Episode 29: Rain Man’s Savant Syndrome and the Disney Cruise Disappearance

Episode 29: Rain Man’s Savant Syndrome and the Disney Cruise Disappearance

Savant Syndrome, a condition where an individual excels in a specific skill like art, music or math. Only about 75 people in the world today are deemed as ‘mega-savants,’ but the syndrome is not without its drawbacks. Justin tells us all about how Savant Syndrome affects individuals like Kim Peek, a mega savant. The 1988 blockbuster hit, Rain Man was based on Kim Peek and his incredible ability to memorize everything that he read. 
Then Clarke shifts gears to the not-so-magical disappearance of Rebecca Coriam, a Disney employee who vanished from a Disney cruise ship in 2011. Her story is riddled with mystery, cover ups and lawsuits. Disney maintains to this day that Rebecca was washed overboard by a wave but Clarke breaks down why that can’t possibly be true and its clear that something more malicious happened to the young Disney worker. Don’t believe everything the Mouse tells you in Episode 29: Rain Man’s Savant Syndrome and the Disney Cruise Disappearance. 

Art painted by a Savant by the name of Richard Wawro
Kim Peek, a Mega Savant, who Rain Man is based on.
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in 1988’s Rain Man
Kim Peek and screenwriter Barry Morrow with the ‘most loved oscar.’

Rebecca Coriam in her Disney Crew uniform
The Disney Wonder ship in 2011.
The last message Rebecca sent to her family.
Bex speaking on the phone, the morning that she disappeared.
A flip flop that Rebecca’s parents were given even though it had someone else’s name on it.
Bex and Tracie Medley dancing.