True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself In The Mysterious Disappearance Of Maura Murray by James RennerTrue Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself In The Mysterious Disappearance Of Maura Murray by James Renner

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself In The Mysterious Disappearance Of Maura Murray

byJames Renner

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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As seen on the Oxygen mini-series The Disappearance of Maura Murray

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 led 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 a complicated case that has eluded authorities for more than a decade and a journalist's own complicated true-crime addiction.

JAMES RENNER is the author of The Serial Killer's Apprentice and several other works of nonfiction. His true crime stories have appeared in The Best American Crime Writing anthology, as well the Cleveland Scene and His method of using social media to solve cold cases was the subject of a CNN profile in 2015. He has also wr...
Title:True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself In The Mysterious Disappearance Of Maura MurrayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.45 × 0.82 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250113814

ISBN - 13:9781250113818

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real crime Real crime drama read. Loved reading about these stories. Very immersive yet also easy to read.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Loved this book. The chapters are short so it's nice for someone like me who reads on their lunch hour. It was a super compelling read as I didn't know about the case prior. Definitely love Renner and would reccommend!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Gift Awesome book! so great for people like me that can't get enough of real crime dramas and real life stories. yes I recommend
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good if you are interested in the case, but this book does not provide a great level of facts concerning the case. My first exposure to the Maura Murray case was the television series special entitled, "The Disappearance of Maura Murray". Obviously, the book is mentioned as Renner did contact several sources and continues to suggest a specific theory related to what happened to Murray. So, I decided to pick it up from the library and draw my own conclusions from the source. However, this book felt less like investigative journalism and more like a personal mission to suggest that all humans are evil. It is clear from the first third of the book that the author does not hold a high opinion of Murray, her friends, or her family. At one point Renner even states that he doesn't like her or think she is a good person. Now, as a lay individual, I know nothing about Murray or her case, however, I realize that people are complex individuals and to suggest that the only information that should be considered in her case is her issues with the law is short sided. Additionally, for the level of detail, Renner provided about his child's and his own psychological state he does not even consider the psychological processes that may be playing a role for all of the individuals in this case. For instance, memories are not static so it is possible that when sources informed him that they could not remember details that it was simply that they could not remember rather than due to some sinister motive to withhold information. Overall, I do not feel that reading this book provided me with a great deal of insight into the case. I would only really recommend this book for those who want a quick and easy read.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good!!! This was a super interesting book that explored many roads. I did not know much about the case before I read this book but now I am hooked!! The only disappointing part would be because it is an open case there is no real ending to the story.
Date published: 2017-07-31

Table of Contents


Prologue 1
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 3
2. Paramour 8
3. Full Disclosure 12
4. All-American Girl 16
5. Past Is Prologue 20
6. The Gatekeeper 23
7. Forget the Past 27
8. Last Shift at Melville 31
9. The Zoo 34
10. Hacking the Universe 38
11. Never Take Rides from Strangers 44
12. The Runner50
13. Private Eyes 52
14. What Really Happened at West Point 57
15. Cracks in the Façade60
16. The Clique 67
17. Molly, Holly, and Bri 71
18. Murray v. State of New Hampshire 75
19. My Baker Street Irregulars 82
20. The Chief 's Demons 86
21. What the TV Guy Told Me 89
22. Aunt Janis 94
23. Baby Brother 98
24. How an Abduction Happens 103
25. A Lucky Break 108
26. Maura's Lovers 114
27. BFF 117
28. Consider the Red Herring 120
29. The Londonderry Ping 124
30. The Man with the Knife 128
31. 22 Walker130
32. Between the Lines 132
33. Petrit Vasi 134
34. The Shadow of Death Returns 139
35. Motive143
36. 112dirtbag 149
37. Mr. 1974 154
38. Family158
39. Bad Rabbit 162
40. An Overdue Visit 167
41. Outliers175
42. More Trou ble in St. Albans 178
43. Th e Zaps 181
44. Silver Linings184
45. Confrontations 188
46. "Drunk and Naked" 193
47. Graves 197
48. Borderland 200
49. I Saw Your Think 204
50. Eucatastrophe 207
51. Contempt 211
52. Hard Time 217
53. Beagle Strikes Back 222
54. The Fool 226
55. Every body Lies 231
56. Billy, Don't Lose My Number 237
57. Closure Is for Doors 240
58. Failed Tests 246
59. How to Disappear 251
60. Oh, Canada! 255
61. Poker Face 262
62. The Bitter and the Sweet 266

Epilogue 271
Acknowledgments 279

Editorial Reviews

"[Renner] is just plain fun to read."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review"You have not read a book like this before and, I'd wager, you'll not engage with its like again. . . . Renner is a tantalizing and almost gleeful tour guide to and through the impulses of the armchair detective."-Minneapolis Star Tribune"As the title suggests, [True Crime Addict] is an addictive read."-Bustle"The mystery of Murray's whereabouts is baffling. . . . [Renner's] chipping away at the facts of a ten-year-old case makes the reader hope that, in the end, the answers will be uncovered. An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix's Making a Murderer, and other true crime cases."-Library Journal (starred review)"Brutally honest, no-holds-barred storytelling . . . Renner brilliantly covers all the bases here."-M. William Phelps, New York Times bestselling author"Renner's walk on the dark side makes for a highly compelling read."-Kathryn Casey, bestselling author of Deliver Us"Renner's personal involvement in the case-and his self-destructive, relentless dedication to confronting the darkness at the heart of it [] noteworthy."-Publishers Weekly