Monday, November 20, 2017

***UPDATED*** The Sunday Phone Call

Two weeks ago, I shared the stories of several women who claimed Bill Rausch committed sex assault and harassment in the years since Maura Murray disappeared. As far back as high school, Bill was known for being rough with women. So, the pattern suggests Maura was familiar with this side of him as well.

And while Bill is accounted for on the day of the disappearance (in the field at Fort Sill), as far as I can tell his whereabouts later in the week once he's in New Hampshire are not completely accounted for. Since the women came forward I took another look at the phone bill for Maura and Bill. First, there's the oddity of Page 9, which was the page where Maura's roaming charges would have appeared - and is the only page missing from the copy of the bill that Bill's mother provided to the Murray family.

But I'm also very interested in the phone call Bill made to Maura's cell phone on Sunday. It lasted between 3 and 4 minutes. And then Bill does not make another call from his cell phone until Thursday. He's not using his cell to check his voicemail, or to call Maura, or to call the Murrays or police for four days. While Maura is missing.

Readers have suggested different possibilities for the length of that final call. Did he connect with Maura - is that why the page is missing? Was he leaving a long voicemail, pleading to her to come home? Another reader suggested he could have used his phone to dial into Maura's voicemail to check her messages. At the time, anyone with the password could call up the number and enter the password to access voicemail for that phone, and then save or delete the messages.

Since the Nov. 6 post, Bill has not answered further questions.

**UPDATE** The phone records given to the Murrays may have come from Bill Rausch, himself. In this clip from Disappeared, Bill's mother, Sharon, explains that Bill was paying for both their phones. So it's possible the records were going to Bill in Lawton, OK and he then gave the records to his mother, who passed them on to the Murrays.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Personal Note on the Maura Murray Mystery


I made a decision about a year ago to step away from this case and spend time doing things that I find more rewarding - writing fiction, being with my family, etc. But after the Oxygen documentary aired I was contacted by a number of women who had run-ins with Maura's former boyfriend, Bill Rausch and they wanted someone to tell their story. So two weeks ago, I flew out to D.C. and got their interviews on tape so there would be no debate over their intentions or words.

Their stories have affected me and caused me to take another look at this case.

We always assumed Bill Rausch had an air-tight alibi. And he does, for the disappearance. But I have always believed that Maura was traveling with a tandem driver the night she vanished. It is the only explanation that makes sense to me. And if she did just that, perhaps she made it to her cabin in the woods after all. If she did, nobody's alibis matter anymore.

When I took another look at Maura's phone records I discovered a missing page. That missing page was taken from the portion of the bill that may have shown us Maura's roaming calls while she was in New Hampshire. These records were given to the Murray family by Bill's mother (Maura's phone was being paid for by the Rausch family).

Additionally, I found that on the Sunday after Maura vanished, Bill made a roaming call to her phone that lasted between 3 and 4 minutes. After that call, Bill does not make another phone call for four days.

I don't know what happened in New Hampshire. But here's what we do know: the boyfriend of a missing woman has been accused of sex assault in DC. Of pushing a woman down the stairs in the Metro. Of grabbing a woman by the neck and saying "I'll kill you like I killed Maura." During the search for his would-be fiance, he stops making calls and checking his voicemail on his cell phone for four days.

This case has taken a turn. If you have info that would help, please come forward.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sexual Harassment Claims Against Bill Rausch Continued at IAVA, Say Former Employees

After Bill Rausch was forced to resign at Ray Group following allegations of a sexual assault in 2011, he moved to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America nonprofit. Once there, according to coworkers, the improper and alarming behavior continued.

Two sources describe a night in the winter of 2015 where Rausch led a small group of coworkers to the bar after work. Once there, he ordered oysters and champagne and picked up the tab for the expensive dinner. This is very reminiscent of the stories a former girlfriend from Fort Sill tells of how he and his friends would slum the area bars, flashing cash to pick up women. (the photo below is taken from a blog run by an acquaintance during his time there).

During this dinner in 2015, there was Bill, another man, and two women who worked with them (one was a director-level employee, the other was the assistant to IAVA's CEO Paul Riekhoff.) Midway through the night, the other man realized that Bill was texting both women, trying to pick them up. The other director eventually shut him down (he was married, she was not interested).

From there, a couple of them went to a karaoke bar and had more drinks without Bill. Still, the texts continued.

At the end of the night, the other man walked the assistant back to her hotel. Bill was there, already, waiting for her to return. According to these sources he was very aggressive and manic, asking to be let into her room. One witness describes it becoming an argument in the street.

In the following weeks and months Bill allegedly asked his coworker to not tell anybody what happened that night.

Why is this important enough to warrant a post on this blog?

At the very least, this is another story that shows a pattern of behavior by Bill Rausch against women, especially women he has some power over and gives context and reason for Maura wanting to run away.

But also, I strongly believe Maura was traveling with a tandem driver the night she went missing and possibly even made it to her destination - a cabin in the woods. If she did, everybody's alibi on February 9 is worthless.

Bill maintains his innocence. Through his lawyer today he claims there is no truth to any of these claims. Each of these women must be lying.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Clarifications Following Oxygen Series

Here are some answers to confounding questions some have had since the Oxygen series ended.

1. Could Maura have struck Petrit Vasi with her car and wrecked it in NH to cover her tracks?
Answer: No. The series ruled this out behind the scenes, after examining the black box in Maura's car. They were able to determine that the car did not strike anyone or anything the night Petrit Vasi was hit.

2. Different Coordinates
Some viewers noticed the coordinates shown in the TV show were different than the ones found on this site. Apparently, the series editor changed them to discourage more people from going to the site, which is quite dangerous.

3. The Missing Page
Last week it was discovered that Maura and Bill Rausch's cell phone bills, which were provided to the Murrays by Bill's mother, were missing a page, specifically Page 9, which would be where Maura's roaming calls would be logged. This could be very important evidence if it showed any call made from her phone after February 9th.

Former US Marshal Art Roderick is said to have spoken directly to Chuck West about this issue (West is essentially the head of the investigation). Roderick reported back to the podcast guys that the entire phone bill was accounted for and that they had probably gotten a subpoena for the original records. However, it appears to me that Art was not clear in his request and West was vague in his reply regarding page 9 specifically.

I tried to get clarification on this issue. My first contact was to the Cold Case unit, whose spokesman told me nobody there had any recollection of this conversation. This morning AG Jeffery Strelzin explained that his office and detectives would have no comment on the phone records at all.

Personally, I don't think they could have easily obtained a subpoena for these records, as there is no evidence of a crime and the records do not exist in New Hampshire. My hunch is the records they have came from Sharon Rausch as well. I hope they noticed before we did that a page was missing.

In any event, it would be great to know for sure. But that would require a quote from West or an official statement from the cold case unit. Until then, it does seem suspicious.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

New Reward

I am offering a personal reward for the following information:

$1,000 reward for proof that Maura did not travel alone to New Hampshire and/or proof that she was alive beyond February 9, 2004.

$5,000 reward for the location of her body or information that would lead to closure of this case.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can use my Globaleaks server to send information and retrieve reward money.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"I Would Help You Bury a Body."

Today I spoke with a former employee of Ray Group International, the company Bill worked for in 2011, when he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in the office.

This man has asked to remain anonymous but will speak to New Hampshire police.

He said at the time, Bill seemed to be in a very dark place and would go drinking practically every night after work at a place called The Bottom Line. His favorite drink, gin & tonic. This coworker got to know him well and considered him a friend. One day, after some drinks, he says Bill turned to him and said, "We're good friends, aren't we? Like best friends?" He said, sure. Then he claims Bill said, "I would help you bury a body. Really. I'd help you bury a body. That's how good of friends we are."

"I took it as a sincere moment," this man says. "At the time I brushed it off because he'd been in the military. I figured he'd seen casualties."

He says another time Bill told him how he'd go on the news to talk about Maura so that he could use it to pick up women. That he could play the depressed former boyfriend part and it worked very well.

He was there the day Bill was forced to resign his job at Ray Group after a woman said he sexually assaulted her in the office. They allowed him to resign instead of being fired. The executives agreed that they would leave it up to the woman to go to police. This woman can still go to police, actually, as the statue of limitation has not expired. I believe she is currently weighing that option.

In a related note, I just received a massive amount of information and names through a Globaleaks contact. There are more women with claims against Bill.

Monday, November 6, 2017

"I'm Going to Kill You Like I Killed Maura"

Three women have come forward to ask police to investigate Bill Rausch in relation to the disappearance of his girlfriend, Maura Murray, in 2004. Two of them have come forward in an audio interview. The third wishes to conceal her identity as much as possible, except for interviews with the police.

Lawton, OK, 2004

Two weeks ago, I was contacted by a woman who lived in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 2004. She knew Bill a few months after Maura Murray disappeared in 2004. He visited the people who lived in her house, often, as some had ties to Fort Sill, where Bill was working at the time. He was friends with the man she was seeing at the time, who warned her that Bill "had gone off the deep end" and that his girlfriend was missing.

One day, Bill found out that her guy was not home for a while and he texted her, asked if he could come over. There was a party at the house that night and so she didn't see the harm. Once he arrived, though, he took her outside and grabbed her and started kissing her. He suggested they go to a hotel. She agreed and went with him in the car.

At a stoplight, she says, Bill reached over and grabbed her by the neck and said, "I'm going to kill you like I killed Maura." She reached over and dug her nails into him. "I'll rip your crotch off," she said.

Immediately, Bill's demeanor changed and he became gentle again. He said he was just joking and they continued on to the hotel. However, at the hotel she decided not to have sex. Later, she says, Bill explained that he was glad she never slept with him because "the only people I care about that I have sex with die." He mentioned how a girl he slept with before Maura had died in an accident (something to do with horse back riding, she believes). I have not been able to track back this incident.

Bill told her he was working on a book, titled "You'll Never Be Happy Until You Realize That You Will Never Be Happy."

She remembers the day he came back to town after his sister died and how he responded by being flippant, "I was home and she shot her face off -- so that's awesome."

Washington D.C., 2011

Please listen to the interview (click YouTube link above) with these two women to hear the story in their own voices. Below is a summary.

Two years ago, I learned that Bill lost his job at Ray Group International in 2011 after a woman alleged that he sexually assaulted her in the office one night. This woman says his aggression toward her began before that, when she was going up the escalators on the Metro one morning. Someone jogged up beside her and pushed her down. Luckily fellow commuters caught her before she could tumble to the bottom. But her dressed was ripped. She looked up and saw Bill at the top of the escalators. Later, when he assaulted her, he began by saying that it was him who pushed her down that day as (in her words) the humanity in his eyes went away and he became robotic in the attack.

Insert: Here's a photo of the woman inside the "man trap" at Ray Group with Bill behind her.

Last month, another woman contacted me about her encounter with Bill in the fall of 2011. She was working as a bartender at the time. She hooked up with Bill one night. The sex started consensual but quickly progressed to choking. He wanted to hear her gasp for breath. She too described the lack of emotion in his eyes. After it was over, she says he was threatening. "This never happened."



When I asked Bill about the second woman, he said it wasn't true. That he never knew her. When I told her that he denied it, she sent me a picture of the napkin they used to communicate at the bar that night. It contains his cell phone in his hand writing.


What the Phone Bill Tells Us


Bill has an alibi for the time of Maura's disappearance. However, if there was a tandem driver (as I believe), then the Monday alibis may not be so important.

We can track some of Bill's movements during the search for Maura Murray by looking at his phone bills. At the time, both Maura and Bill's phone bills were consolidated into a single bill that went to Sharon Rausch (Bill's mother) in Marengo, Ohio. After the disappearance, Sharon provided a copy of the bill to Helena Murray. John Smith then obtained these documents. Sharon threatened to sue John (he says) if he ever made them public. Two years ago, he gave them to me.

Maura disappeared on Monday, February 9, 2004.

When Bill arrived in New Hampshire on Wednesday night, his cell phone went on roaming. The roaming charges are at the end of each individual bill and listed by location. This gives us a rough look into where he was traveling as they searched for Maura. Below are those rough locations by date:

Wednesday, Feb. 11
4:55 - Rutland, Vermont
7:02 - Burlington, Vermont

Thursday, Feb 12
10 a.m. - noon - Lebanon, New Hampshire
3:24 - Streaked Mountain, Maine
4 p.m. - 4:20 - Concord, New Hampshire
4:40 - 5:30 - Lebanon, New Hampshire

Friday, Feb 13
10:30 - Rutland, Vermont
10:40 - Burlington, Vermont

Saturday, Feb 14
No calls

Sunday, February 15
4 p.m. - Concord, New Hampshire
4:53 - Lebanon, New Hampshire


Now, during these days Bill was calling Maura's cell phone, each call lasting a minute as it was likely going to voicemail. But that last call, at 4:53 was to Maura's phone, too. And that one lasted from 3 - 4 minutes. And after that call, Bill makes no further calls on his cell phone for four days. There are no further calls from his cell phone until Thursday, February 19.

Was it a really long voicemail?

Is it possible Maura answered?

Where was Bill in the four days he didn't make a single call?

If Maura answered her phone - and she was in the area - her call would have been logged in her "roaming" section of her bill, which would come directly after her in-service calls, but before Bill's section begins. The copies Sharon provided are 25 pages long. One page is missing. It's the page at the end of Maura's bill, Page 9.

Heather

In 2007, Bill's sister Heather committed suicide in the home of their parents in Marengo, Ohio. A gun.

When I contacted the medical examiner of Morrow County, William Lee, he told me that in the days leading up to the suicide, Heather had wanted to speak to the police about a crime she knew about. However, her suicide note makes no mention of any crime and the Sheriff's department has no record of her trying to contact them.

Sharon was interviewed by the New Hampshire Union Leader in 2007. Here's what she said about their trip to New Hampshire to search for Maura:
"We arrived Wednesday around 7 p.m. They interviewed Billy. He was a prime suspect. He was totally distraught. I'll never forget the look on his face. He said 'I feel as dirty as Scott Peterson. They think I've got something to do with it.'"
Bill refused to be interviewed by the journalists behind the recent Oxygen series.

He has not spoken about Maura in many years and was never a major part of the search for her after 2004.

Note by the Author

These are serious allegations against Bill Rausch, who is now a public figure, Executive Director for Got Your 6, and a married father. It was a very difficult decision to write this piece. Bill has suggested he would commit suicide if more was made public. He has threatened to sue me. And he may, though the women he wronged are no longer afraid to speak up. These women have a voice, too. They believe Bill is capable of violence because they have seen it firsthand. And as someone with a daughter, I'd want others to know what Bill is capable of if I were the next woman's father.

If you have any information that could help in solving this case please contact the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit at coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov

You can also contact me directly at jameswrenner@gmail.com

If you have specific evidence and wish to remain 100% anonymous you can also submit tips through Globaleaks. 

***UPDATED***

A 4th Woman

Another woman came forward yesterday. She and Bill had a brief relationship in 2006. "I'm not surprised to hear all this," she said. "He was a pathological liar."

He spoke about Maura Murray only once, by saying he had a girlfriend who had "passed" but that they were broken up at the time.

She describes Bill as being extremely pushy, obsessive, arrogant, and controlling. She said even his friends at Fort Sill called him, "Billy Liar."

Thursday, October 26, 2017

If There Was a Tandem Driver, Nobody Has an Alibi

The only thing I'm sure of, in my heart of hearts, is that Maura was traveling with a tandem driver the night she disappeared.

Lately, though, I've started to wonder if the goal that week really was to just get away for a while to clear her head. Have some drinks, regroup.

Perhaps the tandem driver had to get back to school, leaving Maura alone (without a car) until later in the week, at the Outing Club Cabin or some nearby retreat. But when they came back, Maura was gone. And the tandem driver has never come forward because there remains the possibility that Maura left on her own and doesn't want to be found.

Whatever the case, I really hope she made it out, and that she is alive someplace.

But...

What if someone else found Maura before the police did? What if someone found her and was so overcome with rage they did something to her? They would have an alibi for the disappearance but not what happened to her next.

I think police should take a close look at the days immediately after the disappearance, at least until Friday that week. Where exactly was everyone during the search for Maura in the White Mountains that week?

Perhaps Maura is dead. But maybe we were way wrong about the location and timing of it all.

If there was a tandem driver they should come forward with what they know, unless they know without a doubt that Maura is safe (which is looking increasingly unlikely).

Friday, October 13, 2017

Send Tips 100% Anonymously

Today, I set up a Globaleaks server and website specifically for sharing evidence and information related to the Maura Murray case.

This is designed for two purposes:

1. For Maura Murray herself to provide proof of life without revealing her location (this would include a photograph or video).

2. For anyone with information about the death of Maura Murray to provide evidence or information without fear of being traced.

How it works:

Step One:
Download the Tor browser.

Step Two:
Open Tor and input this address in the address bar:
zzkahkxumybfb7rd.onion

Step Three:
Follow the prompts to submit info.

Step Four:
Copy the 16-digit code so that you can log in later to communicate further.

That's it. Let's have closure.

Fingers crossed.


New Article from the Huffington Post


“I think we’ll have an answer one way or another very soon,” says Renner with conviction.

Check out my full interview with the Huffington Post!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A New Theory

Over the last few days I've been contacted by a couple sources close to people involved in Maura's life in 2004, and these conversations are prompting me to consider a new theory:

In this scenario, the tandem driver delivers Maura to her safe place (a cabin, the Outing Club place, a hotel), after the crash on 112, then they return to their place, leaving her alone. Later in the week, she is found at this location by someone she knew and killed.

This would go a ways to explaining why the tandem driver is not coming forward (they honestly don't know what happened to her, and are staying quiet to protect her) but also why Maura has not been found (because she was murdered days after her disappearance far from 112).

It's admittedly a weird, messed-up scenario. But whatever answer we get will likely be equally strange.

I'm not sold on this but I'm considering it a possibility.

And if the first part of this rings true, I would ask again that the tandem driver/s come forward and give Maura's destination, because the possibility that she's alive after all of that is quite remote.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Toughest Question

In tonight's episode of The Disappearance of Maura Murray, Maggie poses a very difficult and personal question to Fred Murray - did he have an inappropriate relationship w his daughter?

Nowhere in my book does it say he did.

However, it has been implied on the Internet messageboards - people questioning why he was visiting Maura at Umass, why she was going to his room, etc. I have tried to be diligent on this website about deleting these comments but it was difficult to keep up with that task sometimes (in part, it's why I shut down comments to this site).

This is dirty laundry and makes me very uncomfortable. This is the stuff best left to police detectives and not internet sleuths. I've talked before about my own grandfather, and how he was serial rapist who preyed on children. I wrote about him, exposed his crimes, in the book and online shortly before he died of cancer. This shit is hard to talk about even when it does happen. And there is no proof this happened, here.

I've said before, there is no happy ending in this case. Either Maura had serious reasons to leave (and she should remain hidden) or someone murdered her. My writing of True Crime Addict was a way for me to show how unhealthy our obsessions can become, and it was the beginning of my journey away from these cases and into a better life.

So, be mad, be sad. Be confused. It's an existential world. I wish there were answers.

I think Maggie and the crew are doing an excellent job gathering new facts and information in this case. Maggie's got some guts to ask the tough questions. I think by the end of the series we will all view this case in a new light.

I hope the Murrays find closure. Peace.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Another Woman Comes Forward With Allegations About Bill Rausch's Alarming Behavior **UPDATE**


If you've seen the trailer for tomorrow's episode of The Disappearance of Maura Murray, there's a clip of me saying I believe Maura ran away from the men in here life. But what was so bad that she'd run away? Was she really that afraid of someone?

At the time of her disappearance, she was dating Bill Rausch. Rausch has a good alibi. He says he was in the field at Fort Sill, where he was stationed - though he was apparently able to make many cell phone calls while training newbies.

My first impression of Bill was a very likeable guy. We talked at length on the phone one day and he seemed genuine. But since then, several women have come forward claiming there is another side to him he doesn't show to men.

Around Saint Patrick's Day, 2011, Bill is alleged to have sexually assaulted a coworker in the office of the president of Ray Group International, a D.C. firm. There was an internal investigation and he was never able to return to work in the office. The woman who claims he assaulted her, also claims Bill pushed her down the stairs at a Metro station and pretended it wasn't him.

I have spoken to high school girlfriends - whom he called the day Maura disappeared - and I was told Bill had a reputation even before he met Maura of being rough with women.

Yesterday I was contacted by another woman who witnessed a darker side of Bill. I have chosen to take down the details of this encounter but reserve the right to repost in the future. Either it's important to the case - in which case, the police should have time to investigate, or it's a personal encounter that further supports what the women from Ray Group have already said.

I encourage any other person with info about Bill (or anyone else involved in this case) to take this opportunity to come forward and share what they know with law enforcement.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Maura's Last Contact at UMass

This clip from next week's show is very important. Maggie got an interview with "Erin," the nursing student whom Maura returned scrubs to the day she disappeared. Check it out. She says Maura again mentioned a family emergency and something to do with her sister.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Police Collected Kathleen Murray's DNA Last Week Says "Official" Private Investigator Working with Murray Family.

John Smith has been the liaison between Fred Murray and the world for the last few years and claims to be working as a private investigator for the family - he actively posts on the Facebook page that is run and edited by Julie Murray.

Smith claims that police collected DNA from Kathleen Murray last week to compare to evidence found inside Maura's wrecked vehicle. He also claims New Hampshire State Police visited so-called "Witness A". Here's his post from Reddit:

Just a few days after Karen McNamara did her interview on the podcast with Tim and Lance she was approached by two people from the NH State Police.... Those two people were Chuck West and Mike kokoski.

Their mission when speaking with Karen was to tell her that she was wrong she could not have seen what she think she saw and the accusations that she was making against the police were a very serious crime.

Karen was not making any accusations merely stating what she had witnessed..!

Last week Kathleen Murray was visited by the same 2 New Hampshire state policemen. Sergeant Kokoski is the head of the Cold Case unit and Chuck west is retired.

When speaking with Kathleen they told her not to pay attention to any of the conspiracy theories that were being tossed around because they knew that her sister was depressed and had come up here to commit suicide.

They also asked Kathleen for a sample of her DNA. They explained that this sample was for comparison to the things that were found in the Saturn on February 9th 2004.

WTF....... First of all they did not have a warrant for her DNA although she did give them a sample anyway.

For the record, again, I do not believe in any police conspiracy. I think it's completely bonkers to suggest police have anything to do with it.

But if it's true they collected DNA from Kathleen, that is very interesting information. Kathleen was married to Tim Carpenter at the time, and talked to Maura the night Maura had a breakdown at work. She has had several run-ins with the law.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What You Need to Know to Catch Up On the Maura Murray Mystery

Thanks to the Oxygen series, a new wave of people are learning about the strange disappearance of Maura Murray. Beyond the basics anyone can find on the wiki pages, what else do you need to know?

I spent several years trying to find out what happened to Maura for my book, True Crime Addict, and here are some pieces of the puzzle I uncovered along the way:

- At the time of her disappearance, Maura was on probation for credit card fraud, having been caught stealing credit card numbers to order pizza in the dorms at UMass.

- There is no significance to the strange message Bill Rausch got on his cell phone - which he said was Maura whimpering. Police tracked down and interviewed the person who made that call. It was a Red Cross worker trying to reach him.

- Maura and Bill were not engaged at the time of her disappearance. Billy had cheated on her. And Maura was having an affair with a UMass track coach named Hossein Baghdadi.

- Hossein Baghdadi was also linked to the UMass Outing Club cabin, which may have been Maura's destination the night she vanished.

- Bill Rausch lost his job in D.C. after a woman claimed he sexually assaulted her in the office of the president of Ray Group International, in 2011. He says he was in Fort Sill at the time of the disappearance and offered to have two people contact me to verify his alibi. They never returned calls.

- There were two women who were with Maura at UMass prior to her disappearance - Kate Markopoulos and Sara Alfieri. Both have refused repeatedly to speak to journalists and have been uncooperative with police, especially about events at a party two days before Maura vanished, which allegedly occurred at Sara's dorm.

- Fred refused to be interviewed by state-police homicide detectives for 2 years and when he did, he brought 2 lawyers with him.

- Fred has told Maura's friends to not talk to the author of the book on her disappearance.

- A search warrant suggests someone called Maura's phone from New Hampshire the day she disappeared.

- On the 8th anniversary of Maura's disappearance, a mentally disturbed man released a series of videos on YouTube taunting authorities and suggesting he has inside info about what happened to the young woman.

- A man named Petrit Vasi was struck by a vehicle at UMass the night Maura had a breakdown at work. People have suggested she may have been driving the car. The official reports from the accident suggest she was not.

- A woman (commonly referred to as "Witness A") claims she saw a Haverhill police vehicle acting suspiciously the night of Maura's disappearance. This is used as the basis of a popular police conspiracy angle. I believe the vehicle she saw was simply a police car that responded to the scene

- Bill Rausch's phone records raise more questions than answers.

- There have been several sightings over the years, mostly concentrated in Quebec.

- A bank tellers claims to have found a "Maura Murray" with same date of birth with an active car loan in New Hampshire.

- There's a popular podcast, Missing Maura Murray, a Facebook page, and an official subReddit as well.

- My files on the Maura Murray case can be viewed by the public at Kent State University.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Maura Murray Archive Is at Kent State


I have donated all my notes, documents, and interviews related to the Maura Murray case to Kent State University's Special Collections Archive, located on the top floor of the campus library. The files can be accessed by the public during regular hours.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

True Crime Addict Will Be a TV Series!

BIG NEWS!

True Crime Addict is about to become a TV series! Johnny Depp will produce. Richard Price has written the pilot. I'm an executive producer, as well, along with Christi Dembrowski and Norman Todd. This has been in the works for a while and I can assure you it found the very best team of people.

Some names and details are changing, as you can tell by the synopsis:

Published last year, Renner’s True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself In The Mysterious Disappearance Of Maura Murray, which had been compared to David Fincher’s Zodiac, follows investigative journalist Jimmy Hunter. His lifelong obsession with cold cases leads him to research feverishly the whereabouts of a popular college student whose car was found abandoned in rural upstate New York. While Jimmy’s all-consuming quest for the truth begins to devour him body and soul, he must also strive to keep it from tearing apart his young and fragile family.
 Next step is finding a home at a network. I'll update here with news soon.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Live From CrimeCon

If you weren't able to get down to CrimeCon, here's the video from the Saturday 'Missing Maura Murray' panel.



And a bonus: the trailer they aired for the upcoming Oxygen documentary series.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oxygen Annouces New Series Based on Maura Murray Case

 Here's the write-up from Variety, today:

“The Disappearance of: Maura Murray”
Produced by Texas Crew Productions with David Karabinas, Eric Begley and Sonia Slutsky serving as Executive Producers.

When a young nursing student, Maura Murray, vanished in 2004 under strange circumstances, she became the first prominent disappearance of the social media age. Since then, the investigation into Murray’s case has fueled a legion of online armchair detectives, causing an endless procession of blogs, books, websites and podcasts, becoming a rabbit hole of unexplored leads, eyewitness discrepancies, missing evidence, questionable actions and strange characters. Now, in this six part docu-series, an investigative journalist, attempts to unravel one of the most complicated and mysterious cold cases of the last quarter century. With access to Murray’s family and friends, unique connections to local law enforcement, and the cooperation of the most prominent investigators on social media, she’ll attempt to find resolution once and for all.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Helena Dwyer Murray, the official family spokesperson, has died.


Several sources close to the investigation into the disappearance of Maura Murray claim today that family spokesperson, Helena Dwyer Murray has passed away after a battle with cancer. First, I want to express my sympathies to Helena's family. She and I had our disagreements but it was clear to me that she really wanted to find the truth about what happened to Maura. She was a relentless force and her heart was always in the right place.

Julie Murray has been made an administrator for the official Facebook page.