The Trail Went Cold – Episode 38 – Mary Shotwell Little

October 14, 1965. Atlanta, Georgia. After having dinner with a friend, 25-year old bank secretary Mary Shotwell Little vanishes without explanation. The following day, her abandoned vehicle is discovered with traces of blood and Mary’s neatly folded undergarments inside. Mary’s gasoline card is also used at two separate service stations in North Carolina by a woman matching her description and two unidentified male companions. The case would contain a number of bizarre developments, including an odd kidnapping story from a prison inmate, allegations of a scandal at Mary’s workplace, and the subsequent unsolved murder of the woman who took over Mary’s job. Was Mary Shotwell Little abducted and murdered… or could she have actually staged her own disappearance? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is undoubtedly one of the strangest, most convoluted missing persons cases we’ve ever covered.

This episode also contains a promo for “The Fall Line”, a new investigative true crime podcast on the disappearances of Jeannette and Dannette Milbrook.

Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/mary-shotwell-little

http://www.buckhead.net/history/mystery/msl_a.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1102670/posts

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article9204080.html

http://maryshotwelllittle.blogspot.ca/2010/06/mary-shotwell-little-and-diane-shields.html

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

One thought on “The Trail Went Cold – Episode 38 – Mary Shotwell Little

  • In late Oct. 2019, the lead investigator on Diane Shields’ case said they were very close to solving her murder. Something where a person has kept trying to help the investigation so much that he revealed he knows way too much about what happened. They said it was likely a case of someone with an infatuation with her who stalked and killed her when his advances were rebuffed. They said you can tell due to the fact she was murdered savagely, but not raped or robbed in any way.

    How this ties in to Mary’s case, if at all, is unclear. I think though that despite both women having the same job and workstation, that’s the only connection their cases have. With Mary, I think it’s a case of overthinking things just to clear up intangibles. The basic facts are all right there — She was more than likely abducted from a parking lot that was already known to have a prowler lurking around in it, taken somewhere in her own car, possibly assaulted, then left somewhere while the abductor(s) brought the car back to the lot, which explains the road dust and the 41 miles unaccounted for miles. It looks like she was taken to North Carolina after that, and disposed of. Sounds like her abductor(s) threatened her if she tried to get any help, too, which would account for her behavior when seen by the gas station attendants the next day.

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