Hey, guys, it's pain, and I want to tell you about a new podcast I have called Dead and Gone. It's an investigative podcast that I'm hosting that looks into the unsolved murders and disappearances of Grateful Dead fans. If you're a fan of the true crime stories and radio rental than this podcast is right up your alley. I partner with a fellow podcast store named Jake Brennan, host of This Great Land. And together we uncover some bizarre new information.
Dead and Gone is a 10 part podcast series in the first two episodes are available right now. Just search dead and gone on your podcast up and be sure to subscribe. And if you're on the fence about it, here's a clip of the first 10 minutes of the show. Well, I'm having trouble finding it right now, this post is throwing me off. We saw it not very long ago, and I know it's here. Cesar Chavez Park on San Francisco Bay is a small memorial plaque buried in the grass.
Out of sight and apparently forgotten in living memory of Mary Regina ChawIa, 12, 20, 60 to 65. And Gregory Allen defends. There were newspaper articles about the killings in. What I read is that it happened around here. Someone allegedly the guy that they arrested killed him. It was a long time. It's just a secret member. Thirty five years ago, Mary Joyo and Greg Nithin were murdered here, a man named Ralph Thomas was convicted and sentenced to death.
So why am I here? Well, it all started with this guy. Somebody had to do it. Somebody is going to invent penicillin, somebody is going to invent the microwave. Eventually, somebody would have been the first diversely.
It happened to be me, I guess, right now, because my name is Payen Lindsay and I have people here.
This is Todd Matthews and he lives in a small town in northern Tennessee. He's a funny guy with the distinct Southern accent. But there's also something very unique about Todd. He considers himself the world's first cyber sleuth.
My route to this world was very strange. In October of 1987, three new girls walked into our lunch room at school and I was sent by my best friend and the one in the middle. I pointed at her. I said, That's the girl I'm going to marry. Literally, she sat down beside me. We were telling ghost stories because it was Halloween. She told me about a body that her father had found in 1968. She was a Jane Doe in Scott County, Kentucky, the Jane Doe was known as the girl because she was wrapped in a canvas tent rapper.
That had just turned 18 and by the time she turned 17, but within nine months we were married. I didn't go to college like I planned. I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I went to work on that Jane Doe case. Just something about Tanko seems so familiar. I felt like I knew that case, there was no Google, so you couldn't Google certainly can't Google a filing cabinet. It was driving to Georgetown, Lexington, Kentucky, getting newspaper articles, talking to people that might have known something about it.
And I built a website for everything that I knew, just clip's photographs, everything. And I thought, I'll put this out there and then somebody will come to me and tell me that was my mom's sister and something I was looking for, somebody that hadn't mother or sister or anything. And in 1997, I found somebody. It was a decades long mystery that gripped a small Georgetown community, a woman found dead and wrapped in a tent of U.S. twenty five in 1968.
She was known as Tent Girl until the late 1990s when her true identity was discovered.
I found a woman that was looking for her sister, last known to be alive in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1967. I knew it was her. I remember the words that the medical examiner's office tent girl is indeed Barbara Taylor. That's when I started getting the phone calls. Totted made a name for himself, having solved a decades old murder case by using the Internet at the time, this concept was unheard of. And it got the attention of law enforcement agencies from around the world, they wanted him to help solve their cases.
That's when Todd had a revolutionary idea. The Internet must be good more than just looking in commercials. It's got to be usable. It's a way to communicate with people. Department of Justice in 2007 wanting to create a NamUs program, the national database, the National Center for Missing and Unidentified Persons. And like that, Todd's career is a full time sleuth took off, Todd Matthews has seen thousands of missing persons cases. He's the spokesperson for NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
It's a government organization that aims to streamline missing persons cases for investigators. Since tent girl Todd Matthews has had his hands in countless cases, NamUs alone has helped solve over 12000 missing persons cases. Whatever it is, Todd definitely has something, a good intuition, an eye for things, who knows? But the impact he's had on unsolved cases is very real. Over the years, Todd learned the importance of collecting data in order to solve these crimes, tracking trends and recognizing patterns.
And recently, Todd's taken notice of a new pattern of cases, which is why I'm here now.
What if there was just one one case? Would anybody even think about it? I'm not sure if anybody would really start an effort to be featured in a magazine. You know, when you start clustering things together a little bit, it's easier to see. He's established a set of unsolved cases, all with one thing in common. The band, The Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead. Could you come up with a better name, the Grateful Dead cases? Maybe they were going to a concert at a ticket stub in their pocket at a concert.
SHEARDOWN It was a commonality.
That's something that you can grab a hold, have that commonality. It got your attention, didn't it? Yeah. All right. That's the idea. There was an event that brought people together. Those concerts brought people together to a certain place and certain time. And my conspiracy theory and that something mysteriously no, but they had that commonality.
There's not a serial killer most likely that's done something to all of these people. We know the Grateful Dead themselves had nothing to do with this. It was something that made them have some connection to each other, whether they were even connected or not. And that's something anything that you can take to recompose the decomposed Grateful Dead did that.
So it's not some big conspiracy and it's probably not a serial killer. At least he doesn't think so.
But what Todd's found in his lifetime as a cyber sleuth is the importance of a commonality, even if only to get your attention. Anybody looking for anything? It is great, but it's going to run into those cases that might be the exact people that need to see those cases, the conversation's not going to hurt anything.
It's only going to make the concept bigger, easier to see and unforgettable. Almost every case is just bizarre nature. Strange circumstances. Bridget Lee Pindel was last seen on January 12th, 1996, in Wichita, Kansas. She was 23 years old and following the Grateful Dead on tour when she vanished. Douglas Simmons was last seen at a Grateful Dead concert on July 10th, 1990, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mitchell Fred Wiser and his girlfriend, Benita Bickford, went missing on July 27th, 1973, hitchhiking for a Grateful Dead concert.
Jennifer Willmar, a Grateful Dead follower, was last seen in California on September 13th, 1993. While hitchhiking Jeremy Ted Alex followed the Grateful Dead for years, and he vanished on April 24th, 2004 from Northport, Maine. On July 20th, 1995, a man was found on the side of the Highway of a Grateful Dead concert in Atlanta. To this day, his identity is unknown. On March 29th, 2008, a fisherman discovered a woman's remains underneath a box spring in Sacramento, California.
She was wearing a Grateful Dead jacket. Her cause of death and identity remain unknown. On October 26, 1991, a woman was found murdered in the woods of Orange County, New Jersey. The only clue as to her identity was a large tattoo of a tiger on her left leg. Later, it was discovered that the tattoo was the same tiger design on Jerry Garcia's guitar. Her identity remains unknown. The majority of these cases have been unsolved now for decades.
Todd's hope is that by clustering these cases together, he can bring more awareness to them. The first two episodes are available right now, just search dead and gone on your podcast up.