Questioning Cecil Smith's Statements about Butch Atwood

I am going to start sounding like a broken record, but it is a point worth reiterating: one need not ascribe to a wide ranging police “conspiracy” to be skeptical of the police’s story about the events of February 9th. In my opinion, there are still fundamental outstanding questions about Officer Cecil Smith's story. The show posits that Witness A passed the scene at 7:37 PM and Officer Smith arrived on scene at 7:46 PM. Even if we take Smith at his word that he was driving the SUV that evening, it still does not explain the timeline discrepancy. The simple fact is that the show’s own timeline does not logically add up. Given that the timeline is perhaps the most critical element in deter

Smith Driving the SUV, Witness A, and the Timeline

It would be an incredibly bold lie for Cecil Smith to claim he was driving the SUV if he was not. It also seems far-fetched to suggest there is a police conspiracy in which Smith is ‘covering’ for an officer who could be guilty of a serious crime (though such a situation would not be unheard of). Yes, Smith seemed nervous during the interview. Yes, his explanation as to why he would be driving the SUV seemed a bit rehearsed. In fairness, being interviewed for a television show would make a lot of people nervous. And it is difficult to make a judgment without knowing his baseline anxiety level. For the same reason I do not believe it is fair to read anything into Kathleen Murray’s apparent d

Out with the Old [Rumors]: Reviewing New Information from E2 of Oxygen's “The Disappearance of M

In my opinion, Episode 2 of the Oxygen series, 'The Disappearance of Maura Murray,' went a long way toward dispelling many of the lingering rumors that have persisted in this case. The episode featured author James Renner and outlined his theory that Maura was pregnant and fled to Canada. Our fourth podcast episode (on iTunes and YouTube) is a review of Episode 2, and a large part of our discussion is to devoted to a critique of the assumptions underlying Renner's theory. Reasonable people can disagree. Well-meaning, rational individuals can look at the exact same piece of information and come to wildly different conclusions. That said, while I believe our biases make it impossible for a