Everyone, even you, has at one time or another thought of disappearing, even if it was just for an instant, you thought walking out the door with no intention of ever returning. And right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of running away is probably crossing the minds of some people. But the point of this article is not to discuss the why of it, and the pain you might leave behind. But that is something you should consider because it would hurt the people who love you. But this is article is about the how of it, the leaving. By the way, there are probably a couple of movies about this topic, Sleeping with the Enemy comes to mind, you should probably watch it.
Proper disappearing requires lots of planning and preparation. The more you prepare, the better and more effective your disappearing will be. Two things you need to begin right away are, one, start cutting emotion ties. Distance yourself from family and friends. This might make it a touch easier on you, if nothing else, it will give you and idea of what it’s like to live without the people who matter to you.
Money, that’s also one of the things you need to prepare. Disappearing is expensive. Disappearing isn’t dying. Dying is cheap.Disappearing isn’t. So start saving as much money as you can and stashing it away. Don’t put it in the back under your name as this might attract attention, especially when you withdraw it in cash.
And speaking of names, you’re going to need a new name. Look online for babies who died the day you were born. Get in touch with the government and ask for their birth certificate. People lose birth certificates all the time, so this won’t raise any eyebrows. Once you have a birth certificate, you can use that to get a driver’s license, social security card, and other necessary documents. You’re going to need that stuff when you get a job under your new name.
Sell your car for cash. Buy a new car with cash.Don’t let anyone know you bought the car, and, of course, buy it under your new name. Make sure the car isn’t anything flashy. For the rest of your new life, you need to avoid anything that draws attention.
The preparation phase includes gathering every bit of documentation with your name on it, and every photograph, too. And I mean everything. Once it’s all gathered together, destroy it. You want to disappear without leaving a trace.
Do you have a dog, cat, parrot, or perhaps even a raccoon? Not a good idea to take them with you. Find someone to adopt them, and do this without drawing attention.
Once you’re gone for a while, people might start to look for you. So give yourself a head start. Take a vacation, hopefully, a month. That’s a good buffer between you hitting the road and people starting to wonder, and then look for you. The road should lead you far away. You can’t disappear by moving a hundred miles away. A thousand miles away is much better for effective disappearing. Oh, it might not be a bad idea to leave fake clues behind. If you plan to move to Buffalo, New York, leave some books about Sydney, Australia, around the house about. People will think you went there.
Let’s talk about your new life for a minute. I’m sure you would have figured this much out, but it’s worth saying. In your new life, stay off social media, forever. Avoid having your photograph taken. You need to create an entirely new you. That means new hobbies, new likes, new everything. Super important — create a new past. When you meet people in your new life, they’re going to ask about your past. Questions like where and you from and what sort of work did you do. If you avoid answering those sorts of questions, you’ll look suspicious.
Your new past needs to include everything, and you have to memorize this. Where did you come from? Type of work you did before? Where’d you go to school? You’re family? Etc, etc., etc.
Of course, when you're reinventing yourself consider changing your appearance. Don’t do anything crazy. The point here is to blend in, not to stand out. The simplest thing is to wear a hat. It’s a great way to conceal your face.
Whatever sort of work you choose for your new life, it would better if you weren’t super successful. Success attracts attention. And whatever you do, you cannot, absolutely not, contact anyone from your past. That’s going to be challenging, so make sure you’re okay with this before you disappear.
Disappearing is a big deal. It will probably lead to a lonely life. This article just scratches the surface. If you’re really interested in doing it, and I hope you’re not, get the book “How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found” by Doug Richmond. And if you do disappear, please continue to read Fine,Medium, and Broad. You never know, we one day might have article on how to return to your previous life after disappearing.