“The Disappearance of Maura Murray”, on Oxygen recently hurtled a true life mystery into the headlines, luring in conspiracy theorists and capturing the attention of people all over the world. What is it that makes Maura Murray’s disappearance so interesting? What separates her story from that of any other missing person each year? How can ONE young lady be at the center of so much controversy? Is she really dead? Was there ACTUALLY a crime? Certainly, if she wanted to disappear, she could have; but at 21 years old just how smart and connected could she be to STILL remain undetected? Wouldnt Maura know SOMEONE at this point? Made a friend? Had a lover? Become a mother?
As I eagerly await the next episode I have found myself listening to podcasts from Tim Pilleri, James Renner and Lance Reenstierna, recorded in 2015, and then comparing it to what we now know, two years later. I’ve researched Maura myself and just when I think that I ‘know’ what happened, some new evidence comes to light that throws me down another dusty alley. The different theories and shady evidence are what keeps us all on the edge of our seats, yearning to know everything that happened, and why. Perhaps the fact that Maura, with her secrets, addictions, and flaws, IS why she has ensnared us all. She is a beautiful, complicated, vulnerable woman, who also happens to be a manipulative liar, a criminal, even. She was smart, fun to be around and close to her family. Atleast, SOME of her family. We don’t know a hell of a lot more than that.
Every single person in Maura Murray’s life seems suspicious. When looking at the evidence she can, at the flip of a coin, be the victim of a heinous crime, or a criminal mastermind that can evade authorities and sleuths all over the country for 13 years, 7 months and 27 days. Did Maura get caught in her own web and self-destruct? Was she murdered by a serial killer, kidnapped by sex traffickers, a victim of incest or domestic violence? Has Maura simply run away from all the chaos in her life? Did the police make a mistake of some sort? Did that mistake cause Maura to run? Did it cost her her life? Would a misstep (our several) by one officer cause an entire police department cover-up? The plot seems to thicken on the hour, but still, the evidence lacks enough substance to locate Mrs. Murray. This isn’t a Stephen King novel. I don’t buy that there has been some super huge conspiracy, scaring Maura enough to fake a
The plot seems to thicken on the hour, but still, the evidence lacks enough substance to locate Mrs. Murray. This isn’t a Stephen King novel. I don’t buy that there has been some super huge conspiracy, scaring Maura enough to fake a dissapearance, then accidentally crossing paths with an unknown serial kidnapper/killer who still has her or disposed her, never-to-be-seen-again.
My opinion so far is that, unless Maura was under government protection of some sort, there is no way she could willingly disappear within a few hours, without ever being able to be found. I sadly don’t think that Maura is alive, but I don’t think that there is a serial killer that has her chained to a wall, either. I don’t think that she met her fate at the hands of some stranger. If she was murdered, my gut says it was at the hand(s) of someone that was a part of her life during the chain of events leading up to her snowy disappearance.
Maggie Freleng and Art Roderick are adding new elements and fresh perspectives to this case, answering many questions that Tim,Lance and James have been asking since 2013. I look forward to watching this documentary as it unfolds, and reserve the right to change my theory if more evidence comes to light.
What is YOUR theory on what happened to Mrs. Murray? I would love to read them!
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