Thursday, November 17, 2016

What's Going On With the Blog?

As some have noticed, there were some major and minor changes to the blog in the last few weeks. I have reverted some posts to drafts (meaning they can no longer be viewed). There are two reasons for this: I'm trying to make it easier for Maura to come out of hiding (assuming she really did take off). Early on, I felt it important to share some of the more salacious details of her antics at West Point and UMass, because a couple of the people involved were treated as potential suspects and the case might be a homicide, still. Also, I'm just tired of the anger and negativity that surrounds this case. Obviously I believe the Murrays and Maura's friends from UMass have info that has never been shared, but calling them out on it in weekly posts (and in the comments from readers) isn't making any difference and only adds to the bad blood, there. They've made their decisions - for whatever reason - and they don't owe us anything.

On that note, if there are any particularly egregious posts you think should be reverted to draft, email me a link at jameswrenner@gmail.com

What should remain, in the end, is a website that shares all the primary documents and important clues we've uncovered since beginning in 2011.

I am relentlessly trying to rein in the comments, too. Though sometimes I fall short there.

This is the result of much soul-searching in 2016, instigated by the book's release, my sobriety, my family, my career, and even this damned election. I think there's a better way to do what we're doing.

31 comments:

  1. Hi James, just finished your book last night. It is fantastic -- I hope you no longer doubt your own talent. I also am an unwitting Cymbalta fiend. I've been on a ton of meds for bipolar and I've never had a substance as physically addictive as this one. If I'm a couple hours late in taking it, I feel it in a bad way. Congrats on your sobriety. 13 years here. Life is better this way, I promise.

    I'm pretty sure if Maura isn't sober, she's dead herself. The addiction gene is deep in her family and I can't imagine her staying alive and out of trouble for this many years while drinking or using.

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    1. Plenty of addicts stay out of trouble and stay alive while still drinking and using. My dad's been an alcoholic for 40 years; he's never once gotten in trouble over it. No DUI's, no public intoxication, no bar fights, nothing. He's retired now, but he managed to work and survive and appear to have quite a normal life despite not being sober that entire time, and he's still alive (and still drinking) at close to 70. The functional addicts are the ones you don't see or hear about often because they hide it so well, but it doesn't mean they don't exist.

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    2. I know people like that also, but she was far from a law abiding citizen in the time leading up to her appearance. It would be quite a feat for her fingerprints not to end up on file somewhere since.

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    3. Cymbals is a devil drug. I was put on it for pain (it didn't work) relief and it took me MONTHS to get off it. I was pulling apart the capsules and picking out like 10 of the tiny beads inside every other day and I STILL couldn't get off it. It's an outrageously addictive drug. I figure if you're on it, it works, and you like it, great. But if you don't like it, get off it can be near impossible. I hate that drug more than I can say. I was having full blown withdrawal symptoms - shaking, nausea, headaches, you name it. Awful drug.

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  2. I was thinking about UMASS. that semester was her second there? Or first? or third?

    I wonder if she didn't leave her stuff in boxes because she wasn't sure she'd remain there. Helena said she thought Maura had mentioned transferring to study something else.
    She never seemed as happy there, as she was happily conversing wth older friends.

    I wonder if her life, like most college students, was at a crossroads and she was trying to decide which path to take. I had a similar college struggle, where I talked about moving/transferring constantly in my first year.

    Regardless though, leaving mid week is odd. I am not in the boat that thinks she was avoiding a man. I am more in the boat that her internal struggle and subsequent legal problems might have scared her enough to run. Its the cowardly approach IMO. It's the white privilege approach. But I just don't think Bill was the reason.

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  3. This wasn't an investigation into everything Maura did right in her life. It was an investigation into a missing person and you reported on aspects of her life with the intention of solving it.

    It is your intention that matters most. I have never questioned your intention.

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  4. I've been reading and posting to this blog since around mid 2012. I've been pretty well respected and haven't noticed too much of the lack of respect you've described. That's why I've kept coming back to this blog. I posted twice on Reddit and was treated cruelly and bullied for my opinion, even though it's not anything outrageous or out of the norm with other theories. I haven't been there since then, which was around 2013. Maybe some f that crowd has been engaging here because of the book, and don't really understand that we all need to be decent to one another, even if our ideas and opinions vary from one another. Even anonymously, there's no need to be unkind.

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  5. Congratulations for your progress on so many fronts! (but I think it was a very good election, maybe we'll all be HUGELY amazed).

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    1. It will be BIG LEAGUE!!

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  6. You're intentions are great. I know you didn't break the bank with the profits from the book. But I believe you honestly want to find the truth in this mystery.

    Your big flaw is you obsess over politics. Look, you're a lib. Your ideaology was reprimanded by the citizens of this nation. Self-reflect instead of attacking the majority.

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    1. STOP. NOW. Thank You ...

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    2. Reprimanded? Where do you think you are.....Sunday school? Spare us all your lectures on politics, whiskerbiscuit.

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    3. Whisker, the majority voted "lib"as you call it. By more than 2,000,000 votes.

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    4. Ummmmmmm. No. the majority voted for the democrat.

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  7. Thinking you are wearing a safety pin

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  8. Whister biscuit. Majority of this country voted for Sec. Clinton in the popular vote by over a million people but Mr. Trump took the Electoral College. I didn't hear RH attack anyone but reflected on how the tone of his posts at times may have reminded him of the tone of this past election.

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  9. Oh, no! Let's not have a blog about Maura's disappearance become a political forum. Please.

    James, I respect your decisions, and am glad that you're taking care of yourself.

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  10. Did the police search Mauras computer before giving it to the family? If so, did an expert examine it throughly . If not, then there's no telling what information could be lost. I would hope that they have had another expert, examine it again with today's technology.
    The police said they sent out an AIM message asking if anyone knew where Maura was? Who was her friends on AIM?
    How long had Maura had the computer?

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  11. James, I would like you to post what I'm about to write:
    Maura, I believe it's time for you to give the victims of the West Point sexual assaults a voice. No one blames you for you actions, at least I don't. I might not have been through what you have been but I was brought up to be compassionate towards victims. If a person you knew at West Point; a teacher, sibling, friend, fellow athlete, was a victim and you vanished because of bystanders guilt know this.
    There are a lot of people who are willing to stand by you, who want the truth and your the only person who can give it to us. It has been too long since you vanished but now is the time for your voice to be heard. If you can give us a sign, any sign, our fears will melt significantly.
    It's your choice Maura of what you decide but know that we are here for you.

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    1. Is there any evidence that points in this direction?

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    2. There's not a single shred of evidence to suggest that this is why Maura disappeared and to try and guilt her into coming forward as if it is her responsibility is ridiculous.

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    3. I'm not guilting her, rather I'm suggesting that it's time to speak.

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  12. I think it is very worthwhile that this blog should remain accessible, as an archive of information and original documents. Anyone with even a passing interest in this mystery should be grateful to James Renner for keeping this archive available. In particular, he is to be commended for his decision to do so in a responsible manner. I think it is time for everyone to recognize that it has been years since the disappearance of Maura Murray has been an ongoing investigation.(Except in a strictly formal, legal sense of that term.) If any new leads emerge, police will investigate them, but that would be the result of pure blind chance. To pretend otherwise would just help legitimize the various conspiracy mongers who have attached themselves to this mystery.

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  13. Why are you spreading more suspicion about someone who isn't here to defend herself? What evidence do you have to make her a rape victim?

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    1. I'm not, I saying she may have suffered from bystanders guilt. By asking her to reveal her status, I'm hoping she can resolve any problems. After all that phone call she had when she was working really shook her up so maybe it was the rush of guilt of not doing anything to help.

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    2. I highly doubt bystanders guilt is the reason she left. The idea that the phone call had anything to do with what you're suggesting is really unlikely and, quite frankly, kind of ridiculous.

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  14. There's no evidence that suggests why she disappeared at all. Only speculation unfortunately. Been following this way before this blog and if I had to be honest I couldn't say one way or another anything about what happened to her and why.

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  15. For just a moment can we all stop and think, truly think (and feel) how it might be for Maura now if she is alive and in hiding. It might not be the life she wants. It might be a life she feels she must have. That to let anyone, including LE, know that she is alive would or could put her in grave danger. She may live a life of constant fear of being found. And if she is alive and found, how might that affect the life she's entitled to have for herself? We simply don't know. I've followed Maura's disappearance since day one. Along the way, I've met some wonderful people, had some intense discussions and forged new friendships. All with the hope of finding Maura. I've imagined hundreds of scenarios, both good and bad. I'd like to find her like everyone else does. But at what expense to her if she's alive and in hiding for reasons we don't know. For one, hypothetically, if Maura was pregnant and for any reason in fear of the baby's father, she may feel she is safer "dead." That if he were to learn that she was alive, then it might mean that he'd attempt to find her, or anyone else who might want her dead rather than alive. If Maura is dead, I certainly want her killer brought to justice. If she committed suicide, then my heart breaks for her and the pain she was in, and if she is alive and in hiding, then I'm sorry she is in a situation whereby she must live apart from her loved ones, her family and friends. And to be always looking over her shoulder in fear of being found out. Having myself, been a battered wife and mother in a former 10 year marriage, I know the lies I told, the plans that I made, the pain I endured, the daily fear that ran my life and the gratitude I have to the friends who helped me get out and move on to what is now a very good life. I didn't need to resort to going into hiding, but I would have done whatever it took to ensure my safety and that of my kids. All I'm saying is that if Maura is alive and in hiding, she has her reasons to remain that way or she would have come forth by now. She surely knows she can confidentially reach out to LE if she feels it's safe for anyone to know she is alive. Unless her body is found, someone confesses to her murder or she lets someone know she's alive, her disappearance will most likely remain another cold case to be solved. Personally, I no longer feel she is alive. I believe she willingly got into the car of a "bad" good Samaritan who offered her assistance and in her mind a quick getaway before police arrived. Her backpack, cell phone and "keys" we're missing and the car was "locked!" This tells me that she had the time to remove the keys from the ignition, grab her belongings and to have the foresight to lock the car, thus protecting her personal belongings, which she most likely planned to return to get. My best bet is that whomever picked her up most likely offered to take her to a location where she could use a landline phone or to where either she or the good Samaritan could get cell service to call for assistance. From that point on I think everything was out of her control and went horribly wrong. It would be a gift to learn she's alive and well. It would be a gift for her family to get closure. And if Maura is alive and in hiding for reasons we cannot understand, then perhaps the gift is to let her be and pray for her wellbeing and happiness. If she is alive, I believe she will come forward when whatever or whomever forced her to take such drastic measures is no longer a threat. James, I'm hopeful you'll publish this. If no, I will post on Facebook.

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