The CrimeCon Cold Case Club is preparing for the final phase of the program, which utilizes the collective brainpower and talents of its members to work alongside experts in reviewing case evidence and theories.
Club members have been dissecting the Maura Murray case as they follow along with Oxygen’s new show, The Disappearance of Maura Murray. The series, led by investigative journalist Maggie Freleng, airs it’s final episode this Saturday, October 28th at 7:00pm and 9:00pm ET on Oxygen.
Sheryl McCollum, Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, leads club members in weekly virtual meetings through examining distinct aspects of the case and providing direct access to experts, special guests, case evidence and exclusive content. The goal of the club is to bring awareness and fresh eyes to the case.
The third club meeting on October 15th kicked off with exclusive videos from retired FBI agents Jim Clemente, Maureen O’Connell and Bobby Chacon. The group discussed eyewitness testimony and police confidentiality in cold cases to give members a better understanding of why police can withhold certain information or doubt a witness. This is a frequently debated point in the case and a crucial topic analyzed in episode 4.
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Club leader Sheryl McCollum led the meeting in a live audio broadcast, joined by Lance Reenstierna & Tim Pilleri, hosts of the Missing Maura Murray podcast and Bobby Chacon, retired FBI agent and forensic dive team leader. During the meeting, members were able to call in and ask questions directly to the experts live on air. John Smith of Truthseekers also called in to join the conversation.
The following week, an exclusive interactive virtual map of the crash site and surrounding areas was posted for members to explore as well as extensive drone footage. Members quickly began analyzing the scene and formulating some interesting observations.
In episode 5 of the Oxygen series, Maggie & Art attempt to debunk the common theories about the case and determine that it was plausible that Maura got into another car that night. So for the fourth club meeting on October 22nd, the Club hosted a live Q&A session with James Renner to help dig deeper into this theory. James is the author of “True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray,” which tells the story of his personal investigation of the case. He is also the author of popular blog, “My Search For Maura Murray,” which explores countless theories regarding her disappearance.
Members had the opportunity to question James about specific case details, key players, debated facts and his own personal opinion on the case. Regarding his own theory, James told the group:
“Have I changed my opinion? A little bit. The only thing I’ve ever been certain of was that there was a tandem driver, traveling with Maura to the White Mountains in a vehicle ahead of her. They picked her up and took off. After watching the Oxygen series and seeing what Maggie and Art have uncovered, I’m willing to consider that Maura was murdered by the tandem driver. I’m also considering the idea that the tandem driver helped Maura to a ”safe house” possibly the Outing Club Cabin and she was killed later by someone she knew.”
It’s not too late to join the CrimeCon Cold Case Club and access all of the existing meeting archives, case documents and exclusive extras. Registration is still open for free. Join the final club meeting this Sunday at 8pm ET for a live audio broadcast with special guests Maggie Freleng & Art Roderick, from The Disappearance of Maura Murray and Lance Reenstierna & Tim Pilleri, hosts of the Missing Maura Murray podcast.
Tune in this Saturday at 7/6c & 9/8c for the season finale of “The Disappearance of Maura Murray” on Oxygen or catch up on all of the past episodes online for free.
Catch up on what the Club covered the first two weeks: here