127. The Disappearance of Marion Barter — Who’s That Lady?

In the case made famous by The Lady Vanishes podcast, Marion Barter sells her house and leaves her job for a year-long trip around the world. But when she disappears, some wonder if she ever intended to come home. Or was she murdered?

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3 thoughts on “127. The Disappearance of Marion Barter — Who’s That Lady?

  1. OMG IS THIS A GOOD ONE!
    I am absolutely dying for part 2 & it’s gonna be a looong week!
    As much as I’d like to listen to the other Podcast, then come back to y’all…. There’s no way I’m not listening to y’all, it’s one of the few highlights of me week, so I’ll do the opposite!
    I absolutely love you guys, Im so bummed I can’t do CrimeCon this year😞 HOPEFULLY NEXT TIME🤞🏻🙏🏻 But in the mean time I have to get on Patrion & do some GET VOKLS!!
    Keep up the fabulous work 💙

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  2. I decided to take the deep dive into this case and listen to The Lady Vanishes. Wow. I can say my personal thoughts and beliefs changed a bit as more and more people gave their accounts of how Marion was very creative and energetic – yet, unstable and erratic. I do believe she had a positive impact on her students as a teacher but that begins to pale as an important detail when you learn that she chose a man/fling over her son. Her treatment of her own children make me question whether her talent for teaching was genuine or possibly a show. I don’t believe the accusations made against her were made from a place of jealousy. I think the inappropriate actions people witnessed at the school were credible and her insinuation that she was accused of sexual misconduct could have been dramatized, by her, to gain sympathy or at least diminish the credibility of those accusing her of less heinous actions.

    I was very bothered by her pattern of being impressive for a temporary period of time, yet falling back into poor habits of selfishness and a need for confrontation and frequent change. Listening to her former classroom aid was troubling and I found her to be credible. Trying not to fall into a trap of labeling a person who cannot (or chooses not to) defend themselves, it’s highly tempting to consider a personality disorder in this case.

    My heart is greatly sad for her daughter, who evidently cares a great deal about what has happened to her mother, and the late son that she turned her back to while seeking male attention and excitement. it’s clear that Owen’s father holds her responsible for his path to suicide.

    However, I personally believe she did leave and attempt to start a new existence. Her family, friends and co-workers that knew her (not through the eyes of a child) seem to be in unison about what behaviors they observed over decades.

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