Friday, September 16, 2016

Poll Shows Plurality of People Believe in Tandem Driver Theory

The poll just closed. The results are in. Over 1,000 people responded. Here's the results:

What Happened to Maura Murray?

She was abducted by a serial killer.  5%


She was picked up by a stranger who never killed before but things got out of hand and she died.  17%


She was picked up by a tandem driver (someone she trusted) who then killed her. 11%


She was picked up by a tandem driver (someone she trusted) who helped her continue on to her new life, somewhere. 32% 


She committed suicide. 3% 


She wandered off into the woods and died. 26%


She never left Amherst. 2%

15 comments:

  1. The tandem driver scenario has been much-discussed here, though never with any specifics. So the poll results are sort of like going to a curling match and asking people what's their favourite sport.

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  2. I couldn't make my mind up about what to vote because this mystery is like a jigsaw puzzle with most of the pieces missing and some of those missing pieces are being sat on by certain people for whatever reason either to protect Maura or.hide their own guilt. Going on what little info there is I lean more towards her getting into a car with the wrong person than anything else unless running away for good was a last minute decision after the accident seeing as she didn't have many of.her things with her.

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  3. wow thats a lot of people who think she died in the woods.

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    1. It is and I certainly voted that way. I think it's very likely explanation but not one sexy enough for a lot of people.

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    2. I just came back from Haverhill, New Hampshire. All the way from NYC. I went to see the woods and th crash site for myself. No way did she enter the woods. If you saw those woods you would agree. I ever saw a wooded area anywhere in the world, more dense than those, you could not take a step forward. She could not have believed she could camp out there and hide, it would be crazy. also, she didn't having camping gear. But you couldn't walk in those woods.

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  4. This is such an interesting case. I am a CPA (auditor) with forensic training and each and every clue needs to be looked at and analyzed to determine if it is part of the case or just a distractor. There are also so many questions that haven't been answered or asked for that matter. The answer to any one of them could crack the case or at least move the case in a different direction. The interesting thing about this case is that we are not sure it was even Maura in the car accident. It could actually have just been Sara and that is why she isn't talking. We haven't been told where any of her friends were that day or the days that followed. Could be that Maura died in Sara's room during the so called party (maybe only three people at party). Her body was disposed of on campus and Sara drove Maura's car to NH to leave it there and was going to have someone drive her back but the accident occurred which was actually helpful to the "disappearance". Sara isn't talking and from what I think I read never helped with the search. None of her school friends did I believe. Just another theory of millions.
    James - great book. I usually only read technical stuff for work but this kept me reading til the end.

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    1. We know MM was driving the car because Butch Atwood identified her as the driver.

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    2. I often wonder, too, if Maura was not the woman in that car - a different person was driving and had the accident.

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    3. The authorities have stated that MM was in fact in the car accident. she was on camera at the liquor store and ATM and BA positively identified her. All of the early reports are online. Google it and you will see. There was also the declaration made on Disappeared.

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    4. Yes, lots of little things are being taken for granted, such as the two phone calls from Fred's phone to Billy by Maura at Fred's hotel. It is just an assumption that it was Maura who placed the phone calls to Billy from Fred's phone, but there is no proof of that. Fred could have called Billy. Every item needs to be completely vetted as a fact before making assumptions.
      Again, the fact that she was on the cameras at the liquor store and the ATM places her in Amherst, not Haverhill. Atwood's ID of her on a dark road at night is questionable. Would that stand up in court?

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  5. I am a little surprised by the results of this poll. I guess it's because I find it hard to believe that MM would be able to remain 'unfound' for more than 12 years. But then again, stranger things have happened. Interesting poll...thanks JR.

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  6. There's other scenarios that could have happened so I think that needs to be taken into Account before drawing conclusions

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  7. It isn't as hard as people want to believe it is to start a new life/identity. It was 2004 not 2016. Yes, in today's age, It probably is alot harder to change your identity and get away with it.
    A detective I know, who investigates Fraud, told me this story about these 2 women using another woman's identity.
    The lady came to him reporting a Fraud. When he started looking into it, he found out that there was a woman using it, in another state, who was in prison. She was doing her time, under a false name. Once he started digging more, There was another woman using her identity in another state, who was also in prison. Turns out the two women were friends and had been running a scam until they went to prison. These 2 women were in prison, in 2 different states, under the same name, social, and birthday. Also, these women were a different race than the identity they had stolen. They were charged with many counts of fraud.
    People use other people's identity all the time. All it takes is knowing the right person and money.
    In late 2003, I met my Boyfriend's mom's boyfriend. For 5 years I didn't know that the name he gave me and went by wasn't his Real Name. When I found out, I was shocked. He had went by this name for 15 years. He had vehicle payments, credit cards, ID, and got arrested in this fake name. In 09, he got pulled over and his true identity was found out. He had been running from a criminal charge from 1990. He's now living his life under his true identity.
    If I hadn't of seen it for myself then I'd be real skeptical too. But I have seen it firsthand and know that it can and does happen.

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  8. They should seriously check all bodies of water in that area she disappeared from. In Oklahoma they found 2 cars submerged in a lake containing the bodies of 6 people who went missing 40-some years ago! There was another case of a missing father in North Carolina who vanished 40+ years ago and was found in a lake in his car!

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