Thursday, March 28, 2013

Julie Murray Speaks... Briefly

I really do feel like a scumbag journalist sometimes. I get it. Nobody likes a knock on the door from an unexpected reporter. But if I'm knocking on your door, or showing up at your apartment, it's because I've had no luck contacting you via Facebook, phone, and email. Still, it sucks all around. For me. For them.

Today I finally met Maura's older sister, Julie, who lives in Virginia. The conversation was brief as the man she was with would not let her talk. He was an attorney, too, so, yeah.

"I can tell you, finding my sister is still the number one priority," she said. "That's number one. Nothing else matters, none of that other stuff matters."

I could tell she is still very broken up about her sister's disappearance to this day and she takes issue with some of the things I've written about her father.

"Is he a hardass? Yes. Did he drive us hard? Yes. Is he the best father a girl could have? Yes."

She says I've gotten some information wrong but would not name specifics.

She let me ask just one question: what was Fred Murray doing in Amherst the weekend before Maura's disappearance.

"I can tell you exactly why he was there," she began. Then the man she was with (possibly husband, though we were never introduced) told her not to answer or say anything more.

"I told the police," Julie said. "But I don't think I could tell you. It's an open investigation."

As always, with all the secrecy and run-around, I'm just left with more questions.

20 comments:

  1. Here's a question for Julie: According to a previous post, multiple "Maura Sightings" led police to Julie's place (http://mauramurray.blogspot.com/2011/10/some-sightings-tracked-down.html).

    The explanation was that Julie looked SO much like Maura that people must have been confused.

    Except, she really doesn't. Check out this picture of Julie from around the time Maura disappeared: http://www.goarmysports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/murray_julie00.html. They may bear some family resemblance, but surely not enough that random tipsters are going to think they saw Maura.

    The other possibility? Maybe people DID see Maura, but when police came to check it out, Julie explained it away as a case of mistaken identity. After the police left, perhaps Julie and Maura high-fived and did Kahlua ahots to celebrate their successful ruse. Then they continued to make plans for Maura to leave the country and establish a new life.

    It's a wacky "Hollywood" scenario, but at this point what plausible explanation isn't?

    -Rocky

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    1. I know they dont look anything alike at all. Maura may not have been a looker, but she is smart and has a great personality :-)

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    2. it was supposed to get a psychopath mad and bait her out, didnt work and I promised James i wouldnt delete my posts, weird yep.

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    3. Also on disappeared, Fred is showing where the car was, as if he had seen it there, which he had not, how is that?

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  2. What is going on here? What was he doing there that is so secretive? I'm also noticing that her reply to the question wasn't 'doing what he told the police he was doing. Did she tell the police something different than what Fred did?

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  3. What is wrong with these people!!! Your sister has been missing for 9 years and you are still keeping secrets? Awful, just awful.

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  4. The Murray family seems to have secrets. It's interesting she just didn't say, "Dad was in Amherst to help Maura buy a new car." She left that open for all kinds of interpetation.

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  5. Wow. Firstly, I'd like to tell you, James, that I admire your drive, and your perseverance in not giving up, and trying your obvious best.

    I agree with you, I think this whole case and situation is very bizaar and odd.

    I am not in law enforcement, but when I do read up on cases, or watch FBI files, I have never once seen so many dynamics and "secrets" if you will, or 'hush hush' in any case, as much as this one.

    I'll take a stab at saying Julie had no problem talking to you, but I suspect her father probably told this man (whoever he is?) to make sure she doesn't talk to you.

    Anyways, good luck with your future interviews, again, I admire all your hard work and drive.

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  6. I also wanted to point out that children get abducted everyday, and adults turn up missing every day. There are thousands of unsolved cold cases in our country alone.
    While they like what you write about them, or not, they all have the opportunity to correct whatever you are writing about that they find to be untrue, or inaccurate.

    People need to take responsibility for their own actions. They probably don't like you digging up dirt, but really..with some of the things you have found, i think it does matter.
    No family is perfect, every family has some level of dysfunction.
    If i was in this family, I would take this as an opportunity to spark more interest in people nationwide once your book is published, and keep Maura's case current.
    You could have picked out thousands of other cold cases, but you chose to divert all your money, energy, effort and perseverance into this one.

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  7. To the person who posted a comment earlier, yes I can keep it confidential.

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  8. Well, in my opinion I would say Fred was not in Amherst that weekend to possibly buy Maura a new car. If he was, she could have just as easily said it..and it wouldn't have mattered..b/c every news article I have read..and even watching Maura's episode on TV all said he was there that weekend to go car shopping.

    so my hunch is that he wasn't mainly there for used car shopping.

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  9. I wonder what she means when she said none of the other stuff matters.

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    1. also unless she is an investigator, its not upto her to determine what matters and what does not, this kind of thinking has made it a cold case.

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  10. i agree with post above "whats wrong with these people" 9 years and the past does,nt mater? it matters a great deal, is maurra hidding from fred or somthing/someone else? if someone in this sorrid tale would come clean this would unravel pretty fast,,,,,what a mess

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  11. Since Julie is saying she can´t tell mr Renner the reason Fred was in Amherst that weekend, I think we could surmise he wasn´t there to go carshopping with Maura. What then did he need the $4000 for?

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    1. And why go to several ATM to withdraw the $4,000? Why do that when you could just cash a check? It's an obvious way to try to not look suspicious, which backfired on Fred.

      Wait! Do we have video that Fred was actually making all of those ATM withdrawals? Could somebody else have been doing it?

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    2. What used car place will hold a car for a week without a hefty deposit or some sort of binding paperwork?

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  12. I agree with many of these posters above. What the heck is the big secret, after 9 years for Christ's sake. If Fred went there to look for a car great, if not, great,who really cares at this point. Fred clearly states that they had already picked one out,and that he was going to return the very next weekend and get it. It seems terribly obvious that Julie could have easily answered your questions, since they were simple questions. I could understand if maybe your questions starting becoming personal, etc, and then she may have wanted to not answer. But a simple few minutes, speaking to you at the door, is it really that much to ask? Why couldn't she just answer, "As far as I know, they were looking for another car for Maura". Or, are they afraid that one day, something else will come out, and they will all look like liars? This family creates unnecessary problems and suspicions for themselves, seems to me.

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  13. they want the FBI to look into it, if they cant answer basic questions they wont be able to handle the FBI, they want help but they wont divulge anything, so funny im laughing.

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