Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I've Won An Important First Step Towards Getting Records Related to Petrit Vasi's Accident


The wheels of justice turn slowly.

I've been quietly trying for the better part of a year, now, to gain access to the full file on Petrit Vasi's accident, which occurred the night of Maura Murray's breakdown shortly before she disappeared. Some have suggested Maura was responsible for the accident or that she let someone (a pizza delivery driver, perhaps) borrow her car and it was that person who struck Vasi. Personally, I don't think this is the case. I think it's a totally unrelated accident and the timing is coincidental. However, I'm all for due diligence. Let's see the reports.

However, the records secretary at the Amherst Police Department -- Cpt. Jennifer Gunderson -- told me the full file was not available because it was "an open and active investigation." That raised some red flags for me as an old-school journalist. Vasi's case cannot be open and active because there is no chance for prosecution, as the statute of limitations for a hit and run (if that's even what it was) has long since expired.

So in September, I filed for redress. And finally yesterday, I received a notice in the mail that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts also believes Amherst PD have been playing fast and loose with open records laws. The police department must respond within 10 days.

I'll keep you posted.


Monday, December 14, 2015

The One Theory This Blog Won't Debate

I'm all for earnest discussion when it can lead to some new piece of information or perspective. But this recent debate about police involvement in Maura's disappearance - brought on in no small part by Fred Murray's coy suggestions during the Unsolved piece - is pointless.

I've spoken to John Monaghan and Cecil Smith. Both are intelligent and compassionate men. Capable policemen. And above suspicion.

Maura's disappearance has nothing to do with a shady law enforcement conspiracy theory. It is a distraction and only gets us farther from the truth.

No comment will be approved that suggests otherwise.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Domino's Weirdness


So the more I think about the call to Domino's the night Maura had her breakdown at work, the more I grow concerned. Here's why.

- According to what we know, Domino's probably closed at 3 a.m. that night and yet Maura is calling at 3:40 a.m. She speaks to someone for two minutes.

- A few months prior, Maura got caught using a stolen credit card number to order food from several local pizza joints. This SAME Domino's was one of those restaurants. According to police reports, the managers of this Domino's know about this. At this time she is on thin ice - a judge has told her that her larceny record will be expunged if she stays out of trouble for six months. And yet we're to believe she called Domino's to order food? Why on earth would she go back to a restaurant she stole from?

- We still don't know HOW Maura got that stolen credit card number. She told the police it was on a receipt she found in the trash but the detective were able to quickly prove that was not true. What if she wasn't the person who stole the number in the first place? What if someone at Domino's took a credit card order, kept the number and passed it to Maura? That at least would explain why she would feel comfortable calling Domino's again after all this.

* We still have not located an employee of the Amherst Domino's from 2004.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fred Murray Points Finger at Local Police in New Video


The new video of Fred Murray is up at Unsolved.com It is not an interview, but a recap of the case by Fred. It's interesting to see how close he comes to naming a policeman as a suspect in his daughter's disappearance -- a recent theory that has taken on some popularity lately, but is completely without merit.

What do you think? He's still lying about Maura's history at West Point and UMass. It would be interesting for a genuine reporter to ask Fred and friends some real questions one day.