Thursday, March 31, 2016

Why I Took the Tim Carpenter Post Down

After speaking to family members of Tim Carpenter, I decided to remove the previous post. Tim was married to Kathleen Murray at the time of Maura's disappearance. I had links to a couple WickedLocal articles related to criminal charges Tim faced in Massachusetts.

However, after looking into these charges I have found that one charge was thrown out after the alleged victim recanted and the domestic dispute involved a fight with his girlfriend's brother and is a little more nuanced than the article let on.

I don't suspect Tim had anything to do with Maura's disappearance. However, I also don't think she was the victim of a crime.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The State of the Case

Two months to go before True Crime Addict is released! The traffic to this blog is picking up every day, and there are a lot of new readers. I feel the need at this time to address a couple concerns that keep popping up.

1. My thoughts on Fred
At this time, I do not believe Fred had anything to do with Maura's disappearance that night. I don't think he knows where she is. I suspect, however, he knows why she went to New Hampshire. And he certainly has information from the last few days Maura was in UMass that I believe could be helpful.

2. Rathburn
Yes, I know about the guy who claims he saw some funny stuff at a lake near Warren, NH not long after Maura went missing - red liquid in a barrel, a red truck, a strange man...  No, I don't believe it has anything to do with this case. He may have seen what he believes he saw, but it was misinterpreted. I won't be discussing it further on this blog.

I know it's frustrating to wait so long to see your comments posted. Unfortunately, I have to approve every comment for publication. You don't have to agree with me to get your comment approved but you do have to be civil. There has been a significant increase in trolling and threats lately, too. I will not approve any comment that identifies an uncharged suspect or any comment that is threatening, vulgar, or plain mean.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fred Changes Story About the $4,000, Again.

A quick recap: Just before Maura disappeared, someone visited 8 different ATMs in Massachusetts and withdrew $4,000 from her father Fred's bank account. Fred has gone on record, in a police report, claiming it was him.

And remember back in November, when the Murray family spokesperson said that, after Maura disappeared, the money was put back into an account that Maura could access?

Well, during last night's live discussion, that story changed again. John Wolfman Smith says that Fred recently told him only $500 went back into that shared account after Maura disappeared.

What happened to the remaining $3,500?

No version of this story makes sense. And it keeps changing.

The thing about the truth? It doesn't change. The truth is easy to remember because it happened. It's harder to remember lies.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Library Journal Gives True Crime Addict a Starred Review!

Starred reviews are rare awards for upcoming books. Happy to report today that Library Journal just gave True Crime Addict a starred review. You can read it here.

Their verdict?

An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix's Making a Murderer, and other true crime cases.