Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Maura at West Point

This week's podcast will feature another interview with Clint Harting, who recently found a cache of photographs from Maura's years at West Point.

You can view the photos here. Let me know if you find Maura in any of them. I haven't been able to spot her, yet.

If anything, these photos remind me that Maura was trained in survival skills by the US military.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Not Without Precedent


A young college student vanishes without a trace.

People believe she met with foul play.

A crazy man suggests he murdered her.

Police find her, years later, living a new life.

Woman explains she secretly squirreled away money and has been using other names and paying all her bills with cash.

She wants nothing to do with her estranged family.

Quite a story. Read more here.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New 'Missing Maura Murray' Episode is the Best Yet

This week, Lance and Tim interview University of New Hampshire Professor of Forensic Psychology, Dr. Robert Eckstein.

Dr. Eckstein discusses psycopathy and gives perhaps a better diagnosis for Maura Murray.

Check it out.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Open Question

What, to you, are the most frustrating still-unresolved questions about this case?

Perhaps we can put some of these to rest - like the Red Cross call to Billy that people erroneously believed came from Maura Murray.



Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Police Do Not Know Where Maura Is

There's been a lot of speculation in comments and other messageboards lately about whether the police might know Maura's whereabouts but are keeping it quite because she's an adult and has asked them to give her anonymity.

Once more, for the record, the police do not know where Maura is, or even if she is still alive.

I have spoken to the people who currently work the case and they have made it clear that if she comes forward, they would let the public know she is safe without revealing her location.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Missing Maura Murray Podcast, Episode 10


The new episode is up on iTunes.

This week, some prominent psychics weigh in on the mystery. Creepy stuff.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why Has Maura Murray Never Been Declared Dead?

After a person has been missing for seven years, they can be declared legally dead most states. Sometimes this can happen a lot sooner, if it's reasonable to assume they were involved in a violent crime. Maura Murray has been missing for eleven years, now. Her father, Fred, has said several times he believes she was taken by a "dirtbag."

One reason to declare someone dead is so that you can sue public entities in private court -- Fred has wanted to hold the State of New Hampshire accountable (negligent) in their search for his daughter. This would have been a good opportunity for him to force some answers. But it didn't happen.

The most common reason someone is declared dead when they are missing and no body has been found is so that their property can be divided amongst survivors in probate court. Maura likely didn't have more than a couple hundred dollars to her name -- though it is possible that Fred or another relative set up a trust for education or life insurance or something. So, dividing assets was really never an issue.

Except it kind of is.

When Maura's mother, Laurie, died (on Maura's birthday) in 2009, Laurie's estate wound up in probate court with Fred as the executor and Julie as an agent. At this point, it would have been in everyone's best interest to have Maura legally declared dead. And yet it doesn't appear that this has happened.

Why?

One reason might be so that Maura can continue to work.

If someone is declared dead, the Division of Medical Assistance and the Department of Revenue (for Mass, here) would be notified. The IRS could be notified, too. That means if Maura is alive and working, she could not file taxes or sign up for welfare or social security. All this becomes very problematic.

When a person is declared dead, family members and friends must be interviewed and provide affidavits under record about why they believe this person is deceased.

In any event, the court was required to do their due diligence to figure out if Maura was still missing when Laurie passed away. It's unclear if that took place.

(Special thanks to Boston probate attorney John Dugan)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The ATM Video

Maura Murray disappeared 11 years ago. One important piece of evidence is the video from the ATM machine where Maura supposedly emptied her bank account the day she vanished in the White Mountains. But police have never released that footage and many readers wonder why.

I recently spoke to a member of law enforcement who has seen the ATM video. I asked him if it was definitely Maura in the video. His response: "We believe it was Maura in the video."

Now, I hate to be nit-picky, but that answer is less than definitive to me. There's wiggle room. There's subjective determination in that statement, I think. How do you know for sure? How grainy was the footage?

It's a point of interest because Maura had a close friend and a sister who looked similar to her.

It likely was Maura, though. After all, she needed her personal pin to access the account. There probably is no mystery here.

But if there is no question about it, in the minds of investigators, why not release this footage?


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Catch-22

I've done a couple interviews lately and some people have pointed out the Catch-22 that has entangled itself around this blog and book. Namely, if I truly believe that Maura ran away from her family, why am I doing their work for them and tracking her down?

I have a few answers to this, none of which are particularly decent.

1. I simply have to know at this point. It's a solution to a difficult mystery.
2. I want to know what Maura Murray would tell us about Fred and family.
3. I want to prove she's alive but I will happily keep her location secret in exchange for that knowledge. Which is another way of saying, give me what I want and I'll go away.

So. Is it a worthy pursuit?

Why do you search for Maura Murray?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Could the Londonderry Ping Have Come From a Rental Agent?

I'm still thinking about this "ping" thing. On the day she disappeared, it appears that someone called Maura Murray's phone from the area of Londonderry, NH.

I wonder if it's possible the person who made this call was the person who rented a property to Maura that night. If you recall, Maura was trying to track down a rental property in the White Mountains for that night -- she had called the Salamons trying to rent their two-bedroom condo but they could not arrange it for her at that time.

Maybe she (or the tandem driver) was able to leave a message with a renter and the ping was them calling her back. That person was not close to the White Mountains but may have had a listed number for the property Maura wanted. They could have called Maura and told her where to pick up the keys.

So...

I wonder if there is still record of rental places along Rt. 112 in which the listed contact lived in Londonderry.

First one to track it down gets 100 master class points.

A Quick Reminder About My Comment Policy

This site is getting a lot of attention again, thanks to the podcast and the upcoming release of the book. Because of this, many people want to comment and weigh in on the clues of the case. That's great. I think we get closer to the truth the more we discuss this case.

However, due to a few persistent trolls, I must monitor and approve every comment before it posts. I try to do this in three batches during the day. So if you post, your comment will eventually appear (sometimes rather quickly, sometimes not).

The following kinds of comments may not be approved:

- Any comment naming uncharged suspects which imply they did it.
- Any comment including a phone number or address of a subject or suspect
- Any comment that suggests a police officer murdered Maura (that simply didn't happen)
- Any comment that is needlessly cruel or mean

Other than that, let's talk shop!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Missing Maura Murray Podcast, Episode 9

The new episode is up.

This week, Lance and Tim invited me back on to discuss further details about the case.

We also get into the strange posts by someone claiming to be Vester Lee Flanagan. No one has figured out exactly what happened with that, yet. It's possible the account was Flanagan's and someone hacked it after he murdered two journalists. It's also possible it was an online troll, like Alden Olson, who only pretended to be Flanagan.

As always, this case is just damn strange.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

*** UPDATED *** Did Alden Olson's videos inspire Vester Lee Flanagan?



*** UPDATE ***

It appears the Google profile purporting to be Vester Lee Flanagan was either hacked today or it was a troll who switched his profile after the shootings last week to make it appear that he was Flanagan.

Everybody lies.

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For years, I have been trying to motivate Massachusetts D.A. Steve Gagne to do something about Alden Olson, the man who continues to taunt the Murray family with YouTube videos suggesting that he killed her in 2004. Olson posted video of my son on YouTube and has threatened me directly. Gagne knew Olson had a history of threatening violence in Mass -- Olson threatened to murder members of his own family a few years ago in Chatham.

But Gagne would not press charges. Olson had deleted the YouTube video of my son (though Gagne could easily have retrieved it from the service). When I asked him what would happen if he did nothing, and Olson showed up on my doorstep with a gun, he sarcastically told me that then they would have a pretty good case. He suggested Olson was harmless. Now we know that isn't true.

Take a look at this screen shot from Olson's famous "Anniversary" video, the first video he used to taunt investigators and suggest he killed Maura Murray. One of the top comments is from Vester Lee Flanagan, the man who murdered news reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward on live TV last week.

Flanagan filmed the murders and uploaded it to the Internet to taunt the world before committing suicide.

I wonder where he got that idea?