Crime Time Discussion Group-Brandon Swanson

Case 2: Brandon Swanson

In May of 2008, 19 year old Brandon Swanson drove his car into a ditch on his way home from the nearby town of Lynd. He called his parents & asked them for a ride, telling them where he believed he way. However, they were unable to locate him at the location he claimed the car went off the road, despite both cars trying to flash lights to signal. Brandon claimed he could see the lights from the town of Lynd & that he would walk back to town.

Brandon & his father were talking via their cell phones when the young man said he would cut through a field as a short cut. 47 minutes into their phone call, Brandon exclaimed an expletive & his phone cut out. His father tried to call back several times, but the phone would not connect.

The car was eventually located, nowhere near where Brandon had claimed to be. Brandon Swanson, however, has been missing ever since.

We invite you to research the case and join us on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Some of the Podcast Coverage

True Crime Garage: Episodes 332, 333 & 334

The Trail Went Cold: October 18, 2017

Going West Podcast: December 31, 2018

Thinking Sideways: September 1, 2016

Read About the Case

At True Crime Files

Marshall Independent Article from 2018

The Charley Project

See Brandon’s Missing Poster

Under the Banner of Heaven

Under the Banner of Heaven book coverUnder the Banner of Heaven

By Jon Krakauer

Review by Rebecca Hoetger

For non-fiction, this book captivated me right from the very beginning. The title! This is the true story of the double murder of Brenda Lafferty and her 15-month old daughter, Erica, at the hands of Ron and Dan Lafferty (the older brothers of Brenda’s husband). I would have liked more information on the actual Lafferty case; that being said, Krakauer does an amazing job relating the gruesome details that we have. Continue reading