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Now I’m “Up and Vanished”

thBinge 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?

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V.J. Knutson

Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.

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