Faded Out

Faded Out

Published by: Sarah DiMeo
52 Episodes | First Released: Feb 4 '18
Delving into the most dark and disturbing missing persons cold cases. This first series investigates the disappearance of Johnny Gosch, a paperboy who was abducted off the street on the early morning of Sept. 5, 1982, and whose case has never been solved. Hosted by Sarah DiMeo.
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tcklme
Dec 11 '19
Rating:   10
Excellent podcast!!

The Doreen Vincent case captivated me from the get go. So much information and detail was laid out perfectly. Now that season 2 is over, what am I going to do with my time? Can’t wait for the upcoming stories!

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tate.serg
Oct 25 '19
Rating:   10
Sooo amazing

This podcast is underrated! Should be 5 stars. I just started listening to Doreen’s story. I can already tell I love all the sisters! Definitely a sad story. Everything is produced perfectly. The host is so genuine.. she’s really good!

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ScubaCFP
Oct 3 '19
Rating:   6
So so

Season 1 is better. Season 2 is an interesting case but excessively long and repetitive.

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worldstallestmike
Aug 14 '19
Rating:   6
Season One

I found this and decided to add to the many hours of reading and podcasts I’ve taken in on the subject of Johnny Gosch. I grew up in Iowa when he was taken, so I’ve heard about him my entire life and have remained interested in the many theories and stories. Sarah does a nice job looking for all the facts and not following the only the traditional narrative.I was frustrated by how easily she was swayed, completely changing her view based on a feeling or by one persons story, even if it differed from everything she had previously read/seen/heard. I’m not saying she shouldn’t be open to having her view changed, but at times she did a 180 degree change with very minimal change in evidence. Overall, it was mostly entertaining and she did a good job investigating. I was left frustrated at some of the errors in her judgment throughout.

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Ljdeshayes
Aug 11 '19
Rating:   6
I like it but...

Only a couple episodes in and finding myself wince often with the host’s narration. Run on (and on) sentences lose their meaning, and lack of proper enunciation (Mar-in without the T, Secon without the D) irks me.

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PKP33
Jul 7 '19
Rating:   6
Great and not so great

Season 2 started off great until they ran out of things to investigate. And yet despite this, the episodes kept on churning out. This season should have ended at episode 11 because every episode after that has been opinions/conclusions. Whether you call it conjecture or justified conclusions based on evidence, doesn’t make a difference because both are really boring to listen to. Even if I completely agree or disagree with the conclusions that the podcast has drawn, it’s just not interesting hear. As an earlier comment mentioned, let the listener draw their own conclusions! As an investigative podcast, they should only be concerned with the investigations and presenting facts they uncover (and not reiterating the same facts already presented.) That’s what makes it worth the listen. Nothing else. And this podcast knows how to do that! The most compelling and absorbing episodes are of those when the host goes into the field and does her work, tracking down and interviewing people. The family, law enforcement, etc. When the podcast sticks to that formula, it’s about as good as investigative journalism gets! The most boring episodes are the discussions they have in the recording studio where the host and producers are just sitting around drawing conclusions and reiterating facts I’ve already heard over and over again in previous episodes. Very unnecessary. And 5 hours in a row dedicated to listener questions? Come on. These last 10 episodes are the definition of filler. If some new ground breaking evidence emerges, I would love to hear another episode about it. In the meantime though, I would suggest they hang it up for the season and find a new story to investigate.

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Fellowshipofthepod
Jun 17 '19
Rating:   4
A Serious Downgrade...

I love season 1 so much that I listened to it all the way through at least 3 times. This season, however, is neither gripping nor well-done. Jessica is a fine investigator, but her constant speculation and defensive attitude against viewers is hard to get behind. Worst of all, Joe is absolutely grating. Everything from his voice (please, please quiet down) to his snarky, “I’m not speculating, but here’s my speculation” attitude is just not something that lends itself well to reporting.

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codpast24
Jun 15 '19
Rating:   2
What happened to this podcast?

I liked it better in season 1, more wannabe Serial than wannabe Nancy Grace. Season 2 has turned into a speculation party, with a healthy dose of shouting like a morning radio show. Mix in some trash talking about detectives, neighbors, and even listeners who voice their criticism or doubts about the producers’ theory of the case. The speculation is very tiring because they keep hinting at some more substantive evidence they have but can’t share *yet*. “Take it on good authority” they repeat. Seems like a cheap trick to keep people listening, but it’s pretty clear nothing will come of this season 2 about this case that isn’t already reflected in news articles from years ago. They’re just dragging it all out. Do yourself a favor, just read those articles and skip season 2 of this podcast. Recommend season 1, however, especially the later episodes (13+). Can’t wait for more updates from Sarah on that one!

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CT102
Jun 12 '19
Rating:   6
Stop blaming your critics

I enjoy your podcast and appreciate the investigative work you are doing for these cold cases but please learn from your critics instead of blaming them for not agreeing with you. I want you to succeed but I also agree with some of the speculation comments. I was hoping that the faded out team would have learned from their wrongful characterizations in season 1 but in season 2 there just seems to be a lot more speculation. I know you want to help and I think you are on to some very credible theories but let the story speak its truth. Let the listener come to their own conclusions. At the end of the day that will do more for these cases than anything else.

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DTH73
Jun 4 '19
Rating:   10
Johnny Gosch

Super interesting podcast on Johnny Gosch. Sarah does a great job of dissecting what actually happened, what we think happened and the various conspiracy theories surrounding this case. Her passion and determination to unravel this story is amazing. Very well done!

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7thDuchess
Jun 2 '19
Rating:   10
LOVE THE OUTRAGE!

I love hearing the outrage from the cast over the piss-pour job the police did in investigating this missing child. We all should be outraged over this cold case! Keep up the good work!!

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puuuuuh leeeze!
May 24 '19
Rating:   6
Gotta unsubscribe

Joes voice is awful, over the top and does not lend credibility to the podcast at all. Jessica seems as if she has put work In yes, but oh my God the nonstop speculation on people. Why in the world would someone want to be on the show after you basically called them an accessory to the crime and taped them first without asking and THEN told them , “I’m taping ok”? TL sounds nuts and you gave her way too much credit. Sarah did a very good job writing and producing the show before.

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xraygirl26
May 20 '19
Rating:   10
Excellent job

I’m think Faded Out is fantastic. I think they are doing a great job in season 2. The Doreen Vincent case has limited public information out there and these guys are doing a respectable and brave job chasing down the information. There were a few episodes in the beginning that had some bad voice actors reading statements but they have changed formatting since then. Now it’s more like a conversation going over the facts looking for for the link that will tie all the facts together. It’s a work in progress. This is a case that it could have been solved had the police actually investigated but it wasn’t, which poses the question... why is that? There ARE a lot of things that are very “weird”. I’m not mad that the podcast for saying it. I hope the light they shed on this nearly forgotten cold case ultimately brings justice for Doreen Vincent.

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mandi84121
May 15 '19
Rating:   6
Stop yelling!

I have never written a review before, but today I have finally given up on listening to this podcast. Both stories have been interesting, but Joe in season two yells way to much. I understand he are passionate about the case, but he doesn’t need to yell to get his point across. I have never listened to a podcast where the host yells. So I am done. I will have to google any updates.

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VeronicaRytting
May 15 '19
Rating:   6
Finally had to unsubscribe

I really liked this podcast, but wow, it’s changed and unfortunately, not for the better. Firstly, I agree in the opinion that Doreen’s father Mark seems very suspicious, maybe even guilty, and that it seems like LE is covering something up. I just wish they went about sharing this info it in a more professional, less screamy, less speculative way. The hosts keep saying they are “not here to speculate”, yet they say “I don’t know, I think that’s weird” sooooo many times. Some of the things do come off as weird right away, a lot of other things do not. Maybe they would if we understood the context better, but to us, it’s become a podcast about what the hosts deem “weird”. Like, if you played a drinking game where you took a shot everytime they say something is weird in their opinion, you’d be absolutely hammered. Then there’s Joe who apparently cannot speak without yelling. His normal inside voice is so loud that I feel like I am getting shouted at everytime he talks. No wonder the people don’t want to talk to him! If a male stranger contacted me with with his so-loud-and-aggressive-sounding-that-it’s-borderline-scary tone, I would immediately be on the offense too. It would be a lot more telling and evidentiary to see who actually won’t talk b/c of the subject vs. who won’t talk b/c an aggressive sounding stranger is coming at them. Then they give LE so much sh*t for not releasing info. It’s *weird* that they aren’t releasing information, and yet in the VERY SAME EPISODE, Sarah and Joe debate whether or not to share something with the audience and they decide against it. By all means, do not share info that could hurt the case, but it makes you sound very hypocritical to call people out for doing something (or not doing something) and then you do the same thing. I would happily re-subscribe and rate it 5 stars if it were easier to comprehend, there was more substance to claims or ya know, you could *not* share info *until* you actually have more evidence of claims which would make it so much easier for people to take seriously vs. “well they say it seems weird so I guess it’s definitely weird then”A lot of us are in agreement with who we think is guilty, we just wish the information was shared in a less speculative, less hypocritical, less scream-y, contextualized way so that we can stand with you instead of on two different sides of the same street.

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iNacho!
May 14 '19
Rating:   4
Season 1 was better

Joe is loud and obnoxious. He tries to steal the show. Season one was much better just listening to Sarah.

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zxcvb75
Apr 25 '19
Rating:   4
Unsubscribed at Season 2

The majority of the podcast consists of announcers or voice actors simply reading newspaper articles or search warrant applications or other related documents verbatim, as opposed to highlighting key components. Unfortunately, this results in super boring radio.Also, the host(s) seem to express contempt or resentment towards people who decline to provide a statement to the podcast. For example, in season 1 the host(s) seemed to complain to another about the current owner of the Johnny Gosch house shutting the door in their face. The owner had nothing to do with the case and simply wanted to be left alone. In season 2, when the former chief of police of Wallingford did not want to provide a statement due to a pending investigation, the host continued to tell the viewer about the continued attempts to secure a statement from him, rather than just simply and professionally saying he declined to comment and leaving it at that. The persistent coverage of people declining to provide statements comes across as whiny.Finally, a lot of Season 2 is the surviving family of Doreen speculating and theorizing as to what her father “might” have done to Doreen without any corroboration. The most egregious example of this was a theory floated by a relative that the father may have gotten Doreen pregnant, and perhaps that is a motive for him wanting to harm her. Beyond that bare assertion, what evidence is there of that? I don’t disagree that the father presents as a nefarious character. But this podcast has veered from objective journalism into quasi slanderous territory.To their credit, the hosts have put a lot of energy and time into this production. I don’t mean to take away from that. But I can’t continue to listen to this for the reasons stated above.

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Starry eyed 44
Apr 5 '19
Rating:   10
Season Two is Great Work

What a horrific case. So glad Dimeo is shedding light on this poor child’s short, and probably brutal, life. Doreen was failed by every adult around her, including police. Even if her father never tells the truth, at least this podcast gives this little girl’s story a voice. It also allows the victim’s of his sexual abuse to speak. Hopefully in the future missing children won’t be tossed aside, labeled as “run aways,” and hopefully abusers won’t be allowed to continue their child abuse for decades. God bless Doreen.

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stephyP13
Apr 4 '19
Rating:   2
Lost interest (season 2)

They talk way too much and not speak more in regards to the subject.

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metalbot0580
Dec 3 '18
Rating:   6
Haunting Case. Passionate Host. Editing Needs Work

So I grew-up in Iowa in the 80s and Johnny Gosch was always a cautionary tale. I thought I knew all there was to know about this case, but this podcast changed this.This is the host’s first podcast and it is interesting. The Yellow Bag and his story is a game changer. The host seems to have a lot of passion case and is able to build trust with key players. Not all podcasters able or willing to do this. BUT...Like most first time podcasts it lacks polish and the storytelling is not tight. I was probably most put off near the end of the season where there are literally hours of audio where the same story is told over and over and over (yes, I mean literally hours of the host and others recounting the same story). I struggled to stick with it, despite my interest in the case. Editing interviews and conversations to retain the most interesting/crucial information would make this much easier to listen to.

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