OMG guys... leave Harris alone! ;_;
@rustywright4 You got fingerprinted when you had a baby??? Am I the only one who finds that really weird?
So I've been pondering why I didn't have the connection to this finale as most of the BM community and ARON did. I can appreciate the art of this season and a look at dementia. Jim helping me understand Wayne Vietnam flashback gave me more appreciation, BUT everything is TOO CLEAN. AND if you're going to tell this story and have it be somewhat of a mystery, you have to explain how Julie Purcell can have an adult life and STILL HAVE HER DISAPPEARENCE be a unsolved. I would have liked and think the story could have been better if Waynes son knew it was solved but let his dad go through this in order to remember his mom, but stop it short of breaking into Hoyts and approaching Julie.Some plot holes for me - adult Julie has a kid, one thing my wife and I had to do when we had our kids were submit fingerprints at the hospital. Also when getting a drivers license and voting and probably a number of other things require you to submit your fingerprints. When they run them they'd find out the samething that we did in the 90s that Julie Purcell is alive. Cops would come, and open up the case again, media would catch wind of it and its a pretty simple case to solve with Julie as the witness. Also, Hoyts house with the pink room is STILL standing. I can't believe SOMEONE wouldn't walk around and notice a vault door leading to a pink room with an incriminating mural there, and still keep it quiet. Harris family, wife and daughters, cool with their husband/father disappearing, cops wouldn't get called and we know Wayne and Roland car on video. I could go on with the issues I have with the story and poke more holes in the plot. My issue is it was forced to be a clean story and there is no way it could be.
Some potential answers to your plot holes:
As others stated, not sure how common the parents getting finger printed at a hospital is. But Julie easily could have had a home birth or maybe went to the convent and they helped her give birth.
Drivers license- quite possible that Julie doesn't drive and is a stay at home mother and Mike provides what they need at the house (in terms of getting stuff with a car).
Voting- once again, quite possible Julie isn't voting either.
Hoys House- assuming it's in the same town, then yeah, they mentioned the town was a ghost town for all intents and purposes. However, this could be a decent point as kids could easily go there and find the room and tell someone about what they saw. But at the same point, it could also be a case of people sticking to their own business and not saying anything even if they went there and saw it.
Harris disappearance- unless Hoyt is helping the police, the cops at that point weren't going to find Harris. Hoyt has the video of Roland and Hays car following Harris as he leaves. And Hoyt has the GPS coordinates. If he chooses to no get involved, then he easily can delete the video tape of the car and delete the GPS tracking thing. Without those, there is no evidence as to what happened with Harris. Only if maybe the cops stumble upon the barn and find some DNA samples or something. But this was also back in 1990 and not 2019 and this is not CSI or Law and Order where stuff magically turns up quickly and easily. I mean, Hays burns his clothes to destroy evidence, so you would have to think that Roland and Hays would have been careful to clean up the barn area as well.
So fingerprinting when having a baby is another way to make sure there is no mix up of babies and parents in the hospital. I’ve been researching and it’s a thing. I believe I remember having to do it when I was checking in, but everything’s a whirlwind when you’re getting ready to go through childbirth. Also I read that hospitals use it as way to keep track of drugs given, procedures done and billing in the hospital.
Depending on how long this occurred for you, i would guess most places have gone more digital these days in terms of bar codes and scanning.
Also, to add to @Jim point, I think for any shows, it depends on how much a person wants to dive into it. If you want to dive completely in and read every theory out there, then sure you're going to probably stumble onto a theory that is correct and then when you see it happen on the show, you're going to be like "yeah, i read that already, oh well". But to listen to just you and Aron talk, I didn't feel cheated or felt that you guys gave too much info or research into the podcast. I personally don't really go deep diving into reddit or look online for theories. I'd rather listen to a podcast or 2 and let the podcast introduce me to any theories that are out there and then from there digest the theory and think if i buy into it or not. But I'm also not the type to screen shot thing to see what books a character is reading and how they plays into the storyline and such.