Three Five women have come forward to ask police to investigate Bill Rausch and what role his actions may have played in the fate of Maura Murray. Here are their stories.
Lawton, OK, 2004
Two weeks ago, I was contacted by a woman who lived in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 2004. She knew Bill a few months after Maura Murray disappeared in 2004. He visited the people who lived in her house, often, as some had ties to Fort Sill, where Bill was working at the time. He was friends with the man she was seeing at the time, who warned her that Bill “had gone off the deep end” and that his girlfriend was missing.
One day, Bill found out that her guy was not home for a while and he texted her, asked if he could come over. There was a party at the house that night and so she didn’t see the harm. Once he arrived, though, he took her outside and grabbed her and started kissing her. He suggested they go to a hotel. She agreed and went with him in the car.
At a stoplight, she says, Bill reached over and grabbed her by the neck and said, “I’m going to kill you like I killed Maura.” She reached over and dug her nails into him. “I’ll rip your crotch off,” she said.
Immediately, Bill’s demeanor changed and he became gentle again. He said he was just joking and they continued on to the hotel. However, at the hotel she decided not to have sex. Later, she says, Bill explained that he was glad she never slept with him because “the only people I care about that I have sex with die.”
Washington D.C., 2011
Please listen to the interview (click YouTube link above) with these two women to hear the story in their own voices. Below is a summary.
Two years ago, I learned that Bill lost his job at Ray Group International in 2011 after a woman alleged that he sexually assaulted her in the office one night. This woman says his aggression toward her began before that, when she was going up the escalators on the Metro one morning. Someone jogged up beside her and pushed her down. Luckily fellow commuters caught her before she could tumble to the bottom. But her dressed was ripped. She looked up and saw Bill at the top of the escalators. Later, when he assaulted her, he began by saying that it was him who pushed her down that day as (in her words) the humanity in his eyes went away and he became robotic in the attack.
Insert: Here’s a photo of the woman inside the “man trap” at Ray Group with Bill behind her.
Last month, another woman contacted me about her encounter with Bill in the fall of 2011. She was working as a bartender at the time. She hooked up with Bill one night. The sex started consensual but quickly progressed to choking. He wanted to hear her gasp for breath. She too described the lack of emotion in his eyes. After it was over, she says he was threatening. “This never happened.”
When I asked Bill about the second woman, he said it wasn’t true. That he never knew her. When I told her that he denied it, she sent me a picture of the napkin they used to communicate at the bar that night. It contains his cell phone in his hand writing.
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A 4th Woman
Another woman came forward yesterday. She and Bill had a brief relationship in 2006. “I’m not surprised to hear all this,” she said. “He was a pathological liar.”
He spoke about Maura Murray only once, by saying he had a girlfriend who had “passed” but that they were broken up at the time.
She describes Bill as being extremely pushy, obsessive, arrogant, and controlling. She said even his friends at Fort Sill called him, “Billy Liar.”
May 8, 2018
A fifth woman has come forward. Here is her story:
spent one night with Bill when we were both working in politics in Ohio
in 2008 and he was violent and degrading towards me. We were at a bar
with other political staffers one night when he sent me one text saying
that he wanted to go home with me and a second that said “I want to
break you.” I seriously thought the second one was a typo because I
didn’t know why someone would send that message in a flirty situation.
He came to my apartment after the bar and it was clear that text was not
a typo. The language he used and the demands he made were threatening
and demeaning. We only spent the one night together but I could see the
potential for regular abhorrent behavior towards women. The next day I
was shaken and decided to google him and that’s when I saw the case
about Maura. I was deeply disturbed and felt lucky that nothing more had
happened to me.Bill
was working at the ODP at the time and I asked other women there if
they knew about Maura or if any of them had witnessed this kind of
behavior. They said Bill had been proactive in declaring innocence in
Maura’s case during his interview process. It was top in google results,
so he had to talk about it straight away in the interview vetting
process. The women brushed Bill’s relationship to Maura as a weird
coincidence, but confirmed that he made inappropriate comments to women
in the office and was often seeking sexual relationships.
There are other similarities between the stories from the women you
interviewed on youtube and my story though. Firstly, looking back at
that night I felt like he was testing me to see how violent he could get
away with being without me resisting and in my case, the answer was not
very. He might have been less aggressive with me than other women who
were continuously choked because he realized I was going to resist
submitting to that and/or because I had connections to political leaders
and he feared retaliation. Also, when we were at the bar, Bill was
passing notes on napkins with the bar tender and trying to get her to
write her number down. It was like a manipulative game he was playing
that she was not interested in and he wouldn’t let it go. He wrote a
note to me also, which I’ve attached photos of. There were cheap
paintings for sale at the bar I bought one. On the back, Bill wrote
“fuck you -captain bill”. The handwriting isn’t identical to napkin
notes posted on your blog that also start with “fuck you”. It’s more of a
cursive scrawl, but he wrote it. He also seemed to be blaming me for
his inability to control himself, like the bartender in your story said,
and I think that’s what the “fuck you” meant. Like “fuck you for
triggering these urges in me.” I thought it was kind of funny, but it
did not seem so funny later on. Also when Bill left my apartment he
said, “This never happened”, just like the bartender in your story said.
DC Police are currently investigating this string of odd behavior. Subpoenas have been served for files related to Bill’s dismissal from Ray Group International and witnesses have appeared before a federal Grand Jury.