Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Podcast Episode Explores Criminology and the UMass Cabin


Fascinating new episode of the Missing Maura Maura podcast, this week. Lance & Tim talk to Professor David Wilson and Elizabeth Yardley of Birmingham City University, in England, criminologists who have some fresh ideas about armchair sleuths and Maura's case in particular.

They also spend a little time talking about the Outing Club cabin.

Turns out Lance and Tim found out about this cabin a few weeks ago, in time to ask the NH prosecutor's office about it. Listen to the podcast for the full explanation but the gist is that there is "no evidence" to support that Maura was going there. Of course, it's unknown at this time if the police knew about Hoss's connection to the club, which, in my mind, makes it exponentially more likely that Maura knew details about the cabin.


13 comments:

  1. Jeannie ProvencherMay 19, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    This was the very best pod cast yet. Wilson and Yardley are tops in their profession. I enjoyed them very much on twitter. There is a great deal that they can do to help John Smith.

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    1. Easton City LimitsMay 20, 2016 at 6:37 AM

      C'mon now Jeannie. You know better than that. I thought you told me you were done with him.

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    2. Jeannie ProvencherJune 9, 2016 at 7:50 AM

      I am done. I do not like some one trying to discredit me. He needs their professional help as crinmalology experts. He needs psychiatric counseling. He needs professional journalism training. But outside of LE, he and James Renner have complied a great deal of factual information on this cold case. Today, is the first time that I have read your comment.

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  2. Yeah I'm listening to it now and had to turn it off, I was getting annoyed at the whole "no evidence" saying they kept regurgitating. There is no evidence she was kidnapped either. No evidence she was murdered. No evidence to support that she did anything other than crash her car and not return home or contact anyone again. There is no evidence at all in this case whatsoever and that's why people are captivated by it. But if not discussing topics is decided upon the basis of a lack of evidence, well then they wouldn't have a podcast. I want to like these guys, I really do, but there is a certain naive quality about them that irks me. Strike two is they like John Smith who is a hot air balloon:(

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    1. They think they get to decide what people can and can't discuss about the case. Ugh.

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  3. My two cents, even if she was heading there, the fact that she clearly didn't make it adds to the theory that there is foul play involved. If she was running away, I doubt she'd head to a college-related cabin.

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    1. Yeah but she could've made it there, spent a couple days AND THEN something happened to her... For example, tandem driver picks her up, they have the combo to the lock box, party a couple days at the cabin and she overdoses so her companion(s) hides the body.

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  4. She clearly was looking for a place to stay and didn't seem to be having any luck. Of course there is a chance that she was going to that cabin. She certainly had enough money on her to pay for it in cash. Typically when you check in at a desk you present them with a CC but this was not your typical cabin rental. Apparently there was a key somewhere that was accessible. Either she was planning on paying or just getting in by either using the key or even breaking in. She seemed pretty resourcful so I wouldn't be surprised if she was going to use any method she could to get in. How many 21 year old girls drive 150 miles loaded with plenty of alcohol to stay alone at a cabin? That is a question that I can not answer.

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  5. I don't thing there any evidence known publicly that she was " running away".

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  6. I think the big question is, what was she doing in NH? She was headed for Vermont which would have been a straight drive from Massachusetts. I believe she was abducted in Massachusetts, not far from campus and the car ended up in NH to cause distraction. Chefsgirl, love your last sentence. He does love to hear himself talk and cause DISTRACTION.

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    1. Anon May 20, 2016 at 8:37 PM...

      My only problem with the theory that she was abducted in Ma is why drive the car two hours away to fake a crash? There are areas less than an hour away from Amherst that are out of the way and rural where this could be accomplished.

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    2. How do you know she was headed for Vermont? Where her car ended up is straight up 91 from Amherst, about 2.5 hours. Sherbrooke is just 2 hours North of where her car ended up, continuing directly north. The ease of travel is likely why Sherbrooke is discussed as a location she is residing in.

      Did 91 exist in 2004?

      DAMN, I wish I had known about this case in 2006 when I spent 3 months up there in Mass, Vermont and NH. Though actually, considering I was alone and female, it might have freaked me out lol.

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  7. When I was younger than MM I had a break and wanted to end things. The thing that makes me think she was no suicidal were the phone calls for accommodation. I think she needed time out. My gut instinct was running away and wandering onto the wrong property or succumbing to the elements and giving up.

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