Filmmaker Payne Lindsay and podcast company Tenderfoot TV have announced a new podcast called “Dead and Gone.” The true crime podcast’s first two episodes will debut October 15. It will be available on all podcast platforms in partnership with Cadence13.
Listeners will tune in as unsolved cases of fans of iconic jam band the Grateful Dead are investigated. Hosting the show will be Jake Brennan, who also hosts the podcast “Disgraceland.” Lindsay will handle much of the podcast’s behind-the-scenes work including research and is co-founder of Tenderfoot TV.
Lindsey and Brennan ran into few unsettling surprises while investigating the cold cases that span the course of five decades.
Filmaker Payne Lindsey said of the series:
“I knew we would encounter surprises throughout this investigation because of the strange coincidences, mysterious circumstances and rock and roll at the center of it all… but I never predicted to come across such a tragic case with so many unanswered questions. Many of these cases have not been thoroughly examined until now, and our goal is to uncover the truth about what really happened that night so justice is served.”
One such case is the murders of Mary Regina Gioia and Gregory Allen Kniffin, two Grateful Dead-obsessed Berkeley residents. The pair were found beaten and shot to death in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1986.
At the time of the murders, a black man named Ralph International Thomas was found guilty and sentenced to death. After a A “mysterious tip from a fellow Dead Head” it allegedly could be a wrongful accusation. According to the press release “lack of evidence and conflicting witness testimonies” could prove Thomas’ innocence. Lindsey and Brennan credit this tip for the catalyst behind the podcast.
Beyond the double murder of Gioia and Kniffin, listeners will also dive into the darkness surrounding the band. Included will be tales of the band’s subversive past, the predators among the concert goers, and more.
“I’ve studied the history and culture of the band for years, and I think people will be surprised to find that there is a darkness at the core of the Grateful Dead’s music and that darkness is present throughout the band’s history. It has manifested in song and in real life and many of the band’s fans have fallen victim to it. This darkness and the violence and mystery it’s spawned runs contrary to the good intentions of the band and the Grateful Dead’s image of peace, love, good times and music, and that contrast makes for fascinating storytelling.”Jake Brennan, Co-Found of Double Elvis Productions