The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

Published by: 7 News
28 Episodes | First Released: Mar 31

A much loved mother, teacher and friend steps on a plane for an overseas adventure and is never seen again. Marion Barter, the former wife of Australian soccer great Johnny Warren, went missing in 1997. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are bizarre. Her daughter has never given up hope of finding her. This is her quest.

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TomT38
Aug 20
Rating:   8
What was that?

What did the retired detective say at 52 minutes of podcast number 12? Sounds like he is about to say he couldn’t tell you more because Marion didn’t want to be found......slip of the toungue, or the truth finally out of the bag?

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Taptaptappie
Aug 20
Rating:   10
Well done Sally and Brian

Oh I really want you to get some solid answers. What a journey you are on. I’m heartbroken for you Sal.You are in my prayers and thoughts.

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sedgjcrhv
Aug 17
Rating:   8
Great podcast

Great podcast and fascinating story, however episodes can get a bit repetitive, I.e. same anecdotes told over several episodes.

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HSPlover
Aug 15
Rating:   6
Repetitive

It’s a fascinating story but this pod cast is so repetitive it can be irritating

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Healthygirl13
Aug 14
Rating:   10
Intriguing

This podcast is fascinating. I must admit I was starting to lose interest with all the speculating but I think it’s really picking up again with some fascinating new information and good journalism. I really wish Sally well and hope she finds answers.

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Luv True Crine
Aug 13
Rating:   10
What Happened?

Did I miss something? First it went into hiatus now it seems the podcast has disappeared!

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Luv True Crine
Aug 13
Rating:   10
What Happened?

Did I miss something? First it went into hiatus now it seems the podcast has disappeared!

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TheWatcher!
Aug 13
Rating:   10
Good Listen,

Trouble with real life cliff hangars is that they are not written with a predictable ending! My finger nails are hurting!Go back to the school angle.... as is clearly signalled there are powerful people at work there protecting the paedophilic activities related to the school.Remember that sadly too many of the abused become abusers.They work very hard to protect themselves.cf the recent death in a US jail of another paedophile.“Imagine what your mother would have done, if your life had been threatened, yet she continued to observe the abuse of young boys!?”I am still hoping that she is in the witness protection program, but truthfully I believe she has been silenced.

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TheWatcher!
Aug 13
Rating:   10
Good Listen,

Trouble with real life cliff hangars is that they are not written with a predictable ending! My finger nails are hurting!Go back to the school angle.... as is clearly signalled there are powerful people at work there protecting the paedophilic activities related to the school.Remember that sadly too many of the abused become abusers.They work very hard to protect themselves.cf the recent death in a US jail of another paedophile.“Imagine what your mother would have done, if your life had been threatened, yet she continued to observe the abuse of young boys!?”I am still hoping that she is in the witness protection program, but truthfully I believe she has been silenced.

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Macryn
Aug 11
Rating:   10
Intriguing and interesting

Those that say this is too slow and uninteresting clearly have the attention span of a two year old. It’s great!! I’ve listened to many true crime podcasts and this is another hit!! Really hope Sally finds out what happened to her mum.

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gregorythomas
Aug 11
Rating:   4
Dull

Intriguing to begin with, but quickly becomes strung out and boring. 28 episodes in, it's clear that this case cannot be solved, so the content is just repeated or completely irreverent.

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LydianalaMode
Aug 9
Rating:   10
Brilliant! Similarities to Dawson and Russell Packman cases

Best wishes to Sally!!! This podcast is outstanding! For the podcast — Please consider discussing the case of Russell and Carole Packman in the UK — the true tale blends Marion’s story with the Teacher’s Pet (Chris Dawson and his “vanished” wife) in an incredibly interesting way. It also shows how and why actual IN-PERSON VISUAL CONFIRMATION of life (and if that person wants no one to find him/her) by the authorities of a person who is said to be missing is so fundamentally important. Packman pulled a Chris Dawson (or what Dawson allegedly has done) and claimed his wife fell off the face of the earth. Police bought his absurd Dawson-esque stories for years even though family and friends were stunned by her disappearance (her young daughter was also told that her mother had abandoned her). He’s in jail now...yet her remains have never been found. This is a wonderfully made podcast, and I highly recommend it. I am a huge fan of true crime journalism in general and true crime podcasts in particular,and I appreciate the truly excellent, highly skilled, yet also emotionally involving production work on this wonderful series. In contrast to another reviewer, I think it’s a bit idiotic to argue that every missing person case should just be covered by Marissa on The Vanished, because once is enough... First of all this is an Australian podcast done very professionally by top Aussie journalists. The case is not American, and Marissa covers U. S. cases (and has enough work!). I love Marissa but let’s be real. Marissa doesn’t do international cases (in general — unless there is a spectacular reason that connects the case to the U. S.) — and her resources are very limited — she can’t contact additional sources in the UK or engage researchers in Luxembourg or the various Aussie police forces so what’s the use of dumping such a complex case on Marissa who would have less pull than famous Aussie journalists?! If more than one hour is too much for you don’t listen!!! And seriously how short is your attention span?! Also some stories need more time to unfold in detail — this case is a perfect example. This is a story about a daughter’s search for her mother over decades. It’s a complex story, and it needs resources to assist Sally in her search for truth, but it’s also a universal story that has meant a great deal to listeners around the world. My own mother has sobbed hearing the details of this case. We truly wish you the very very best!!! The very intelligent and engaging Sally, the central figure of this podcast, and her search for her long-missing and equally fascinating mother (missing under very suspicious circumstances for over 22 years), are enthralling subjects. Plus the story will appeal to almost any listener — it nearly has a fairy-tale-like aspect (searching for the lost *true* mother) but like Sally I feel that this story will have a dark ending. But knowing the truth — even if it is painful — is always better. The issue of abuse at the school (Australia seems to be just waking up to the issue of historical sexual abuse) that employed Marion is worth its own podcast!I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen. The behavior of the Aussie police, then and now, as also exposed in the superb and highly recommended The Teacher’s Pet podcast, needs every bit of attention it receives despite their complaints. Their behavior is mystifying to me as a Yank as they refuse to assist in the most mundane ways, and they throw up roadblocks constantly in ways that are simply ridiculous, which can have no rational purpose imho other than to cover their own shoddy work. CYA as we say in internet speak.Any mmnot add her mother to the missing persons’ list?! It can’t possibly hurt anyone after over 22 years, and it is strikingly stupid stonewalling. Marion Barter has NEVER been “sighted,” which means that she should be considered missing!!! They have no idea if Marion was murdered, abducted, or in serious danger from say an emergency medical event such as a psychotic break or stroke or brain injury that severely impacted her personality.These things do happen — one listener proposed an excellent and rational theory that Marion could be suffering from acute dementia — WHERE IS THE CONCERN Law Enforcement?! Lynn Dawson, Marion Barter, Karlie Pearce and Khandalyce Pearce-Stevenson (who were murdered by the man supposedly protecting them, and Khandalyce was a clearly endangered CHILD)...these cases. And the utter lack of concern LO showed these women, are absolutely shameful. I have to ask — WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE VARIOUS AUSTRALIAN POLICE FORCES??!! Their indifference to the cases of these missing women seems stunning to me. The “she joined a cult and vanished and left everyone/everything important to her” line is a ridiculous meme repeated by these officials (or at least they just accept it from the likes of Chris Dawson) without *ANY* serious investigating (imho of course but this appears to be so). No “sighting” — they just accept a very cartoonish suggestion. See the Teacher’s Pet as well as this podcast which includes the police Something sinister happened to Sally’s mother Marion — the fact that the police just abandoned the case AND also block Sally, and the journalists producing this podcast, at every turn amazes me. There are so many giant red flags indicating that Marion might have been in serious jeopardy of some 7sort (as I stated I wouldn’t rule out a medical emergency).“ bizarre name change, the very alarming repeated removal of $$$ from her account in an amount (the same amount each time) that would permit the person to do so without picture ID — what if she had a massive psychological breakdown caused by a medical emergency — so not even something as directly sinister as a murder? Excellent podcast. Sally — our hearts ache for you and hope you at long last find some answers. There are thousands of us listening and hopefully all of this will produce some info. Çhuz))

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daisychainandjunioerberry
Aug 9
Rating:   2
If I could give this show no stars I would!

Don’t waste your life on this meaningless gobbliegook.Reporting at its lowest

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samr00
Aug 8
Rating:   8
Brian, please chill.

I’m really enjoying this and I’m rooting for the truth to be uncovered but I can’t help thinking they may have more success when questioning people if they didn’t sound so frantic. I understand Sally’s sense of urgency and desperation but Brian just speaks over the top of her, at people, constantly so it sounds like a full on attack. Drives me crazy as a listener.

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Ross224
Aug 7
Rating:   6
A bit slow

Interesting story but far too repetitive and slow moving.

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Zsarex
Aug 7
Rating:   8
Intriguing

Sally’s unfaltering determination to find out what happened to her Mum is exceptional. And the support that has come to her from this podcast restores my faith in humanity. However the NSW Police’s lack of integrity and professionalism appalls me. It was 1997 not 1897. There was no excuse for their slackness then or now. How embarrassing that they need to be shamed into reluctant action. I hope for Sally that she gets an answer about what happened to her Mum.

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hannahmabelrose
Aug 7
Rating:   10
Intriguing!

This podcast is very intriguing. Such a muster and terribly sad. I really hope you find out what has happened Sally!

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hannahmabelrose
Aug 7
Rating:   10
Intriguing!

This podcast is very intriguing. Such a muster and terribly sad. I really hope you find out what has happened Sally!

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alanaclare
Aug 7
Rating:   4
C

This is a miss. I could not summon the motivation to continue beyond the second episode. First, why is the cringe-worthy voice of a 7 News reporter superimposed as Marion’s voice? You could have portrayed an element of her being / personality by using a more appropriate voice. These are the words of a missing woman, not a newscast. Second, were the misogynistic comments in the second episode necessary? An extract: ‘I hand picked her...brand-spanking new, she never had a boyfriend’;‘He wasn’t a womaniser but he had about 6 or 7 girlfriends’;‘...women were just throwing themselves at him’.The whole tone of that interview served to reduce Marion to something to be ‘picked’ out and presented to a man. Constantly reminding listeners that she was married to a sportsperson has the same effect. Third, I hope consideration is had for the fact that intimate partner violence is rampant in Australia. Interrogate whether someone close to her is responsible for her disappearance. It may not be as sensational as a transnational mystery but it is consistent with the female-experience. I hope the podcast doesn’t ignore this tragic reality.

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Zsarex
Aug 7
Rating:   8
Intriguing

Sally’s unfaltering determination to find out what happened to her Mum is exceptional. And the support that has come to her from this podcast restores my faith in humanity. However the NSW Police’s lack of integrity and professionalism appalls me. It was 1997 not 1897. There was no excuse for their slackness then or now. How embarrassing that they need to be shamed into reluctant action. I hope for Sally that she gets an answer about what happened to her Mum.

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