Monday, May 23, 2016

Hoss: "Maura felt she couldn't get away from Bill Rausch"


A little recap: Last week, we learned about a cabin owned by the Outing Club at UMass, which could have been Maura Murray's destination the night she disappeared. The cabin was known to family and police for years (though they never mentioned it publicly on forums as a lead). Lance & Tim from the Missing Maura Murray podcast were told the prosecutors in the case have never found evidence to suggest Maura was at the cabin in February, 2004. But what wasn't known until last week was that Hossein Baghdadi was active in the Outing Club and knew about the cabin. "Hoss" had an affair with Maura in 2003.

When I interviewed Hoss years ago, he told me a few interesting things about Maura. She never once mentioned her father, he said. And she sometimes fantasized about disappearing and starting a new life. "I wish I could disappear" she told him. He always thought she'd choose Mexico.

In light of this new info, I've gone back to my notes on that interview. A few more things are worth mentioning.

According to Hoss, Bill Rausch was very controlling and Maura wanted to get away from him. "There were hints that he got physical with her," he told me. "She felt she couldn't get away from him. He wanted her to be in certain places at certain times. He'd check up on her. He was very demanding."

Hoss is not the only one who told me Bill could be physical with the women in his life.

I've left messages for Hoss. He has not returned my calls or emails.

I will tell you this much, after speaking to Hoss, I think he was the only one who was totally honest with me in my years of research.

37 comments:

  1. Ancientexplorer1989May 23, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    always end back up in the realm of the 'more questions than answers'. 2016 could still be the year.

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  2. Ancientexplorer1989May 23, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    I had a pretty outrageous theory that didn't last long in my mind regarding that she may have run away purposefully through a network that has been dubbed the 'underground railroad' for abused women. i can't remember where i learned of this clandestine organization, but I think i watched something regarding it at one time where they had one of the formerly abused women that helped start and/or run the organization talk about it while said woman's image was obscured by darkness. basically, there are people out there that women can contact when they're concerned for their wellbeing due to abuse from their boyfriends/husbands/etc etc and they will help one disappear and provide one with brand new papers and identity including an SSN card, passport, ID, etc for women to escape when they're in fear for their wellbeing. it's definitely far out, but hey.... we've heard crazier theories.

    this new information brings to light a very small shred of hope that it's exactly what she did *somehow* and is on a beach with a cocktail with a little umbrella in it, unaware or not caring whatsoever that all of us are here theorizing and looking for answers every day. imagine that.

    once again, i can't subscribe to it because of how far-out it is, but it's something to think about and hope for. viva la mexico i guess.

    she could be out there... just takes some hair dye and staying out of trouble...

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    1. You're going to want to read the Epilogue.

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    2. I can confirm that such organizations exist and will help you as little or as much as you want. They leave it totally up to the woman since she is used to being controlled and manipulated and threatened. If they use persuasive tactics she will most likely run from them too. They are not advertised for obvious reasons and they can only be found by referrals, often but not always stemming from victim advocates that are assigned due to DV charges. The places where victims gather for support and or help/action vary from town to town and often from week to week to avoid detection from their abusers. In fact, I would encourage everyone to take simple items like toiletries and drop them off at your local police station, community college, or city hall and tell them it is for the battered woman's organization in your area. Where I live it is called Genesis house. You would be surprised what some shampoo and a razor or diapers for her kids means to a woman who left with nothing but the stuff on her back just to save her life.

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    3. House of Ruth is another one...

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    4. Ancientexplorer1989May 23, 2016 at 1:23 PM

      "You're going to want to read the Epilogue." - oh man!!! excited.

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    5. It would take a mentally ill person to continue to hide 10 years later when everyone except family has moved on and are all happy.

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    6. Why does her family say her problems with Billy were resolved to their knowledge? If she could've hidden that, they likely don't know her at all.

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    7. I don't really understand why Maura would require the services of such an organisation. She didn't even live in the same state as Bill. She had her own life already. Could she not have just told him about her affairs and he would have broken up with her?

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    8. Abusive relationships are not neat and clean guys. Abusers often have God complexes and don't recognize any authority besides their own and they don't care for rules or boundaries. Restraining order are just pieces of paper and miles don't matter especially when you are dealing with someone who has influence. My ex husbands attorney was a congressman. I foolishly thought that meant I could reach out to him for help. Let's just say he reminded me of who his client was and it wasn't me . When I finally left it was in the middle of the night ask I had a 1 year old, a 2 year old and I was pregnant with a 3rd. My body wasn't mine, nothing was. Police officers helped me leave and still I had to deal with him in one way or another. He moved in 2 doors down from me, put a GPS on 3 of my cars and to date has taken me to court for dozens of superfluous motions, continuing his abuse financially and his attempts to control my life. And that's just the stuff I feel comfortable sharing anonymously. My house is locked down like Fort Knox because of him and I am always looking over my shoulder. So no....just breaking up amicably is hardly ever a solution in abusive relationships. Those of us who "make it out" still neve really do. The only way completely out is to runaway or leave in a body bag. Sad ugly truth about what's out there that no one talks enough about.

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    9. I am so sorry that you're living like that. I'm a grassroots social worker by trade (and education) and women like you make me proud to keep fighting the good fight. I wish you peace.

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    10. Thank you very much. But I still consider myself one of the lucky ones :)

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  3. One of things stopping me from subscribing to the runaway theory is the crash.Why stage it in front of witnesses? Air bag deployment? I suppose it could be that the crash was not staged and was coincidental to her plan of disappearing.

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    1. I don't believe the crash was staged. But it complicated plans.

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    2. If you believe she is alive, a second car would've had to be CLOSE for the driver to have vanished quickly. Without the crash, and if she were running away, was she just going to leave her car somewhere? Was the second car occupants going to drive it somewhere for her? Or was she going to drive it across the border and dispose of it, plate-less, there?

      do you think, post-crash, SHE put the rag in the piper? Or did a person who picked her up for ulterior motives?

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    3. Easton City LimitsMay 24, 2016 at 4:04 AM

      Hello Tim
      are You a local to the area.

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  4. I don't believe it was staged at all. I think it's put a wrench in her plan to get away unnoticed for a longer period of time than she got once the accident happened. Had it not, she would have had more time, maybe upwards of a week or so, before anyone REALLY thought anything of her not contacting them. Honestly I think it just derailed a "quiet" departure. With the book coming out tomorrow and James commenting "You're going to want to read the Epilogue" ... we should all probably prepare ourselves for an open mind for this epilogue and a possibility that she very well may have ran from her life. And probably for good reason... we'll see. Hiding myself in the office tomorrow - major MAJOR self control not to start with the Epilogue.

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  5. There should be lots of easier ways to get away from someone who is already over a thousand miles away and committed to military service. I'm not questioning (or accepting) Hossein's candor, but his words have to be taken in context. He was engaged in an affair with a girl who was engaged to someone else. Even if it's only at an unconscious level, she's going to be eager to offer excuses for her infidelity, and her lover is going to be eager to believe them.

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    1. She wasn't engaged.

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  6. Since there was no phone reception, the car that picked her up would've had to be super close. Such a short amount of time. An eternity for the person waiting, but short in reality. Huge part of me wonder if a cop (s) HELPED her escape. A desperate woman who crashed her car, found by a cop, would have been persuasive. Didn't you say a cop form NH SAY billy was the culprit of her problems?

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  7. do you think zhat hoss helped her to get the cabin or not?

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  8. $4000 & 52 phone calls. ?????????

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    1. and smack dab in the middle of the 52callFrenzy - he calls his fmr WPoint Professor. ...just to chat.

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  9. It doesn't surprise me that Billy was controlling. This only reinforces the fact that Fred was controlling as well since so often women from possessive families gravitate (subconsciously) to possessive men since that's all they know. Add in her multiple accidents, excessive drinking, expulsion from West Point, petty theft...this is someone who was rebelling in the only ways she knew how. Could she have pulled off the ultimate rebellion in escaping that life? I think she wanted to...but I don't think she made it.

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  10. If in fact this is the case, she might benefit from an attorney to help with media and law enforcement in the unlikely event she is found.

    My only concern with this theory is that she was on one side of the country, while Bill is on the other side. What would be the rush for her to get away?

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    1. My thinking is *that* call that put her in such a state was what hastened her to leave so quickly. Like a final straw type scenario. That printed email of Bill's she left on top of boxes was, in my opinion, definitely meant as a blow to Bill.

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    2. The excessive amount of phone calls from Billy maybe? Didn't she continue to check her voicemail throughout the day too? Maybe she was trying to see who was checking on her? Just some thoughts.

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    3. Maybe the phone call she got was from someone telling her that Billy had learned that she was pregnant, if indeed she was, and it threw her into a panic and she knew that she had to get away as quickly as possible.

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  11. OM-F-G, it's here!!!! I have literally viewed your blog from day one (posting under two separate names). I can't believe this day has arrived.

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  12. Where can we get the audio book?

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    1. Audible has it available, via Amazon.

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  13. If she hadn't broken up with him outright it seems likely she'd have seen him again at some point. If he'd sensed her pulling away he may have wanted to see her sooner rather than later (regardless of whether or not he was controlling). Perhaps that's what the flurry of phone calls was about--him coming to MA. And maybe she felt pressure from her family & from Billy's (either directly from them, or pressure she put on herself to do what she thought would please everyone) about an impending engagement.

    The above assumes that the hearsay from Hoss is true. It's always possible it's not.

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  14. I was always on the fence between accidental death in the woods or suicide. Now, not so much.

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  15. Fleeing from an abuser with the help of an organization has long been my theory, and learning about these experiences other women had with Billy just makes me believe it more. If these stories from coworkers are true, there is no way he didn't exhibit similar or worse behavior with his own girlfriend. My only question is this- are many other women who use such organizations considered "missing" with people searching for them? Is this case just more curious because of the accident?What typically happens in the wake of women using these services?

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    1. Curiouser and Curiouser, GREAT question! Part of me wonders if these organizations really exist. Falsifying documents is highly illegal...it could probably even be classed as trafficking, even if the recipients agree to it. I'm not saying that they DON'T exist, just that they seem highly illegals and I haven't heard of them before (only safe houses). And yes, would the women who utilize the services be considered "missing persons"?... I'm curious indeed!

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  16. Adults are allowed to disappear . It is the accident that changed things. It made it appear as if she was endangered.

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  17. 'ya know what else is interesting? listen (again) to Tim&Lance's Ep.12 podcast. 13:56 "Maura decided she didn't want to be at WP, her theft of make up, her "conditions" for leaving, had to secure & full scholarship & be near Billy. HER conditions??? hmmmmmm didn't realize she was negotiating a deal? sound fishy?

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