Creators, Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri, dive right into the mystery of Maura Murray with this podcast and a documentary, which is still in the works.
What I loved: Lance and Tim are non-biased and try to present the facts in a chronological manor. They hold nothing back, even if some of the facts presented put a negative shade upon Maura. It’s important to know EVERYTHING, good or bad about a person to fully understand the events leading up to their abduction, murder, or in this case, disappearance. There is no sugar-coating here, only cold, hard facts.
The audio is also crystal clear and possesses great quality. Tim and Lance are easy to listen to and bring Maura’s story to life.
What I didn’t: To be completely honest, I have given up listening to the podcast. After several episodes, I became confused and extremely lost. I believe the creators have an amazing idea, but need to re-organize or pre-plan their thoughts conveyed in the episodes.
Q: What are the main sources utilized for your info?
A: Hi Christie, we're using official police records and timelines that independent investigators have made. We're using a lot of James Renner's blog as reference. And then our speculation and opinions are our own, but we haven't really given them yet. We will though.
Q: How do you two know each other?
A: Lance and I have been friends since 2002, we actually met doing dinner theater. I've done some acting, and Lance was directing the shows and he cast me on recommendation. We've remained close friends ever since, and have worked on multiple creative projects together
Q: Do either of you have any prior background in true crime and/or investigations?
A: Neither of us have background on truce crime, however, we are both big fans of mysteries and questing for answers. We do both have film backgrounds, so the technical side of the documentary shouldn't be too difficult for us. Lance has also helped James Renner at times and was actually the person who ripped the Alden Howes Olsen videos from his YouTube page before he deleted them. Lance then sent them to James and James reposted them. If not for Lance's interest in this case right around the eight year anniversary of Maura's disappearance the public or investigators may never have seen those creepy videos. A simple Google search will bring them up if you're unfamiliar.
Q: Why did you choose the Maura Murray disappearance for your podcast?
A: I've been producing and hosting a few other podcasts for the past year plus, but have never attempted anything this heavy. We had begun working on the documentary in the winter of 2013 but had trouble accumulating the interviews we wanted to. Lance thought trying a podcast to further public interest in the documentary would be a good idea. And we're both fascinated by Maura's disappearance to the point where I believe it's one of the best mysteries I've ever heard.
Q: What is your ultimate goal with this podcast/documentary?
A: Raising awareness for the documentary is the main goal for the podcast. My goal as producer is finishing and finding distribution for the documentary. I don't think it's necessarily our goal to find Maura (if she is alive), but finding an answer would make for a compelling climax to the movie and podcast. It's tough because if she did run away on her own, we still don't know why, and we could be damaging or ruining her life if we made her location public.
Q: Approximately how many episodes are you predicting you will publish?
A: We plan on releasing an episode a week and maybe about twenty episodes. Once we get through the timeline we want to get into theories and interviews with people with strong opinions, for both the podcast and documentary. We had also talked about doing other missing person cases in podcast form in the future. We'll see how the rest of this one goes first!
Visit the Missing Maura Murray Podcast site, follow them on Twitter and check out James Renner’s blog too!
If you're a fan of the Maura Murray case and also of the Generation Why Podcast, listen to their episode on Maura.