Saturday, September 23, 2017

Maura's Last Contact at UMass

This clip from next week's show is very important. Maggie got an interview with "Erin," the nursing student whom Maura returned scrubs to the day she disappeared. Check it out. She says Maura again mentioned a family emergency and something to do with her sister.

A New Chapter Begins

A quick comment before the series begins to air tonight. In 2010 I reached out to Fred Murray and let him know I was planning to write a book about his daughter's disappearance. He wouldn't answer direct calls but he passed a message through his in-law that he didn't want to answer questions. I found that odd, as I had written about a number of unsolved disappearances and murders and the families had always been gracious for coverage. This attitude made more sense when I learned that Maura had gotten in trouble for credit card and identity theft and was about to be kicked out of West Point when she withdrew. This was why Fred didn't want to talk but since that info has come out there's nothing to lose and he's been more forthcoming. There were other things I was told about Fred that made me upset but I chose not to air everyone's dirty laundry. I feel for Julie and Kurt especially. To have to read all the vile comments online must be spiritually trying at times.

This case is going to get a lot of attention again. I put myself out there and expect to take a few hits in this show. At the end of the day though I would love for them to have some closure and if all this happened to get us to that end then I have no regrets.

For the record I believe Maura was traveling in tandem with another driver that night. The other driver then either helped her move on or they are responsible for her murder.

You can read through my investigation of the case at my blog, http://mauramurray.blogspot.com And you can visit the Kent State Special Collections archive if you'd like to see every interview and document I collected and use it to form your own conclusion.

I wish the Murray family luck in finding Maura.

Peace.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Police Collected Kathleen Murray's DNA Last Week Says "Official" Private Investigator Working with Murray Family.

John Smith has been the liaison between Fred Murray and the world for the last few years and claims to be working as a private investigator for the family - he actively posts on the Facebook page that is run and edited by Julie Murray.

Smith claims that police collected DNA from Kathleen Murray last week to compare to evidence found inside Maura's wrecked vehicle. He also claims New Hampshire State Police visited so-called "Witness A". Here's his post from Reddit:

Just a few days after Karen McNamara did her interview on the podcast with Tim and Lance she was approached by two people from the NH State Police.... Those two people were Chuck West and Mike kokoski.

Their mission when speaking with Karen was to tell her that she was wrong she could not have seen what she think she saw and the accusations that she was making against the police were a very serious crime.

Karen was not making any accusations merely stating what she had witnessed..!

Last week Kathleen Murray was visited by the same 2 New Hampshire state policemen. Sergeant Kokoski is the head of the Cold Case unit and Chuck west is retired.

When speaking with Kathleen they told her not to pay attention to any of the conspiracy theories that were being tossed around because they knew that her sister was depressed and had come up here to commit suicide.

They also asked Kathleen for a sample of her DNA. They explained that this sample was for comparison to the things that were found in the Saturn on February 9th 2004.

WTF....... First of all they did not have a warrant for her DNA although she did give them a sample anyway.

For the record, again, I do not believe in any police conspiracy. I think it's completely bonkers to suggest police have anything to do with it.

But if it's true they collected DNA from Kathleen, that is very interesting information. Kathleen was married to Tim Carpenter at the time, and talked to Maura the night Maura had a breakdown at work. She has had several run-ins with the law.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What You Need to Know to Catch Up On the Maura Murray Mystery

Thanks to the Oxygen series, a new wave of people are learning about the strange disappearance of Maura Murray. Beyond the basics anyone can find on the wiki pages, what else do you need to know?

I spent several years trying to find out what happened to Maura for my book, True Crime Addict, and here are some pieces of the puzzle I uncovered along the way:

- At the time of her disappearance, Maura was on probation for credit card fraud, having been caught stealing credit card numbers to order pizza in the dorms at UMass.

- There is no significance to the strange message Bill Rausch got on his cell phone - which he said was Maura whimpering. Police tracked down and interviewed the person who made that call. It was a Red Cross worker trying to reach him.

- Maura and Bill were not engaged at the time of her disappearance. Billy had cheated on her. And Maura was having an affair with a UMass track coach named Hossein Baghdadi.

- Hossein Baghdadi was also linked to the UMass Outing Club cabin, which may have been Maura's destination the night she vanished.

- Bill Rausch lost his job in D.C. after a woman claimed he sexually assaulted her in the office of the president of Ray Group International, in 2011. He says he was in Fort Sill at the time of the disappearance and offered to have two people contact me to verify his alibi. They never returned calls.

- There were two women who were with Maura at UMass prior to her disappearance - Kate Markopoulos and Sara Alfieri. Both have refused repeatedly to speak to journalists and have been uncooperative with police, especially about events at a party two days before Maura vanished, which allegedly occurred at Sara's dorm.

- Fred refused to be interviewed by state-police homicide detectives for 2 years and when he did, he brought 2 lawyers with him.

- Fred has told Maura's friends to not talk to the author of the book on her disappearance.

- A search warrant suggests someone called Maura's phone from New Hampshire the day she disappeared.

- On the 8th anniversary of Maura's disappearance, a mentally disturbed man released a series of videos on YouTube taunting authorities and suggesting he has inside info about what happened to the young woman.

- A man named Petrit Vasi was struck by a vehicle at UMass the night Maura had a breakdown at work. People have suggested she may have been driving the car. The official reports from the accident suggest she was not.

- A woman (commonly referred to as "Witness A") claims she saw a Haverhill police vehicle acting suspiciously the night of Maura's disappearance. This is used as the basis of a popular police conspiracy angle. I believe the vehicle she saw was simply a police car that responded to the scene

- Bill Rausch's phone records raise more questions than answers.

- There have been several sightings over the years, mostly concentrated in Quebec.

- A bank tellers claims to have found a "Maura Murray" with same date of birth with an active car loan in New Hampshire.

- There's a popular podcast, Missing Maura Murray, and an official subReddit as well.

- My files on the Maura Murray case can be viewed by the public at Kent State University.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Maura Murray Archive Is at Kent State


I have donated all my notes, documents, and interviews related to the Maura Murray case to Kent State University's Special Collections Archive, located on the top floor of the campus library. The files can be accessed by the public during regular hours.