The last time I passionately participated in a true crime storytelling event was Making A Murderer during Christmas break. Last August when James Renner first mentioned True Crime Addict on Missing Maura Murray, I was excited that any book remotely about Maura Murray would be released.
May 24, 2016 was ingrained in my brain.
Fast forward to Summer, TCA finally arrives. Opening day of the release I zipped through the bite sized passages. Knowing beforehand it was more about James’ descent into the case versus cold hard facts from the official investigation prepared me to not get disappointed when the answers I wanted weren’t there.
This is the first book I’ve ever read by Renner. The spiral into obsession and frailty were revealing. Behind the scenes I didn’t know he experienced abuse, addiction, and rage; these very situations have shaped the man, husband, father, and writer that James is today. Without a doubt he is a mature and talented writer.
Readers vicariously traced his footsteps onto his first visit at Haverhill, New Hampshire near the crash site. The ruggedness of driving through these rural roads could be understood in how vulnerable somebody behind the wheel can get lost. Minus the part about hijacking the universe, I like the experience behind trying to navigate his way through strange terrain, along with hitching a ride from a very old resident.
Risky but titillating.
True Crime Addict serves an asset if you’re a true crime fan, especially if you aren’t too familiar with the details behind this cold case mystery. Many shout outs about disappearances and murders placed in the New England vicinity catch attention here. I’m already familiar with Brianna Maitland, Molly Bish and Holly Piirainen but I didn’t know a Christopher Flynn vanished near Haverhill in 2010. The Connecticut River Valley Killer is theorized as a possible perpetrator behind Maura and Brianna disappearing into thin air.
We need to talk about Billy.
I suspected the allegations all along. Bullying and harassment towards female work colleagues brings his character to an all new creep level. I have to wonder about the state of his marriage. I wonder what Maura’s loved ones think about these allegations. Previously I thought they were the perfect couple, but that was before any cheating rumors came my way. Long distance relationships seem like such a strain, especially for two proactive young people like themselves. This is leading me to the discussion about her intimate activities at UMass among the track team. If she wanted to have an orgy, that’s her prerogative. She had the right to explore her sexuality. I don’t find the topic uncomfortable at all but many feel these allegations are offensive. The topic was explored recently on the three part series about MM on True Crime Garage, with Renner as special guest.
In the time between my last post the trailer for the documentary under production right now by Lance and Tim was released. The content looks very promising. I’m curious about the footage they uncovered pre-podcast; overall, just the evolution of their armchair investigation. True Crime Addict even features a sneak peak into their Canada trip. I got a kick seeing Tim and Lance’s names in actual print. So famous.
Also, I was interviewed on the Night Time Podcast. I hooked Jordan onto the MM case. I was nervous but overall the reaction was well received by my podcast peeps.
While I suspect foul play, Maura Murray is undoubtedly the internet’s most talked about mystery (top 5 at least). People theorize she committed suicide in the woods. If that’s what you think, check out the Lyle Stevik case. Meanwhile others like to say she succumbed in the elements after a frantic moment of realizing she’d be arrested. Makes me think of 127 Hours starring James Franco. You guys swear she’s an Lori Erica Ruff. Lori held a false identity for decades before committing suicide. Her real identity has never been disclosed. If Maura really was in peril, contents would have been found through those boots-on-the-ground searches in 2004 and 2006. From what is gathered on episode 27 of MMM, my general opinion from the beginning is that law enforcement wouldn’t investigate her disappearance for this long if she really was indeed in those woods.
Through interviews related to the promotion of TCA, Renner stated he won’t touch a case for a long time. I was bummed learning that. I respect the decision to focus on family and writing fiction though. Happy wife, happy life.
This 12 year mystery is already scrutinized through the internet. I was thinking how if MM was featured on Serial, what a rabbit hole obsession this would turn internationally. I’m glad a selective bunch have dedicated their sleuthing to her.
Lastly one of my favorite things in reading the book was hearing from friends or family say how shy Maura actually was. I wouldn’t have believed that based on her athletic and gregarious appearance. I’m shy too. The part about Karen Mayotte cajoling her into a conversation simply because she wanted to hear her speak is cute. Often the quiet ones actually get noticed…even when you think that you’re invisible.
A bit ago I finally realized why Maura is so striking: she was a natural. She didn’t wear makeup or jewelry. The top bun style of choice makes her simultaneously regular but unique. My favorite color is blue; so was hers. I skipped classes in high school without a beat; apparently she did too exploring Boston. The thing with Maura’s case is people unwittingly romanticize and mold how she identifies with our lives; I certainly do that with her.
I enjoyed every bit of True Crime Addict.
It kept me sane and entertained.