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Episode Three: The Disappearance of Brian Shaffer

This week's episode is the strange story of the disappearance of Brian Shaffer. Brian was 27 years old when he disappeared, seemingly into thin air.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Brian Shaffer, please contact the Central Ohio Crimestoppers. Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-645-8477 Columbus Police Department 877-645-8477


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Our Sources for this Episode

The True Crime Times: https://truecrimetimesblog.medium.com/brian-shaffer-the-ultimate-disappearance-f3496ad5956d

ABC 6: (2 sources) https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/missing-brian-shaffer-ohio-state-medical-student-update-3-29-21

https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/family-and-friends-haunted-by-mystery-of-joey-labutes-suspicious-death

Crime Junkie Podcast:

https://crimejunkiepodcast.com/missing-brian-shaffer/

Find Brian Schaffer.com

http://www.findbrianshaffer.com/

The Lantern: https://www.thelantern.com/2008/10/brian-shaffer-clue-could-lead-to-missing-student/

Columbus Monthly: (3 sources) https://web.archive.org/web/20160313231009/http:/www.columbusmonthly.com/content/stories/2009/04/randy-shaffer-in-the-name-of-the-father.html

https://www.columbusmonthly.com/content/stories/2014/09/when-missing-persons-cases-go-cold.html

https://www.columbusmonthly.com/news/20190422/from-archives-what-happened-to-brian-shaffer

Fox 8:

https://fox8.com/news/man-who-disappeared-10-years-ago-might-have-never-left-bar/

Mel Magazine: https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/a-guy-walks-into-a-bar-and-is-never-seen-again#.flo6z2xcq

The Columbus Dispatch: (2 sources)

https://www.dispatch.com/article/20160401/NEWS/304019782

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/local/2021/03/29/brian-shaffer-disappearance-photo-shows-how-osu-student-may-look-now/6995317002/

The Lineup:

https://the-line-up.com/disappearance-of-brian-shaffer

Brian Shaffer’s Myspace Page: http://web.archive.org/web/20060423183347/http:/www.myspace.com/sleepinggiant

The Charley Project:

https://charleyproject.org/case/brian-randall-shaffer

Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Brian_Shaffer

Mysterious Universe:

https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2019/05/into-thin-air-the-bizarre-vanishing-of-brian-shaffer/

Talk Murder with Me:

https://www.talkmurderwithme.com/blog/2019/3/24/brian-shaffer

Rolling Stone:

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/smiley-face-murder-serial-killer-drowning-death-882042/

Armchair Detective: http://armchairdetective.org/tadp-season-2-episode-9-the-mysterious-disappearance-of-brian-shaffer/

Real Life Is Horror:

http://reallifeishorror.blogspot.com/2018/12/what-really-happened-to-brian-shaffer.html



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