In case you haven’t been following the craziness that is the Maura Murray case recently, let me get you up to speed.
An attorney from Massachusetts, Joe Anderson, is suing the state of New Hampshire for access to crime scene photographs from the scene of Maura Murray’s accident. Anderson is an associate of Erinn Larkin, a friend of the Murray family, who was recently caught pretending to be an advocate for Billy Rausch’s stalking victim in order to scrub details of his assault from the Internet. It’s a whole thing.
Anderson was suspended from practicing law, in 2013, when he abandoned his clients.
Detectives for the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit do not want to release the records, saying it would create a media frenzy and further confusion in the case. They specifically cite the incident from August where someone went to great lengths to get me to publish a false story, claiming Maura Murray was seen with Erinn Larkin the day of her disappearance.
This person created a fake phone number and used the name of a real person who went to UMass at the time. He said he was traveling through Haverhill on the way to his buddy’s birthday party – he even used the name of another real UMass grad (who, in fact, was actually born on that day) for his friend. I spoke to this man on the phone and he told me the whole story again. Now, that’s enough for many journalists. I’d verified the names, the personal details, etc. It was enough to report on at that time. Luckily, something about it just seemed off and I didn’t.
At the same time, one person who was loudly demanding I release that info was Billy Rausch. Make of that what you will. To this day, we still don’t know the identity of the person who went to such lengths to fool police and the public. And the whole thing appears to have been an attempt to damage my credibility in a public way.
According to one law enforcement official close to the case, NH Cold Case Unit detectives are at their wits end with the actions of these trolls and of Erinn Larkin, herself, and have considered charging them with obstruction of justice. They lost patience with her after she attacked Haverhill Chief Cecil Smith before and after his suicide. Now that things have reached the level of the courts, this becomes more likely every day.