A former police detective and private investigator who has worked with the Murray family took to Facebook last night and threatened to kill Maggie Freleng, the journalist from Oxygen’s “The Disappearance of Maura Murray.” who reports now for NPR’s Latino USA.
After Freleng posted about President Trump’s history of racism and misogyny, Guy Paradee responded with several threatening messages. “I look forward to seeing you on the field of battle,” he wrote. “Are you willing to defend your views in war? Or are you just a loudmouth bitch?”
He went on to again threaten Freleng and those who supported her views, saying, “I look forward to cutting you long deep and frequent.”
Paradee has worked with Fred Murray as a private detective. However, his license was revoked in Vermont in 2016 because of his behavior. More recently, he appeared on a podcast the Murray family uses and committed defamation by naming a local contractor as Maura’s killer.
Friends of the Murrays have raised concerns in the last few weeks that the family is being taken advantage of by the people they work with – for example, they were asked to work with Dr. Arpad Vass who uses a magic fingernail machine to find missing people. Last fall, Lance and Tim from the Missing Maura Murray podcast offered to step in and work as representatives for the family. They declined.
Tim and Lance from the Missing Maura Murray podcast have taken down Guy Paradee’s episode.
The Murray family are saying they are not directly associated with this investigator. Newspaper articles say otherwise. Paradee was a member of the New Hampshire League of Investigators, a team that Fred asked to help in 2006, after being introduced to them through the Molly Bish Foundation.
From the North County News, January 13, 2006:
The team has gathered all of the media coverage for study as well as topographical maps of the area and are in communication, regularly with the family. They also hope to serve as an interface between the family and law enforcement.
“There are many things that law enforcement does that they can not reveal, even to the family”, said NHLI President John Healy, “We will try to help the family understand these things and the whole process, while letting them know this is still being actively investigated by the volunteers as well as law enforcement.”
Julie Murray was aware over a year ago of Guy’s threatening messages toward minorities on Facebook. And the family promoted the interviews with Paradee where he committed defamation. It took a death threat for them to distance themselves from the investigator. The podcast the family promotes on their website still has two interviews with Guy available.
Paradee was also in charge of cadaver dog searches that helped the family’s efforts to find Maura.
And they continue to work with another man on websites and social media projects who has also threatened Freleng, recently sending her a cease and desist letter through his attorney.
And here is what the Murray’s sometime spokesperson had to say when she learned of Paradee’s targeting of minorities: