S2E8 48 Hours

Johnny Gosch

Johnny Gosch’s disappearance helped changed the world as it changed the laws to make the first 48 hours of a disappearance the most important

Missing Person

Johnny Gosch and Eugene Martin (a boy who went missing shortly after Johnny) were the start of the milk carton kids. Thanks to a Martin family friend and their milk company posting the boys on the side of the milk the whole nation joined in posting missing children on milk cartons.

Johnny Captured
Johnny on his paper route

After Johnny disappeared his mother went to work. One month after her son’s disappearance, Noreen founded The Johnny Gosch Foundation and also developed a program called “In Defense of Children.” She began touring the nation, making nearly 1,000 personal appearances with law enforcement, missing persons organizations, those involving human trafficking, and doing whatever she could to increase overall awareness of crimes involving children.

Full reward poster from Johnny’s family

On July 1, 1984, a bill she authored — the Johnny Gosch Bill — was passed into Iowa law. It mandated immediate police involvement whenever a child went missing, and was subsequently adopted by eight additional states.

JonBenét Ramsey

Beauty Pageant Queen

The night before Jonbenet’s disappearance and death, it had snowed. However there were no footprints around the home to indicate an intruder.

The random note left for the Ramsey’s

A part of the suspicion around the ransom note is due to the fact no one ever called. The note states someone would call between 8am-10am.

The call was going to leave instructions on how and where to drop off the money.

JonBenet and Burke


According to the police, the ransom note the Ramseys found was very unusual. First of all, it was three pages long. That’s, really, really long for a ransom note. What more do you really need to say besides “We have your daughter, here’s how much money we want?” Apparently a lot. The Ramsey ransom note was incredibly chatty, going on for three pages about who the kidnappers were, what they were going to do with JonBenet, and other strange superfluous information.

A Ramsey Family Photo

In the basement there was a suitcase the Ramsey’s didn’t recognize. Inside that suitcase was a Dr Suess book and a semen covered blanket.

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