Elusive online journalist Scott King investigates another cold case – the disappearance of a seven-year-old boy from his father's car on Christmas Eve – in an intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought-provoking thriller, in another episode of Six Stories.
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A missing child
A family in denial
Which one is true?
On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrel, stopped the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose 'Six Stories' podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. Journeying through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there, he talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know what happened to the little boy...
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‘Haunting, horrifying, and heartrending. Fans of Arthur Machen, whose unsettling tale The White People provides an epigraph, will want to check this one out’ Publishers Weekly
In Wesolowski's exceptional third outing for British podcast host Scott King (after 2018's Hydra), King, who has become something of an internet sensation (and target), may be biting off more than he can chew when a listener's letter hinting at having inside information spurs him to tackle the Everest of U.K. cold cases: the Christmas Eve, 1988, disappearance of seven-year-old Alfie Marsden on a desolate road near the Welsh border during the few minutes that Alfie's father, Sorrel, was under the hood of their car troubleshooting some ominous knocks. What does King reasonably hope to discover three decades on, if he can even manage to connect with now-elusive key players, including Sorrel and Alfie's publicly excoriated mother, from whose alcohol-fueled rage Sorrel claims to have been trying to rescue the boy that fateful night? The accounts of the six witnesses King manages to line up for his podcast are by turns haunting, horrifying, and heartrending. Fans of Arthur Machen, whose unsettling tale "The White People" provides an epigraph, will want to check this one out.