Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Tour

There will be limited updates until I return from this crazy book tour.

I'll be in Boston, briefly, on Saturday if you're in the neighborhood....

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Why They're Not Talking...

I've gotten a lot of emails lately from readers asking me about my thoughts on why Fred Murray, Liz Drewniak, Sara Alfieri, etc. aren't speaking to me. For Liz and Sara and other friends, I think the answer is probably that they wish for people to remember Maura in a positive light and were afraid that this book would uncover some of the large mistakes she made (credit card fraud, affairs, etc.) before her disappearance. I get that. And to a point respect it. Though, I think in cases like this the more info that is shared the easier it is to solve. And now, after all, the cat is out of the bag. Besides, I don't think anyone believes Maura was a "bad" person, even after all we've learned. She was flawed. Just like all of us. But perhaps one of those flaws contributed to what happened to her.

There is another possibility for the silence. There are some people who believe that a person cannot be mentioned in a book or newspaper if the reporter has not spoken to them directly. I've met career politicians who believe this as well. But it's not true. Fred, Liz, Sara, and others who have not replied will, of course, be in the book. Their background, statements, and quotes have been provided through records and interviews with those who know them. But my goal here is to tell the most complete story and to provide the most comprehensive look at this case in the hope that it may shed light on Maura's fate.

And for that, I hope to hear from them before publication.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What was in Maura's Car?


I've been a little side-tracked with the release of The Man from Primrose Lane, but I'm trying to get back up to speed.

For today, a short post for those who haven't yet seen this.

Photographer Amelia Kunhardt has posted some wonderful pictures she took for an article that ran in The Patriot Ledger of Quincy. The photos were taken shortly after the family was given most of what Maura left behind in her car. Looks to me like Maura had prepared for a short trip. There doesn't seem to be enough clothes and stuff here if she had planned to leave UMass forever.