August 18, 1949. Los Angeles, California. After finishing a phone call with a friend, 48-year old widowed socialite Mimi Boomhower is not heard from for days. When police eventually check Mimi’s house, they discover that her lights are still on, an uneaten salad is sitting on the table, and her car is still parked in the garage. Mimi herself has vanished without explanation and her purse is soon found inside a phone booth containing a message that it was found on a beach. It would also turn out that Mimi was suffering from financial problems at this time and had told her business manager she was planning to meet a gentleman on the evening she went missing. Did Mimi elope and run off voluntarily, or was she the victim of foul play? Could her disappearance be connected to the infamous “Black Dahlia” murder from two years earlier? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a baffling missing persons cases which would become known as “The Disappearance of the Merry Widow”.
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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.
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