Monday, September 19, 2016

The Top 5 Episodes of "Missing Maura Murray"

In July, 2015, Lance Reenstierna & Tim Pilleri launched a humble podcast about the mystery of Maura Murray's disappearance, with a special focus on the obsessive minds that are attracted to the case. Since then, they've produced over 30 episodes of "Missing Maura Murray" and their little podcast has attracted many obsessive fans of its own.

It's a mostly thankless job. They work hard for weeks on a single podcast and once it's up, because of the nature of the case, and the disparate opinions on what happened to Maura, they face constant criticism and anger. But those same people are the first to start asking, "When's the next one going up? I need my fix."

If you haven't already started listening and want to catch up, here's my list of the Essential Episodes, the top five podcasts you shouldn't skip.

5. Episode 11 "Defining Sociopath."
Early on, Lance and Tim ending an episode with an off-the-cuff quote by yours truly, where I called Maura Murray a sociopath. I've since reconsidered that statement. Now that new evidence about her relationship with Bill Rausch has come to light, I consider Maura not a sociopath but a survivor. In this episode, the guys interview University of New Hampshire Professor of Forensic Psychology Doctor Robert Eckstein to get some clarity on the definition of sociopath and whether Maura might be one.

4.  Episode 8 "Fred's Letters."
I think episode eight is where Lance & Tim hit their stride. There's so much going on in this episode, from an examination of Fred's letters to the state of New Hampshire, to the introduction of "Truthseeker," to a discussion about a former police officer's Facebook post, in which he claims to know the location of Maura's body.

3. Episode 21 "Behind the Scenes."
After criticism that the Missing Maura Murray podcast is a bit of a sausage fest, the guys bring on some much-needed female voices, specifically investigator "KF" and Vanessa Grigoriadis, who wrote a much-referenced early article about the case.

2. Episode 29 "Rick Graves."
This interview with Rick Graves, who worked beside Fred Murray for many months, searching the woods for Maura Murray, was more enlightening that a dozen online articles about the case.

1. Episode 27 "Questions & Answers"
The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office responds to a list of questions Lance & Tim posed about the case. These are definitive answers from law enforcement that end speculation on certain aspects of the case while raising new questions.

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