Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I have a new article for Cracked.com today, in which I talk about some of the weird things that have happened to me while investigating Maura's disappearance and other cold cases.
Check it out.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
True Crime Addict will be published by Thomas Dunne Books in Spring/Summer 2016!
This nonfiction book follows my investigation into Maura Murray's disappearance. Fans of this blog have followed me on this journey, and, at times, have helped reveal new leads and clues in this strange mystery. But I guarantee there will be some surprises in store for you, too.
Thank you all for your help.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
God forbid I should ever know what it's like to lose a loved one. Everyone grieves in their own way. But the Murrays have responded to the disappearance of their youngest daughter and sister in a very unusual way from the beginning and it is apparent to me that they simply do not want answers in this case any more.
I think of the parents and siblings of people like Holly Bobo and Amy Mihaljevic and Molly Bish, who have been relentless and involved with the search for their loved one. And then I consider the Murrays.
- Their is no organized online effort to find Maura. The "official" website is run by a woman who has no direct relation to the family (even though she calls herself an "aunt").
- Maura's mother was never involved with the searches in the weeks after her daughter disappeared.
- Some of Maura's siblings had very little to do with the searches.
- Fred's efforts to find his daughter were staged in the first year of the search. According to his former son-in-law and two volunteer searchers, Fred would sleep in, then go for a jog, then get breakfast, and then organize a short search for Maura, then return to the bar and hotel. When the cameras showed up, he acted manic, as if he needed to find her NOW. But when they left, he fiddled around. "If that were my daughter, I'd have been up at the crack of dawn," said his son-in-law.
- Most families of the missing release any and all information, in an effort to find their loved ones. The Murrays are very select about releasing clues, especially sightings. A cashier in Woodsville believes she saw Maura with two friends at the grocery store an hour before the accident. Fred knew about this credible sighting for 10 years. While they released other unlikely sightings, they never released this one.
- Maura's brother, Kurt, wrote a song in 2010, dedicated to Maura in which he says he believes she ran away to start a better life after something bad happened.
- Before I began this blog, Fred made it clear he did not want a book written about his daughter's case. He has asked several of Maura's friends to not talk to reporters.
- Instead of cooperating with police, Fred refused to speak to state detectives for two years and when he did, he brought two lawyers with him. He sued the state to get records in an effort to find out what they knew but refused to share info with them.
- Fred lied about the events of the weekend before Maura went missing. He lied to police and reporters, especially about how and when Maura arrived back at his motel and the sequence of events that occurred after she got there.
Fred's actions suggest his motivation to find his daughter was to find her before the police did.
This is not normal behavior.
Friday, February 13, 2015
When I visited Fred's old house in Weymouth a few years ago, I discovered a few very odd things. Firstly, at the time of Maura's disappearance, the bank had a lien on the home due to unpaid taxes. Fred was living there with his brother. And one or both of them were hoarders of the nth degree. Windows looked in on a kitchen where dog food cans and empty 24-pack boxes of Coors were piled four-feet-high - literally to the kitchen countertops.
There was an outbuilding that had recently collapsed, and near it were piles of old mail and magazines addressed to Fred. Among them was the adult magazine in which I found xeroxed photographs of young girls tucked inside the pages -- the girls turned out to be Fred's cousins.
Next to the magazines was a municipal map of the small town of Killarney, Ireland. At some point near the time of Maura's disappearance, a member of the Murray family took a trip there. It seems an odd place and location to travel for a vacation and I've always wondered about this. It's another question that could easily be answered by the family but to date they've said nothing about it.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
On the 11th Anniversary of Maura Murray's Disappearance, Here Are the Top 5 New Clues This Blog Has Uncovered.
5. Maura Murray committed identity theft and credit fraud shortly before she disappeared.
4. Fred Murray did not speak to detectives for years and when he did, he brought 2 lawyers with him.
3. Someone called Maura Murray from southern New Hampshire shortly before her accident.
2. Maura Murray stole from Fort Knox while enrolled at West Point.
1. Maura had an affair with a UMass track coach and discussed running away.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
When I began researching this case in 2011, the majority of people believed Maura was the victim of foul play. Since then, this blog has uncovered new facts and information that suggest otherwise: credit fraud, theft from Fort Knox, uncooperative witnesses, an affair with a track coach (during which she spoke about running away), problems with her father, sightings of Maura with her friends an hour before the crash, etc.
Now, 55% of the people who responded to the recent poll believe Maura ran away.
I think if you look at all the circumstantial evidence, it is clear that was her intention when she left Umass: to leave and never come back.
But what happened after the accident in Haverhill? How did that alter her plan?
How would we view this case if she hadn't crashed into the snowbank?