Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Interview with David Whalen

I heard from David Whalen earlier today and he wanted to clear up a couple things.

It seems that you came across a picture of me in college (that I believe was provided by one of Maura's family members/friends for a documentary that aired years ago) and built a narrative about my potential involvement with Maura. Reading the posts/comments from strangers that speculate about my life based on ONE photo makes me nauseous. 
One of of your recent posts states I was "often playing playing at Rockingham Park and Seabrooke Race Track, which are very close to Londonderry, NH" in 2004. Not only was I a full time college student and not yet a poker player in 2004, but a visit to the Seabrook Poker Room website tells me that both rooms didn't even exist until 2006. 

I was a friend of Maura's in high school/college. We weren't particularly close, but we did share some friends in common. This is the beginning and end of any useful information I can provide. 

The Tweets were just his dark sense of humor, he says. No harm there.

And the photo?

That was taken around the time of the New Years Eve party in Goshen, New Hampshire, about five weeks  a year before Maura disappeared. The place was owned by a relative of Maura's friend, Andrea Connolly. David says he doesn't remember any other guys being there that weekend.

It was a relatively uneventful weekend from a long ago, so there's not much that comes to mind.


Thank you to Sam Ledyard for the leads that made this interview happen. Go check out his Maura Murray blog.


26 comments:

  1. Awesome job! did he not know of anyone MM was interested in or hanging out with around the time? He may not think its significant but it very much could be something neither of you have heard.

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  2. Great work Sam and James. Sam posted an interesting theory relating to Ron Forcier. I mentioned Ron to James - I think he should be interviewed.

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    2. Do a search for "Rick Forcier" on this blog for James' previous attempt to find/interview RF.
      And speaking of RF, he's got 3 videos on YouTube.

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    3. Jona - I read the one from Aug 2011...I still think something isn't right about it.

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    4. M,
      Read "Incident at Swiftwater Stage Shop" July 28, 2011

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    5. I read it and it doesn't really faze me. Renner was just doing what any other investigative journalist does...asks questions.

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    6. My point was that you are saying James should interview Forcier and I am trying to point out to you that he has tried.

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    7. The Forcier theory on the other blog is terrible. It requires that Forcier had access to Maura's trunk to get rag; when Fred has admitted to telling Maura weeks before to do the exact same action. Too much coincidence. How often are people thinking about putting tags in tailpipes? Also, the police searched his trailior, and land. This also requires Maura to stop at Swift stage station, and no one saw her there. They have said only 3 cars passed by in that time frame, so if think they'd remember someone stopping alone for gas and being approached by a local they probably know.

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  3. James - Have you thought about planning a "Find Maura" event? It can be held in Haverhill at one of the hotels. Those of us who are able can make it and we can all meet and discuss our theories - go to the crash site etc. It can be held the weekend of February 7th-9th.

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    1. Oh my, I can't think of a better way to alienate the entire town.

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    2. If Haverhill can't handle a group of people simply meeting then something is wrong.

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    3. You have to respect the fact that the Maura Murray case was an upsetting time for this town. Having a group of strangers descend on this town - again, taking pictures, asking questions is akin to ripping open an old wound. I am not saying you don't have a right to go there, but this case will more likely be solved with cooperation. I know, I know, there's little cooperation now... but I think that having a crowd go there is only going to make the endeavor seem self-serving and create more animosity.



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    4. I wasn't saying that this event should be used as a "search" party or interrogation of the locals in Haverhill.

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    5. But people are curious and that will happen.

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    6. Jonalisa: I have heard the sentiments you expressed above also expressed by many others in the past, in very confrontational ways. I really appreciate your level headed approach and clarity in getting that point across.

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    7. Thanks, John. :-)
      When I moved up here from MA in the early 90's, I started to notice that many houses have something in front of their front door - usually a planter or basket or something decorative. In the winter, there's no cleared path to the front door. What I came to realize is that people here have this mindset: If you know me and we are friends, your welcome to come around back and come in through the kitchen. If you are a stranger, you'll come to the front door. The blocked entrance is a way of saying, if I don't know you don't come to my door.
      This may seem harsh but really the people here just value their privacy and mind their own business. When you get to know them, they are the very friendly folks who'll go out of their way for you. They band together and are very neighborly. I've come to value this privacy as well. It's very peaceful here. You really come to enjoy how peaceful it is.
      MA is different. It's a bit faster, a bit more aggressive and 'loud', but also more cultural and a bit more educated. In these NE states, I will say people are very direct and speak their minds - more so than say, CA. People in MA come here (and ME) to vacation with friends and family. Which is why MM traveling up here late in the day and alone seems very out of the normal to me. There's not much around for one person to do - especially in that area of the state and ay night. Anyway, just thought I'd put in a little background for the folks who think New Englanders are weirdos.

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  4. James - long time lurker. UMass student athlete here very into the case - what about having a live chatroom here on the site to keep the wheels turning? In the name of crowdsourcing?

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    1. Suggest you talk to Sam L. about that. Back when I had a blog, there was a guy who set up a chat room for us. I think Sam would be more likely to set that up than Renner, but I could be wrong.

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  5. Connected - did you go to UMass while Maura was there?

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  6. I confess I have never had any idea why people found the Whalen "connection" so promising. All that was known was that he appeared in one photo with her, and that he has a semi-sketchy job. Why does any of that suggest he is relevant to her disappearance?

    I hope this interview will have cleared up his role for everyone. Then again, I have never been a fan of dropping leads (Vasi, Facebook picture) just because they *seem* to have explanations/resolutions that can eliminate them. This case is too complicated for that.

    I think it's a little weird that he was the only guy at the New Year's party. That's not a typical gender breakdown for a college party. Why wasn't Bill there?

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  7. I suppose I am the only one who finds this hilarious. I literally laughed out loud.

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  8. I like this guy. He seems like the most reasonable person you've dealt with in awhile considering all that's been said about him.

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  9. Are you guys aware that the Sam L. blog is gone? the website says it was deleted by the author.

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