Payne Lindsey

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Payne Lindsey
Born (1987-11-21) November 21, 1987 (age 31)
ResidenceAtlanta, USA
OccupationDirector, Documentary Filmmaker
Known forUp and Vanished

Payne Lindsey is an American director, documentary filmmaker, and podcast host. He is best known for co-creating and hosting the hit podcasts Up and Vanished and Atlanta Monster.[1][2]


Tara Grinstead case[edit]

With an early interest in investigative journalism Lindsey was inspired to investigate the disappearance of beauty queen and school teacher Tara Grinstead,[3] a well-known cold case in Georgia.[4] Lindsey did not have access to police files, so instead scoured through old news articles and online forums to hunt out possible leads. At the time, Lindsey's intentions were to develop Grinstead's story into a documentary film. However, whilst investigating the case, Lindsey broadcast in real-time, week by week in audio form their progress which became a podcast titled Up and Vanished. Within a 12-month period the podcast received over 50 million downloads,[5] which propelled Grinstead's case into the mainstream[6] media,[7] this helped uncover previously unnoticed evidence which lead to the decade-old case being cracked and two arrests made.[8]

Tenderfoot TV[edit]

After Up and Vanished, together with his business partner Donald Albright,[9][10] Lindsey launched the content creation company Tenderfoot TV which is based in Atlanta. Together with Tenderfoot TV and Oxygen[11] they started developing a TV docu-series carrying on from Up and Vanished.[12]

Atlanta Monster[edit]

In early 2018, in partnership with HowStuffWorks,[13] Lindsey launched Atlanta Monster, a new podcast about the infamous Atlanta Child Murders, which occurred between 1979 - 1981 with over 25 victims murdered in Atlanta.[14][15]


  • Just Like You (2014)[16]
  • Our People (2015)[17]
  • Thank Yo Mamma (2015)[18]
  • Up and Vanished: The TV Show (2018)


  1. ^ "How 'Up and Vanished' Podcast Helped Solve Cold Murder Case". Rollingstone. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  2. ^ "How two men turned a Google search and $100 into a hit podcast and a TV deal". Washington Post. 2017-09-09. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  3. ^ "Atlanta filmmaker reignites interest in Tara Grinstead disappearance". WRBL News. 2016-12-28. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  4. ^ "AJC Watchdog: Grinstead murder mystery hampered by Georgia secrecy". The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  5. ^ "Live stream: 'Up and Vanished' creator answers your questions live". USA Today. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  6. ^ "Arrest Made In Decadelong Cold Case After Podcast Renews National Attentionn". Huffington Post. 2017-02-24. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  7. ^ "'Up and Vanished' podcast host on arrests in case, success of series". Fox. 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  8. ^ "'How I helped solve a decade-old missing person's case with my podcast'". Cosmopolitan. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  9. ^ "Atlanta filmmaker reignites interest in Tara Grinstead disappearance". USA Today. 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  10. ^ "A true crime podcast will explore the chilling disappearances and murders of over 22 children — and it will be your new obsession". This Insider. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  11. ^ "'Up and Vanished' Co-Creators Dig Deep Into Atlanta Murders With New Podcast (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  12. ^ "Oxygen Expands Crime Development Slate With Four New Projects Including 'Up & Vanished' Based On Podcast". Deadline. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  13. ^ "Hear the trailer for new true crime podcast exploring the Atlanta Child Murders". Entertainment Weekly. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  14. ^ ""Atlanta Monster": In Pursuit of Justice and a Hit Podcast". The New Yorker. 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  15. ^ "'Up and Vanished' Co-Creators Dig Deep Into Atlanta Murders With New Podcast (Exclusive)". CBS. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  16. ^ "Just Like You (2014)". IMDB. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  17. ^ "Our People (2015)". IMDB. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  18. ^ "Thank Yo Mamma (2015)". IMDB. Retrieved 2018-03-05.

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