Friday, April 15, 2016

Confirmed: The Book Has a Secret Epilogue


We're about five weeks away from the release of True Crime Addict and things are heating up a bit, after Library Journal called it "An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix’s Making a Murderer​, and other true crime cases."

A few advance copies leaked out recently, resulting in some very early reviews over on Goodreads. Going forward, I will not post any spoilers on this blog until May 24, when it is released to the general public.

I will say this: the advance copies did not include the 10-page Epilogue. That has been under lock and key and was only just added. What's so important about the Epilogue? It likely reveals why Maura Murray ran away.

More soon.

62 comments:

  1. Holy. Shit. ICANTWAITFORTHISBOOK!!!!

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  2. "It likely reveals why Maura Murray ran away."

    LIKELY........??

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    1. Kind of like.. You'll be "likely" to be the first one to bash this book, yet take the info and use it as your own. "IMO"

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    2. Kristin Shortt - you win comment of the day with this ;)
      Where's that "like" button again????

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  3. Looking more forward than ever now to receiving my book!

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  4. I looked for the "like" button.

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  5. It's so funny you would mention that review. I *just* looked at my Amazon orders and your page five minutes ago, and thought 'Wow, Library Journal. That's a big time review.' Pretty sharp, there.

    You should be proud of yourself.

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    1. "I'm very proud of ya." - Frank Rizzo

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  6. Taking my copy to the beach with me! Can't wait! I bet it will be one I return to often!

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  7. I always got the vibe that James knows Maura is alive somewhere; to stack all your chips and reputation on the tandem driver/new life theory leads me to assume you know she's alive. I bet your PI's have uncovered some facts we just aren't privy to.

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  8. Gonna be my fathersday gift, told my wife last year. Hoping to be hooked Renner!

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  9. Really ready to get my hands on this book

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  10. I support everything you do, Renner, and I am definitely purchasing the book as soon as it's released. I am surprised, though, that Maura's family isn't making guest appearances on all the blogs to try to explain the true details (timing, an and all) of her disappearance. If my child were missing I would do anything to get answers, even if they are not what I want to hear. It should just be the truth!

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  11. I am so excited! Waiting years for this moment!!

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  12. IS this a book that is only on amazon, or will it be available via book store chains?

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    1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!Wishing you the best. You deserve it.I cant wait to read!!!!
      Adriana Lesemann

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    2. Congratulations,and wishing you the best.You deserve it.I cant wait to read!!

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  13. I take it you've received newish info to believe Maura ran away and wasn't killed. Because it wasn't that long ago when you were convinced she is dead.

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    1. Months ago I believed Maura was dead. It takes good investigation to change my mind. James has changed mine. I cannot wait for delivery of my order. I hope I can set aside a couple of days and devour it.

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  14. James, I simply cannot wait!!! I don't know why people have given you a hard time. I respect and admire your perseverance in the face of all obstacles and for trying to find some answers. I am obsessed with this case because it's one of those that is so mysterious. I keep turning it over and over trying to analyze the clues. I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR YOUR BOOK!!!!! :) :)

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  15. "What's so important about the Epilogue? It likely reveals why Maura Murray ran away." In this kind of situation, "likely" is much less of an escape hatch word than it might sound. If you have a credible source, who's prepared to speak "on the record", great. Otherwise, I think that public reaction will be massively underwhelming. We've seen 12 years of speculation. More speculation, even reasonable speculation, isn't going to win anyone any points now.

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    1. There can be nothing but intelligent speculation in this case. With all due respect, if you think otherwise, you should have contacted the author long ago.

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    2. So when are you writing YOUR book?

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  16. Congradulations, Mr. Renner. I'm very much looking forward to reading your book.

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  17. Condratulations, Mr. Renner. I'm very much looking forward to reading your book.

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  18. Does the reason why Maura ran away have something to do with the story that Sara Alfieri told Fred?

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  19. Maura e-mailed Billy at 1 pm on Monday, saying "Hey Stud, honestly, I really don't feel like talking to anyone right now, but I promise to call you later today."
    *Then at 2:18, Maura called Billy for 1 min, which happened to be at the exact time, Billy was trying to call Kate.
    Why would Maura e-mail Billy, she doesn't feel like talking to anyone but then call him 1 hr and 18 minutes later for 1 min.
    How did she know Billy wouldn't answer? Is it because she was with Kate?
    James said Kate told him, that Maura and Hoss weren't close. But Hoss said they dated for part of the summer of 03 and that some of Maura's fellow track members encouraged the relationship. Surely, Kate was one of them, since her and Maura were Best Friends.
    Hoss also said that Maura just fell off the face of the earth. She stopped answering his calls and e-mails. When they got back to school for the Fall 2003 semester, Maura told him that she had gotten back together with Billy. (Is this a pattern, for Maura? When she can't break a relationship off, she disappears and stops talking to them with no explanation? Maura wasn't taking Billy's calls on Sunday or Monday
    Just like she had stopped taking Hoss's calls)
    Hoss told James, that he was trying to help Maura get away from Billy. When was this?
    Could Hoss of helped Maura run away?
    Kate told James that as far as she knew Billy and Maura's relationship was good. Its hard to believe that Kate didn't know about Maura's relationship troubles. But what do we expect, Fred, Sharon, and Billy made it out to the public, that there relationship was Grrreat..
    IMO- it seems something is being hidden about the true nature of Billy and Maura's relationship? But what is it and why hide it?
    Was Maura running from Billy?
    All Billy's calls and some to people he hadn't spoke with in a long time, the persuasivness that there was no troubles in there relationship, Sharon doing all the talking instead of Billy, the note Maura left on top of her boxes from Billy about his cheating, not taking his calls..
    Kathleen said"She didn't think Maura was happy with Billy."
    Could Maura of thought, there was no way to get away from Billy, except to run away?

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    1. I think you're on the right track, but Hoss is probably innocent. I think he told James that Maura spoke of running away, & maybe to Mexico.
      Billy knows something for sure, he made sooo many calls those few days surrounding her disappearance.
      I'm confused why she'd dodge him but then write him an email "love ya stud"...
      I'm thinking there was a new man in her life. Question is, did he kill her, or did he help her get away?

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    2. We are told that since Maura was rather new at UMASS, that Kate was her best friend because of the common interest in track. Sara was a seperate friend because of the art gallery job they both shared. Did she know other people at UMASS? Of course she did. It is rather hard to believe that Maura being an attractive young woman in a long distance relationship, wouldn't have guys at the school pursuing her. Did Hoss have a relationship with her? I for one am not sure. Is the only evidence what Hoss says? Where are Maura's phone records before Billy's mother got her a new phone and put her on their plan? Who was she calling on that phone?

      As far as Billy goes. And I want go add one thing here to preface the following. It is quite possible that Maura was upset with Billy, wanted out of the relationship and or was pregnant. In my opinion it seems to me that Maura was keeping Billy in the dark. I think some of her actions lead in that direction. What can we learn from Maura's actions regarding Billy?

      Well let's start off on Thursday night. She talks with her sister at around ten pm. Talks with Billy at midnight. Gets observed upset by someone sometime after that call to Billy. That someone tells her boss Karen and she goes to see Maura. Maura utters "her sister" as to why she is upset according to Karen. What can be deduced from this? Well if it was the call to her sister at ten that got Maura upset, then Billy should know all about it because he talked with her at midnight. It she wasn't upset at midnight , then it was either the call with Billy or something happened in between that call and the time someone observed her crying. Some have tried to fit the Vasi hit and run into this time frame. But I personally don't think she would have had the time to do it and get back without anyone noticing. In any event, I think the logical thing here is that what ever was said between Maura and Billy is what got her upset. As far as I know, and please correct me if I am wrong, but I don't recall Billy or his mother ever acknowledging that call. Sharon makes it a point in many interviews that she is the one in control of the phone records. She had to know about that call. Her poor sister has to feel bad that HER phone call was the one that got Maura upset. Why didn't Billy let it be known that her talked with Maura later that night and nothing seemed wrong then? Fact is we don't have any clue as to that conversation was about because Billy hasn't said.
      If Maura is upset with Billy on Thursday/Friday then she must have gotten over it by Sunday. Maura not only calls Billy after she wrecks Fred's new car but she has no problem calling him very early in the morning. However what was said in that phone call is never really explaned either. Other then Billy calms her down. Here is where Billy's recollection of this call intersects with what happened between Fred and Maura in the hotel room. Billy can either back Fred up with his claim that according to him, it wasn't a big deal. Does Billy do that? Not to my knowledge he doesn't.
      Maura makes no direct contact with Billy after this call except for a email. By the time Maura sends the email to Billy she has already made up her mind to leave UMASS. Yet no mention of this in the email. What she does however is put a old email about Billy cheating right on top of her things. What to make of that? Well maybe Billy can tell us.

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  20. I have been reading a great deal on cadaver and scent dogs. My interest surfaced after paying close attention to the dogs used on the Madeleine MacCain disappearance. Training these dog i not easy or cheap. There are a very few cadaver dogs that are one hundred percent accurate. However there are a few as were the two dogs used for the MacCain case. I wonder why a good cadaver dog was never brought into the wooded areas where Maura could have perished.

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    1. They brought in a dog to track her from the vehicle, and it followed 100 yards up the road and lost the scent. To my knowledge, no cadaver dogs were brought in but I believe it would now be too late for that.

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    2. For what I have been reading it wouldn't be too late. If anything remains at all which probably does regardless of how small.

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    3. Cadaver dogs can find bodies hundreds of years old.

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    4. Yes, they can. Most cadaver dog handlers are volunteers. I wonder why the police or the family never requested one.

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    5. This is really bothering me now.

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  21. Whenever I reflect on Maura’s case, I am reminded of an anecdotal story I heard before about the lion and his prey. People are always saying that you can’t just disappear for logistical reasons with today being an online society. First of all, that’s not true in and of itself. But even if it were extremely difficult to do, it can be done if the motivation is there. That’s where the story comes in.

    The lion is a powerful and fast beast, reaching speeds between 36 and 50 mph. And one day a lioness is prowling around the African Savanna looking or her supper when she spots an African Savanna hare. It’s not very big, but it will do for now. The African Savanna hare certainly has nothing on the lioness in terms of strength and size, or even speed. The hare averages about 27 mph and tops out at 43. Should be an easy catch. So the lioness makes her move and a chase ensues. Both animals are running as fast as they can, as fast as they want to in that given moment. Eventually the chase leads to the edge of the tree line where the hare disappears through the thick African brush and the lioness, giving up, stops short of entering the trees before returning back to the open plains to find something else. There was a group of tourists who were on a safari and they watched with excitement as the whole scene unfolded. In one of the jeeps little Johnny watched with great anticipation, hoping to see his favorite animal, the lion, win this age old battle in the cycle of life. So he was very disappointed when he saw the hare outrun the lioness. Very disturbed because it contradicted the laws of nature he had so studiously read about in all his books on his favorite animal, Johnny turned to his tour guide and exclaimed: “Why did that happen? That’s not supposed to happen! The lion is faster!” and the tour guide replied “Well the lion was running for his dinner. But the hare was running for her life.”

    A little verbose, I know, but hopefully the readers get the application 

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  22. I tend to be impatient waiting for my orders, so I am placing my Amazon order for your book the first week in May. I can't wait to read it from cover to cover. After reading the "Shut the Front Door" post, my curious nature about this case is at a high point.

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  23. On NamUs,there was an unidentified (white) female found on 3-22-16 in Lorain, OH.
    Probable year of death is between 1996-2014.
    Estimated age: adult to pre-30
    Min age: 16. Max age: 36
    Even though, I think Maura ran away, I think they should run Maura's DNA against the unidentified remains. Billy was from Ohio and most likely Maura had been to Ohio several times.

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    1. Like a really good idea. I wonder why that hasn't happened? I wonder if family has to request that or something?

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    2. I just read about this, and it could be ruled out (or in) pretty easily by the family by a simple detail. The woman they found had long, artificial acrylic nails, french manicured with daisies and sequins on them. Granted I never knew her personally, but from what we do know about her, athletics, and her general appearance, I have a strong suspicion Maura wouldn't be the type to be getting fake sequin acrylics. Designs like that are jokingly referred to as "stripper nails". But I'm sure her friends/family would know if she was the nail salon type or not, especially since acrylics need to be maintained and filled a couple times a month.

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  24. One thing I rarely hear analyzed is the fact that wine was spilled around Maura's car. The main detective on the case (no retired) stated this. This fact always bothered me because how many people, even if they are drinking and driving, spill wine all over the car? The spilt wine makes me wonder if the scene was staged to show the driver of the car had been drinking. That would lean towards a faked suicide, as far as I'm concerned.

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    1. The rag in the tailpipe kind of fits that theory as well.

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    2. "...(now retired)" I meant to say!

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    3. I think the spilled wine is considered to be either from the box of wine that was left in the car, or from the beverage bottle found by the on scene officer after the car had been towed away. I am not sure if it is publicly known if the box of wine was opened, damaged or both in the car accident. I am also not sure how much wine was spilled or splashed about the car. Maybe someone on this blog who has seen the car in person, can chime in and give us some details about the actual staining on the interior. I do think that Maura was drinking wine mixed with soda during her trip north. As evidenced by the soda bottle found on the scene. But I don't think that she drunk. Maybe "buzzed" would be a more apt term. Was the drinking the reason for the accident? Maybe, but it could also be a deer that jumped out in front of her car, she was trying to tune the radio, fiddling with the cell phone or any number of reasons that we can only ponder. In any event, she had enough piece of mind to have a conversation with Butch Atwood, decline help from him, contemplate a course of action, lock the car and leave the scene. It is generally accepted that Maura ran from the scene because a fear of a DUI. But that is just speculation. By my own account, she had a open container with alcohol, which if caught with it would have gotten her into some trouble with the law. But it isn't like she didn't have time to get rid of it before the police arrived. She could explain the odor of alcohol in the car by the damaged box of wine. I think that the drinking was part of the reason to leave the scene. The other part, in my opinion, is that she didn't want to face her father.
      I think it is unlikely that the car accident was staged. Let's face it, if you where going to stage such a accident, would you do it right in front of people's homes? Endless Maura had ESP, she would have no way of knowing who would be watching, who would be driving by as witnesses or if anyone would come to help. In my opinion, you can discount the staging simply because there where too many things that can't be controlled. Think about this, what if Butch would have parked his bus and stayed with her until the police came? What would Maura have done then?

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    4. Alcohol goes everywhere if you crash. I've seen people putting back a cold one on their way home in rush hour traffic many times.

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    5. said it before, but, when police find opened containers of alcohol, they pour it right onto the ground beside the car.

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    6. According to family sources, Maura only drank and purchased wine out of a box (Franzia Wine) and it could be assumed that she had already opened the bag in the box. Perhaps, the bag had been removed from the box or wasn't secure (nozzle on the end of the bag) and that would explain why the wine sprayed all over her car. I would think driving and dealing with boxed wine would be somewhat difficult. I am not a big drinker myself, but that would be my guess on how wine splashed around in her car

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  25. I'm assuming the wine was spilled during the crash.

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  26. I know I'm late to the game with my comments and that the book has already been written, BUT...I having had more time on my hands recently I have put a lot more time into reading the details of this case and something else occurred to me. Let's say Maura did have another boyfriend, and she was indeed pregnant by him. Isn't it true that the most common cause of death for pregnant women is murder by their husband/spouse/boyfriend? Is it possible that she told her secret unnamed new beau--who she was cheating on her official boyfriend with--that she was pregnant...he agrees to meet up with her, but not wanting the responsibility, he murders her?

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    1. GREAT point. I've asked before if anyone knew who this new "person" in MM's life was, that Kathleen mentioned. I've never been answered.

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  27. I sort of assumed that she was probably drinking as she drove, and the impact of the Collision caused the wine to spill.

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  28. I thought it was because of the force of the accident?

    I am inclined to believe the tandem driver theory because of the missing alcohol. She grabbed the intact bottles and went with whoever was driving behind her.

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  29. Some new theories I've been tossing around:

    1. Kate said she found out about Maura's disappearance on Sat at her track meet, but phone records (she spoke to Billy) suggest that she found out before. Also, there was supposedly footage of Kate with another friend and Maura on the way to where Maura went missing. Kate disappeared around the time Maura went missing. In early interviews, Kate (to me) appeared disingenuous…like she knew something.

    Could Kate be involved in something bad that happened to Maura? Kate is now MIA and not answering questions. I can think of various motives, but might it have something to do with the “orgy” (was Maura raped?) or WHO she might have been pregnant by? (Someone Kate was aligned with who didn't want a baby? Maybe Kate helped this person?). It would be important to understand if KM had a motive.

    2. The above clues about Kate could be read differently. Was Kate involved in helping Maura disappear to start a new life? However, thinking about my mindset when I was that age…I selfishly wouldn’t want to help a friend start a new life because it would mean I’d lose the friend. Also, it would be hard to maintain the code of silence this many years later.

    3. Some trip was taken, either as a fun girls’ getaway or because Maura was upset. There were tandem drivers or drivers (friends or boyfriend) traveling separately to a planned meeting spot. An unexpected accident happened, and Maura was picked up by an off-duty police officer still using his patrol car (the “first police car” on the scene).

    Why did she accept help so quickly when she had turned Mr. Atwood away? She might trust a police officer. OR, he said, “It looks like you’ve been drinking. Please come with me.” What choice would she have? Fear of the police might have kept the neighbors quiet...or maybe it happened so quickly they didn't see anything.

    4. The unexpected accident happened, except the person who arrived on the scene threatened Maura with a gun. He got lucky and wasn’t spotted by the neighbors…or the neighbors did see something but are afraid to say it because they know who he is and it’s a small town. Maybe this was someone who had spotted and followed Maura or just someone scary who kept a gun with him.

    5. The above happened, but Maura was offered a ride by a COUPLE…she would likely trust a man with a women…and they killed her. This has happened before.

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  30. There could be truth in some of these theories. But they are completely based on pure speculation.

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  31. In James's interview with Karen Mayotte, she said,"i think Around 10:30-10:40, I got down to the supervisiors area and I checked in with the supervisors there. One of them said, Something's up with Maura. She had been crying.
    I went to see what was up."
    Did Maura have the breakdown around 10:30 pm or 1 AM?
    Karen originally says that it was around 10:30-10:40 and not around 1 AM? When does she recall that Maura's breakdown was around 1AM and not 10:30 ish?
    Maura spoke with Kathleen at 10:10 for 28 minutes. That puts them getting off the phone with one another around 10:38. Which is around the same time Karen originally had said she heard about Maura being upset and crying.
    What would it mean if Maura's breakdown was around 10:30-10:40?
    1. Her breakdown occurred shortly after getting off the phone with Kathleen. Could this be why Maura uttered "My Sister."?
    2. Maura wouldn't of been at work when Petrit Vasi was hit.
    IMO- witnesses Original statements and comments are the closest to the truth. Its closest to the time of the incident.
    Maura knew a lot more people than its known. Sharon said" Duke University basketball coach, Mike K. Donated an undisclosed amount to the award fund." She said, Maura met him over the holidays in Madison Square Gardens. Mikes daughter is friends with Maura and Billy.
    Perhaps. Digging deeper into who Maura knew, could lead to new information.

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  32. I've always thought that Maura ran away and stole the $4000 from Fred.
    But the more I read about Kate and Sara, the more I wonder about them. If my roommate from college went missing, I think I would at least follow it on flipping Facebook. What are they hiding?!

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