If you haven’t already, give episode 4 of The Prosecutors podcast a listen. First, they discuss how a podcast promoted by the Murray family committed slander in the episodes featuring Guy Paradee (who threatened the life of an NPR reporter last week). But the real takeaway come toward the end of the episode, where host Brett breaks down the possible connections to the unsolved hit-and-run of Petrit Vasi.
In case you were unaware, Vasi was a student at UMass and the night Maura Murray had a breakdown at work, days before her disappearance, he was found unconscious on the side of the road, after being hit by a car. For years, people have speculated perhaps Maura hit him with her Saturn and that’s why she had the breakdown, and why she drove into the White Mountains (in order to get rid of the car or have it fixed out of state).
The police tried to keep the records of that accident secret. But a few years ago I was successful in getting copies after a long, drawn-out battle with their public records department and the state of Massachusetts Open Records office. You can read through them here.
My thought at the time was that, since the paint chips found around Vasi were not the color of Maura’s Saturn, it probably wasn’t her car that hit him. Maura’s Saturn was black. The paint chips were red, white, and metallic silver.
Brett from The Prosecutors podcast realized something that may be significant – that the Saturn logo on the front of Maura’s car was red, white, and metallic silver.
It’s worth noting that Petrit, himself, feels it’s far-fetched that it was Maura or someone in her car who hit him. But, for the first time in many years, it’s hard for me to write this off.