Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Possible Explanation for Maura's Last Weekend

Finishing up a new draft of the book, a thought occurred to me that might explain some of the clues in this case.

Is it possible Fred came to Amherst that weekend to move Maura back home?

It would explain a few things: the packed boxes, for one. And the party at Sara Alfieri's. Was it a farewell party. Is that why they won't tell anybody else who was there?

Was the plan to take Maura home to Hanson on Sunday?

But when Maura wrecked her dad's car on the way to his motel, plans changed. They couldn't leave. His car was in a shop. And she needed to pick up accident reports. It made more sense at that time for her to stay another day or two, long enough for Fred to come back and get his car.

It also explains the email to professors. She was done with school but she needed another day or two in the dorms.

What do you think?

19 comments:

  1. I don't know..I would like to explore or at least throw out the idea of drugs. I can't help but think that her sister, Katherline, may know more than she's willing to tell. Maybe the ominous call she made to Maura was relaying something hideous, like a threat to her life or a debt she owed to shady people. Maybe the 4000 bucks Fred gave Maura was to go to Katerline for her drug debts etc....we know she lived in NH, right? Maybe Maura was meeting someone to pay off and something happened. It could explain Fred's lies and guilt; could also explain the hush-hush nature of the inner-circle.

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    1. That is a possibility. I do not think that the $4,000 was for a car and I am convinced that Fred was up there that weekend in order to "rescue" Maura from something, though I am not sure what.

      As to the "ominous" phone call from Kathleen, there is no evidence that Maura ever got an "upsetting" phone call. After thinking long and hard about this and analyzing all the evidence we have, I can only come to one conclusion: the "breakdown" at work was a show Maura put on so that her "family emergency" email a few days later would carry more weight. She did not explain why she was upset, and in fact appeared catatonic. It was a ruse done specifically at a time when she knew her supervisor would be coming by. Whatever the reason Maura left Amherst that Monday, she had been planning it since at least Thursday.

      People always start the analysis on Thursday night, when Maura had her breakdown. We need to start it long before that. Where had Maura been in the past few weeks? Who had she been with?

      We know one thing for sure: Maura was planning on leaving school. She packed up her dorm room, and it was not to move to another place. There is no evidence that Maura was merely moving somewhere else near campus. She was outta there.

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    2. I agree Hans. Drugs was one of the things I had in mind in an earlier post where I mentioned that Fred's motives up there were most likely nefarious. $4000 from multiple ATMs seems to suggest not wanting to attract a lot of attention going into a bank to withdraw thousands of dollars. $4000 is also not enough for a car that isnt going to put her back at square one as far as unreliable transporation goes. I imagine it could get you a good amount of drugs on a college campus though. As far as James idea...I dont understand why the email would buy her an extra week? If no one new she was moving and she was just blitzing it out of there but got delayed due to an accident, the delay would be irrelevant as no one at the school would have known she was quitting anyway. They would have no reason to expect her out of her dorm and therefore she would have no reason to need to buy herself a few more days there. Plus, I can see the Murrays and whatever mystery shrouds this influencing a few scared college kids. But to be able to keep college adminsitrators quiet on her plans to leave prior to her unsolved disappearance? I dont think so! And if they arent staying quiet, and they are just as ignorant as everyone else, then journeying back to my original statement (albeit circuitously :) ) then she would have no need to create a fake excuse to buy time in the dorms because they knew no better. I do believe her email was to buy time, but more of in a getting a head start kind of way. Maybe she promised to get her dad drugs and instead took off with his money. She would know in advance that he was coming with 4 grand, he would think he could count on his daughter, but in reality she was double crossing him and blowing dodge to start a new life? I definitely get the feeling this was orchestrated by Maura. I get the feeling Fred knows more than what he is discussing and also that his weekend there involved facts less than flattering to himself.

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    3. I definitely think Maura stole the $4k from Fred. I'm surprised this doesn't get suggested more. I wouldn't even be surprised if the Saturn had no issues. It was just a story invented as a means to an end: money towards running away. She repeated it to everybody--that's how a fraud works. I believe she didn't drive it to clinicals. If you want everyone to believe that it's unreliable, why would you?

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    4. If the Saturn had issues, they were not severe. The car made it on a three plus hour road trip in winter; it was in fine shape.

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    5. I think Fred may have told her that he was pulling her out of Amherst after she wrecked his car. "You've screwed up too many times! Go pack your things. I'm taking you out of college. You just keep getting into trouble!" I can see Fred saying that and Maura, who is controlled by just about everybody (Fred, Billy, Mrs. Rauch, her sisters, possibly Hoss) decides that this time, she'll take charge, and she runs away. She doesn't realize that she is an adult, who can make decision of her own. Maybe this was the first time?

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  2. It is a possibility and it does make sense that she leave with her Dad when his car was fixed. Still does not explain the $4000, if it really was not for a car? He probably left in a rent-a car to go back to work and planned on returning to pick-her -up. The question is why leave over wrecking her father's car? Did this upset her that much? Was this a quick get-away for a few days while waiting on her Dad's car knowing she was moving out or did she decide to leave for good. She just got back to school after winter break; when was this decision made to leave school? Perhaps she was just moving out of the dorm to do her nursing clinicals closer from home. I still think there was something else that triggered this whole event. Yes, it does explain her biding more time to look like she was staying at school. Also, I always wondered why Fred did not call her the night she left. She was suppose to call him that fateful Monday night. Was this ever questioned? He did not hear about the accident for at least two days.

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    1. That's one issue that no one speaks of and it should be a big red flag: Why didn't Fred call Maura at 8pm the night she vanished? If I was expecting a call from my daughter and it never came, I'd get worried. No one touches this aspect.

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    2. While I definitely believe Maura could have pulled off running away and starting a new life, I am just as certain she could not have planned the whole thing between 10 AM on Sunday and 4 PM on Monday.

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    3. I don't think Maura too off from Amherst with a plan. I think she just ran and decided to figure it out as she went along.

      On another subject, does anybody know if packing your things and placing them on the bed like she did is something that she might have learned at West Point?

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  3. I agree with Mr.Renner, that this could be a possibility. Also, if my daughter didn't call when she said she would, I would be calling her like mad. I have 2 daughters, ages 19&23. Also, there have been times when one of my daughters were supposed to call me at a given time, and I had fallen asleep for a while,but as soon as I woke up and seen they hadn't called, I called them immediately.

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    1. Substance abuse is obviously very much on the table one way or another, although I think it's much more likely that the "substance" in question was alcohol, rather than opiates. That said, regardless of the substance in question, I've been considering a scenario similar to what Renner is suggesting here, but rather than the end result being Maura moving back to Hanson, she would be sent to rehab (and I realize those things aren't mutually exclusive, it could well have been both).

      The 4 grand could have conceivably been a payment for a couple weeks in rehab, with the rationale that a cash payment would keep insurance (and a potential "black mark" on Maura's health record) out of it, although I'm sure there's at least a degree of privacy involved with that and I'm admittedly not quite sure how it would shake out. Like I said, it's just something I've been thinking about and don't have a full sequence of events hashed out that would support that.

      I thought about that line more lately in light of the statement analysis suggesting "sensitivity" in Fred's discussion of drinking with Maura that weekend. I'm not sure that I buy the "sensitivity" line, but in the event that it's legit, I didn't think just having some drinks with your of-age daughter would be a cause for apprehension. But there could be a more understandable degree of tension involved if Fred was having drinks with her immediately before sending her off to rehab, or something along those lines.

      And I don't want to sound like I'm discounting the potential opiate connection. Put bulimia aside; Maura could have very easily gotten involved with opiates just in the course of day-to-day pain in her running career and the expectation of excellence.

      Or, whatever, maybe just because she enjoyed it? I was in undergrad from 01 to 05 and I was a pretty heavy recreational opiate user during that time (and, though I was on the opposite coast, coincidentally or not, 03 and 04 were the peak of it by a wide margin).

      Most people I knew who got deep into opiates were heavy duty weed smokers, and everybody I knew with half a brain who abused them periodically knew not to mix them with alcohol. I only mention that because, if Maura was as serious and dedicated a drinker as she has been portrayed to be, I think that's a state of events that would make her less likely to get caught hard up in opiates.

      But my personal experience is just that--it's mine alone--and the opiate angle is for sure worth considering.

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    2. I have been through alcoholism, bulimia, and (for a brief period) opiate use. They are all co-morbid to a certain extent. If Maura was doing any opiates, then her use was not very severe. Also, if she is still alive, then she either quit or she has been a very lucky user and has never been arrested (or she has a damn fine fake i.d.).

      Speaking of alcoholism and bulimia, if Maura suffered from both, then I would bet anything that if she is out there, she is still "achieving" in her own way. You can overcome both problems (I have), but that drive inside of you to never feel good in a life complacency never goes away. If you are not doing, you are planning. I am not at all surprised Maura just took off that Monday. That is the way the alcoholic/bulimic mind works. So many people think that bulimics are just dippy broads who read too many issues of Cosmo. I assure all of you that is not true. There is this constant feeling of impurity and uncleanliness and agitation that courses through you all the time. For that brief moment after you puke, you feel an odd sense of relief from it. I think all bulimics suffer from an overall sense of discomfort, which is one reason why it does not surprise me that alcoholism and drug use are co-morbid with bulimia.

      Anyway, I have seen a few things over the past few years here about how Maura had bulimia, but I have never seen anyone explore what that might mean.

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  5. Only if Kate, Sarah, Katherline, Fred, and Julie would talk...the mysteries gaping holes could be filled..onto more thoughts: James did snag an interview with Katherline's boyfriend, Tim. I am looking forward to his story. Also, James once posted that a PI he talked to said Maura may have been raped at the dorm party. Any more on that, James? What about any leads in Canada?

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  6. If she was leaving school, and enough people knew about it to throw a "farewell party," I tend to think that's something that would've come out before now.

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    1. I keep thinking that she was going to a party up near Haverhill, but I can't fit it into the scenario of her leaving on a Monday for a party.

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  7. I doubt that:

    1) Rehab: The family is reluctant to treat and acknowledge their problems with mental-illness...Fred always had high expectations and he probably reacted sensitive, when someone mentioned alcohol in the interviews, because he knew that his daughter had a problem, but also was in denial about it, because he wanted Maura to succeed...Probably he exploded on Maura after she crashed his car...

    I can see four scenarios: 1) Maura was raped/molested at the party 2) a drug-dealer remembered her, that she had to pay a huge debt and she didn't have the money. 3) Someone confronted her about her bulimia or the credit card fraud...
    The fourth one would be to hypothetical and address the relationship between Maura and her dad and since I don't know enough of it...I hope it is not true...

    2) The University would probably know by then that she was to sick to study and in need of rehab...(Fees, scholarship)

    3) A farewell-party would include too many people to keep it a secret. And does not explain here mental state afterwards.

    4) Maybe she had to move out the dorms, because of her credit-fraud and bulimia. Hasn't Amherst a system called "Kangaroo-Court" or something similar. I read about someone who raped a girl and who didn't go to jail for it..., because of Amhersts liberal views...(It was on a blog) So maybe her credit fraud was rather a few 100 bucks or more..., but she did not expel her, because of her mental illness...and advised her to seek psychological help,.(But if the school punished her to go to rehab, she wouldn't had to send e-mail to the professors)

    5)The call: I think she really had a mental break-down and was not faking it...and that she associated something "grim"/troubling, what happened to her and also to her sister...(Abuse for example)

    But we know so little...Sorry, english is not my first language and I'm quite buys at the moment...

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  8. I am seeing a lot of responses about drugs and $4000 that Fred gave Maura. We all know that Maura was Fred's pride and joy and he probably would do just about anything for her. At times he becomes secretive only saying the same thing over and over and going through the motions.

    I do believe that bulemia did not have too much to do with it but the drugs may. Being addicted can cause a whole bunch of people hold secrets. Perhaps all the secrets and lies were an attempt to save her boyfriend from any hurt, but, at the same time Fred came to give her money to either pay a debt or keep her out of jail. I am wondering if that phone call was something that was letting her know that they were on her trail. Why else wouls someone just pick up and leave without word to at least her BF? I think that Kate and Sara know way more than they are letting on and that Fred is holding a huge secret and that is why he acts almost guilty at times. Go back to the night she crashed her car and asked the bus driver NOT to call police. I know if I was stuck on a frigid night in a desolate place a lil bit of alcohol would not deter me from getting help. She was running from something. After all they would have to PROVE that she was drinking and driving and not drinking while waiting. So, either Fred or maybe her sister was there to pick her up and take her somewhere or she indeed did not escape who was after her such as the police or a suspected dealer.

    NH is not too far from Canada so maybe she went there to disappear or maybe she is in jail somewhere or even being held captive for decieving someone for money. She did some not so kosher things before so this does lead me to believe she is alive.

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