Saturday, July 9, 2011

Exclusive: Note left in dorm was email from Bill.

This is another one of those clues everybody got kind of wrong.

Here's what the Daily Collegian reported orginally:

In a June interview with WCVB-TV, the police officer in charge of the investigation, Lt. John Scarinza of the New Hampshire State Police, Troop F, claimed that authorities had found a note in Maura's dorm room that she had wrote to her boyfriend, Army Lt. Billy Rausch of Ohio, indicating troubles in their relationship.

"Sometime between Sunday and Monday morning, she packed up all her belongings in her dorm room, to include taking all her pictures off the walls, taking everything out of her bureaus, [and] put them all in boxes [and] left [them] on her bed," Scarinza told WCVB-TV, "[She] left a personal note to her boyfriend on top of the boxes."

Maura's mother, Laurie Murray, told the Daily Collegian in August that the relationship between her daughter and Rausch was a "very, very good relationship."

Raush's mother, Sharon Rausch, reiterated that statement in a recent interview. She said there was a point where the couple's relationship was rocky in the spring of 2002, but they had resolved their problems by summer and had a good relationship since then.

Her son arrived at Maura's dorm room with police just two days after she went missing. He said there was no recent letters to him from Maura that were found.

"There is no note," Sharon Raush said.

Well, actually it depends on what you mean by "note".

What was left on the boxes of Maura's belongings was a printed out email not from her to Bill, but a message from Bill to Maura. It was part of a longer conversation about Bill seeing another woman during the time they had taken a break from their relationship.

When a note like that is left behind on boxes of belongings, you have to wonder what Maura's motive could have been. Did she intend for him to find it? Was it a message? Why had she printed it out in the first place?

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  2. From my readings so far I understood that she had removed all her belongings from her dorm room.

    Did she leave anything behind in her single room? boxes of her belongings? If she left boxed belongings behind where were they located? if on her bed that indicates it was an immediately recent act... if in a closet not so much. Was her bed stripped of coverings or made? This question indicates an intention for return.

    Where was her computer located? Her dorm room? her car? What printer did she use to print this? I wouldn't print this in a public place for fear someone else would pick it up...

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  3. For one thing, we know she must of had a computer in her room. Are the cops saying out of her ENTIRE computer the only things of use to this investigation were a mapquest search and search of Vt. I find that highly suspicious, especially since she was in a long distance relationship and must of communicated with friends through computer too. Fishy

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    1. Very good point! There is such a thing as digital forensics and it did exist in 2004. Of course there would be a lot more information than just the mapquest

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  4. Could someone else have packed her belongings? Just a thought. If she packed that stuff and that email was on top of the boxes, it's no accident. She's sending a message that she's not coming back to school and blame her boyfriend for whatever she's about to do: Commit suicide? Disappear? Disappear with a secret lover? This last one has my vote. If she feels guilty about going away with a new man, what better way to assuage her guilt than to remind herself and everyone else that Billy cheated on her.

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  5. I do think the end of her relationship with Billy and/or finding out he was cheating could well be what made her upset enough to leave. Or, at the very least, may have been related to the upsetting phone call she got at work.

    It's a little unusual to print an email unless it's for the purposes of showing it to someone else...or reminding oneself. Hence why I think this email is tightly linked to the reason she took off.

    She might have been pregnant with Billy's child after all..

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  6. Do you have the note? How do you know this information? This is a pretty bold statement, especially when linked from the "What we know" section, and not having any proof.

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  7. Has anyone come up wit the theory that Billy was having an affair with Maura sister?

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  8. This is interesting indeed. The position that the note was found in is interesting in itself. One wonders if Murray ever planned to go back to that room? Just because she packed up does not mean she intended to take all of the stuff with her necessarily . The way she left the email out like this would to me imply that she did not intend to take the stuff with her. To be specific, if she printed out the email for herself then would she not have pocketed the paper straight away? Besides why would she print something like this out for herself when she presumably has access to it from her email? The implication to me is that this is something she wanted to be seen and is as such a message and an important clue.

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    1. I do not think that Maura planned on EVER going back to that room. She packed up her entire room and left a passive-aggressive "note" on top of her things. Maura was leaving her room in a state for someone else to find it, and I think she assumed that someone in her family would discover it.

      People have been saying for ten years that Maura was just leaving to "get away for a few days," but her actions totally contradict that theory. She was not planning on returning to her dorm room - the way she left it is proof of that.

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    2. This is a really amazing theory that could very likely give the reasons as to WHY she left!!

      She was sexually active with others (just like any other 21 year old at Umass Amherst), she finds out she's pregnant, she panics at the hospital where she works (

      What was the name of the clinic?

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  9. Since she lived alone, do we really know that she "packed up" or had she just never fully unpacked?

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  10. It's been more than two years since this post, and the Wikipedia entry still says that the note was from Maura to her boyfriend. Does anyone have a link to demonstrate that this is incorrect, and the letter was from him? I searched through a few more recent articles, and they also say the note was from Maura. With a citation, the Wiki could be updated, at least to say there are conflicting reports.

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