Vanished: Amelia Earhart Part Eight "Trial by Jury"

"It’s time to take this entire case; all 82 years of it and burn it all down."

Image of Amelia Courtesy of Purdue Archives. Used with Permission.

When we decided to do this series not too long ago, the first question that I asked was how do we approach a case like this in a way that hasn’t already been done? And how can we make it interesting and fun even? The idea for what you’re about to hear came to me almost a year ago and it took us almost a year to produce a single part of this series. As we stand right now, we’ve journeyed through Amelia Earhart’s childhood, her adolescent years, her time in Canada after the war, her introduction to aviation and her extraordinary career. We’ve looked at causes that meant a lot to AE such as the Ninety-Nines, the air derby of 1929 and her extraordinary ties to Purdue University. And when last we left her, Amelia experienced failure, not for the first time in her life, but on a stage and a level that was unlike anything she’d ever faced to that point.

I’ve poured over this case for a little over 15 years now, and I’ve spoken to some of the top minds in the world regarding what happens next. Some of those minds disagree with each other. Aggressively at times. There are aspects of this case that begin on the day AE and Noonan disappeared; July the 2nd 1937. And there have been constant developments to this day. One thing is for certain. What’s been done up to this point hasn’t yielded any results. At the end of part seven, I told you that you were all about to take part in the trial of the century. Tonight, that trial begins. We can’t look at this thing with a business as usual approach. It’s time to shake things up. It’s time to get under some people’s skin. It’s time to take this entire case; all 82 years of it and burn it all down. Strap yourselves in because we’re all in till it’s over. Time to swear in.

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Images of Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess Courtesy of Astonishing Legends

Image of Tad Dibiase Courtesy of "No Body Cases"

Image of Buddy Levy Courtesy of Washington State University


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  • A special thank you to Jeremy Collins from the "Podcasts We Listen To" podcast for recording tonight's exit script

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