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The Disappearances: a Story of Exploration, Murder and Mystery in the American West

Scott Thybony presents a story of exploration, murder, and mystery set in the Four Corners country during the 1930s. In 1934, 13-year old Lucy Garrett was tricked into heading west with the man who murdered her father. The Texan took the woodcutter's daughter to a corner of Utah so remote the law was unlikely to follow. The events took an explosive ending in a wild shootout and a manhunt across five states. At the same time, a ground and air search was underway for Dan Thrapp, a scientist who had recently been excavating dinosaur fossils for the American Museum of Natural History. Another search party was scouring the canyons for Everett Ruess, a Los Angeles artist who had disappeared. All three incidents were playing out at the same moment of time and in the same tangle of canyons and slickrock expanses. All three people were missing and feared lost, all were young. With images and readings, Scott will retrace their journeys and separate fates.

Scott Thybony has covered the American West on assignments for magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Outside.  His books include Burntwater and The Canyon Country, while his stories regularly air on Arizona Public Radio.  To use food as biography, he has eaten tamales made from blue corn and ash after dancing with the Yellow Clowns during a Hopi ceremony, deep-fried Rocky Mountain oysters after a morning of branding cattle, and cold mutton stew with Navajo medicine men. 

The Glen Canyon Lecture Series is made possible through a partnership between Glen Canyon Natural History Association, the John Wesley Powell Museum and the Page Public Library. Lectures are free to the public and supported by grants and donations. Thank you for supporting your public programs.

Earlier Event: September 30
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Later Event: October 27
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