Tenderfoot TV and Audacy’s Cadence13 present “To Live and Die in LA,” the true crime podcast investigating two missing persons cases over two seasons. In 2018, actress Adea Shabani was hoping to fulfill her Hollywood dreams. She suddenly vanished from her apartment in Hollywood and was last seen leaving her home with her boyfriend. Shabani’s family, devastated and desperate for answers, seeks the help of private investigator Jayden Brant. Jayden asked Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss to help investigate the case. Season 1 of the podcast works with the team, including producer Alex Vespestad, to try to uncover what happened.
Adea’s body was found and foul play is suspected. Over the course of the first season Neil identifies many suspects, including Adea’s boyfriend. He shot himself after he was pursued by highway patrol in California. Neil’s team follows one suspect around from state-to-state. Witnesses emerge with bombshell accusations. They follow evidence, visit the burial site, and learn about inconsistencies from the LAPD.
In both seasons of “To Live and Die in LA,” Neil recruits many folks to help with the investigation. For season 2, neighbors, his ex-wife Ingrid De La O, guitarist/songwriter for the band Incubus Mike Einziger, and concert violinist Ann Marie Simpson contribute to the case. Neil’s team explores how far they’ll go to obtain information.
The second season focuses on the sketchy circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 20-year-old student Elaine Park. In the hours before her disappearance, she saw a movie with her boyfriend and stayed over at his house. Video footage showed her leaving in the morning. Her abandoned car was later found in Malibu, unlocked, with her personal belongings inside.
Many disturbing theories arise. Elaine’s mother shares her take. Next, the team speaks with witnesses. As a result, they find another one of Elaine’s ex-boyfriends who has a criminal record. A possible motive is identified. The team uncovers never-before-found data on Elaine’s iCloud account with threatening messages.
Neil became interested in true crime and began researching both Adea and Elaine’s cases at the same time. Neil hopes that this podcast will bring focus to these missing persons cases and provide a call-to-action for anyone to come forward with information they might have.
Will Neil and his team find answers? Will justice be served? We’ll have to tune in to find out. New episodes are released on Thursdays.