The Mysterious Disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst
Bathurst, a British diplomatic envoy, disappeared while travelling across Europe during the Napoleonic wars:
stopping at the town of Perleberg and arranging for fresh horses at the post house  Bathurst
and his attendant retired to a neighboring inn, the White Swan. Later, after
being told the horses were being harnessed and his portmanteau (a large
leather trunk) was being reinstalled on his carriage, Bathurst
stepped outside to inspect the proceedings.
myth has it that in full view of witnesses he walked behind the horses
and carriage and disappeared. He was not seen to leave the inn yard. He
was not seen
again, ever. His attendant only minutes behind him, is said to have
checked around, in and under their chaise (carriage) but with no
had vanished. 
Further research suggests that Bathurst's disappearance was not quite as
portrayed and that he was probably murdered.
disappearance did not create much excitement at the time, murders and
robberies so common in the region that the loss of one commercial
traveler (Bathurst was traveling incognito) was hardly noticed. Things
changed, however, when his real identity was revealed and pressure was
brought to bear on the local authorities.
vigorous search followed and the Englishman's valuable coat was found
hidden in the outhouse of Auguste Schmidt, a hostler (groom) working in
the courtyard at the inn; his pantaloons were discovered a little later by
scavengers in the woods three mile to the north.
years or so would pass before the demolition of a nearby house revealed
a skeleton, the skull fractured as if by a heavy instrument. The owner
revealed he had purchased the property years earlier from Christian
Mertens who had inherited it from his father an employee at the White
Swan at the time of the disappearance (and apparently a suspect).
view of the evidence (some admittedly circumstantial) it would seem
that Bathurst was targeted for his belongings and money, his fate a
result of his seeming station, the supernatural/paranormal aspects of
the mystery greatly exaggerated.
 A house/stable where horses were kept for postriders (think Pony Express) or for hire to travellers.
A number of authors, mostly in the realm of science fiction, have
written stories postulating time travel, parallel universes, other
dimensions etc., as the reason. The case is also mentioned by Charles
Fort in his book Lo!, the disappearance becoming one of the best known
of the Fortean genre.
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