Tue, 22 November 2016
The Maura Murray missing persons case is one of the most labyrinthine and fascinating true crime stories of the last fifteen years. The expert on the topic is journalist James Renner, who published his book, True Crime Addict, this past year.
The book is a detailed examination of the Maura Murray case through the lens of James Renner's then-volatile life. He had just been fired from his job as a beat reporter for uncovering some untoward information about a state politician.
That said, the story kind of fell into his lap, and he got up and ran with it. And there is plenty to run with here. Maura Murray, at first, appears to be yet another case of a pretty young white girl who disappeared into the wilds of New England.
However, peeling back the thin veneer of Murray's then-existence reveals a series of circumstances that make her disappearance that much more bizarre and mysterious. Without these details, her case would fall through the cracks of "yet another disappearance."
Turns out, she was not just another pretty gone girl. She had some minor trouble with the law. She might or might not have been connected to a hit-and-run three days before she disappeared. There is a chance she was on her way to getting a DUI the weekend before her disappearance. One of the assistant track coaches at her school, UMASS, admits to having had an affair with her. She googled information about how much one can drink while pregnant. She'd contacted a ski resort about renting a room with more than one bed, and she emailed her professors about a nonexistent death in the family.
There's. SO. MUCH.
Anyway, James Renner was kind enough to come onto The Principled Uncertainty Podcast and give a brief overview of the case, his investigation, and the weird 'rabbit holes' inherent to the Maura Murray disappearance. If you dig true crime in any way, please come and listen to the podcast.
Theme: "Ten" by DJ Sun
You can find my books on Amazon, as well. Here are the links to the first two works in the Rolson McKane tetralogy:
Here are the other links to find both the podcast(s) and my own thoughts and ramblings:
The Principled Uncertainty Podcast