Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Open question.

A couple people have mentioned an "ad" that Fred Murray or the family took out in a local newspaper just after Maura's disappearance. The ad asked Maura to come home.

Does anyone have the name of the paper and the date that it ran?

11 comments:

  1. If no one recalls you could probably find any such ad using a "brute force" approach - how many local area newspapers are possibilities? Just guessing maybe 3, tops? And you'd be looking over a what, 6 month period, if that?
    If every paper was a daily that's still under 600 individual issues to review - and more likely it would have appeared in the first 3 months - 270 papers to review. If archives of the papers are on-line (actual print editions including advertisements, not just articles) I'll volunteer to take 1/3 myself.

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  2. Maybe you've already seen these, but here's a bunch of re-typed newspaper articles about the case in one spot. Of course no ads though. It really sucks that Fred is not cooperating with you. http://missing87975.yuku.com/topic/3415/NH-MISSING-STUDENT-MAURA-MURRAY

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  3. And if searching online for this ad doesn't yield it, a phone call to any one of these newspapers should. Local newspapers, while severely understaffed these days, are generally eager to do anything to help out the few readers they have remaining.

    Oh, and while you're at it, ask the newspaper(s) to follow up on that partial human skull found at the Littleton Horse Cemetery back in July. This was last reported on in early July. In the articles written then, it was reported that the skull was to be sent to a forensic anthropologist for examination. We're now in November and not a single follow-up article has been done on this. Google it to see what I mean. Sure, the skull could be a century old for all we know, but considering that the cemetery is a reasonable distance from where Maura went missing, it would be helpful to at least eliminate with certainty that this skull is not hers.

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  4. I recall seeing it........typically the only paper I see is the Caledonian Record.

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  5. I already jumped the Caldonian record about not following up on the partial human skull finding (i talked to the paper's Managing Editor) and he promised me they would do a follow up two weeks ago. ... Still waiting.

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  6. It doesn't appear to be an ad but an article if you look at the Caledonian record website under archives and type in Maura murray and look for Feb 13, 2004
    this might be what you are looking for. It shows a statement from Fred pleading to Maura that they can work things out.

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    1. It's no longer available on the site. However, if what you say is true, then this is hands down THE most telling piece of evidence in this case.

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    2. I think I misunderstood what you meant by "they" can work things out. I thought it implied that he was asking for her forgiveness for something.

      I think I know about the statement you mean, and it is way more general than that--basically "whatever kind of trouble you're in, don't worry, we'll work it out." So not the most telling piece of evidence after all.

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  7. Anon @ 6:08 is onto something. I asked you follow up on that same topic under another post about Landry. Scuttlebutt on the DL here is that they have Maura, now need to link it to some really bad people in Haverhill

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  8. This is from the Boston Globe. [Rausch said Murray fled with a backpack, but left many of the other items she'd packed, including the stuffed monkey he gave her and her favorite book, "Without Peril," behind in her car.]
    How did he know that and is this true? I wonder what else was in the backpack. http://projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=568.0;wap2

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  9. I was a student at Westfield State, 20 minutes from UMASS in 2004 and I remember watching Fred on the news plead Maura to come home, saying something like "no matter what you're afraid of, it's nothing that can't be fixed". I don't remember the news station or anything, I just remember Fred's face and the relief of thinking that it was good news that the missing girl appeared to have left on her own accord and not because of foul play.

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