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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

This Blog is Locked as an Archive

As of today, I am locking this blog as is and disabling further comments.

Going forward, this blog will serve as an archive of clues in the case and a record of the span of time I spent looking for Maura Murray. I began the search in 2010, when I believed Maura may have been the victim of a homicide or kidnapping. Over the years, I have become convinced that she had a plan to leave and has remained hidden in order to protect a child. As such, I am no longer actively searching for Maura Murray - in fact, I hope she remains hidden.

Of course, I cannot be 100% sure. Not in a world of Ariel Castros. So the blog remains for other people to parse through the evidence. It will remain as an archive until Maura is found safe or until there is a major break in the case.

I have disabled comments because I am focusing my time on other projects and can't responsibly keep up with deleting the insults and threats that come through.

For those new to the mystery, please spend some time clicking through the documents section for reliable information.

My book on the case is available here in print, ebook, and as an audiobook.

There is an excellent podcast about the case here.

Here is the official SubReddit for the case, where you can debate.

Thank you, constant readers - especially those silent types who came back day after day just out of curiosity. Thanks for your help. In our best moments, we showed what good social media can do for unresolved cases.

Best,
James Renner