A new look at one of the North Country's Coldest Cases
Might this site help?http://www.mobilefish.com/services/credit_card_number_checker/credit_card_number_checker.phpLook abit down the page for the actual tool.
It should atleast tell you what bank it is and then maybe you can call them to find out the owner.
Just been listening to Fast Car by Tracey Chapman and OMG its Maura. Tragic.
James, I think a handwriting expert might be able to deduce the name from the documents in which the name has been redacted. Parts of letters are visible in places. For example, I think that the unconnected woman with whom the police officer spoke after he knocked on a door might have the surname MACK (the surnames are clearly written in capitals in that report). It looks like the friend's name (the name pf the victim) has a name starting with A and ending in D. She was also 19 years old, non-hispanic and born in MA (the place of birth could probably also be deduced). A comparison of her handwritten statement to the bottoms of the letters remaining from the signature might yield a likely name. Anyone want to have a go at it?
Sorry if I missed this if discussed elsewhere on the blog. Was there a hearing on December 16th? Did Maura show up?Maura's changing story of how she got the number is extremely suspicious to me.
It looked like from the report that the victim's last name might have ended in "d" or "l" from her signature. It also looked like she lived a few rooms down from Maura's dorm?
Just went back and read the documents again and two things struck me. 1) The Maura in that mug shot is NOT the sweet girl we have seen so many pictures of - she was very disturbed by this time (Nov. '03)2) The behavior described is also not the Maura we've gotten to know so well - so reckless, so risky, so pointless (even if she was truly hungry she could have gotten cheaper, more nourishing food at a supermarket)Clearly, Maura was no longer "our Maura" by this point (to what extent she ever was - who knows?). She looks gaunt. I know she was supposed to be bulemic but she looks more like she had a drug problem - look at her eyes, she looks "dead". Drugs would also explain the erratic behavior and not remembering which food she ordered (in the report it says she could not remember and just stipulated to whatever orders they wanted to accuse her of - but all of the orders were within a 2 week period). Could Maura have had a drug problem? Her sister did and it could be how she dealt with the pressure of school and all her commitments. She wouldn't be the first person to self-medicate in attempt to stretch the limits of her capabilities. We've heard a lot about (esp. on Topix) about how Haverhill/Woodsville was and is a seedy area when it comes to drug infestation - could Maura have met a drug hookup at the NYE party who arranged for her to make a large "buy" in Woodsviille. Could the plan have been to use some of the drugs and sell most of it on campus for $$. Was Maura a drug dealer? Obviously there are lots of them on college campuses and they rarely fit a "mold." Maybe that's what the $4k was for. Maybe Fred even gave it to her *knowingly* because he thought it sounded like a good way for her to make money. When she got to town the people she was supposed to meet arranged for some friends to run her off the road, then they pulled over and picked her up, stole the money and killed her. Maybe that's why Fred is a) so sure that something bad happened to her but b) doesn't want to go into any detail. It all fits together pretty well, actually. And it's why the family and her close college friends don''t want to talk. A good source for answers would be whoever it was from the NYE party who was later interviewed at prison in NH (Dept. of Corrections in the FOIA request). The source of the ominous "Londonderry Ping" would be also very likely hold these answers.
I'm not dismissing your theory because it does sound reasonable, however I must say that people who've dealt with eating disorders for a while do act recklessly, have difficulties with memory retrieval, etc. I had the same issues myself, my brain just was all over the place, and when I was in recovery I found out that it's a common problem.
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I don't think there's enough detail to make out the name. It's clear enough to tell the first name starts with an A and the last two letters of her last name is probably EL. It's clear that she's 19, and from North Andover. It's reasonable she graduated from the local high school. If you can get a copy of the yearbook there's a good possibility you can determine who she is. Unfortunately, classmates doesn't have her graduation year online. I think it can still be ordered or call the school and see how you can get a copy.
@Allison - The girl whose credit card was stolen lived upstairs from Maura. It was her friend that lived down the hall from Maura.@Jack - I think this is why James should try and track down the credit card holder, as well as, others who maybe only knew her casually or at least what her reputation was at campus/kennedy so we can get a more complete picture of maura. I do NOT believe she was the innocent all american girl. A. She stole a credit cardB. When caught, she lied to the police by giving them her credit card. C. When caught in that lie, it appears that she lied again by saying she found it on a receipt. The receipt did have all the numbers on it.D. At that time she finally gave them the card with the cc number.At no time did she give an explanation or statement. It just appears that she was pretty calm, cool and collected about things.Also, for someone who has this better than average public opinion, no one (outside of the family / high school friends) has said anything about her that's good. I can't think of any college friends that have stood up for her. I don't think any of us know who she really was. At least I don't. I wonder if she was really a deceitful person or if she was just a confused young adult trying to find her way.I'm not really sure! Will the REAL Maura Murray please stand up! ;)
Something that has always bothered me is the generalized assumption that the phone call Maura took while on duty that night was the reason she became visibly upset and had to be escorted to her room. I don't think it had to be the phone call that upset her. I'm a girl. I can cry about something that happened days ago at any given time. I just don't think we can assume that the call is what made her have a meltdown.
@contagiously complicated.. I read James latest post (dated 27 November) and then your post above and it got me thinking...How do we know she was truly upset and the whole thing wasn't staged for appearance? If she can steal a credit card, and if James latest post is correct, it certainly wouldn't be beneath her and I'm sure she'd have the capability of appearing distraught.
@david w: Maura never had possession of the actual card, only the numbers.
Something I have been thinking since reading your blog. Here where I live we had a pizza place that delivered drugs, were found out and shut down. Maura ordered a lot of pizza. And she acted like someone who may have had a drug dependency problem. And her mug shot is so different from the pics of her before. Plus her running going down hill could be attributed to drugs.
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