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Payne Lindsey

As a director and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Payne Lindsey has always had a passion for the true crime genre. Inspired by docu-series like Netflix's Making a Murderer and HBO's The Jinx, Lindsey set out to find an unsolved mystery that he could investigate and develop into a documentary project of his own.
A Metro-Atlanta native, he decided to choose a case close to home, a decade-old cold case from South Georgia, the disappearance of Tara Grinstead. Lindsey drew inspiration from another one of his favorites, the hit podcast Serial, and elected to tell the story of his real-time investigation, week by week in audio form, under the name Up and Vanished.
The events of the next 12 months turned Tara Grinstead's case into one of the hottest crime stories of the year. With over 150 million downloads, Up and Vanished propelled Grinstead's case into the mainstream media.
Lindsey’s upcoming podcast, Atlanta Monster, is a joint project with podcast powerhouse HowStuffWorks. It’s set to debut at the top of 2018 and explores one of his home city’s darkest secrets, The Atlanta Child Murders. Lindsey is not a journalist, a detective, or an attorney, and by his own account, he's not even a podcaster--but he has proven to be a successful storyteller and a catalyst for change.