The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 30 – Brandon Swanson

May 14, 2008. Marshall, Minnesota. The parents of 19-year old Brandon Swanson receive a late-night phone call from their son, who claims that his car has become stuck in a ditch in the middle of nowhere. The Swansons leave to go pick Brandon up, but have trouble finding him. At one point, Brandon’s father hears him shout a swear word over the phone before the call abruptly cuts off, and there is no answer to repeated attempts to phone him back. Even though his abandoned car is eventually found on a rural road, Brandon himself is never heard from again. What happened to Brandon Swanson, and what could have prompted his final reaction during his final phone call? In our latest Halloween-themed extended minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we tackle one of the scariest, most baffling missing persons cases of the past decade. Special thanks to Joe from Thinking Sideways Podcast for popping in to share a theory. Be sure to check out their episode about this case.

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One thought on “The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 30 – Brandon Swanson

  • Personally, I don’t think that Joe’s scenario is particularly likely. I can’t see Mr Serial Killer allowing his victim to chat to his parents for an hour, as there would be far too much opportunity for him to raise the alarm by knowingly giving false information which would cause the parents to become suspicious as well as the difficulty of making innocuous small-talk while being threatened by a knife-wielding maniac. Secondly, if Brandon was murdered, the killer would find himself in unfamiliar country with a dead body on his hands, yet somehow managed to carry it away and conceal it so effectively that it has never been found.

    It seems to me that if we can really discount the fact that later calls to Brandon’s mobile got the ringing tone, then there’s a much more obvious solution: he had been talking to his parents for some time, so it may simply be that his phone flashed up a message to say that it was out-of-power, leaving just enough time for his exclamation of anger to be overheard by his father.

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