Binge listening to the podcast “Up and Vanished”. It’s an investigative series looking into the disappearance of 30 year-old Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher in Ocilla, Georgia. Inspired by the podcast “Serial”, Payne Lindsey, a self-described film maker, has ventured outside his comfort zone to explore this mystery and bring it to global attention.
“Up and Vanished ” has all the elements of a perfect crime novel: a sweet, well-respected victim, a sleepy small southern town, a surprising lineup of possible suspects, and a good ol’ boy private investigator who helps out.
I have to confess, I have a fascination with true crime tales. I’m not sure if it’s because I experienced my own brush with terror (abducted and raped at 15) and/or because I feel a need to be informed, and therefore, protected.
What I like about this podcast is that Payne Lindsey does not pretend to be anything other than a novice, and yet, he has the ability to get to important points – skilled editing, I suppose. At times, his grammar grates on this English teacher’s ears, but my sensibilities just seem to date me, anymore.
Reminiscent of “Somebody Knows Something”, a Canadian podcast featuring the disappearance of Shelley Sheppard (season 2), “Up and Vanished” is a stark reminder that tragedy can strike at anytime. The pain that families are left with is unfathomable.
The question that begs to be asked, as I bury myself in this series, is: Does investigative reporting help or hinder? Thoughts?