Episode 1: A Death Declared


Episode 1: A Death Declared is now (or will soon be) available where ever you listen to podcasts, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Subscribe to stay up to date as the mystery unfolds.

After listening to Episode 1, you are encouraged to explore the episode companion materials below.

A Death Declared features music by Ben von Wildenhaus and Prom Queen.

Prom Queen’s song Mystery opens the episode. View Mystery‘s music video by clicking the image below. Also Prom Queen recently went viral with their inspired mashup of the Stranger Things and Twin Peaks themes, aptly titled Stranger Peaks.

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How Prom Queen’s music got on the show happened quite serendipitously. Here is the screenshot from a Facebook conversation I had recently with the group’s lead singer  Leeni. Keep in mind that we live approximately 3000 miles apart.


In turn, Leeni got my podcast hooked up with the incredible Ben von Wildenhaus. Two Wildenhaus songs are featured in Episode 1 including Bad Lament 1 and An Nur off of his vinyl release, II.


How these two musicians met was covered in an interview by The Sun Break. Here’s an excerpt:

I also work with Ben Von Wildenhaus, who is this wonder to behold. He’s this amazing guitar player and amazing musician overall, but he’s also the most mesmerizing performer you’ll ever see. He does solo shows a lot and I always bring people out to see him because it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever seen. It’s very David Lynch, moody, and cinematic. I met him because we were doing solo shows together. We played a show together in an art gallery and I asked him if he would ever want to play with Prom Queen and be in a band, and he said yes. So he was actually the first member of the band.

Check back to this site for more companion materials to the podcast as each episode is released. Future posts will include links and images to support your efforts to help me solve the mystery.

Thanks to Tom Aligost, Alfred P. Daniels, and my wife Carol for making this episode possible. Thanks also to Laura Scafati, Jason Robertson, Jon Briggs, Elliot Baker, and Matthew Carano for their support. Learn how you can support the show here.


John Herman



Stranger Peaks

Listen to this inspired joining of Laura Palmer’s Twin Peaks theme and the Stranger Things theme by Seattle’s talented Prom Queen who you’ll hear a lot more from when The Disappearance Podcast debuts October 3.