Shortcut: The disappearance of Susan Thomson leaves more questions than answers
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Susan Warren, 15 years old in the year of 1965, ran away with a man 8 years her senior, Arthur Thomson.
The next 34 years of her life are quite frankly, a complete mystery.
She had no friends, no community, and hardly any family contact.
In fact, her life was so isolated that when she went missing in 1999, there wasn’t a missing persons report with the police until 2006.
And this wasn’t because Arthur reported her missing - it was actually the subsequent result after both he and his mother, were found dead in their rural Queensland home.
Searching through his “museum like” house, full of antique furniture with their price tags still attached, they found an old letter from Susan that she had addressed to her mother.
This letter indicated that she had not just ran away, as Arthur had fleetingly suggested to the community years prior.
The complete mystery of Susan’s life and disappearance has always stuck with crime and investigative journalist, Paula Doneman, who is our guest for today’s episode.
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Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram
Guests: Paula Doneman. Her twitter handle is @pauladoneman. Here is the link to her original article on Susan Thomson
Executive Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
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