I posted some answers to frequently asked questions on Topix earlier tonight and it kind of reveals my hunches about this case after studying it for a few years. Thought I'd share it here, too.
1. The evidence overwhelmingly suggests Maura was traveling in tandem with someone she knew that night. If you look at the case from a probability standpoint, the chances of her being abducted in front of three homes in the seven minutes she was alone is nil. Maura was street smart and would never get in a vehicle with someone she did not know out there at night. I believe a plan was hatched that weekend and begun the night she disappeared. The accident was an unforeseen hitch in the plan and it had to be amended on the fly. Unfortunately, it turned whatever she was doing into national news as a missing person case.
2. I do not believe she ever looked for a new car that weekend.
3. I believe several people close to her know where she was going that night.
4. Maribeth made many mistakes in her reporting that I am attempting to correct on my blog and in the book. No disrespect. Every article you read in the paper has a mistake or two. But she got hoodwinked along the way by her sources.
5. The Golden Egg business is bunk.
6. I believe there is a good chance Maura Murray is alive. If I find her I do not intend to give up her location. But I do want the visual proof that she is alive and well.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Work on the book has finally started. It is tentatively titled Perilous.
I will finish my reporting in March and hope for an early 2014 publication date.
If you have any information that should be shared, now would be a good time to contact me.
Look for new updates in the coming months.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
On Sunday, confessed serial killer Israel Keyes committed suicide in an Alaskan jail. He was awaiting trial there for the February abduction/murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig. He had also confessed to the 2011 murder of Bill and Lorraine Currier, a middle-aged couple who were killed in their Essex, Vermont home. Following his suicide, the FBI have released a timeline of Keyes' travels across the country and have asked the public to help them figure out which other crimes he may be connected to.
Since then, there's been a lot of speculation about whether Keyes may be a good suspect for Maura's disappearance. I do believe he should be looked at, if only to rule him out, but I think it is very unlikely Keyes had anything to do with what happened to Maura Murray.
Keyes, like many serial killers, was highly organized. He stalked his victims and the crime scenes for some time before acting, to make sure he could commit the rapes and murders without being caught. Even though he was traveling across country, his murders were not "crimes of opportunity." They were meticulously planned hunts.
It is extremely unlikely that Keyes happened to be driving by the scene of Maura's accident in rural New Hampshire in the seven minutes she was alone and decided to abduct her in clear view of three homes. It would be too much of a coincidence in timing. And Keyes had no control of the scene.
A much more likely explanation is that Maura was traveling in tandem with someone she knew and left with them after they turned around to pick her up after she crashed.