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Episode 5 · 2 years ago

The Haunting Disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley

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Hi and welcome back to did you lock the door? The podcast. I'm your host, Peyton Reese, and with me today I have one of my best friends, Eric. Hi Everyone, my name is Eric. I'm, like glad to be joining up pain for this episode. Of particular, this case that we're abotter to talk about was really one of the first cases that really piqued my interest in overall, just chilled me to come down. This case is definitely one that I would describe as chilling. I actually first heard about it through a youtuber called Kendall Ray. She has so many fabulous true crime videos and she's very entertaining to watch and very well informed. Highly recommend her. This is also the case that has stopped me from ever, ever wanting to go on a cruise ship ever again. I cannot overstate enough how much this case terrifies me. But without further ado, let's get into the disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley. So Amy was born on March twelve, one thousand nine hundred and seventy four, making her a Tauris. Her hometown was Petersburg, Virginia, where she would live with her family up until her disappearance. Her parents names were Ron and Iva, and she had a brother named Brad, making his name Brad Bradley, which I think Eric has some thoughts on. Yes, really want to give the Bradley some props for deciding, for deciding to name this son Brad. That's dething power move on the DAD's part. So her father had recently won a cruise vacation for the family. He had won it through work and it was originally just supposed to be for him and his wife. However, since the family was so close, they decided that they would probably have a better time taking the kids along and getting just spend a week together, relaxing and hopefully having the time of their lives. Amy and Brad were described as very, very close, best friends even, and I want to mention two facts about amy that I think will have more significance once we get deeper into the case. Amy was a trained lifeguard, which means she was an excellent swimmer, and just a few days before she embarked on the cruise, she had actually adopted a new puppy which she was absolutely infatuated with and could not wait to come back home too. So before the crews amy did feel a bit apprehensive and nervous. She knew that traveling was something that kind of freaked her out, but there was also something deeper within her she couldn't quite put her finger on, that was just making her feel a bit more nervous than she would like to about this trip. So, once the Bradleys arrived in Puerto Rico, which is where the ship would depart from, amy bought a postcard to send a one of her best friends and on it she had written the date that she would be back, which would have been the fall blowing Saturday, and she also wrote that she was excited about her vacation but couldn't wait to get back and see her friend.

On Marsh Twenty One, one thousand nine hundred and ninety eight, amy and her family would officially leave for the Caribbean crews aboard the ship Rhapsody of the seas, which was under the Royal Caribbean Cruise Company. On the first day of the crews the ship docked in a Ruba, and the Bradleys would enjoy their day. They're just shopping, spending time in the sun and cherishing the family time that they had. When they arrived back on the ship, the family would have a nice fancy dinner together, and then amy and her brother Brad would go to a big party that was being held that night. Speaking of the dinner, some of the waiters were acting very interested in amy, one even asking if she would like to leave the boat and join him at a club in a Ruba, and offer that she very wisely declined. In my opinion. The waiters were described as being overly flirtatious with amy and she was very creeped out by their behavior, understandably. Once amy and Brad got to the party, there was a band called blue orchid playing and once they were finished with their set, one of the band members, the bassist, named Alice Stair Douglas. His nickname, just to interject really quick, was yellow and that is likely how I will be referring to him throughout the rest of this podcast. He would dance with amy all night. The two were reported as looking very friendly and flirty, and there's actually a plethora of video footage showing the two. You can just do a simple google search and find it, and they are dancing very closely. They seemed to be having a lot of fun. They're both all smiles, but later on, I think this behavior would start to seem a lot less innocence in a lot more insidious in nature. I want to mention that if you look at the videos of yellow on and Amy Online, he definitely looks like a complete creep. Not really bad on like people's appearances, but he looks like a walk and red flag. I absolutely agree, and I'm sure in my opinion is tainted by the fact that I do think he is mostly responsible for whatever it is that happened to amy, but he just has very bad energy, in my opinion. So Brad would go back to the room around three forty five and amy would return around four am, so just fifteen minutes later, the two would spend some time hanging out on the balcony, just smoking, talking about all the fun they had. Reportedly, amy seemed totally normal and very happy, like she had finally let go of her nerves about the crews and she was really having a good time. At some point Brad would go back to bed and amy said that she would be following suit in just a few minutes. At thirty am, Ron woke up and saw amy on the balcony and she seemed to be fine. I do want to clarify, though, he didn't see all of her. He just saw her feet. And when he saw that, though, he was like, okay, both of my kids are back, they're safe, I have nothing to worry about, and he fell right back to sleep. He awoke again at six am to find that amy was gone. Her cigarettes and lighter were gone, but her shoes were still there. So again he was like, okay, she's probably fine. I'm sure she just went up to the top deck to watch the sunset and have a smoke. But despite thinking that she was okay, he went to look for her, assuming that he would find her very quickly. He would go around the entire boat, and when he couldn't find her anywhere, he...

...rightfully began to panic. He went back to his room and woke up the rest of his family, telling them that he could not find amy anywhere. I'va stated that she knew something was wrong because he was so frantic he quote didn't look like himself. The Bradleys then went immediately to the captain and begged him for help and also asked that people not be left off the ship until they found amy. At this point, the ship had just stocked in Curas out they wouldn't be letting people off for a couple of hours still. But I can understand why the Bradleys wouldn't want anyone let off until they found their daughter, because once the ship was open it would be so much easier to sneak her off. So I definitely understand that and I think, in my opinion, the captain should have allowed that. But the captain would refuse as he did not want to worry the other passengers. He also refused to announce that amy was missing. He did, however, agree to have the boat searched, although the quality of this search would be brought into question later. So right after the family talk to the captain, yellow came up to Brad and reportedly said that he was quote sorry to hear about your sister. And remember this was before any announcements were made. The family had literally just spoken to the captain. So at this point yellow should absolutely not have known that something was wrong with amy. At eight a m the ship would finally make an announcement, but it would simply ask amy to report to the main deck and check in with her family. It raised no red flags and there was no indication at all that anything was wrong it was just a check in. After hearing the announcement, however, two women did come up to the Bradley family and tell them that they had seen amy with yellow between thirty and forty five am and that he gave her a quote dark colored drink that the two women believed to be either coffee or some sort of soda. No traces of amy would be found on the ship by five PM on the twenty four, despite the fact that there had reportedly been ongoing searches for ten to twelve hours. At this point, the captain would suggest that amy might have gone overboard, either accidentally or on purpose, to commit suicide. Amy's family argued, however, that neither theory was plausible. For one thing, amy was apparently terrified of the ocean, so she wouldn't even go near the rails, so they can't imagine a scenario where she would just fall in. And in terms of suicide, I know that I can never really get into the psyche of someone who is suicidal, but I just think there are so many factors that kind of point against that being the case. She had just bought a new puppy and I can't imagine giving a new puppy at home, only to abandon it just a couple days later. She had written that postcard to her friend stating that she would be back the next Saturday and she was starting a new job two days after she got back. So I just she had so many things lined up that I can't imagine her end her life in this way at this time. So Amy's family would eventually disembark at Kurasow, thinking that maybe amy had gotten off there. Once on the island, the family contacted both the FBI and the US embassy. The FBI would determine that the ship had not been sufficiently searched for amy. In fact, only the common areas have...

...been searched, which I don't think is even like half the ship. They're all the guests rooms, there are the employee only areas. There's so many Kooks and crannies that you can look for. The fact that they only search the common areas is horrendous in my opinion. I think that is so irresponsible and might even point to some sort of larger conspiracy here, but we'll get into that later. So, after learning that the ship had not been sufficiently searched, the Bradleys would board again and they did this knowing that carisow officials were searching for amy actively on the island. The FBI had also boarded the ship and they decided to interview yellow. He would pass a polygraph and also reportedly state that he had not said anything to Brad regarding amy at all. So he denies a statement that he made saying I'm sorry to hear about your sister. Reportedly, after he left the interview with the FBI, he gave Ron a thumbs up, which is just so incredibly disrespectful and I think really points to yellows character. If he didn't do anything wrong, which I think he did, he is an asshole. I think we can all agree on that. So the Bradleys would request to see the pictures that have been taken of amy and in one of the creepiest aspects of this case, it was discovered that all professional photos taken by the crews that contained amy had disappeared. So, for those that haven't been on a cruise, there are photographers everywhere. You can pretty much get professional pictures taken with your family at any time, and usually what they do is they set them up on some sort of wall all together, like all the people on the crews and then after some sort of dinner that the crews holds, you can go in and pick up your pictures, should you choose the purchase them. And for some reason all the pictures of aiming were just missing. Yeah, that was a part that definitely freaked me out the most. Now pretty much made me think that this is obviously organized kidnapping. Yeah, I think we'll get into it later, but my biggest theory on this case is sex trafficking, and those pictures being taken definitely makes me think that they were taking them to some proposed buyer that wanted to see the person he would be purchasing before making the purchase. And this part of the case just creeps me out so much gives me chills. So, once the crews had ended, the family would return home to Virginia and they would launch a nationwide campaign defines her and offer a two hundred thousand dollar reward. They also encourage neighbors to hang yellow ribbons around their homes to keep up conversation around a me. You think that the Bradleys would choose any other color besides the yellow after that experience? Yeah, you would. So. Soon after they arrived home, a taxi driver from Kurasau would contact the family and claim that she had approached him around the time that the other passengers disported and that she had asked to use his phone. He said that he vividly remembered her green eyes. Despite this seeming to be a credible tip, the FBI reportedly did not follow up at all in this lead. In April, Brad and his mom would go back to Kurus out to search for amy, and Brad thought he heard Amy's voice coming from a van. However, when they tracked down said Van, she was not inside, and I think...

...that it's very possible that in such a high stress situation, Brad simply imagine his sister's voice. I hate to say that, but I do think that that is the most likely scenario in this case. So, around five months after Amy's disappearance, a man named David Carmichael would come forward claiming to have seen amy and Curas ow. He said that she was being escorted down the beach by two men and when she heard him speaking English, she tried to approach him. Just as amy was about to speak, the two men would intervene and pull her away, dragging her into a nearby cafe. What makes this tip from Carmichael seemed very credible was that he was able to describe her tattoos. A Tasmanian Devil spinning a basketball on her left shoulder, a son on her lower back, a Gecko on her navel and a Chinese symbol on her right angle. And I'm just going out on a limb here, but I'm assuming that the Tasmanian Devil Tattoo is the looney tunes character, because I can't think of any other Tasmanian Devil that spends a basketball and that's such a cute, testy idea. I love that. Carmichael was also reportedly able to accurately describe a watch that amy was wearing when she went missing, and he also said that one of the men he saw with me looked exactly like yellow. He says that he was two feet away from her and he has one hundred percent sure that amy is the person that he saw that day. On April eighteenth of two thousand and three, amy was apparently cited on a pier in San Francisco with two men that were described as her quote handlers. The three were watching a musician play and amy was reportedly given some sort of foreign currency to tip the musician with. At some point, however, the witnesses that would eventually come forward to report this sighting showed signs of recognizing amy, and when the two men that she was with notice, they immediately grabbed her and ran. She reportedly stumbled and fell running away and was also looking back at the people that have reported the siding with a pleading look. Amy was wearing a nautical theme jacket at the time, and the two men that she was with, we're wearing Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses. Sketches of these two men can actually be found on the website that Ami's parents run for her, which is very informative and I will definitely link that with the rest of my sources in the notes. Jumping ahead a little bit to his two thousand and five, a picture of a woman advertised on an escort service using the nickname jazz was sent to the Bradley family. It was analyzed by family, friends and professionals alike, almost all of whom do believe that the woman was a me. One FBI agent even said that he would quote bet his career on the woman being amy, and her entire family that had lived with her their whole life and knew her more than anyone else in the world still strongly leaves the photo to be heard to this day and personally, I do think the photo was a me. She does look a bit aged, but I can't even imagine the mental, physical and emotional toll that being sold into sex trafficking would have on you, though, of course she does look a little older after what she's been through and it. They just have the same facial features and my opinion, they have the same eyes, very similar nose, even the same eyebrows shape, which, being very invested in my eyebrows personally, I know that the shape of your eyebrows is hard to change without trying very hard, and I can't imagine that that is something her captors would actively try to...

...change about her. So I'm very confident in this photo being amy. What about you? I feel like, yeah, I could be any mice. It's really the best one the I'm really comfident in my own judgment of analyzing photos. Yeah, and the picture is a little grainy, it's not super clear, but I just I'll definitely post the photo on my instagram so you guys can let me know what you think, but I am ninety percent sure. I would say that this picture is in fact a me. Also in two thousand and five, a woman named Judy Mar reported that while she was on vacation in Bridgetown, Barbados, in the bathroom of its department store, she heard men's voices saying that, quote the deal is at eleven and you better be ready, as well as threatening her to not mess the deal up. Once the men left the bathroom, Judy tried to talk to this woman, saying she looked very distressed and about ready to cry. She asked the woman what her name was, and the woman softly whispered a me. The two men then came into the bathroom again and amy bolted out towards them. Judy would never see her again. In two thousand and eight, a naval officer claims to have seen and been asked for help by a woman who said she was in trouble and identified herself as Amy Bradley. So this man was actually in a brothel at the time, which I think also points to the fact that amy was sold into some sort of sex slavery. But reportedly she came up to him and said that she was a US citizen but she could not get away because her captor's quote had her papers. Instead of trying to help her, he told her that if she was a US citizen, she could simply go to a port and ask for help. Apparently, after saying this, a man would come up to amy and she would fall silent, looking very afraid. The naval officer would wait two years to report this incident due to the fact that, so he said, visiting a brothel could get him in trouble with his superiors. You would think that saving a young woman's life might be more important, but anything to say faced my right. Anyway, by the time this brothel was set to be searched, it had burned down and there were absolutely no clues left. This tip is called into question, however, because again this man reported that the woman said that her kidnappers had her papers and the Bradley family were still in possession of Amy's papers. An employee of the cruise ship that had been taking the videos of the party the night that amy and yellow were seen dancing, and was actually the one to capture them on tape so many times, reported that another ship employee would call him asking for the original copies of the video, claiming that the FBI needed them. The videographers said that he would be happy to revive the ship with a copy and the FBI with the originals. However, his fellow crewmate continued to insist that they needed the original copies. He never handed over the tapes and the FBI would never contact him to ask for them. And this is so, so suspicious to me. Why would you need those tapes if not to destroy them? Yeah, what else could they possibly be doing? Yeah, just rerfirms my suspicions that her disappearance was definitely very organized. I think she's probably like targeted. When the those waiters all at the beginning being...

...really creepy towards her during the family dinner. MMM, I agree absolutely. I definitely think that yellow is the main man responsible, but that there were many people on the ship involved in this. A man named Frank Jones would approach the Bradley family claiming that he was x special forces and specialized in rescuing people from human trafficking situations. He said that he could rescue a me but that it would be very costly. The Bradley's over time would pay him tens of thousands of dollars. They will leaved him to be legitimate because he had even sent them photos of a woman with the same tattoos as a me from the island of curasow. At one point, Frank said that he was ready to go in and rescue amy, but he would need one hundred thousand dollars for the rescue mission. Ron's boss would actually very kindly agree to pay this money for them. However, he wanted to make sure that frank was legitimate before he did so. So he would send one of his fellow employees to check out Jones and kind of spy on him to make sure he was legitimate, and then report back to himself in the Bradley's. However, the employee that he sent would report back and say that Jones was just using their money to live his best life on her. So now he was partying every night, getting drunk all the time and he was doing absolutely nothing to find a me. So this absolute scumbag scammed the family of a missing woman, people that have lost their child and their sister, out of tens of thousands of dollars just so he could get drunk every day. The way that he had scammed the Bradley's into believing that he actually was getting pictures of a mey is he had hired a woman to dress up like her same haircut, the tattoos that she had had been painted on this woman and he would always capture photos of her where her face was just out of you, like her head would be turned or you couldn't get a good look at it or something. But since the haircut, the body type and the tattoos looked so accurate, and I'm sure since they so badly wanted to believe that their daughter had been found, they did believe that the pictures he was sending were in fact of Amy. Did he ever get in trouble for he did. He's still in prison for that, thankfully. Yeah, he got many years in jail. The family would eventually Sue Royal Caribbean for negligence. I'm not sure how the suit went. I hope that, considering the shady actions of so many crew members aboard the rhapsty of the seas, the Bradley's One, but I am not sure. And to this day they're has still. I mean there have been sidings, baby, obviously, and I do believe that most of them are credible. I believe the woman from Barbados probably saw amy and I do believe that David Carmichael definitely saw a me. Again, he was only two feet away from her. He was able to describe a watch that we know she was wearing when she went missing and he was able to describe all of her tattoos without being prompted. So I do believe again that she was sold into sex trafficking and that she might still be alive. She did go missing in one thousand nine hundred and ninety eight, which actually she went missing just a couple months before I was even born, which is so wild to me. I don't know this for sure, but I do believe that victims sold into human trafficking have a higher chance of surviving for longer than someone kidnaps like off...

...the street or something by just a total psychopath. So again, my theory is that amy was sold into human trafficking and could still be alive today. But I just want to discuss some of the other theories really quick. One of them is, of course, that she either fell overboard or committed suicide. I've already expressed why I don't believe that to be true. The third theory, aside from suicide, going overboard or human trafficking, would be that amy decided to disappear on her own, and the same reason I don't believe in that theory are the reasons I don't believe she committed suicide. Again, it would be smart if you wanted to disappear and have everyone think it was some sort of horrific accident or kidnapping. It would be smart to tell people, oh yeah, I'll be back into find some things up. But I just don't think that she would have adopted a puppy if she was planning on not coming back. That really is the kicker for me. I can't imagine. She'd have to be, I think, a total psychopath to adopt a puppy and then just abandon it days later. I can't see anyone doing that. I really can't. So now I'm going to let Eric Tell you about some human trafficking statistics that he was kind enough to research, and they have to do with both the US and the Caribbean islands, and I think it's important that we educate our listeners on this a bit because, again, Eric and I both believe that amy was in fact human trafficked. So the more awareness that we all have, the safer will all be. So, without further ado, take it away, Eric. So human traffing is much more widespread than most people expect it to be. Much like drug trafficking, human traffing is several billion dollar industry and two thousand and fourteen the nine nations International Labor Organization estimated that profits from Forced Sexual Labor are at ninety nine billion dollars worldwide. Prostitution in Kurasow is actually only open to foreign women who obtained a permit to work in the Campo, like gray brothel, which is actually the largest legal brothel of the Caribbean. Curasow is an autonomous territory of the Netherlands, but despite being so, crossow suffers from many of the similar problems that plague its neighbors, ranging from high street crime, persistent unemployment and rampant political corruption. Since prostitution is only open for foreigners, there are illegal brothless set the island that employ locals. Foreigners are also lurred to these illegal brothels under false promises, and they end up being taking advantage of. While tourist locations are generally very safe. More efforts are put into making them most appealing and safest parts of the island, often masking the true issues allied outside these tourist areas. A study from the United Nations International Labor Organization estimated that three point eight million adults and one million children were victims of forced sexual exploitation in two thousand and sixteen around the world, and they also estimated that ninety nine percent of adults and children forced into a sexual exploitation are female, which what a surprise. The United States State Department also ports a the top three nations of origin for human trafficking are the United States, Mexico in the Philippines. If...

...you need help or suspect any human trafficking activities are taking place, please call the national human trafficking hotline. The hotline is confidential. It's whole free, available twenty four seven and in more than two hundred languages. The number to call is one eight hundred and eighty eight, three seven, three seven, e hundred and eighty eight are you can also text this number be free, which would be two, three, three seven, three three. Eric. I want to thank you so much again for joining me and discussing this case and before we go, I just want to make sure. Did you lock the door.

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