World TRUE CRIME: The haunting disappearance of Maura Murray, the original Gone Girl.

22:55  12 september  2017
22:55  12 september  2017 Source:   Mamamia

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1. What was going on in Murray ’s life? The official website created by Murray ’s loved ones includes a multi-part biography of Murray , calling her an “All-American Girl ,” a model student, athlete, and daughter. True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray .

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.

Maura Murray.© AP Photo Maura Murray.

Maura Murray was just 21 years old when she vanished without a trace in 2004.

The University of Massachusetts student was driving through rural New Hampshire at night when she lost control of her vehicle and ploughed into a snow bank.

By the time the police arrived on scene, Maura was gone. And ever since that night the internet has been obsessed with her disappearance.

Blogs, Reddit threads, a podcast, and a book, have all been dedicated to the search for answers in the disappearance of Maura Murray.

Some have referred to Maura as the gone girl before Gone Girl. She was the original all-American girl, who was hiding dark secrets and a troubling past, behind her perfect grades and track star exterior.

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James will reveal his findings and insights into the disappearance of Maura Murray . He has been investigating this case for years. Go to, click on the Amazon banner and pick up True Crime Addict today.

Maura Murray disappeared on the evening of February 9, 2004 after a car crash on Route 112 in Haverhill, New Hampshire. Murray was a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. On the afternoon of Monday, February 9, before she left campus

There are many conflicting theories about what happened to Maura. Did she run off into the woods and die from exposure? Was she driving into the White Mountains to commit suicide? Did she successfully evade the police and start a new life in Canada? Was she abducted by an opportunistic serial killer? Is she still living in New Hampshire under a different name? Was she murdered by a group of locals and did the police cover it up?

Maura's remains have never been found and she hasn't accessed her bank accounts or reached out to her family or friends since.

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It was a cold February day in 2004 when UMass Amherst student Maura Murray took a spontaneous trip toward the White Mountains. She told no one where she was going when she emptied her bank account, packed up her things, and hit the road.

James Renner is a journalist, former reporter for the Cleveland Scene and author of nonfiction thriller, True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray , the story of his spellbinding investigation of the case.

There was only about a 3-5 minute gap in between the time Butch Atwood, a local school bus driver, last saw Maura and when she vanished.

So where did Maura go?

What looks like a simple case on the surface, becomes muddied with conflicting theories and eccentric personalities, when you start to peel back the layers.

And when you begin looking into Maura's case it's easy to lose yourself in loose ends and what ifs.

That's exactly what happened to Ohio-based true crime author James Renner.

Renner began investigating Maura's disappearance in 2011. In his book True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray Renner describes how Maura's case soon began infiltrating every part of his life. His search for the truth started to take priority over his own personal life and well-being.

"My wife said to me a couple of weeks ago that I had lost my sense of joy, that I never smiled anymore. It was a profound statement. I still consider myself a funny guy," he wrote.

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Disappearance of Maura Murray . “At a hairpin turn, she went off the road. Her car hit a tree. True Crime Addict by James Renner: I already wrote about how bad this book about the disappearance of Maura Murray is here, but to summarize: don’t waste your time with this narcissistic, self infolved

"Missing Maura Murray " is a true crime podcast about the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray . Maura was a 21 year old college student in February of 2004 when she inexplicably drove three hours from her dorm in Amherst

And he's not the only one. A bunch of private detectives and internet sleuths have found themselves coming out the other end of the Maura Murray rabbit hole months, if not years, down the track, no closer to the truth.

A podcast called Missing Maura Murray began looking into the case in June 2015. But nearly two years on, the hosts Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri, have no definitive answers.

Like many of us, Maura was battling with her own disappointments and failures, and was probably experiencing some form of mental illness at the time when she disappeared.

And it was what was happening in her life in the lead up to Maura's disappearance that really intrigues the armchair detectives.

Renner's investigations have revealed that Maura was asked to leave the prestigious West Point Academy a couple of years before her disappearance because she stole makeup from one of the stores on site.

Maura then transferred to UMass and started studying nursing. But it wasn't long until Maura was in trouble again. According to Renner, Maura had recorded the numbers off another student's credit card and used them to buy food. She was charged by the local police and put on probation.

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True Crime Addict - How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray . In 2011, James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray , a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004.

His true crime stories have appeared in The Best American Crime Writing anthology, as well the Cleveland I'm haunted by Maura 's dissapearence. ByAmazon Customeron August 12, 2016. This book about the disappearance of Maura Murray is everything a true crime book should not

Three nights before Maura disappeared, a student at UMass was injured in a hit and run accident. Some people have theorised that Maura could have been driving the car, but there has never been any proof of this.

Later that night, Maura became distressed at her job manning one of the college's reception desks, and was escorted home by her supervisor. When her supervisor asked Maura what was wrong, all she could reply was 'my sister'. Maura's sister has said there was nothing wrong with her at this time.

Two days before she went missing, Maura's father Fred withdrew $4000 from eight different ATMs. He then travelled to UMass to visit Maura and they went looking for another second hand car for her. They never bought a car. Later that night Maura crashed Fred's car on campus while driving home from a party.

On the day of her disappearance Maura emailed her college professors and told them there had been a death in the family. There hadn't been a death. She then started researching cabins in the white mountains, before packing some belongings into her car and driving down Interstate 91.

We don't where Maura was travelling to or what she was planning.

It's easy to see how a 21-year-old college student could have become overwhelmed after the events of the previous few months. Maybe she just wanted to get away for awhile to clear her mind. Maybe she did think her family and friends would be better off without her. Maybe she was planning to start a new life in Canada.

All we know is that Maura Murray's life as she knew it, ended that night on the side of the road, and 13 years later we're still searching for answers.

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