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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

This Week In '66 - The Fishers Disappear


With Lynn Peril

Were there more kidnappings and disappearances than usual in 1966, or am I just attracted to those stories? If it’s the latter, what does that say about me? Perhaps it’s an easy answer: If I fall down a rabbit hole to find out what happened next, maybe listeners will be intrigued as well. The story of Max and Edith Fisher is a wild one, involving arson, a likely murder, and a faked suicide. Also in the news this week, a Merry Prankster gets married and a teen critic harshly reviews the Rolling Stones show at the Cow Palace–on Mick’s 23rd birthday, no less! 


“303rd Golden Gate Suicide Feared,” San Francisco Examiner, June 27, 1966, 20. 

Bengelsdorf, Irving H., Ph.D., “Of Atoms and Men; Carbon Dioxide Enriched Air–A Lot of Contemporary Sun,” The Los Angeles Times, July 28, 1966, 33. 

“He’ll Stay, Despite Hostility; Cranks Harass Negro in Ritzy Detroit Area,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 27, 1. 

Leggett, Jim, “Widow Remembers Husband Who Died in Crash 25 Years Ago,” The Town Talk (Alexandria, Virginia), July 29, 1991, 21. 

Looney, Gerri, “Stone Shook Up?” Oakland Tribune, July 30, 1966, 8.

Mealey, Mike, “Cabin in Mystery Razed in Clue Hunt,” The Oakland Tribune, July 15, 1966, 4. 

Mealey, Mike, “FBI Joins Hunt for SF Man–Wife’s Body at Cabin?” The Oakland Tribune, July 14, 1966, 5. 

O’Brien, William, “Cops Still Baffled by the Missing Fishers,” The San Francisco Examiner, July 2, 1967, 8. 

“Pope to OK Birth Pill, Italian Paper Claims; Fantasy, Vatican Says,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 27, 4. 

Spears, Larry, “Groom Had the Second Longest Hair,” Oakland Tribune, July 25, 1966, 3. 

“Tragic Rampage; Elephant Tramples Trainer,” Oakland Tribune, July 30, 1966, 4. 

Weston, Mary Ann, “Jobs Run Out; 2 Negro Families Leaving Pointes,” The Detroit Press, November 24, 1966, 3.