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Posted May 24, 2011 @ 2:21 PM

I happened to catch this show on Lifetime, I don't know how long it's been airing. This week was the case of Amy Bradley, who disappeared from a cruise ship in 1998. Some years later, photos of a woman who looked like her showed up on a Carribbean-based escort website. The photos were heartbreaking; if it was her (and I think it was), then she's been forced into human trafficking. I hope this case is resolved soon, what a tragic story. And so unbelievable. The family also was bilked by a con artist who promised to do a "search and rescue" mission to bring their daughter back. So sad.

Last week's story was about Jessica Lunsford, the child who was murdered in Florida a few years ago. Her father, Mark, at first glance looked like a shady character, but he has proven to be very media savvy and sincere. I admire the way he's conducted himself in the media and continues to be a children's advocate in memory of his daughter.

Last week also featured a story about the beauty queen who disappeared or was murdered; no resolution on that case either. I've seen that case on 48 Hours or Dateline before, not sure if "Vanished" brought any new info to the table.

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Posted May 26, 2011 @ 7:21 AM

I happen to catch a repeat of this show last night. Amy Bradley's story was so incredibly sad. No one would ever think such a horrible thing could happen on vacation, especially in a "contained" environment like a cruise ship. I'm willing to bet the base player from the band had something to do with her disappearance. I really hope that guy isn't still working on cruise ships.

The truly sad thing about this case is that even if she's found alive she's not going to be the Amy they remember. After being forced into sexual slavey for now over a decade, she will be terribly damaged and will need years of therapy to recover. So sad.

Edited by Enero, May 26, 2011 @ 7:26 AM.


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Posted May 26, 2011 @ 12:23 PM

Thanks for your input, Enero. I think the bass player had something to do with it too. Scary thing is that he's still around, I hear.

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Posted May 26, 2011 @ 10:01 PM

Last week's story was about Jessica Lunsford, the child who was murdered in Florida a few years ago. Her father, Mark, at first glance looked like a shady character, but he has proven to be very media savvy and sincere. I admire the way he's conducted himself in the media and continues to be a children's advocate in memory of his daughter.


I don't think the father looked shady at all. He had long hair, but there was nothing "shady" there. From what I remember, he wasn't even the suspect; his parents were. I can't imagine what that family went through. Knowing that his child could hear him calling for her, but couldn't call out. The idea of that creep burying her alive under his front steps and her fingers actually tearing through the garbage bag, as she tried to dig her way out, was one of the most horrible things I've ever heard.

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Posted May 29, 2011 @ 9:22 PM

I too saw the episode about Amy. It was heart breaking. I want to belies the woman in the photo was her, but I don't know if someone could survive 10yrs of that torture and keep their sanity. You never see middle aged sex slaves- they are either dead from disease/lack of medical care, or turned out on the street when they cannot make money any more.

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Posted Jun 5, 2011 @ 6:12 PM

I had dvr'd this show and just watched 3 episodes. What strikes me is, while it's a great avenue to get these unsolved cases out in front of the public again, it's sad and disheartening that none of them have been solved or at least had any updates. My heart breaks for the families and friends of the missing. I hate to point this out, but bless Beth's heart (yes, I'm from Alabama, too), all she seems to do is ask or say the same things to all the families. I'll continue to dvr it and hope for some closure for some of the cases.

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Posted Jun 5, 2011 @ 6:39 PM

What strikes me is, while it's a great avenue to get these unsolved cases out in front of the public again, it's sad and disheartening that none of them have been solved or at least had any updates

Considering that the show only has a few episodes so far, updates aren't really something I expect them to be putting out yet. If the show continues for a while, I assume they'd add the kind of updates that Unsolved Mysteries puts on the end of its segments.

I do agree that she says the same sort of thing to each family. I know they're trying to make her into Lifetime's version of John Walsh, but Walsh had a lot of years between his son's death and his run as a TV host. I don't think Beth has the kind of experience to be the kind of host Walsh is. Although, considering the fact that I think his horrible loss turned him into someone who's bombastic and kind of unhinged, maybe that's not such a bad thing. I do think Beth will develop a bit more variety as she becomes more TV-ready.

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Posted Jun 7, 2011 @ 2:39 PM

I agree that this show is depressing. I feel for all of the loved ones that are left with the questions......and the hope.

I respect Walsh but I agree he is a bit unhinged. I do wonder what inspired Beth Holloway to do this? With Walsh, he developed Code Adam, America's Most wanted at least had suspects! Many of these cases are about people who have appeared to have simply vanished...

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Posted Jun 8, 2011 @ 10:54 AM

I like the show Disappeared on ID, so thought that I'd give this one a try. I've only seen the cruise ship episode, and that was pretty horrifying. I think that if you like Disappeared, this show will be right up your alley. I'd never heard of the cruise ship passenger case, and I'm glad that the show is picking some lesser known disappearances.

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Posted Jun 13, 2011 @ 12:10 PM

I too saw the episode about Amy. It was heart breaking. I want to belies the woman in the photo was her, but I don't know if someone could survive 10yrs of that torture and keep their sanity. You never see middle aged sex slaves- they are either dead from disease/lack of medical care, or turned out on the street when they cannot make money any more.


I just saw this episode and I can't believe this wasn't something that was all over the media in its day. The shady ship captain who lied to the family about searching the ship and wouldn't keep the ship contained as to not alarm other passengers...maybe they should have been alarmed! The bass player who almost certainly had something to do with the disappearance. The con artist who bilked them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. And then those horrific photos that turned up years later. This is the type of story that nightmares are made of.....yet the public should be made aware that this stuff actually happens. Amy's mother said just look up Human Trafficking on the internet in the United States alone and you'll be horrified. Imagine what goes on world wide.

Poor Amy, she looked about 50 years old in those pictures instead of early thirties.

I do think that Beth Holloway strikes the right note of sympathy with the victims' families and that she may someday provide as useful as John Walsh in getting some of these disappearances solved.

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Posted Jun 13, 2011 @ 7:20 PM

I just saw the Amy episode, too. The idea that she could still be out there, held against her will is absolutely haunting. I don't know how her family can go on.

There were other episodes on after this one and I simply could not watch. Far too disturbing.

Edited by Midge, Jun 13, 2011 @ 7:20 PM.


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Posted Jun 28, 2011 @ 8:34 AM

The middle story on last night's episode was strange. The one with the boy who was the first child on a milk carton? What do you think of the mother's claim that she was reunited with him for 3 hours when he was 27? It's hard to say who was right and wrong but I can kind of understand how the father thinks she's crazy cause if she really was reunited with him how could she just let him walk away again? There had to be something the police would have been able to do?

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Posted Jun 28, 2011 @ 8:55 PM

if she really was reunited with him how could she just let him walk away again? There had to be something the police would have been able to do?


If someone's of age, there's not a lot you can do to keep them from walking away if that's what they want to do. The police don't really have any role there. I don't know if she is all there or not (and who'd blame her if she wasn't). I just don't know what else you do in that case.

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Posted Jun 29, 2011 @ 12:01 PM

mansonlamps, I think the Amy Bradley case was covered by the media. I remember seeing a Dateline episode on it years and years and years ago.

But the interest fades when there are few leads.

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Posted Aug 27, 2011 @ 10:09 PM

I just saw the Amy Bradley case and how horrifying, both for the family and Amy, who has been held captive for thirteen years now.

If she is still alive, and ever found, I don't know how anyone could recover from that. That band player definitely had something to do with it. I just wonder why she didn't ask the cab driver for help instead of just asking for the phone, but I could rationalize it as being in a panic. I guess the band player tried to hand her over to someone or a few people, and she ran.

I think the guy who saw her on the beach must have felt awful, as did the woman who saw her in the bathroom. A part of me was going, "Ugh, why did nobody try to help her?" but the other part knows that A) people don't like to get involved and B) they didn't know who she was and that she was missing.

It is a very disturbing case and knowing how prevalent human trafficking is. Really. I truly hope she is still alive and someone finds her and helps her return to her family.

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Posted Feb 22, 2012 @ 4:11 PM

This past weekend, I saw the episode where the woman disappeared off the cruise ship. I know this happened in 1998, but didn't they have that technology where if you left the ship, you had to have your key card scanned? How could she have gotten off the ship without that key card? But maybe that technology didn't exist then, which was why her parents didn't want people to get off the ship. Also today, there are cameras everywhere on cruise ships. I don't think you can sneeze without someone seeing.