In light of the new info regarding phone calls the day of Maura's disappearance, I revisited my early interviews with Kate Markopoulos.
Kate told me that she first learned that Maura was missing when Fred called her. "I thought he was joking at first," she said. The earliest this could have happened is around 6 p.m. the day after Maura vanished, according to Fred's phone records.
But as Billy's phone records show, Bill knew Maura was not in her dorm room - and was unreachable - about 36 hours before this. In fact, he called Kate to find out where she was. Billy didn't get through to Kate until about 6:30 on Tuesday -- around the same time Kate must have spoken to Fred.
In our first interview, Kate said: "I don't think Maura fell off the face of the Earth. Maybe she was trying to do that but then something else happened."
Still, it's hard to buy that Kate didn't notice Maura was gone until late Tuesday. And she blatantly lies about other things in this interview: she claims Hoss and Maura were not close, as far as she knew, she claims everything was kosher with Bill and Maura's relationship, etc. So I just can't tell what is earnest and what is clever.
Kate also talked about how the cops were mad at her for not remembering anyone at the party (which she said was in Sara's dorm, while other people have said it was off-campus). The cops were really mad with her about that. Which tells me something else... it tells me Sara was likely not talking either. The police had no idea who was at that party other than Sara and Kate.