The Broken System - Season 2 - Episode 12: The Disappearance of Chisti Jo Nicols

Season 12 | Episode 2
43m | Jan 15, 2024

Mark Nichols and his wife, Christi, had been married for three years when an evening out took a dark turn. Leaving their two children with a babysitter, they went to a bar. Mark returned after midnight, paid the sitter in cash, and things took a strange twist. Usually, it was Christi who handled the payment, and she did it with a check. The babysitter later claimed she didn't believe Christi came home with Mark.

The next day, Mark reported Christi missing, stating they argued until 2:00 a.m. before he went to sleep. He woke up at 7:00 a.m., realizing Christi was gone. Instead of immediately reporting it, he took the kids to Christi's grandmother and spent two hours supposedly searching for her. However, no one in town reported seeing him.

Mark moved out the day after Christi's disappearance, selling their belongings and vehicles. Christi's purse and suitcase were later found at an Interstate 80 rest stop in March 1988, with all the contents intact, as if intentionally placed to be discovered.

Christi, facing marital problems and alleged abuse, had met with a divorce attorney two days before disappearing. She sought custody of her children and expressed a desire to end the marriage. Mark's version of events differed significantly, and his polygraph results were inconclusive.

The unsettling discovery of trace amounts of Christi's blood raised suspicions. Mark claimed it was menstrual blood, but analysis disproved his statement. Despite these red flags, Mark currently lives in Arkansas with his third wife, and foul play is suspected in Christi's disappearance.

Join us as we unravel the mysterious disappearance of Christi Nichols, a quiet and dedicated mother whose case remains unsolved to this day.

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