True Crime Conversations

True Crime Conversations explores the world's most notorious crimes by speaking to the people who know the most about them. Hosted by Jessie Stephens.


episode 5: The Lady Vanishes: What Happened To Marion Barter

How did Marion Barter’s overseas holiday in 1997 become her last? Reporter Bryan Seymour, host of The Lady Vanishes podcast, takes Jessie through the case of missing person, Marion Barter.

A beloved teacher and mum, Marion was living a happy and fulfilling life before she disappeared.  So why did she sell her house and change her name before travelling overseas? And why did she return three weeks later only to drain her bank account of all savings? Or did she?

Marion’s daughter Sally hasn’t heard from their mother since she left the country the first time.  So what happened? Did she meet with foul play? Or did she choose to vanish and start a new life without the family she loved so much.

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GUEST: Bryan Seymour
HOST: Jessie Stephens
PRODUCER: Elise Cooper

If you have information about the disappearance of Marion Barter you can email alternatively you can leave an anonymous tip at


  • The Lady Vanishes podcast 
  • 2GB The Chris Smith Show “Possible Breakthrough in the case of Missing Qld Teacher” 
  • 7 News Sydney “Missing mum Marion Barter linked to northern NSW cult” 
  • 7 News Sydney “The Lady Vanishes Trip To Luxembourg” 
  • Le Courier Australian personal advertisement 


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