Finding Payne: How he reached millions of listeners covering Georgia’s crime of the century | Cobb Life Magazine

The Podcaster

Like many listeners in 2014, Lindsey said he was captivated by the show “Serial,” a New York Times Company-backed podcast.

A kid from Cobb

Payne Lindsey

At 18 years old, Lindsey started making rap music and shooting music videos on a popular YouTube channel for a few years.

Radio waves

Payne Lindsey

By its first week, “Up and Vanished” captivated audiences, tumbling down the rabbit hole of Tara Grinstead’s disappearance.

A break in the case

The Studio

On August 7, 2016, Lindsey released the first episode of “Up and Vanished.”


A plaque in Lindsey’s home dedicated to more than 50 million streams and downloads of the podcast “Up and Vanished.”

“You haven’t seen the real me, yet.”

Into the unknown

Up and Vanished

“As a kid, I always wanted to make my own stuff,” Lindsey said.


A collection of awards Lindsey has garnered over his career as a podcaster.


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