Thursday, July 23, 2015

New Episode the Maura Murray Podcast Up, Today

This one covers the timeline of events leading up to Maura's disappearance in 2004. Lance and Tim delve into Maura's improper use of credit cards, her strange last weekend at UMass, and her friendship with Kate Markopoulos and Sara Alfieri.

Follow the link to iTunes.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Northwestern D.A. Steven Gagne Still Has Not Charged Alden Olson With a Crime, Despite Numerous Threats and Obstruction of Justice.


Alden Olson, as you may recall, was the creep behind the videos released in 2012, in which he taunts Maura Murray's family and suggests he has information about her disappearance.

Since then, he has focussed his attention on me and my family. In 2012, he uploaded a video of my son on YouTube. He has threatened me directly on several occasions in his weird ways, most recently in 2014, when he sent me a photoshopped photo of me next to Kenny from South Park. You know, the kid who dies in every episode.

Last year, Northwestern D.A. Steven Gagne looped me in on a conference call with a police detective and we spoke at length about this. They said there wasn't anything they could do. The YouTube video of my kid was down (though they could have asked YouTube for the records, which would clearly show his upload history). And his threats weren't explicit enough (though what conclusion can you draw other than he meant to threaten me and my family?). The detective went so far as to say that it was a little my fault because I had pictures of my kids on Facebook, which is like saying you deserved it because you wore a skimpy dress.

When I asked them how it would look if Olson showed up at my house with a gun, Gagne remarked: "Well, then, we'd have a pretty good case."

It struck me that they never considered Olson a real threat and were never interested much in charging him with obstruction for the way he pretended to be a suspect in Maura's murder and taunting the Murray family. It seemed to me they just thought he was harmless.

I finally got records from Chatham, Mass, that clearly show Olson is a real threat, records they could easily have pulled a year ago.

In 2007, Olson was arrested for threatening to murder his brother and sister. The detective got his hands on an email Olson sent. Here's a little excerpt:

You, Anna, and Holmes will all pay for this together. If it takes the rest of my goddamn life. You tell Holmes that if he wants to stop me he'll have to kill me. I have nothing left to lose now and I'm fucking ready to die if that's what it takes. Nothing left to lose makes one a dangerous person. You tell him I am after him Goddamn fucking good and I won't back off. Come on Holmes, have your flunkey Jeff Sousa or Derosier or Constantino come try to kill me. I'm fucking ready...Think you'll live long enough to enjoy a grandchild?

These records also reveal that Olson was arrested in 1989 for pulling a shotgun on someone and threatening to kill them.

He owns guns, today.

I spoke to his sister, Anna, earlier today and when I told her about the video of my child, she said, "Well, that was a while ago. Just let it go."

So, this is about the best I can do. Get the record out there and let it stand in case something ever happens to me. I've done my best to get them to do something about this guy. But nobody would.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Maura Murray Podcast Begins

The folks behind the upcoming documentary about Maura Murray's disappearance have begun a podcast. Episode 1 just went up. Check it out! Here's the direct link to iTunes.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

More on that Back Lake sighting


I really like this new sighting from the Back Lake area of Pittsburg, NH.

The witness was about 10 when this occurred so the event was probably not fully understood. What he remembered was that this woman showed up, looking for a place to hide from a couple men. He believes, after seeing Maura Murray's photo, that it was her. He says his aunt believes it was her as well, though I am still hoping to speak to the aunt directly.

There are a number of cheap rental lodges around Back Lake. And they are open for business in February.

Is it possible Maura was staying at one of these lodges for a bit?

Did somebody come looking for her, causing her to have to wait to return to the lodge until they were gone?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Best New Sightings

In the last few weeks, I've received two very intriguing new sightings, one of which I kept quiet about for a bit so that the cold case unit could pull some video. But enough time has passed that I can share.

The first sighting occurred in March, 2004, just a few weeks after Maura disappeared. The tip comes from someone who was just a kid ten years ago. He remembers being home with his Aunt when a woman showed up at the house, frightened out of her mind, and pleaded to come in for a little bit. She said she was running from some men. The aunt let her in and she stayed for a while that day. Ten years later, this person was watching a collection of unsolved mysteries videos on YouTube and saw Maura Murray's picture. He believes the woman who came to the house that day was Maura.

This happened in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, near Back Lake, which is coincidentally on the border of Canada, very near Sherbrooke, where Maura has been sighted in the past.

The second sighting occurred just a couple weeks ago, in Tallahassee, Florida. A couple was vacationing there and stopped at a gas station. The woman noticed a vehicle there with temporary plates from Quebec. Her husband saw a woman who looked like Maura inside. The police were interested in getting the video right away.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Last Chance to Contribute to the Book

We've begun the editing process for the book and soon there will be a final draft and this will be set it stone. It looks like it will be in bookstores sometime next Spring/Summer (I'll have a date, soon).

If you have something important that you would like to share, some piece you've been keeping that might help the investigation if shared with readers, now's kind of the last chance to come forward.

Email me at jameswrenner@gmail.com


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Article Explores the Dangers of Investigating Cold Cases Like Maura's Disappearance


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.