Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ed Lanpher Speaks Out

I just got off the phone with retired chemist, Ed Lanpher. His name showed up in documents related to Maura's case as he was the only other person to FOIA Fred's Murray's case against the state of NH before me. I also wondered if he may be the man who calls himself "Pomkik," who has threatened my family.

Happy to report that Ed Lanpher is not Pomkik.

The 90 year old NH resident tells me he was interested in the Murray V. State of NH documents only because the decision in that case might help him gain access to public records in his home town (the judge's decision made public records more accessible.)

Lanpher was quite polite and believes he's anything but enigmatic.

Kevin Race Disappearance Mimics Maura Murray's Case


In 2007, Kevin Race told his girlfriend that he was going hiking and then drove away from her place in Portsmouth, NH. When he didn't return, they found a note he left behind, in which he talked about going to Mount Washington to find his final resting place. On the surface, it looked like a suicide.

But detectives quickly learned that Race was in trouble for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars and may have faced 10 years in prison if convicted.

Volunteers combed the woods. No body was ever found.

The first thing Fred suggested to the police when they called him was that Maura may have gone to the mountains to commit suicide. Only later did we learn she was in trouble for credit card fraud.

Many still believe Race is out there, laying low. Is it possible Maura did the same? Or have two bodies disappeared in the gulleys around Mount Washington? What's the most probable answer?

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. Even Billy, whom she met when he was her judicial advocate at West Point, after she got caught stealing makeup from the Fort Knox commissary. 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.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Maura Participated in Track Team Orgies


Confirmed by three members of the 2002/03 UMass Track team.

Maura and a friend were invited to secret track parties at the UMass athletic pool. Upperclassmen from the track team had the keys. Everyone brought booze.

Three men, one night.

The men involved are now semi-famous businessmen.

The sources I've spoken to are extremely nervous and frightened at being outed, which I have no intention of doing.

The question is whether Maura confided in any of these men her intention of leaving. Or if the advances were ever aggressive/abusive. According to the men interviewed, she was always a willing participant.

One man says, "Things were quite hedonistic, but that's UMass."

Why mention it? I'm wondering about the location of that party the night before she disappeared. Nobody can agree on the location. Was it the pool?

If you know what happened to Maura Murray, please contact NH police. The email is on this webpage, upper left.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kate Markopoulos and Sara Alfieri lied about dorm party.

This week, Sam Ledyard wore out some shoe leather by visiting UMass and asking to see a copy of the student directory from 2004. They wouldn't let him copy it but he did take some snapshots from his phone. What he discovered was that Sara Alfieri lived in Coolidge Hall at the time. Not a big deal right? Well, that little discovery called into question everything Sara and Kate have said about the Sat. night before Maura disappeared.

As you may recall, I've asked Kate repeatedly what she remembers about that late-night party. She has said she remembers there were a lot of people there, but can't recall a single name. She says her memory is bad after all these years. That doesn't wash, though, because she told the police the same thing back in 04. Kate, I should note, disappeared in the days after Maura vanished, according to fellow members of the UMass track team. Her father served time in prison for trying to blow up their neighbor with a pipe bomb, though Kate maintains he was not the person to plant the bomb. She has threatened legal action if I pose more questions to her.

Sara, meanwhile, has gone of the grid, keeping her number and address unlisted. Helena Murray, who maintains the official family website, told me that Sara told the real story only once, to Fred, and she has been asked not to say anything more. When I popped in on her last year, she slammed the door in my face.

Kate and Sara, officially, have both said the party took place in Sara's dorm.

Here's a bit from the Seventeen article, the only time Sara spoke to the media:

"About an hour later, Maura arrived at her friend Sara Alfieri's dorm to hang out. For the next three hours, Maura, Sara, and a couple of friends sat around talking and listening to music while drinking Skyy Blue malt mixed with a little bit of wine... At 2:30 a.m., Maura left Sara's room, telling everybody she was going to go upstairs to her room."

If the party was in Sara's dorm room, Maura could not have just walked upstairs. If the party was in Kennedy, which I've been told repeatedly, then it was in some one else's dorm room. And that person is neither Kate nor Sara.

Sara told Seventeen she didn't want to say more because she didn't want to get Maura in trouble.

Why, after all these years, are Sara and Kate still keeping secret the identities of the other people at that party? Why will they not speak about what happened there? It seems an important bit of info that might help find their missing friend.

So, this is a request for readers. Do you know the names of the other people who were at that party?

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?