Saturday, January 10, 2015

Calling Shenanigans: The Weekend Party Never Happened

The party in Sara Alfieri's dorm room never happened. Or at least not the way we've been told.

It was been nearly 11 years since Maura disappeared. Two days before she vanished, she attended a party in Sara Alfieri's dorm room. Kate Markopoulos says she was there. She described it as standing-room-only. And yet, Kate can't remember the name of a single other person who was at the party. When I interviewed her, she said it was because she couldn't remember that long ago. Except, back in 2004, when detectives interviewed her, she couldn't remember then, either.

And in 11 years, not a single person has come forward to say, "Yeah, dude. I was there."

You were at a party with a girl who went missing two days later... You're not going to Google that girl a couple times a year? You're not going to talk to the cops about what you remember?

I don't believe there was a party. And if there wasn't a party, what happened instead? Why lie about it?

Please, prove me wrong. Put this clue to bed. If you were there, drop me a line. I'll keep your name anonymous.

I would offer a reward for the first person to come forward who attended the party, but I'm not in the habit of paying for sources. Come forward because it's the right thing to do.



30 comments:

  1. If someone comes forward and says they went to party, please make sure they have proof, like maybe photos of the party or something.

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  2. I think i see JR stratedgy here. Local Boston media are just days away from the 11 th year aniversary of her disappearance. Could you be feeding other Media outlets with some " Hard Questions" to ask regarding 5 strange days?

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    1. I agree. There hasn't been much of a common theme with the past few posts. Instead, they seem to re-emphasize some old questions. It sure seems like the goal might be to give the media some new (to them) angles to work from next month.

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    2. LOL. The media will never ask any hard questions in this case. They just either rewrite what was reported years ago, or they throw little softballs at the witnesses. People think that Renner is obnoxious and aggressive, but that it exactly what all journalists were like before they decided to become lazy and complacent. There is no such thing as real journalism in the mainstream media anymore.

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  3. It does make one wonder why no 'third party' can be found that can attest or give a description of the party. I would, however, sound a note of caution against trying to see a conspiracy or suspicion in every detail of the case, this being a sure fire way of alienating people who knew Maura. Having said that I fully support the drive to find someone who was actually at this party, if it was so lively can it be so hard?

    On the level of pure speculation could it be that friends are covering for Maura in relation to her liberal use of alcohol? Or could a romantic interest be being obscured? Uncomfortable questions perhaps but in answering them we could only come closer to finding Maura.

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    1. Hi Jared.

      I could see your theory holding up at the beginning, particularly when there was still a possibility that maybe Maura had gone off voluntarily and might come back. At this point, I don't think anyone would be holding back to prevent getting her into trouble related to drinking too much. Just my opinion.

      ~ John Green

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  4. I was in the middle of a long response when my tablet froze up. Very irritating. Gist was I've lately been pondering whether that night was about the three girls planning. I had several scenarios for what exactly they were planning. That perhaps they had lured Fred there with the money with the intention of getting away together, possibly with the intention of Maura not returning with them which would explain the need for two cars. If the original plan was to leave the morning after the "party" and not return, this would explain why Maura would want to see her father that night. Planning, drinking, she suddenly wants to see Dad one last time before she disappears. Maybe that's why she really seemed so sad walki away to her dorm... Saying goodbye to Fred one last time. I'm not a fan of Fred's, but I certainly wouldn't blame him for not wanting to accept at his little girl would just up and leave him behind like that.

    When I first took interest in this case years ago, I was so sure she was suicidal and planning to kill herself. Now I'm not sure of anything, ever. Any theory you've got has a zillion holes, a thousand "but then why"'s... This is the scenario that's been running through my mind lately.

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  5. I think the story of a party was to cover something else. the reason for Maura driving back to the motel that night at that time has always troubled me. also sitting in the lobby sobbing and getting sick, something is wrong with this. do not feel the corolla accident would really warrant that much of a reaction. just a thought.

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    1. Ah... Miss Understood ... I am glad that I now I get to respond with total agreement. There is something unknown about the five strange days and what was unfolding. Lots of tantalizing clues ... but we just don't know. I agree however that the "party" was probably a cover for something else. FWIW, you can fit scenarios together nicely if you assume that my analysis of lot 22 in fact points out an inconsistency in Fred's story that requires an explanation.

      ~ John Green

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  6. Is there any way Maura had an intimate relationship with one of these girls? A legitimate question, so please no spiteful answers.

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    1. I think it is a perfectly legitimate question too. I just doubt we have any good evidence.

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    3. It is not impossible. It is certainly worth considering. A certain, recognized portion of the population is bisexual or homosexual. So it is worth considering.

      Moreover, given Maura's what we know about Maura's psychological state, she may well have been having an affair with an older man ... potentially one of their fathers. It is not impossible. Stuff like that happens. Someone like Maura was probably more likely to date someone much older than her.

      ~ John Green

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    4. I know some here don't think Maura would've been on a dating site. I disagree. She was very secretive and trying to maintain a perfect armor, which makes her a good candidate for an Internet dating site in my mind. It's said she was unhappy in her relationship with Billy, another good reason to participate. Regardless of college boys on location, she may not have wanted them or they may not have wanted her. Who knows? But, I think she may have liked the attention, anonymity, chance for portraying someone different than herself or even her true self to the core.

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  7. I'm sorry, you'll have to forgive me, I haven't studied the case as thoroughly as other people have. What does this Sarah person say about the party? Is she denying that she had a party that night? Or is she saying Maura wasn't at it? Has she been interviewed?

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    1. Renner is saying that there was no party; something I have also been saying for a time. No one, not one person, has ever come forward and said they were there that night. Additionally, neither Kate nor Sara remembers a single person there. They went to Umass, lived on campus, and felt comfortable attending a party in someone's dorm room, but they either did not know a single person there or they magically could not remember anyone there.

      There was no party that night. It is just another lie about this case that became "fact."

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    2. Camelia,

      If I recall correctly, at some point Sarah also stated that there had been a party. But she has shut James out in his attempts in trying to talk to her, including by slamming her door in his face (albeit when he showed up at her house, which is a bit of a spooky thing to do.)

      ~ John

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  8. Do we know what the lag was in between the party and when she was interviewed?

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  10. so if there was a party let's say. there might have been someone there who maybe assaulted Maura in some way. let's say this person was a cousin of a person in the room. could this explain Maura crashing on Saturday night/sun. if Maura was not arrested for being intoxicated then why did she crash. may she have been crying before hand and on the ride to the motel and crashed. did something happen to Maura on sat. evening while with the friends and it involves a relative of one of those friends?

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    1. Interesting point. There was mention of a cousin early on.

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  11. Based on what I've read thus far...I'm not completely ready to dismiss these women as liars. Is it suspicious? Sure, but if you had asked me, in college, to identify people who were participating in, at the very least, underage drinking on campus, who would be at risk of being expelled or even arrested, I'd probably be a little hesitant to name people. It's entirely possible there was more drug activity involved and there were concerns about getting in trouble for that. It's also possible that no one was really thinking a whole lot about the party at that point in time, so the memory of it was kind of lost. If the party was a big part of the case, like if she had gone missing from the party or directly after it, and was covered all over the media, people may have a better memory of this. I went to a lot of parties in college and saw the same people at many of them. I probably couldn't remember who I saw a week later at a particular party. I dunno, the jury is still out for me.

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  14. Could she have been bullied or blackmailed by the person who's credit card she stole and used? Sounds like she was very upset by something she wasn't talking about. I think someone was trying to force her into something and she needed to get away. Also sounds like she had a drink problem and was trying to hide this. Guilt maybe but also thinking a friend or someone she knows was blackmailing her?

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  15. Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever saw photographs of the damage that was done to the Corolla? $8,000.00 seems like an awfully inflated number for hitting a guard rail (roughly 30% of the price for a new Corolla.

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  16. For give me if what I am about to ask has been addressed as I have newly came across this disappearance and haven't been able to read everything from the beginning.

    But wouldn't it be easy to confirm a dorm room party with stand only room, by asking the neighboring dorm room neighbors?
    Surely they would notice if they were that many people next door and especially the noise level that accompanes a party.
    It just seems to me that would be the first thing the police would have done is confirm there was a party and based off that info go from there.
    If there wasn't why lie ?
    I wonder if there is some type of registry of the neighboring dorm rooms to ask those individuals..

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  17. For give me if what I am about to ask has been addressed as I have newly came across this disappearance and haven't been able to read everything from the beginning.

    But wouldn't it be easy to confirm a dorm room party with stand only room, by asking the neighboring dorm room neighbors?
    Surely they would notice if they were that many people next door and especially the noise level that accompanes a party.
    It just seems to me that would be the first thing the police would have done is confirm there was a party and based off that info go from there.
    If there wasn't why lie ?
    I wonder if there is some type of registry of the neighboring dorm rooms to ask those individuals..

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  18. You can see a 360 degree "room tour" of Coolidge Hall, Sara's dorm building, on the UMass website. The rooms are tiny. Standing room only would mean about 8-10 people, possibly a few more if they are sitting on the beds. There is just barely enough room to walk between the beds and desks. There is no way this was a big party, if there was a party at all. I find it impossible that Sara or Kate wouldn't remember somebody in such close quarters.

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