A few months ago, on Lance and Tim's podcast, I said that I thought Maura Murray was a sociopath. I based this opinion on the few insights we have into her personality - the secret affair with Hossein, stealing other people's credit cards and identities, stealing from Fort Knox, running away from friends and family, etc. It was one interpretation of the circumstantial evidence in this case.
I was wrong.
I was lacking a very important piece of information - the nature of her relationship with Bill Rausch. And I was forgetting her rough upbringing in Hanson - where she was the one in charge of buying groceries for herself and her little brother, where she had to sell Cutco knives to make ends meet.
Maura Murray is not a sociopath. She is a survivor. She always was.
I now believe she ran away to survive. To protect herself - and, if the police are correct - her baby. And talk about a motive to remain quiet for 11 years - can you get anything better than protecting a kid? What wouldn't you do? That's certainly one way to avoid any custody troubles.
To me, this is now the most likely scenario. And certainly the one I wish is true.
If it is, the very last thing I want to do is to expose someone who is in hiding for these reasons.
So, Maura, if you're out there, just tell the police, tell someone you're okay. You're an adult, and it's not illegal to start over somewhere. You don't have to tell them where you are, just that you're alive and well.
Or have a friend do it.
Until then, it's hard not to look at this case as a possible homicide.