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We’re talking about a different kind of mystery though: disappearances that are not caused by predator attacks or criminals hiding out there in the woods or just bad luck. A former cop [David Paulides] has put together hundreds of case files regarding clusters of missing persons in national parks where the circumstances are flat-out strange: but don’t expect any answers from the Parks Service. Strange: Clusters of People Just Vanish! Youtube 23.28, 8 News, George reporting
Stranger still were the reactions of federal agencies when he asked for public records. The response was not only no, but hell no, he says. ibid.
The missing defy logic. ibid.
We found that there were 28 different clusters of missing people – geographical clusters. ibid. David Paulides
A fishing trawler disappeared only to be found mysteriously undamaged at the bottom of the Pacific ... The Marian Ann never arrived ... Before the Marian Ann’s disappearance two other ships went missing. Weird or What? s1e2: Ghost Ship, Discovery 2010
In 2004 several vessels fitted with high-tech communications systems vanished off California. ibid.
In 1985 a cameraman captured footage of a drilling platform in the North Sea being destabilised by methane gas bubbles from the seabed. ibid.
Can we suddenly disappear without a trace? Three men vanish from a yacht off the coast of Australia … In Vermont almost a dozen people disappear from a remote mountain wood … And in Tasmania a pilot is chased by an unknown craft before disappearing … Weird or What? Mysterious Vanishings s3e8, Discovery 2012
The Mary Celeste … found fully seaworthy and floating unmanned in the Atlantic in 1872. ibid.
‘One of Ireland’s most infamous missing-persons cases; this case stormed the population of Ireland.’ Donal MacIntyre, Unsolved s1e4: The Case of Annie McCarrick, CBS 2015
‘A beautiful, vibrant and intelligent young American had come to regard Ireland as her second home.’ ibid.
On the evening of March 26th 1993 … she disappeared … and has not been seen or heard of since … that she could simply go for a walk and never come back. ibid.
The possibility of IRA involvement. ibid.
March 18th 2009: an attractive professional woman made her way home from her job on the University of York campus. She would later speak to her parents by phone … The alarm was raised: she had simply disappeared. Donal MacIntyre, Unsolved s1e5: The Case of Claudia Lawrence s1e5
‘There’s nothing in Claudia Lawrence’s background that suggests she wanted to disappear and become someone else.’ ibid. David Wilson
No crime scene, almost no forensic evidence and no body. ibid.
The police then had to disclose the less conventional side of Claudia’s life. ibid.
December 7th 2000 Dublin: One young man would mysteriously vanish after a night on the town never to be seen again. Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved s1e8: The Case of Trevor Deely
Trevor Deely literally vanished in the early hours of the morning on 8th December 2000 and has not been seen or heard of since. ibid.
‘When we got to the camp site the only thing we found was Maddie’s tent and her truck and her belongings.’ The Vanishing of Madison Scott, Maddie’s mum, Youtube 2014
‘Maddie enjoyed school … It was more of a social thing.’ ibid.
‘What happened? … How is this even possible?’ ibid. friend
The mysterious disappearance of a twenty-five-year-old estate agent ... 1986: the brother of Suzy Lamplugh receives a phone call that will change his life. Crimes that Shook Britain s6e6: Suzy Lamplugh, CI 2015
Suzy’s car appeared to have been abandoned. ibid.
For the Lamplughs the agony of not knowing what happened to Suzy is channelled into a the start of a charity in her name. ibid.
With mounting circumstantial evidence Jim Dickie interviewed the man he felt was responsible: John Cannan. ibid.
The case to find Suzy remains open. ibid.
It’s a story that’s transfixed most of us but which has largely been told through leaks, spin and innuendo. Panorama: Mystery of Madeleine McCann, BBC 2007
They’d eaten here every night of their holiday and their friends. They can’t see the front or the side of the apartment but they can see part of the back. Though even that view was partially obscured by bushes. ibid.
He [Gerry] closes the bedroom door and leaves through these patio doors. ibid.
‘That person was carrying a child.’ ibid. Jane
Gerry McCann says he had closed the bedroom door but Mat Oldfield says he finds it open. ibid.
There was more and more focus on Kate and Gerry McCann. ibid.
We would have to accept that Kate and Gerry having just been involved in the death of their daughter then got ready for a night out, were first at the table and then had a meal with friends as if nothing had happened. ibid.
It is five years since a little girl vanished without trace on a holiday in Portugal. Why has Madeleine McCann never been found? Panorama: Madeleine: The Last Hope? BBC 2012
Operation Grange – set up after a direct request from David Cameron. ibid.
Four separate investigations by private detectives have been funded by the Find Madeleine Campaign. ibid.
All four couples had left their children sleeping unattended. ibid.
It was at 10 p.m. on May 3rd when Kate McCann made the seventy-metre walk to check on her children. ibid.
[Robert Morat] was questioned for nineteen hours before he was released. ibid.
Portuguese public opinion hasn’t changed. ibid.
It’s taken years for the McCanns to secure a British police review of the investigation. ibid.
Next Thursday Madeleine McCann will have been missing for five years. ibid.
The minor Madeleine died in apartment 5a ... A simulation of an abduction took place ... Kate and Gerry McCann are involved in the concealment of the corpse of their daughter. Portuguese police internal memo
On May 3th 2007 3-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing. 168 days later that is the only indisputable fact about this extraordinary case. Dispatches, Searching for Madeleine, Channel 4 2007