I've gotten a lot of emails lately from readers asking me about my thoughts on why Fred Murray, Liz Drewniak, Sara Alfieri, etc. aren't speaking to me. For Liz and Sara and other friends, I think the answer is probably that they wish for people to remember Maura in a positive light and were afraid that this book would uncover some of the large mistakes she made (credit card fraud, affairs, etc.) before her disappearance. I get that. And to a point respect it. Though, I think in cases like this the more info that is shared the easier it is to solve. And now, after all, the cat is out of the bag. Besides, I don't think anyone believes Maura was a "bad" person, even after all we've learned. She was flawed. Just like all of us. But perhaps one of those flaws contributed to what happened to her.
There is another possibility for the silence. There are some people who believe that a person cannot be mentioned in a book or newspaper if the reporter has not spoken to them directly. I've met career politicians who believe this as well. But it's not true. Fred, Liz, Sara, and others who have not replied will, of course, be in the book. Their background, statements, and quotes have been provided through records and interviews with those who know them. But my goal here is to tell the most complete story and to provide the most comprehensive look at this case in the hope that it may shed light on Maura's fate.
And for that, I hope to hear from them before publication.