Celeste @ Modeler's Central

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Vanished: Amy Johnson "Skyfall"

    Vanished: Amy Johnson "Skyfall"

    It’s January 5th 1941, the skies are gray and filled with water, ready at any minute to pour down to the Earth below. Amy Johnson, whom many people referred to as the British Amelia Earhart, is soaring through the air, her eyes fixed on the horizon, her heart beating with excitement and trepidation. Little does she know that she’s about to live the final moments of her life. 

    Up to this point, the flight has been uneventful, but as Johnson approaches the Thames Estuary, she begins to encounter poor weather conditions. This is, as they say, where story ends and theory begins.

    The exact cause of the accident that led to Johnson's death is still unclear. But in recent years, an alternate explanation to what history says happened that day has been offered. And it’s one that calls to a more tragic ending to one of aviation’s biggest icon’s. A woman’s name you’ve likely never heard of….until now. 

    Welcome back to Vanished. This is Amy Johnson.

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    Opening Theme by Krale Memoirs of the Forgotten 

    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING 



    Mysterious demise of pioneering aviator Amy @ London News Online 


    The Distinguished Career Of Pioneering British Aviator Amy Johnson @ Simple Flying


    The ongoing mystery of Hull pilot Amy Johnson who died 81 years ago today @ Hull Daily Mail 


    Amy Johnson: Death of pioneering aviator 'may have been covered up' @ Independent 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Vanished: Zodiac "Epilogue"

    Vanished: Zodiac "Epilogue"

    Welcome back to a very different part 4 than we thought we’d have. I guess that’s how it goes in these cases right? When you follow the evidence, wherever it leads, sometimes what it uncovers, or doesn’t may surprise you. 

    Trial by Jury is now behind us, and if you’re listening to this, hopefully you’ve made your own conclusions about what was presented during that part of the series. Does it compel you? Are you convinced? Maybe we were able to present enough of a case to make you want to consider the fact that the man known as the Zodiac, wasn’t one man at all. 

    At any rate, we’re leaving San Francisco - off to other cases. But we couldn’t leave without giving you our final thoughts on what we took from trial, and discussing the toll that we deal with in creating this show for you, our audience.

    It’s not without its risk, and as you’ll soon discover, it’s not without fallout. This is the epilogue for our series on the man known only as Zodiac. 

    • 28 min
    Vanished: Zodiac "Trial by Jury"

    Vanished: Zodiac "Trial by Jury"

    Despite countless investigations and numerous suspects over the years, the identity of the Zodiac Killer remains a mystery to this day. But what would it take to try this case in modern times? In order to build a strong case, new looks at Zodiac would need to start with a deep dive back into the original evidence, including potential DNA samples, fingerprints, and any other forensic evidence that might have been overlooked in the past - and that’s what we’re trying to do here. 

    In recent years, one suspect has started to attract the attention of a few modern day investigators, and that attention is beginning to shift the focus back to a man that holds a very interesting position in the case as we’ve come to know it. 

    Tonight, we’re going to unpack a story that might be a little head scratching at first, but as you’ll hear, the theory we’re about to put forth, has roots that run very deep into Zodiac mythology. In fact, it has a lot to do with a suspect that, if you’re familiar at all with this case, you’ll know. But there's a twist to this story - one that plays right into the Zodiac’s potential motives by playing directly to the ego that seemed to be at the center for every decision he ever made.

    When we started our look at this case, I really didn’t know where it would take us. After hearing what you’ll hear tonight, I’m more convinced than ever that we have identified the Zodiac killer. Or maybe I should say Zodiac killers.

    Welcome back to Vanished. This is a trial by jury for Don Cheney and Arthur Leigh Allen. 

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    Sarah Cailean's Official Website 
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    Drew Beeson's Official Website 
    Drew Beeson on Twitter 

    SHOW NOTES & FURTHER READING



    His Name Was Arthur Leigh Allen - on YouTube 

    Sighting In on The Zodiac Killer: Unmasking America's Most Puzzling Unsolved Murders by Drew Beeson 


    Don Cheney Speaks @ Zodiackiller.com 

    • 3 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
150 Ratings

150 Ratings

pelirojo1 ,

Amelia was good!

I enjoyed learning a lot about Amelia that I didn’t know. Chris and Jen couldn’t keep their left leaning politics out of the John Wilkes Booth, how is there any comparison to today? I guess they forgot the left are the violent and racists ones. Listen to Amelia and then move on!

Circles and Reporting ,

Always a pleasure!

It’s always a privilege to listen to their deep dive on any case they choose to explore. I cannot wait until the Jesse James series comes out!

Spro007 ,

Had potential

Came over from Cooper Vortex. Liked the premise but could do without the political opinions. The audio levels were awful. Why is the cohost woman’s mic so much louder than anyone else? The mixing was pretty bad

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