How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

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How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found
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AuthorDoug Richmond
CountryUnited States
PublisherCarol Publishing Group
Publication date
Media typePrint

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found is a book by Doug Richmond, originally released in 1985, which is a how-to guide on starting a new identity. It includes chapters on planning a disappearance, arranging for new identification, finding work, establishing credit, pseudocide (creating the impression of one's own death), and more. The book recommends a method of disappearing by assuming the identity of a dead person with similar vital statistics and age, and also includes a section on avoiding paper trails which, due to the age of the book, may no longer be relevant or useful.

A play inspired by the book was released in 2005[1] by Fin Kennedy, about a man wanting to disappear, which won the John Whiting Award.[2]

Radiohead's song "How To Disappear Completely" from their fourth album, Kid A, is named after this book and was originally going to be named after its full title. The Polish ambient music group How To Disappear Completely is also named after the book.


  1. ^ Fin Kennedy (2005) How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Nick Hern Books, London. ISBN 978-1-85459-964-3
  2. ^ Teacher wins coveted prize for the play that theatres turned down