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True crime addict : how I lost myself in the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray /

by Renner, James [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, [2016]Edition: First edition.Description: xi, 280 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781250089014; 1250089018.Subject(s): Renner, James, 1978- | Murray, Maura, 1982- | Journalists -- United States -- Psychology -- Case studies | Missing persons -- United States -- Case studies | Criminal investigation -- United States -- Case studiesOnline resources: Cover image
Contents:
The girl with the dragon tattoo -- Paramour -- Full disclosure -- All-American girl -- Past is prologue -- The gatekeeper -- Forget the past -- Last shift at Melville -- The zoo -- Hacking the universe -- Never take rides from strangers -- The runner -- Private eyes -- What really happened at West Point -- Cracks in the façade -- The clique -- Molly, Holly, and Bri -- Murray v. State of New Hampshire -- My Baker Street irregulars -- The Chief's demons -- What the TV guy told me -- Aunt Janis -- Baby brother -- How an abduction happens -- A lucky break -- Maura's lovers -- BFF -- Consider the red herring -- The Londonderry ping -- The man with the knife -- 22 Walker -- Between the lines -- Pretrit Vasi -- The shadow of death returns -- Motive -- 112dirtbag -- Mr. 1974 -- Family -- Bad rabbit -- An overdue visit -- Outliers -- More trouble in St. Albans -- The zaps -- Silver linings -- Confrontations -- "Drunk and naked" -- Graves -- Borderland -- I saw your think -- Eucatastrophe -- Contempt -- Hard time -- Beagle strikes back -- The fool -- Everybody lies -- Billy, don't lose my number -- Closure is for doors -- Failed tests -- How to disappear -- Oh, Canada! -- Poker face -- The bitter and the sweet.
Summary: "When an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession leads James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. 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. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being. As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of the complicated story of the All-American girl who went missing and James's own equally complicated true crime addiction. James Renner's True Crime Addict is the story of his spellbinding investigation of the missing person's case of Maura Murray, which has taken on a life of its own for armchair sleuths across the web. In the spirit of David Fincher's Zodiac, it is a fascinating look at a case that has eluded authorities and one man's obsessive quest for the answers"-- Provided by publisher.
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<p>When an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession leads James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. 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. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being. As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of the complicated story of the All-American girl who went missing and James's own equally complicated true crime addiction.</p> <p>James Renner's True Crime Addict is the story of his spellbinding investigation of the missing person's case of Maura Murray, which has taken on a life of its own for armchair sleuths across the web. In the spirit of David Fincher's Zodiac , it is a fascinating look at a case that has eluded authorities and one man's obsessive quest for the answers.</p>

"When an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession leads James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. 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. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being. As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of the complicated story of the All-American girl who went missing and James's own equally complicated true crime addiction. James Renner's True Crime Addict is the story of his spellbinding investigation of the missing person's case of Maura Murray, which has taken on a life of its own for armchair sleuths across the web. In the spirit of David Fincher's Zodiac, it is a fascinating look at a case that has eluded authorities and one man's obsessive quest for the answers"-- Provided by publisher.

The girl with the dragon tattoo -- Paramour -- Full disclosure -- All-American girl -- Past is prologue -- The gatekeeper -- Forget the past -- Last shift at Melville -- The zoo -- Hacking the universe -- Never take rides from strangers -- The runner -- Private eyes -- What really happened at West Point -- Cracks in the façade -- The clique -- Molly, Holly, and Bri -- Murray v. State of New Hampshire -- My Baker Street irregulars -- The Chief's demons -- What the TV guy told me -- Aunt Janis -- Baby brother -- How an abduction happens -- A lucky break -- Maura's lovers -- BFF -- Consider the red herring -- The Londonderry ping -- The man with the knife -- 22 Walker -- Between the lines -- Pretrit Vasi -- The shadow of death returns -- Motive -- 112dirtbag -- Mr. 1974 -- Family -- Bad rabbit -- An overdue visit -- Outliers -- More trouble in St. Albans -- The zaps -- Silver linings -- Confrontations -- "Drunk and naked" -- Graves -- Borderland -- I saw your think -- Eucatastrophe -- Contempt -- Hard time -- Beagle strikes back -- The fool -- Everybody lies -- Billy, don't lose my number -- Closure is for doors -- Failed tests -- How to disappear -- Oh, Canada! -- Poker face -- The bitter and the sweet.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue (p. 1)
  • 1 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (p. 3)
  • 2 Paramour (p. 8)
  • 3 Full Disclosure (p. 12)
  • 4 All-American Girl (p. 16)
  • 5 Past Is Prologue (p. 20)
  • 6 The Gatekeeper (p. 23)
  • 7 Forget the Past (p. 27)
  • 8 Last Shift at Melville (p. 31)
  • 9 The Zoo (p. 34)
  • 10 Hacking the Universe (p. 38)
  • 11 Never Take Rides from Strangers (p. 44)
  • 12 The Runner (p. 50)
  • 13 Private Eyes (p. 52)
  • 14 What Really Happened at West Point (p. 57)
  • 15 Cracks in the Façade (p. 60)
  • 16 The Clique (p. 67)
  • 17 Molly, Holly, and Bri (p. 71)
  • 18 Murray v. State of New Hampshire (p. 75)
  • 19 My Baker Street Irregulars (p. 82)
  • 20 The Chiefs Demons (p. 86)
  • 21 What the TV Guy Told Me (p. 89)
  • 22 Aunt Janis (p. 94)
  • 23 Baby Brother (p. 98)
  • 24 How an Abduction Happens (p. 103)
  • 25 A Lucky Break (p. 108)
  • 26 Maura's Lovers (p. 114)
  • 27 BFF (p. 117)
  • 28 Consider the Red Herring (p. 120)
  • 29 The Londonderry Ping (p. 124)
  • 30 The Man with the Knife (p. 128)
  • 31 22 Walker (p. 130)
  • 32 Between the Lines (p. 132)
  • 33 Petrit Vasi (p. 134)
  • 34 The Shadow of Death Returns (p. 139)
  • 35 Motive (p. 143)
  • 36 112dirtbag (p. 149)
  • 37 Mr. 1974 (p. 154)
  • 38 Family (p. 158)
  • 39 Bad Rabbit (p. 162)
  • 40 An Overdue Visit (p. 167)
  • 41 Outliers (p. 175)
  • 42 More Trouble in St. Albans (p. 178)
  • 43 The Zaps (p. 181)
  • 44 Silver Linings (p. 184)
  • 45 Confrontations (p. 188)
  • 46 "Drunk and Naked" (p. 193)
  • 47 Graves (p. 197)
  • 48 Borderland (p. 200)
  • 49 I Saw Your Think (p. 204)
  • 50 Eucatastrophe (p. 207)
  • 51 Contempt (p. 211)
  • 52 Hard Time (p. 217)
  • 53 Beagle Strikes Back (p. 222)
  • 54 The Fool (p. 226)
  • 55 Everybody Lies (p. 231)
  • 56 Billy, Don't Lose My Number (p. 237)
  • 57 Closure Is for Doors (p. 240)
  • 58 Failed Tests (p. 246)
  • 59 How to Disappear (p. 251)
  • 60 Oh, Canada! (p. 255)
  • 61 Poker Face (p. 262)
  • 62 The Bitter and the Sweet (p. 266)
  • Epilogue (p. 271)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 279)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Former investigative journalist Renner (The Great Forgetting) takes the reader on his dark journey unraveling the disappearance of University of Massachusetts Amherst student Maura Murray, who went missing in 2004. Having to sift through over a decade's worth of stories and evidence, Renner keeps digging until the toll of his obsession creeps into his personal life. The author first heard of Murray's story on a 20/20 episode and, having experience with similar cases, dives right in. Renner shares snippets of his own life while collecting bits of Murray's, almost balancing out the scales of information. The mystery of -Murray's whereabouts is baffling. From descriptions of her father who doesn't want to talk about the case to potential ties to Dennis Rader, the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killer, Renner keeps searching for the truth before the case consumes him. His chipping away at the facts of a ten-year-old case makes the reader hope that, in the end, the answers will be uncovered. -VERDICT An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix's Making a Murderer, and other true crime cases.-Ryan -Claringbole, Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison, WI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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