Saturday, February 18, 2012

WMUR posts Maura Murray videos on YouTube.

On the anniversary of Maura's disappearance, WMUR casually posted several videos covering the case back to 2004. I really like it when local news channels do this. It adds to the historic record and is an excellent source of information. Some good comments from Fred, Sharon Rausch, and Maura's sister Katherline (often misattributed as Kathleen--seen above).

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  1. I am a newbie to this site. Does anyone know the identity of Beagle/Mr112dirtbag? I noticed there is a route 112 near his proximity.

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  2. Yeah, I watched those a few days ago as well. Weird how the vibe from the family was very much in the "It's ok to come home, Maura" vain. Not that there's anything weird about the family hoping she is somewhere hiding safe; I am still hopeful of the same thing and I am not family. For some reason it seemed more concrete in this instance.

    Brian

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  3. Agreed. There's definitely a sense that the family knew, from the get-go, that Maura might have done something that could make her think she'd be in big trouble with them. Whether this was about the credit card business, having two accidents within a couple of days of each other or something else entirely, of which the rest of the world is still unaware, well, who knows?

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    1. I think it was, more along the lines, that people hadn't considered the possibility that a killer was lurking about. When she didn't show up after a couple of days, they then realized that she must have been picked up someone who harmed her.

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    2. I always thought this too. The family made a very reasonable assumption: that Maura was stressed and scared and so she just ran off. No doubt they thought she would come back in a day or two. I think that is why, intitially, no one really wanted to talk about all her personal problems. They very likely thought that talking about that stuff would just make the situation worse - a reasonable assumption. Hindsight is 20/20 of course. With what we know now, it probably would have been better to have told the cops everything right from the get-go. But I have to give the family the benefit of the doubt: they honestly thought that Maura would come back in a couple of days.

      I think it was only after a few days that they really started to worry that Maura would not be coming back voluntarily. That is when they seriously considered foul play.

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  4. In this video the newscaster says that someone who saw Maura said that she looked impaired. I had been wondering about where this had been written for years. Little did I suspect that it would be from a television broadcast. Well, it would seem that this might very well have been the source. It is not said who the person is, but Butch Atwood the bus driver who happened upon her and who has since passed away, swore that he was not the one to say that Maura looked at all inebriated. He said that she just looked shaken up.

    Who was it who said that she looked impaired, I wonder?

    John Avellar

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    1. I think that the media might have improperly insinuated that Maura was seen impaired, simply based on the box of wine and the Coke bottle that appeared to have been mixed with liquor.

      -TJ

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    2. Thank you for pointing this out. Newscasters are not exactly journalists. Who knows? Maybe the newscaster just made that up, or thought they heard it somewhere but really didn't? Maybe the family said it in the hope that more people would worry about Maura and be on the look-out for her? Honestly, I spent years working as a bartender, and I can tell you that unless someone is quite clearly drunk, it is sort of hard to tell if someone is "impaired." No doubt police are trained to detect it better, but generally after a brief conversation with someone from a distance, it is hard to tell if someone is drunk or not unless they are really drunk.

      My guess is that the "impaired" thing came from the booze found in her car and nothing else.

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  5. This isn't relevant to this post, really, and forgive me if it has been featured here before, but I just came across online some 2008 video footage of Billy Rausch, speaking as a former Army captain in favor of Obama for president. He wears a ring on his right hand, but none on his left. I'm curious as to whether he has married, had children, etc. I'm sure, after all this time (and by this interview it had been 4 years), he has had no choice but to move on with this life.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=385x97925

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  6. Ah, I see my earlier post may bore the more loyal commenters here. http://mauramurray.blogspot.com/2011/07/billy-was-player.html touched quite a bit on Billy's stumping for Obama. ... Sorry for the redundancy.

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  7. Does Fred Murray still go up there and search for Maura? And I did notice the family thought she was on the run, which leads me to assume they knew of her personal problems.

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  8. I always thought she lied more than once. It is the second lie that is important. What I mean is that in the email to her professors she stated that there was a death in the family and that she would be gone for a week. But she could not be gone for a week. She has to be back in time to file that accident report with the police, insurance, and registry. She only has 5 business days to do this. So at the latest she has to be back by Friday.

    Then there is having the forms in the car with her. This is odd because if you have ever been in a motor vehicle accident, it is incredibly hard to remember all the facts. The easiest thing to do is go to the police department and get a copy of the police report and transfer the info. I am surprised she did not leave them in her dorm room to which someone will reply that maybe she stopped along the way to New Hampshire to pick them up. The forms do her no good being in the car with her until she gets back to UMASS.

    And finally, there is her school syllabus and her two part-time jobs. If her college is like mine, most classes are either tues, thurs, or monday, wed, friday. Now her friends have stated she was very serious when it comes to academics so why not attend Friday classes? Maybe she did not have any or wanted to just not go, but then there is still her job. Isn't one of her jobs to be a security desk attendent in the dorm? So how is she going to fool her boss who probably walks around the dorm if she is back at the dorm by friday.

    And I already know what someone will say. She planned on picking up the forms and filling them out at the place she was going, then mailing them in from there, by friday of course. But she could not do that. Her accident happened at night in the dark. If she is able to fill out those forms properly, she would have to have one of the best memories I have ever seen.

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  9. Is this the sister that went to West Point? It seems as though there's more to this. I remember watching the ID show which featured Maura, and the father seemed as though he has a lot of guilt. Now the sister is saying she was probably upset, but that everything will be 'ok'. I know all parents (or most) want their children to do well in life, it makes me wonder if her family was very hard on her, and she had enough of it. I'm not sure, it's hard for me not to think that she just left and never wanted to come back. Either way this whole case is very unfortunate and sad.

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  10. I try not to watch videos that feature her father in them. It's hard for me to watch a good person being in so much pain, and has suffered all these years not knowing what happened to his daughter. Very, very sad.

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    1. I feel the same way. The most heart-wrenching thing for me is Maura's father's grief and loss. You can tell they were close. And I admire his strength so much.

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  11. I can't help feeling that there was something more to Maura's recent behaviors than her family and friends are admitting. They seem to have reason to think(at least at times) that running away or suicide was a possibility for Maura. They have made appeals for her to come home, that "things will be ok" or that "they can work things out". This says to me that the night she went to speak to her dad at his motel room is telling. Why did she need to go there so late to see her dad, to admit to something, to ask for help? It seemed to be very pressing to her that she speak with him that night, so late, while she was with her friends at a party. I feel that whatever she said to Fred that night has been concealed, perhaps to "protect" Maura or her image. She had obviously been troubled about something, or spiraling, as her actions prove. Yet noone seems to want to reveal what could have been causing Maura to behave to rashly and seemingly uncharacteristically. I do feel that her father's actions have been what he feels is best for her, and are not in any way meant to hamper the investigation or harm Maura further. I do not feel that there is a tectbook for how a parent of a missing child "should" behave. However, I do feel that Maura's actions and bahaviors have been hidden from the investigation, for whatever reasons.
    Anon WV

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    1. I get the clear impression that Maura's father was quite upset that she wrecked his car (he seems to have guilty feelings that point to that). I don't mean to wrongly speculate, but it is possible that Maura was drinking alcohol when she wrecked his car. It has also been suggested that she might have been involved in a hit-and-run of a UMass student that night (the student fell in a coma and later recovered; the details are hazy).

      -TJ

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  12. If I was a girl who just wrecked my car, I wouldnt get out to anyone but someone I know, or the police. I just watched the Disappeared episode of her, and I cant wrap my head around it. It seems too much is known, and they are hiding it. Did they ever check the bus drivers camera? Why was he out so late? What about the police camera? What about Mauras computer back at home? What about the guy on youtube Mr112Dirtbag? Can he be linked in here? Was he even investigated?

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    1. Very good point, I never thought about checking the cameras on the bus. Did they have cameras then?? Im sure the police have the video from the cops car that showed up though. Would be interesting to see it.

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  13. WHAT IF Maura, and I say WHAT IF completely speculating, was pregnant? Given the image her family portrayed, you'd never know she was having problems of any kind; doing well at work holding down 2 jobs; on the dean's list at school,; strong family support; etc. IF she was pregnant, then that could explain the sudden disappearance because she wouldn't know what to do given her boyfriend was miles away and might explain the visit to see her father that late. Maybe the alcohol in the car was her way of calming her nerves, but why so much liquor? She bought 4 different kinds. I feel for the family and I hope she's still alive and if she is that she'll one day contact her family to help erase the pain/guilt they've felt for so long. Especially her father.

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  14. I knew fred in passing as I used to go to the montecarlo weekend here in Nashua,NH long before Maura disappearence and all I can say is he just seemed like a good guy,I find it very painful to watch and here how much this has affected his life and am hoping they get some answers soon.

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