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.