Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Holy Moly! Did a nurse write this??

Years ago, someone posted a message on a Geocities board that explained how Maura had hit Petrit Vasi the night of her breakdown, which started a chain of events that led her to decide to just leave and start her life over with a boyfriend in Quebec.

Here's much more about that message.

Editing the book, today, I came across the message again and noted this passage:

Sometime between 12 MN and 1 AM Maura driving her Saturn struck and critically injured the UMass student Petrit Vasi leaving him for dead.

And I thought 12 MN was strange. I don't know anyone who writes it like that.

But guess what? That's standard subscript for... a nurse.

Looking back on the message, one other passage stands out to me.

Maura’s being asked to leave West Point and all the ensuing criticism by her father was the beginning of a certain line of thought for Maura, culminating in her leaving on Feb 9, 2004 to start a new life unencumbered by the constant criticism of her father. 

"the beginning of a certain line of thought..." sounds to me like a distinct grammatical twitch that this person uses in conversation. Is it familiar to anyone?


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  2. It appears that the original comment was made on either April 10 or 11, 2009 (Observer’s response, presently appearing as the first comment of the day, was posted on April 11 at 4:35 PM).

    Three days earlier, on February 8, 2009, “Tourist from Canada” posted this on Topix:

    “I saw Maura Murray alive and well in Sherbrooke Quebec, I approached her and said ‘Hi Maura.’ She turned toward me and said ‘Hi’ then gasped and looked like she was going to pass out from shock. I have no doubt this was Maura Murray. She is apparently alive and well and living in Canada. When I saw her she was with very handsome young man.”

    Now I would think – and you may disagree – that “Tourist from Canada” is the same person who posted the “true” story about Maura.

    The location corresponding to “Tourist’s” comment has changed with time. In fact, there are seven known locations attributed to the same comment:

    East Walpole (April 18, 2009)

    East Bridgewater (February 12, 2010)

    Brockton (March 23, 2011)

    Walpole (July 2, 2011)

    Sharon (February 14, 2012)

    Plymouth (August 26, 2012)

    Hanson (currently, i.e., October 9, 2013)

    (I added a link for each location at the very bottom of this page:

    These seven locations, with the corresponding dates, should provide sufficient information to identify the person; especially in light of your nursing observation.

  3. James,
    You may recall that I was the one who pointed out the significance of "12 MN" to you via email, months ago.

    I must confess I was a little surprised to see it suddenly posted on the blog under the guise of your own discovery. You might have at least said "A reader pointed out to me by email..." ...But no worries.

    I'm glad you think it might be relevant. So do I.

    FWIW, I think the story in this note is exactly what happened to Maura.


    P.S. I was wondering if you were intending to publish your book after the 10th anniversary of MM's disappearance? I expect the boat could be rocked around then (just a guess). You might want to wait in case anything happens or emerges that you can add to your book.

    1. He may have forgotten because James asked about it on facebook and someone mentioned that is may be a nurse

    2. Seriously? You are going to scold him for not giving you recognition. That is petty and juvenile. I'm sure that for every comment we see posted, there are many more questions and comments that James fields.

      I, for one, thank Mr. Renner for his work and can't imagine posting a reprimand as you have done.

  4. Hi, SAH. I honestly don't remember that email. I'm still going through all the emails I've received from people as I'm editing and re-writing this book. It's hard to keep all this stuff organized as it comes in.

    1. James, thanks for your response. No worries, I understand!

      Hannah_B on Topix does seem to think that the author of the note was a nurse...a very well-connected one, too, it seems.

    2. Also, FYI...
      Google is telling me that may be hacked.

  5. Sorry...can someone let me in on the signifigance of it being a nurse that wrote that? Is that it's possible her sister...and it reveals that her family knows she fled to Quebec?

  6. Maybe the pass is easy to guess.. like 'jamesrenner'.

  7. There is not enough evidence to prove that Maura hit Vasi, but based upon Fred's own statements, I believe there is plenty of evidence that Fred came to visit Maura that weekend because she was in a crisis. I point to the Disappeared episode where Fred says "you know" after stating that he went to Amherst to help Maura buy a car. The phrase "you know" is used when trying to convince the listener of a lie.

    Something I find interesting about the old forum post regarding Maura being in Quebec is how "West Point" is always capitalized, and how the person writes the "Province of Quebec." I think whoever wrote that post was older than 35 in 2009 and has at least a bachelor's degree.

  8. Not sure if someone has brought up this point yet, but is it possible that if she did hit Petrit Vasi, the air bags deployed at that point, and that's why the air bags were deployed when her car was found in NH?

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