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 and either taken or 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.