Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nate Kibby

Having had a front-row seat for the craziness that was the Amanda Berry/Gina DeJesus/Michelle Knight story, I figured we'd never see such a thing again. And now comes this story of Nate Kibby, who has just been arraigned for kidnapping Abigail Hernandez. Whenever a boogeyman pops up in New Hampshire, everyone wants to know if he could be connected to the disappearance of Maura Murray.

I dunno.

We have yet to hear Abby's story. The way NH prosecutors are playing it, we probably won't know the details for weeks. There's a lot about this, the moves everyone's making (from Abby to the prosecutors to the FBI) that I simply don't understand. Did she know Kibby? Did she know where she was at? How did she return?

He was in Conway, though, which is a straight shot down Rt. 112 from where Maura was last seen, in 2004. Kibby would have been 24 at the time. It's interesting to note that he was in trouble last March for rear-ending a vehicle and then assaulting the driver.

If that's what happened in Maura's case, why didn't she head to a neighbor? Or accept Butch Atwood's ride? Certainly she would not have gone with the man who'd just bumped into her, forcing her off the road. If he put the rag in the tailpipe of her car, again we have to wonder why she would go with him and not Atwood.

I'd like to know where Kibby was in 2004. Where was he living? Where was he working?

If she crossed paths with this guy, Maura had astronomically bad luck.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sex and Power

Maura Murray was a troubled young woman. And as I've learned more about her, I've noticed how males in positions of authority around her repeatedly took advantage of her. When she needed help, they asked for sex. Her track coach (not the first time for him, as I've learned). These three upperclassmen who passed her around one night. And there were others.

I believe Maura is alive. I want to believe. I hope she turned the tables on these men and made a clean break and is living somewhere in anonymity.

But if she was murdered, it wouldn't have been some random stranger on the side of the road. It would have been a male she knew with some manner of authority over her.

Lt. Scarinza believes Maura was pregnant when she disappeared. That's a good motive.

If I were law enforcement, I would take another hard look at the men in positions of power around her. Teachers. Doctors. Others more close.

She was often drawn to this type and they never missed the opportunity to take advantage of her.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Possible Explanation for Maura's Last Weekend

Finishing up a new draft of the book, a thought occurred to me that might explain some of the clues in this case.

Is it possible Fred came to Amherst that weekend to move Maura back home?

It would explain a few things: the packed boxes, for one. And the party at Sara Alfieri's. Was it a farewell party. Is that why they won't tell anybody else who was there?

Was the plan to take Maura home to Hanson on Sunday?

But when Maura wrecked her dad's car on the way to his motel, plans changed. They couldn't leave. His car was in a shop. And she needed to pick up accident reports. It made more sense at that time for her to stay another day or two, long enough for Fred to come back and get his car.

It also explains the email to professors. She was done with school but she needed another day or two in the dorms.

What do you think?