Saturday, April 6, 2013

Letter from Julie Murray

The following letter was reportedly posted on the Maura Murray Facebook page. I am unable to see it myself because I have been blocked by Julie Murray, who posted it.

We are writing this letter not to engage in debate, nor to attempt to place blame. Our goal is to, as it always has been, locate our sister. The authorities are treating our sister’s case as an open investigation, as such, we encourage everyone who is genuinely concerned about Maura's case to funnel any and all relevant leads and information to them. Although journalism and social media outlets are great methods to keep the case in the public eye, they are certainly not a substitute for the legal process or investigative powers of law enforcement. Our concern is the very real possibility that credible information will be lost in the abyss of social media; potential witnesses turned off by the threat of defamation of character, biased interpretation of the information they provide, or a mischaracterization of their reluctance to discuss matters related to this ongoing investigation or participate in forums on the internet. All of these factors only serve as an impediment to an ongoing investigation. 

Our refraining from participating in social media and conspiracy theories, or speaking with other parties concerning Maura, should not be interpreted as an attempt to put up road blocks to the investigative process. Our focus is on the ongoing investigation and providing all information to law enforcement authorities willing to help. We strongly encourage any and all people with allegations, information, or other evidence of wrongdoing by any party, including family members, to provide this information to the FBI. We also strongly urge you to request the FBI take action on Maura's case. Despite our repeated requests for a thorough investigation by the FBI, we have run into countless roadblocks, and our cries have fallen on deaf ears. Lobbying for the most powerful investigative agency the country has to offer is not the path a family accused of possible wrongdoing and secrets would choose, and we continue to advocate for their involvement. 

Over the past couple of years, a number of people have decided that personal gain by making unsubstantiated claims is more important than the fact a young girl is missing and a family is left shattered, still seeking answers. Maura's story is not a fictitious account dreamed up by a script writer. Instead, it is an actual case that still needs answers. Painting a story based upon conjecture and allegations, as well as sensationalizing to meet some Hollywoodistic standard, seem more important to some than a bonafide effort to help us discover Maura’s whereabouts. Recently, outrageous and completely false allegations vilifying our father and our family have surfaced during this difficult time. While some may give instant credibility to these allegations, there is never a mention of any investigation to determine the presence of any biases or motives to fabricate of these sources. We feel all sources of information, along with any persons of interest, should endure the same level of scrutiny to determine if derogatory facts exist which may call their credibility into question.

We remain a united family struggling with the unconscionable burden of a missing loved one, a burden that we wish upon no one. Each and every day our family lives and relives this tragedy, the weight of which has affected us all, none more so than our father. We remain steadfast in our efforts to find our sister, and we thank all of those who have provided and continue to provide love and support along this difficult road. 

Regards,

Kathleen, Freddie, Julie and Kurtis 
A lot of this is directed at me. They've made me out to be some "Hollywood" type out to make a buck. I'm a journalist, first. And like the Amy Mihaljevic case, I sought to uncover facts in this mystery because I wanted to bring closure to it. When I began, I did not expect to run into such secrecy from the family of this missing woman. Any other family of a missing person would welcome this sort of attention with open arms. But not the Murrays. Why?

If you read Fred Murray's statement to police and weigh it against the stories he's told since the disappearance, you can clearly see he lied. That's not up for argument. It's in his own words.

He repeatedly says Maura's disappearance has nothing to do with what happened in those days leading up to her trip into New Hampshire and refuses to answer questions about why he drove out to Amherst to visit her that weekend and what happened in his hotel room that night.

I see that even Julie is now asking people with information that may implicate family members to please send that info to the FBI. I think that's a smart move.

I can't imagine what this family has gone through. I do feel sorry for Kathleen, Freddie, Julie, and Kurt. Hopefully, there will be closure one day.

Information was given to me last week that seems to confirm what I've long suspected about Fred. I will be giving that info to police on Monday.

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  2. I am also baffled...This letter sounds like a letter writen by a lawyer who is trying to sound like a non-lawyer. The lenghts some of the members of this family go to try to keep everyone quiet, is one of he strangest things I have ever seen. I very much understand their desire for privacy but I do not understand the legal threats being made...Before they continue on...they must become acquinted with the Right to Free Speech garanteed by the Constitution.People in this country who wish to speak and specially those whose profession is writing and journalism, are protected the same as everyone else. Libel works both ways.

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  3. This letter from the family seems sad and heartfelt. What I don't understand is why they refer to Maura as a "young girl." Won't she be 30 on her next birthday? Wasn't she already an adult woman when she left? Did they always think of her as a "child"? Seems insulting to her.

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  4. In honor of Mr. Franzia dying 2 years ago yesterday, I thought I would post my theory about Maura Murray's case.

    A typical bottle of wine is 750 ml. One liter of wine is 1000 ml. Franzia wines come in 3 or 5 liter boxes. Let's just say for argument Maura bought the 3 liter box. She is carrying around the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine. The bags are extremely strong which is what makes the wine perfect for travel or hiding in a book bag.

    When Maura's car is found, the wine box is nearly empty. Some of it might have been poured into the snow. Why she did not just take the entire box out of the car and hide it or throw it in the woods is something I do not understand. It certainly would have taken less time.

    There is no way Maura Murray drank that much wine. Franzia wines have an alcohol content between 9-13%. After Maura bought the wine, she only had 3 hours between driving and having the accident to drink the wine. Her previous few days were filled with late nights and little sleep which would add to the overall effect the wine would have had on her impairment.

    I do not care what anyone who reads this post thinks. I have drunk a large amount of wine in a short time. She has no food in her stomach, is on little sleep, and drinks that much in only a little over 3 hours. She would have been so drunk, not to mention having to go to the bathroom, that she would literally have passed out in the snow or in the front seat of her car. Add to the equation that she is a thin female and it becomes even more unbelievable.

    It would be ironic if an experienced drinker forgets the cardinal rule of drinking: This far and no further. Know your limits. In this case, know what people will or will not believe.

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    1. An alcoholic can tolerate a lot more alcohol than the average person. THey can have a high blood alcohol level and still not appear intoxicated.

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    2. Yes, that is true. I already know that, but in order to finish that much wine without pouring it out in the snow she would have to be a super alcoholic. You have to factor in time, the rate of drinking over time, amount of food to help absorb alcohol, sleep, and the weight of the person in question.

      If the sku# of the box matches what is found on the receipt from the liquor store, there is no way she drank that much wine. Now IF she had bought the box days earlier we would have no way of knowing whether she had already drunk some of it before it came with her on the trip.

      After the accident, we really have no way of knowing what happened next. Maura could have been completely sober and took a ride from someone. She could have met someone in the woods. An accomplice could have picked her up.

      But make no mistake about it. Maura Murray did not drink an entire box of Franzia wine. That is not a conspiracy theory to me. That is a fact. I have never drank Franzia wine. I have drank a large amount of wine in one sitting and if I were to sit down and have a drink with someone today I would definitely tell them I have a limit. I try not to drink anything now. I have never drank Franzia wine. I could not understand why a person would take so much time to try to get rid of wine that comes out of a spout. Then leave an empty box.

      I got lucky by looking at a wine bottle(750ml) and comparing it to a box of Franzia wine. I did not realize how large a box of Franzia wine is. Just think of it like this: If someone put a wine glass in front of you, the same box of Franzia wine, do you really think you would be able to finish it in 3 hours?

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    3. One last thing and then I am through talking about Franzia wine: I could not understand why when the police described someone pouring out alcohol they did not find two spots in the snow(one for the Coke bottle, one for the wine). Maybe she poured one on top of the other, but since she was probably drunk or woozy from that bump to the head I thought that would take a lot of concentration in the dark.

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  5. I hate to sound insensitive to their tragedy, I do feel horribly for their plight and it is horrible how this has shattered their family. At the same time, interesting this letter comes after what James has uncovered. If it wasn't close to some truths there wouldn't be such protests.

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  6. Interesting, I thought it sounded like a non-lawyer trying to sound like a lawyer. Since they have openly used the electronic media to keep Maura's memory alive, I think its absurd to think they can then censor what people say about the case or the family. A lawyer could say for sure but I think this letter is about their only option since they have no legal grounds to do anything else. I also think they are trying to discredit anything a member of the family might divulge ("We feel all sources of information, along with any persons of interest, should endure the same level of scrutiny to determine if derogatory facts exist which may call their credibility into question") in direct response to Tim Carpenters interview with Mr. Renner. You have struck a nerve Mr. Renner. Must be getting close.

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  7. Hi James, this probably isn't a comment suitable for posting but I have been stewing about saying what I was thinking for a while. I also wasn't sure how to put it. As someone that was abused by my father I can smell it in the behaviors and family dynamics of others (and had it confirmed when it comes out later). The staunch support of having the best father ever by one daughter, problems with purported eating disorders and the law in other daughters, I've long suspected something was going on there. There are very few secrets that are so bad that you would do anything to hide (like not wanting the scrutiny that uncontrolled publicity for your missing child would bring). I've wondered for a while if Kathleen wasn't really sleeping that night she made the phone call to Maura while on her security shift, but maybe drunk Kathleen was telling Maura the same thing happened to her by Fred. Perhaps that is why Maura was so upset that night and that brought Fred to Amherst for some crisis control. Good for you for going to the police. I know from experience that it is very hard to be known as the victim of the unspeakable and it is a lot easier to not be in contact with anyone or the problems that come from this that reminds one of it.

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  8. Maura's family and friends need to stop blaming James and start telling what they know. All of it.

    I don't know how many millions of dollars of taxpayer money have been spent on the search and investigation for Maura up to this point. But Maura's loved ones ought to remember that these tax dollars could have been spent on education, care for the poor, or medical treatment of those in desperate need. They could have been spent on public safety or community resources that benefit evreyone. They could have been spent solving and prosecuting some of the other terrifying NH missing persons cases for other desparate families...families who *have* shared everything they know with the police.

    Instead, they were spent on Maura, whose father refused to be interviewed for two years, and whose friends won't breathe a word about the crucially important details they know.

    This case does not only involve Maura and her loved ones; it involves all the citizens who have been paying the FBI and/or NH LE to work on it for 9+ years. And it involves all the other potential beneficiaries of tax dollars that went to the search. So yes, it involves all of us.

    In my opinion, people who are withholding details of Maura's past, and the accounts of her last few nights, from Law Enforcement are being profoundly selfish.

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    1. Who's to say that Maura's family and friends have *not* shared the details of Maura's past and last days with LE?

      The two things we do know: 1) Fred says he thinks LE is too focused on MM's past 2) The family and many of MM's friends have refused to give details of MM's past to the press and public.

      However, there's no indication that family/friends haven't told LE about MM's past. Perhaps having given all that info to LE and seeing it lead nowhere, they don't see any additional benefit in giving all of these details to the public.

      That might be the right choice and it might be the wrong choice - but it is their choice to make. It's easy to forget sometimes, but Maura was *their* sister/ daughter/ friend, not *ours*.

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    2. I believe they DO owe the public an explanation of the details. Their mess ended up in MY backyard. The Haverhill area and the State of New Hampshire has been raked through the coals by this family, to any and all news agencies, in public forums, on their own web outlets. There was an outpouring of support for Fred and his family at the time MM disappeared from local residents and many people were involved in the search for her only to be shit on by Fred and the rest of the bunch in any news outlet or website that would listen to him. And we still continue to be dumped on to this day. I cannot the imagine the level of grief put upon the unknowing members of this family and I hope to never face it myself, but this community and NH have paid the price to get details.

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  9. Yeah, I don't buy the whole "leave the investigation to the police" argument, otherwise they wouldn't have spoken out against LE so many times, and hasn't the family hired a PI before? That's not just leaving it to the police. You can't have it both ways either. The "let's use the media to bring attention to the case and point fingers at LE, but no personal stuff please" thing is not gonna fly.

    Also, every light Fred has been cast in is by his own doing. I get the sense that he's the type of guy who people have to walk on eggshells around. (Friends, family, the media, before and after Maura's disappearance) And I'm surprised they would actually go for the journalism for profit angle, which is a defense that's as old as the true crime genre itself. (I've read hundreds of true crime books, and have only encountered one or two authors who were actually out for sensationalism. Most genuinely want to discover the truth).

    Without Mr. Jenner's work, this case would still be just another mysterious oddity on shows like 20/20 and Disappeared, with very little info known to the public, so I'm glad. I hate to think of Fred as anything but a bereaved father, and would regret the nefarious shadow that now hangs over him if indeed it was just red herrings. But every possible piece has to be accounted for before you have completed the puzzle.

    BTW: I wonder if LE's strange, secretive handling of this investigation, (and reluctance to release any info to Fred or the family), and Fred's mistrust of them has any correlation with Renner's damning information? Perhaps they've noticed the same inconsistencies in Fred as well, and they don't want to show their hand yet, (which Fred probably realizes).

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  10. These are really well writen comments coming from intelligent people. They really show some interesting views. They are clear and logical, something that is lacking in other Maura's sites. I think is extremely clever to point out how this letter was pointing to "members of the family" who might speak out to James Renner...Brilliant !!!

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  11. They must be truly affected by what you're writing, James. It seems to me that they do have something to hide. It baffles me that after nine years they would still want to keep secrets about potentially crucial facts from you, a person who is dedicated to solving this case. I am not saying that they have done anything wrong in being defensive, and I do respect their privacy; however, I feel as if they aren't looking at the information as you have. It isn't as if you have said what happened. You have only made suggestions, based on your findings, about Maura's family members, but you have never truly accepted them as true. I just find it strange that the family would react like this, knowing that you're only trying to help. If it were me, any information, no matter how small, whether correct or not, would be helpful if I knew that a person needed to be found. But that's just my opinion.

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  12. In one of my lasts posts to Maura's FB, I asked if her case had ever been looked at by the FBI and if not why because this case seemed to need it from the very beginning. The answer I received was a simple "No". I guess I was hoping for more like for someone to tell me the reason why they never had done so, so to come out now and say that it is encouraged for individuals to appeal to the FBI in this case....is a bit confusing...because one can reason that if the family never did then there must be a reason so what is the point for an individual with less say so than them to approach the FBI on behalf of Maura Murray..?

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    1. The way I understand it, the FBI will not get involved just because a civilian asks them to. There has to be evidence that a federal law may have been broken (if Maura was taken against her will across state lines for example). OR, at the request of LE officials. OR it has to be shown that there were egregious violations of conduct on the part of state LE. If I remember reading correctly the FBI offered their assistance in the early stages, and actually performed interviews and such in Mass., but NHLE didn't feel the need for further assistance. Other than the claims of the family, it does not appear that NHLE were out of line in the way they handled this missing adult case, and most people seem to agree. I have read a lot on how other cases of this nature (missing adult, no obvious foul play)are handled across the US and MM's was handled in much the same manner.

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  13. Go James Go!! I hope you take precautions legal and otherwise, because if there is something to hide and you are about to reveal it, there could be retaliation. These people are either purposely omitting crucial details or they are all throwbacks. I have a hard time thinking they are all throwbacks. An above comment pointed out that one of Fred's daughters said he pushed them and was the best father, and it struck me that his children (at least some) had these issues with crime, and behavioral disorders. I don't get that. It does not follow, so it leads one to believe there is more than meets the eye.

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  14. God forbid my child were to ever go missing, I would move heaven and earth to find her. I would be on every television show, in every newspaper and constantly appealing to the public. I would give no one a reason to waste time suspecting me- I would volunteer polygraphs, etc. I would be grateful for any and all help and publicity my child's case received. The thing the Murray's clearly don't recognize, James, is that you are on Maura's side. If something terrible did happen, she deserves to haveyou fighting for her.

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  15. so now the idea of the press, the idea of openness, is no longer an effective tool in the family's eyes just days after fred gives an interview to the concord monitor?

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  16. I feel for the Murrays. Clearly whatever happened that weekend that led to Maura's fate. Their reticence and misinformation - including in marginally misleading the authorities - does not change the fact of their suffering. I see in this letter some careful placements of additional misinformation. To wit, note in the upper left hand corner of this blog where it says "submit a tip" right above the contact for the NH investigative authorities. Then, separately, below that, it folks are also invited to contact James. To read this letter would lead you to believe that it says "submit a tip / contact the author" above James email.


    ~ John Green

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  17. Wow. The way Renner's findings, which have basically been offered as found and left to the judgment of the observer, are misrepresented as a smear campaign -- pretty breathtaking.

    But what REALLY strikes me about this nobody has really brought up yet. They recommend everybody bring any information to the FBI...and in the next breath, request people to lobby the FBI to take over the case! What is the point of bringing information to law enforcement agency that is not handling the case and does not have jurisdiction? I understand the family's distrust of NHLE and desire to have the FBI take over the case, but this trying to wish the FBI into the case makes no sense whatsoever. Public lobbying is not going to persuade a law enforcement bureaucracy to stick their nose into someone else's case -- it's not like they're members of Congress. And asking people to bring their information to a law enforcement agency that isn't handling the case is like asking people to flush the information down the toilet. It makes no sense whatsoever. I can't tell if it's deliberate, or naivete. But it's weird, no matter how you slice it. At the very least it demonstrates, again, a desire on the family's part to control the situation in a way that's at the very least unusual and, at worst, inappropriate or even obstructive.

    The kindest possible reading of the actions and statements of the family is that they've lost perspective.

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  18. I'm just floored that this family would have the audacity to direct such bunk at Mr. Renner. I just don't get it. A man gives his time and great effort to help in any way to locate Maura and this is the "thanks" he gets. Please don't give up what you're doing James. The fight your fighting IS a good fight. I applaud your mighty effort in the case and so would any family seeking a lost member of its family.

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    1. I agree! Way to go James. Never give up!

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  19. It occurred to me a while ago that if Fred had committed some kind of crime and knew that Maura had run away, she could threaten to use this information against him, to keep him quiet. So it is conceivable that he knows more about her whereabouts than he's letting on.

    However, it doesn't explain the amount of time and money that he apparently spent on searches, and I haven't seen any evidence that positively excludes a suicide or murder scenario.

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  20. Maybe Fred is responsible for something that contributed to Maura leaving the day of her disappearance. Maybe she was upset and just wanted to be away for a few days, but it's highly unlikely that she planned to vanish. It's very likely that Maura was a victim of a crime in the night of the accident, and Fred has nothing to do with it. So, what happened in the days before her disappearance is irrelevant to the investigation. Even if Fred was abusive and is ashamed of telling something, he won't, because it has no relevance.

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    1. the thing is, fred shouldn't get to dictate what's relevant or not. that is up to trained, professional investigators to determine after knowing all the facts. those investigators must uphold the public's trust. fred cannot uphold that trust by mere virtue of his connection to maura. furthermore, it appears he has stymied parts of the investigation. at best, he has tried to control the narrative on a nearly constant basis. what should the public be but distrustful of him?

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  21. If they truly wanted to leave the investigation to the police or FBI, etc. and they decry social media and public conjecture., then why did the family turn to the public through the Disappeared show, Montel Williams, and create their own open forum on Facebook? Seems that they wanted the public's help in finding Maura until it started unburying the skeletons, so to speak.

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    1. Absolutely! Social media has helped to find people that are missing! If the family has no secrets, then why not talk to anyone about the case? It is a shame that the family will not acknowledge James' efforts in a positive way. If they ever read his book about Amy, they would know that he was not "out to make a buck."

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  22. Come on people, have a heart! No one seems to care about actually finding Maura Murray anymore. They just want to invent sordid stories and latch onto conspiracy theories.

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    1. That is incorrect. I think everyone wants nothing more than to find Maura.

      Unfortunately, in trying to find her, these sordid details are coming out. It is not fair to say they are invented. Mr. Renner has put much of his time and money and all of his reputation as an author into this. The sad fact is that human history is the most sordid story that can ever be told, the challenge is uncovering it.

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    2. I agree with 5:47 am that 2:25 pm's comment is incorrect. I don't see what basis in this blog exists for the conclusion reached by 2:25 pm. In fact, the least meaningful statements made here have come from folks angry at James for thinking through the contradictions and lies in Fred's statements and actions.

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  23. The thing is, you can't know if what happened beforehand has no relevance until you know what happened. Remember what happened to Gary Condit? In that case his actions were actually unrelated to the disappearance, but his reticence made the Chandra Levy case more mysterious, and it progressively destroyed his reputation and career.

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  24. What people don't undertand is the fact that what transpired the days before she dissappeared does have some relevance. And here is why. By knowing how upset she was and the reason she might have wanted to leave or go to NH, one can perhaps gauge certain things regarding her psychoogical state of mind...one can perhaps guess that she was drinking excessively hence was ennebriated at the accident scene which would prompt her to be more likely to become victim of an abduction. Also was the reason for the upset so severe that the possibility exist that she went into the forest...(sorry for mispelled words I don't have time to check right now)

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    1. This is a terrific bit of reasoning. (I wish people signed their names.) If I can restate it on slightly different terms. Suppose that thus far NOTHING had come to light about the days prior to the accident, either for the authorities or James, perhaps in a bizarro world where the victim's family has executive control over the scope of the investigation (and therefore things like domestic abuse and patricide are never prosecuted). We would be utterly clueless right now and so would the authorities. The fact is that a VERY good chance exists that her drive up there on the ninth was somehow stoked by either stress or exigency related to recent events, as many clues indicate. And that gives us a lot of insight into her vulnerability to a nefarious lurker, her potential for drinking, driving and maybe getting lost in the woods or a sense of panic that had her running away from issues. But for this insight, we'd probably have to assume that the all american girl was abducted and alden olsen would be in jail by now, having been tried in the media. I'll bet dollars to donuts the quick turnaround on the authorities (via Fred) saying that Alden Howes Olsen's videos were irrelevant was specifically because of evidence the authorities had about the preceeding days in Maura's life.

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  25. Be careful, James. As others have said, take precautions both legally and for your personal safety. I for one, can't wait for your book. It seems you have uncovered a lot. I have always thought there was something about Fred. That maybe Maura was at the breaking point about him, she left, with the help of someone following her, who picked her up right after the accident and she is off making a life for herself and has in her mind severed all ties. My thought has been Fred can't accept this and wants FBI and media when he wants it on his terms to find someone who does't care to be found.

    At any rate, hurry up on your book!!!

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  26. Interesting....the letter crashes on the use of social media to bring about conjecture, yet is posted to a social media site to what....stir up conjecture about a "hollywood" writer or family members that might say something.

    She would have been more credible had she sent the letter directly to Mr. Jenner.

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    1. Wow, I did not even think of that. What a great point MJ. Social media okay as a means to keep social media away from their sister's, lest it be solved on terms other than the ones they prefer. Wow. You put it into a nutshell.

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  27. I am truly sorry for the events that occurred that took this young lady from her family and her world.
    While I think I might have some insight, I am saddened to say that until some more information is discovered, a body ( My apologies for the harshness) , a piece of her property, or a deathbed confession, I am just not sure we will ever know what happened.
    That being said, I might have some insight on a couple of things that sadly, will not lead to any answers.
    The first point I want to touch on is why Maura left that weekend and headed to the woods. This has been a point of speculation, but I think the answer can be fdound with the answer to another question..Who paid for the repairs to Fred's car?..Maura had been involved in a minor accident that damaged her car. He father was waiting to get the police reports regarding that accident...
    I don't think there were any reports.. I think Maura was on probation for the check card matter, I think it is probable that Maura had been drinking that night and since the car was drivable, she drove home without calling the police.
    She went away that weekend because her father, a man who had been good to her and supported her, was going to find out that weekend that there was not an accident report and the insurance company was not going to pay for the damage. Fred was going to have to, and Maura just did not want to deal with that, so she took off for the weekend.
    As I said, this insight does nothing to help solve the mystery.
    Peace be to All.

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    1. I watched the Dissapeared Episode the other day as you mention a few things stuck out. 1) I have only been in one MVA but I left that accident with an accident report. Why did Maura have to go back to the police station to get an accident report? If the police where there wouldn't they have given her this at the time? It may very well be on this site, but has there been any documentation found on 911 calls, tow truck records etc?
      2) Fred say's, (the morning after accident #1) "I gave maura a ride back to the dorms." So if the car is towed how did he give her a ride back?
      Not we called a cab, not one of her friends picked her up.

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    2. Is there any police documentation that shows officers made contact with her following the Amherst accident?

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    3. In response to L - I was in a car accident a few summers ago. There happened to be a police officer in a car a few cars behind me. He wrote up the incident report. I was there the whole time. He specifically instructed me to go to the police station the next day to pick up a copy. For some reason this seems to be pretty common. The police want to make sure they have the original, initial copy on file before they give out a "copy" to those involved.

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  28. And, again, this has no bearing on the outcome of the case, but..I am not convinced we have been told the whole story about the alcohol Maura bought before the road trip.
    Kahlua and Vodka make black Russians and Mudslides..
    These are drinks for college girls..I think it may be possible that Maura was buying for her friends, some were under age and had nothing to do with Maura's disappearance, they were scared of getting into drinking underage, it really had nothing to do with her disappearance, so, no harm comes from not telling if Maura bought alcohol for them.

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  29. Why aren't involved into search a psychics? ..as they help to reveal many cases already.. Mr. Renner, did you try with that? ..please do.

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    1. Remember the post about the guy in Saco, ME ... he went to a psychic, he said, and before he even sat down she said "Kate knows everything." I say James ought to save his $15 and go with that, as I think so too. : )

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  30. I tend to agree with Fred in that the events of the weekend before and what was going on in Maura's life do not relate to her disappearance. However, if I was the parent of a missing child I would all the publicity I could get. I would want a book written with any details bad or good that would make the story more compelling. The more people that read the book, the better. Anything that would get the story to as many people as possible.

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  31. It's sad that this family's life has been shattered and they have to deal with it every day. They shouldn't also have to deal with a so-called journalist who's trying to make a buck by writing a book about their incredible misfortune. Mr. Renner will not solve anything in this case anymore than he did in the Mihaljevic case. He's not interested in solving anything - just making money from book deals.

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    1. What do you base this on. Seems like another example of reasoning from an assumed-premise-conclusion to a faux valid conclusion. It speaks loudly that when your comments are challenged you NEVER respond, while James - on the other hand - posts your comments even though they denigrate him.

      Even if James is primarily motivated by making money on book deals, what would be wrong with that? There are 100s of true crime books published each year. More than I am trying to help my clients, I want to be paid. It is his career. His motives, thus, are not really the issue. The issue is his methods. What of his methods do you question? It seems like you question his failure to obey Fred's wishes about what rocks he is overturning. The case, however, does not belong to the Murrays. It belongs to the people. There are so many contradictions and strangenesses in Fred's statements that it would be leaving a giant, potentially promising issue unexplored to NOT look into it. That does not mean that Fred will be proven good, bad or indifferent. Only that, given his actions and statements, it is an obvious thing to look at. One last question for you, if you are going to throw bombshells here, why don't you take the time to develop ones that have some substantive basis that are harder to not simply laugh off? I feel like - though I disagree with you - I could actually make your points better than you do. Bottom line: you may be right that this case is not about Fred. You might be wrong. But it certainly is not about James and that is where your strange and not very well reasoned focus seems to be ... for some odd reason we can only *guess* at ... ahem ....

      ~ John Green

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    2. He's not interested in solving anything - just making money from book deals.

      You must have missed the entry in which Mr Renner said that for his last book, he broke even. And when he sold movie rights for another of his books, he used the money to hire a PI to work on Maura's story. Hardly Scrooge McDuck there rolling in pools of gold coins.

      Then again, I suspect you haven't read many entries at all.

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  32. Anonymous April 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    All I can do is sigh and shake my head when I read comments like yours...

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  33. What's sad is that Maura will never be found... and her family, specifically her father, is the reason. For her father to refuse to consider any other theories as to what happened to Maura other than his own, and his insistance that what happened in her life right before she disappeared has nothing to di with her disappearence is completely assenine. It has EVERYTHING to do with her disappearence. Any law enforcement official will tell you that a person's actions shortly before they vanish often hold the most clues as to what happened to them. The truth is simply the truth... sometimes it's ugly, sometimes it's hurtful, but it doesn't make it untrue. My family is dealing with our own crsis. My uncle died very mysteriously in 1960. I have tried, and so far made very little progress, into looking into his death, which was officially ruled a suicide. A friend of the family who is a cop gave me some advice on this matter, which should be passed onto Maura's family... "are you sure you want to find out exactly what happened? Because when you discover the truth, it might not be what you want to hear. And in order for you to discover the truth, you have to consider all possibilites, not just the ones that paint your uncle in a pretty picture. You have to consider the ugly possibilities too." And until Maura's family, her dad specifically, are willing to do that, Maura will never be found, and what happened to her will never be revealed.

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  34. I feel really bad about this whole situation, but yes I believe Psychic Carla Baron is 100% accurate. She is right on about everything. Maura was going through a tough time and just wanted a small, little break in a calm area away from it all, and was going to come back to school a week later after drinking away her sorrows and having a mini-vacation to clear her head. Her fiance was cheating on her, she was working two jobs, she had been arrested for stealing credit cards, she was in a difficult nursing/pre-med program, she was sleeping around and afraid she might be pregnant...it was all just too much for one person. She drank a little too much and crashed her car, and when the bus driver stopped to help her and called police, she realized she would be arrested for DUI and get kicked out of nursing school, her 2nd accident in 3 days. So she decided to hitchhike and unfortunately got in a car with a serial killer who raped and murdered her. Very sad :(

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  35. its been many years since Maura's disappearance. And I still remember it all so well.
    I manage a hardware building supply store just a few miles from where mauara was last seen, I remember very clearly that night. It was snowing very hard and by 6 or 7 o'clock we had 4 to 5 inches of snow. Route 112 is a state road however the plow trucks don't go out until after the snow begins to slow down.
    My burning question asa a local who has lived here for the better part of 30 years, is if Maura walked away from the accident , or got out of her vehicle ..........why wasn't there any tracks??? a man who lives right there wqithin 40 yards of Maura's car, he heard the car strike the tree, he went out and walked over to the vehicle, she reportedly refused his help. This gentleman returned to his house called the police . When police arrived she was nowhere to be found. NO TRACKS. no foot prinrts other than the man who attempted to help.
    Why did she refuse his help? or the use of his phone....was it actually her driving the vehicle??

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  36. I think it is very interesting that twice now, its been stated they think someone in the family knows something. First Fred said it and now Julie. My question would be, who was she closest to in the family? Who is the one person she always talked to or confided in, within her family?

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