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Episode 5 · 1 year ago

The Haunting Disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley

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Hi and welcome back to did you lock thedoor, the PODCAST, I'm your host, Paton Reece and with me today I have one ofmy best friends Eric Hi everyone. My name is Eric, I'm glad to be joining appain for this epsode, in particular. This case that we're about to talkabout was really one of the first cases that really piqued my interest andoverall, just chilled me to the Boun. This case is definitely one that Iwould describe as chilling. I actually first heard about it through a youtubercalled Kendalray. She has so many fabulous tru crime, videos and she'svery 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 in acruise ship ever again. I cannot overstate enough how much this caseterrifies me, but without further ado, let's get into the disappearance of AmyLynne Bradley. So amy was born on March twelvfth, Tusand, nine hundred andseventy four making her tarris. Her hometown was Peersburg Virginia whereshe would live with her family up until her disappearance, her parents nameswere Ron and Iva, and she had a brother named Brad, making his name BradBradley, which I think Eric has some thoughts on. Yes, really want to givethe Braly some props for desiging for deciding to Nen English son Brad,that's somthing, Yoha Power move on the dad's party, so her father had recentlywon a cruise vacation for the family. He had won it through work and it wasoriginally just supposed to be for him and his wife. However, since the familywas so close, they decided that they would probably have a better timetaking the kids along and getting to just spend a week together, relaxingand hopefully having the time with their lives. Amy and Brad weredescribed as very, very close best. Friends, even and I want to mention twofacts about amy that I think will have more significance. Once we get deeperinto the case. Amy was a trained lifeguard, which means she was anexcellent swimmer and just a few days before she embarked on the cruise, shehad actually adopted a new puppy which she was absolutely infatuated with andcould not wait to come back home to so before. The cruise amy did feel abit apprehensive and nervous. She knew that traveling was something that kindof freaked her out, but there was also something deeper within her. Shecouldn't quite put her finger on that was just making her feel a bit morenervous than she would like to about this trip. So once the Bradlys arrivedin Porto Rico, which is where the ship would depart from, amy bought apostcard to send to one of her best friends and on it. She had written thedate that she would be back, which would have been the following Saturday,and she also wrote that she was excited about her vacation, but couldn't waitto get back and see her friend on March,...

...twenty Firste, O thousand nine hundredandninety eight amy and her family would officially leave for theCaribbean Cruis Award. The ship rapsody of the seas, which was under the RoyalCaribbean Cruise Company on the first day of the cruise, the ship docked inAruba and the Bradleys would enjoy their day. There just shopping spendingtime in the sun and cherishing the family time that they had when theyarrived back on the ship. The family would have a nice fancy, dinnertogether and then amy and her brother Brad would go to a big party that wasbeing held that night. Speaking of the dinner, some of the waiters were actingvery interested in amy, one, even asking if she would like to leave theboat 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 flirtatiouswith amy, and she was very creeped out by their behavior. Understandably, onceAmi and Brad got to the party, there was a band called blue orchid playingand once they were finished with their set one of the band members, the basistnamed Alise, Dar Douglas his nickname, just o interject, really quick, wasyellow, and that is likely how I will be referring to him throughout the restof this podcast. He would dance with amy all night. The two were reported aslooking very friendly and Florty, and there is actually a plethra of videofootage showing the two. You can just do a simple google search and find it,and they are dancing very closely. They seem to be having a lot of fun they're,both all smiles but later on. I think this behavior would start to seem a lotless in Osense in a lot. More insidious in nature is want to mention that Um.If you look at the videos of yellow on and Emy Online, he definitely lookslike a complete creep, not really bag on like people's appearances, but helooks like a walkand red flag. I absolutely agree, and I'm sure myopinion is tainted by the fact that I do think he is mostly responsible forwhatever it is, that happens to amy, but he just has very bad energy. In myopinion, so brad would go back to the room around thre. An forty five and amywould return around four ams o just fifteen minutes later the two wads pendsome time hanging out on the balcony just smoking talking about all the funthey had, reportedly amy, seemes, totally normal and very happy like shehad. Finally, let go of her nerves about the cruise and she was reallyhaving a good time at some point. Brad would go back to bed and amy said thatshe would be following suit in just a few minutes at five. Thirty am Ron,woke up and saw amy on the balcony and she seemed to be fine. I do want toclarify, though he didn't see all of her. He just saw her feet and when hesaw that, though he was like okay, both of my kids are Bak they're safe. I havenothing to worry about and he fell right back to sleep. He awoke again atsix am to find that amy was gone. Her cigarettes and lighter were gone, buther 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 how tosmoke. 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 entireboat 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 hecould not find amy anywhere. Iva stated that she knew something was wrongbecause he was so frantic. He quote: Didn't look like himself. Thebradleyngs thend went immediately to the captain and begged him for help andalso askd that people not be left off the ship until they found amy. At thispoint, the ship had just backed in cursal. They wouldn't be letting peopleoff for a couple of hours still, but I can understand why the bradleaswouldn't want anyone let off until they found their daughter, because once theship was open, it would be so much easier to sneak her off. So Idefinitely understand that and I think in my opinion, the captain should haveallowed that, but the captain would refuse, as he did not want to worry theother passengers. He also refused to announce that amy was missing. He did,however, agree to have the boat searched, although the quality of thissearch would be brought into question later so right after the family, talkdto the captain, yellow came up to Brad and reportedly said that he was quotesorry to hear about your sister and remember. This is before anyannouncence were Mae. The family had literally just spoken to the captain,so at this point, yellow should absolutely not have known thatsomething was wrong with amy at a m. The ship would finally make anannouncement, but it would simply ask amy to report to the main deck andChackin with her family. It raised no red flags and there was no indicationthat all that anything was wrong. It was just a check in after hearing theannouncement. However, two women did come up to the Bradley family and tellthem that they had seen amy with yellow between five thirty and five forty fiveam and that he gave her a quote: dark colored drink that the two womenbelieved to be either coffee or some sort of soda. No traces of amy would be found on theship by five PM on the twenty. Fourth, despite the fact that there hadreportedlyve an ongoing searches for ten to twelve hours. At this point, thecaptain would suggest that amy might have gone overboard, eitheraccidentally or on purpose to commit suicide. Amos family argued, however,that neither theory was plausible for one thing, amy was apparently terrifiedof the ocean, so she wouldn't even go near the rails, so they can't imagine ascenario where she would just fall in and in terms of suicide. I know that Ican never really get into the psyche of someone who is suicidal, but I justthink there are so many factors that kind of point against that being thecase, she had just bought a new puppy and I can't imagine giving a new puppyat home only to abandon it. Just a couple days later, she had written thatpostcard to her friend stating that she would be back the next Saturday and shewas starting a new job two days after she got back. So I just she had so manythings lined up that. I can't imagine her ending her life in this way at thistime, so amy's family would eventually disembark at Kursal thinking that maybeamy had gotten off there. Once on the island, the family contacted both theFBI and the US embassy. The FBI would determine that the ship had not beensufficiently searched for amy. In fact,...

...only the common areas have beensearched, which I don't think is even like: half the ship thereare all theguests rooms. There are the employee, only areas, there's so many nooks andcranes. You can look for the fact that they only search the common areas ishorrendous. In my opinion. I think that is so irresponsible and might evenpoint to some sort of larger conspiracy here, but we'll get into that later. Soafter learning that the ship had not been sufficiently searched, theBradleys would board again, and they did this, knowing that cursow officialswere searching for amy actively on the island. The FBI had also boarded theship and they decided to interview yellow. He would pass the polograph andalso reportedly state that he had not said anything to Brad regarding amy atall, so he denies a statement that he made saying I'm sorry to hear aboutyour sister. Reportedly after he left the interview with the FBI. He gave Rona thumb up, which is just so incredibly disrespectful and I think, reallypoints to Gelo's character. If he didn't do anything wrong, which I thinkhe did, he is an asshole. I think we can all agree on that. So the Bradleyswuld request to see the pictures that had been taken of amy and in one of thecreepiest aspects of this case. It was discovered that all professional photostaken by the crews that contained amy had disappeared. So for those thathaven't Beoun a cruise theyre photographers everywhere, you canpretty much get professional pictures taken with your family at any time andusually what they do is they set them up on some sort of wall all together,like all the people in the crewse and then after some sort of dinner that thecruise holds you can go in and pick up your pictures should you choose thepurchase them and for some reason, all the pictures of Ami were just missing.That was the part that definitely freaked me out the most now pretty muchmade me think that this is obviously an organized kidnapping. Yeah. I thinkwe'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 theywere taking them to some proposed buyer that wanted to see theperson he would be purchasing before making the purchase, and this part ofthe case just creeps me out. So much gives me chills so once the cruise hadended, the family would return home to Virginia and they would launch anationwide campaign, defines her and offer its two hundred thousand dollarreward. They also encourage neighbors to hang yellow ribbons around theirhomes to keep up conversation around Ami. You think that the Bradleys wouldchoose any other color. Besides the yellow. After that experience yeah youwould so soon after they arrived home. A taxidriver from cursal would contact the family and claim that she hadapproached him around the time that the other passengers disported and that shehad asked to use his phone. He said that he vividly remembered her greeneyes, despite this seeming to be a credible tip. The FBI reportedly didnot follow up at all in this lead. In April Brad and his mom would go back toCursau to search for amy and Brad thought he heard Amy's voice. Comingfrom a van. However, when they tracked down said man, she was not inside,...

...and I think that it's very possiblethat in such a high stress situation, RABS simply imagine his sister's voice.I hate to say that, but I do think th that is the most likely scenari O inthis case. So around five months after Amy's disappearance, a man named DavidCarmichael, would come forward claiming to have seen Ami and curisal. He saidthat she was being escorted down the beach by two men and when she heard himspeaking English, she tried to approach him. Just as amy was about to speak,the two men would intervene and pull her away. draging her into a nearbycafe. What makes this tip from Carmichel seemed very credible was thathe was able to describe her tattoos, a Tasmanian Devil, spinning, a basketballon her left, shoulder a son on her lower back a GEPCO on her navel and aChinese symbol on her right angle, and I'm just going out on a limb here. ButI'm assuming that the Tasmanian Devil Tattoo is the looni tunes character,because I can't think of any other Tesmenian devil that spends abasketball and that's such a cute, testo idea. I love that carnicle wasalso reportedly able to accurately describe a watch that Amie was wearingwhen she went missing and he also said that one of the men he saw with amylooked exactly like yellow. He says that he was two feet away from her andhe has one hundred percent sure that amy is the person that he saw that dayon April, eighteenth of two thousand and three amy was apparently decited ona peer in San Francisco with two men that were described as her quotehandlers. The three were watching a musician play and amy was reportedlygiven some sort of foreign currency to tip the musician with at some point.However, the witnesses that would eventually come forward to report thissihting showed signs of recognizing amy and when the two men that she was withnotice, they immediately grabbed her and ran she reportedly ssembled andfell a running away and was also looking back at the people that havereported the sigting with a pleading look. Amy was wearing a nautical themejacket at the time and the two men that she was with were wearing Hawaiian,shirts and sunglasses. Sketches of these two men can actually be found onthe website that Amy's parents run for her, which is very informative, and Iwill definitely link that with the rest of my sources in the notes. Jumpingahead a little bit, his two thousand and five, a picture of a womanadvertised on an escort service using the nicknamed jazz was sent to theBradley family. It was analyzed by family friends and professionals alike,almost all of whom do believe that the woman was amy. One FBI agent even saidthat he would quote bet his career on the woman being amy and her entirefamily that had lived with her their whole life and knew her more thananyone else in the world still strongly leaves the photo to be heard to thisday and personally, I do think the photo is amy. She does look a bit aged,but I can't even imagine the mental physical and emotional toll that beingsold into sex trafficking would have on you. So, of course she does look alittle older after what she's been through and it they just have the same.Facial features. In my opinion. They have the same eyes very similar knowseven the same eyebrow shape, which being very invested in my eyebrows.Personally, I know that the shape of your eyebrows is hard to change withouttrying very hard, and I can't imagine...

...that that is something her captorswould actively try to change about her. So I'm very confident in this potobeing amy. What about you, iflike yeah? I could be amy MYC ID,certainly the best so won't leave I'm EALLIK copping, my own judgment ofanalyzing photos yeah and the picture is a little grainy. It's not superclear, but I just I'll definitely post the photo on my instagrams. So you guyscan. Let me know what you think, but I am ninety percent sure. I would saythat this picture is in fact amy. Also in two thousand and five, a woman namedJudy Mar reported that well she was on vacation in Bridgetown, Barbados in thebathroom of a department store. She heard men's voices saying that quotethe deal is at eleven and you better be ready, as well as threatening her tonot mess the deal up. Once the men left, the bathroom Judy tried to talk to thiswoman, saying she looked very distressed and about ready to cry. Sheasked the woman what her name was and the woman softly whispered amy. The two men then came into the bathroomagain and amy bolted out towards them July would never see her again in twothousand and eight, a Nabal officer claims to have seen and been asked forhelp by a woman who said she was in trouble and identifid herself as AmyBadley. So this man was actually in a brothel at the time, which I think alsopoints to the fact that amy was sold into some sort of sex slavery. Butreportedly she came up to him and said that she was a US citizen, but shecould not get away because her captors quote had her papers instead of tryingto help her. He told her that if she was a US citizen, she could simply goto a port and ask for help. Apparently, after saying this, a man would come upto amy and she would fall silent. Looking very afraid, the naval officerwould wait two years to report this incident due to the fact that so hesaid, visiting a Brotho could get him in trouble with his superiors. Youwould think that saving a young woman's life might be more important, butanything save face Al right anyway. By the time this brothel was set to besearched, it had burned down and there were absolutely no clues left. This titis called in to question, however, because again this man reported thatthe woman said that her kidnappers had her papers and the Braley family werestill in possession of amies papers. An employee of the cruise ship that hadbeen taking the videos of the party, the night that amy and yellow were seendancing and was actually the one to capture them on tape. So many timesreported that another ship employee would call him asking for the originalcopies of the video claiming that the FBI needed them. The videographer saidthat he would be happy to revide the ship with a copy and the Fbei with theoriginals. However, his fellow crewmate continued to insist that they neededthe original copies he never handed over. The tapes and the FBI would nevercontact him to ask for them, and this is so so suspicious to me. Why wouldyou need those tapes if not to destroy them, K Yeah? What else could theypossibly be doing? Yeah just reafrimes my suspicions that her disappearancewas definitely very organized. I think she's, probably like targeted whenthose waiters all ay at the beginning...

...of being really preepy towards herduring the family dinner M. I agree absolutely. I definitely think thatyellow is the main man responsible, but that there were many people on the shipinvolved in this. A man named Frank Jones would approach the Bradley familyclaiming that he was xspecial forces and specialized in rescuing people fromhuman trafficking situations. He said that he could rescue amy, but that itwould be very costly. The Bradleys over time would pay him tens of thousands ofdollars. They would leave him to be legitimate because he had even sentthem photos of a woman with the same tattoos as amy from the island ofKirisal 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'sboss would actually very kindly agree to pay this money for them. However, hewanted to make sure that frank was legitimate befor. He did so so he wouldsend one of his fellow employees to check out Jones and kind of SPI on himto make sure he was legitimate and then report back to himself in the Bradleys.However, the employee that he sent would report back and say that Joneswas just using their money to live his best life on Keral. He was partyingevery night, getting drunk all the time and he was doing absolutely nothing tofind amy. So this absolute scum bag scammed the family of a missing woman,people that had lost their child and their sister out of tens of thousandsof dollars just hif. He could get drunk every day the way that he had scammedthe bradleys into believing that he actually was getting pictures of amy ishe had hired a woman to dress up like her same haircut, those tattoos thatshe had had been painted on this woman, and he would always capture photos ofher where her face was just out of vew. Like her head would be turned or youcouldn't get a good look at it or something, but since the haircut, thebody type and the tattoos looked so accurate and I'm sure, since they sobadly wanted to believe their daughter had been found, they did believe thatthe pictures he was sending were in fact of amy. Did he ever get in troublefor IM? He did he's still in prison for that thankful yeah. He got many yearsin jail. The family would eventually Sue RoyalCaribbean for negligence, I'm not sure how the suit went. I hope thatconsidering the shady actions of so many crew members aboard the rapsty ofthe seas, the Bradleys one, but I am not sure in to this day- There hasstill I mean there have been sihtings baby, obviously, and I do believe thatmost of them are credible. I believe the woman from Barbados probably sawamy, and I do believe that David Carmichael definitely saw amy again. Hewas only two feet away from her. He was able to describe a watch that we knowshe was wearing when she went missing and he was able to describe all of hertattoos without being prompted. So I do believe again that she was sold intosex trafficking and that she might still be alive. She did go missing inone thousand nine hundred and ninety eight, which actually she went missingjust a couple f months before I was even born, which is so wild to me. Idon't know this for sure, but I do believe that victims sold into humantrafficking have a higher chance of...

...surviving for longer than someonekidnapps like off the street or something by just a total psychopath.So again, my theory is that amy was sold into human trafficking and couldstill 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 orcommitted suicide. I've already expressed why I don't believe that tobe true, the third theory, aside from suicide going overboard or humantrafficking, would be that amy decided to disappear on her own and the samereason. I don't believe in that theory are the reasons I don't believe shecommitted suicide again. It would be smart if you wanted to disappear andhave everyone think it was some sort of horrific accident or kidnapping. Itwould be smart, so would tell people oh yeah I'll, be back and to line somethings up, but I just don't think that she would have adopted a puppy if shewas planning on not coming back. That really is the kicker for me, I can'timagine. She'd have to be, I think, a total psychopath to adopt a puppy andthen just abandon it days later. I can't see anyone doing that. I reallycan't so now, I'm going to let Eric Tell you about some human traftingstatistics that he was kind enough to research and they have to do with boththe US and the Caribbean islands, and I think it's important that we educateour listeners on this. A bit because again Eric and I both believe that amywas, in fact human traffics. So the more awareness that we all have thesafer will all be so without further do take it away Eric, so human tract me ismuch more widespread than most people expect it to be much like drugtraffiing. Human trafping is a several billion dollar industry in two thousandand fourteen the Unie Nations International Labor Organizationestimated that profits from force o Sexual Labor are at ninety nine billiondollars worldwide. prosticution in Carissal is actually only open toforeign women who obtain a permit to work in the Campo like gray brothell,which is actually the largest legal brothel of the Caribbean. Cursou is anautonomous territory of the Netherlands, but, despite being so, curical suffersfrom many of the similar problems that plagu its neighbors, ranging from highstreet crime, persistent unemployment and rampant political corruption, sinceprostitution is only open for foreigners, there are illegal,brothless, souththe island that employee locals foreigners are alsoletred to these illegal brothos under false promises, and they end up beingtaking dvantage of while tourse locations hat generally very safe. Moreefforts are put into making them nose, appealing and safest parts of theisland, often masking the two issues that lied outside these horsed areas. Astudy from the United Nations International Labor Organizationestimated that three point: eight million adults and one million children,were victims of forced sexual exploitation in two thousand andsixteen around the world, and they also estimated that ninety nine percent ofadults and children forced into sexual exploitation are female, which what isShu prise. The United States, Tate Department, also Portsa, the topthenations of origin for human traffing...

...are the United States, Mexico and thePhilippines. If you need help or suspect any human traffickingactivities or taking place, please call the national human trafficking hotline.The hotline is confidential. It's whole free, available, twenty four seven, andin more than two hundred languages, the number to call is one eight, eight,eight, three, seven, three, seven, eight eight eight or you canalso tex. This number be free, which would be two three three seven, threethree Eric. I want to. Thank you so much again for ajoining me anddiscussing this case, and before we go. I just want to make sure: Did you lock the door.

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