True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray

James Renner / Oct 19, 2020

True Crime Addict How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray When an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime That obs

  • Title: True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray
  • Author: James Renner
  • ISBN: 9780735284586
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Audio
  • When an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime That obsession led Renner to a successful career as an investigative journalist It also gave him post traumatic stress disorder In 2011, Renner began researching the strange disappWhen an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime That obsession led Renner to a successful career as an investigative journalist It also gave him post traumatic stress disorder In 2011, Renner began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a University of Massachusetts student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004 Over the course of his investigation, he uncovered numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Murray but also found himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well being As his quest to find Murray deepened, the case started taking a toll on his personal life, which began to spiral out of control The result is an absorbing dual investigation of the complicated story of the All American girl who went missing and Renner s own equally complicated true crime addiction.True Crime Addict is the story of Renner s spellbinding investigation, which has taken on a life of its own for armchair sleuths across the web In the spirit of David Fincher s Zodiac, it s a fascinating look at a case that has eluded authorities and one man s obsessive quest for the answers.

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      • James Renner

        James Renner s true crime stories have appeared in The Best American Crime Writing anthology, as well the Cleveland Scene and Cracked.His method of using social media to solve cold cases was the subject of a CNN profile, in 2015.Renner is the author of two novels, The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting His latest work, the nonfiction thriller TRUE CRIME ADDICT was published May 24th It follows his investigation into the strange disappearance of UMass nursing student, Maura Murray.


    1. i interview james renner here:lareviewofbooks/article/t the opening pages of this book, the recently fired, mildly disgraced investigative journalist james renner goes to a gentleman's club where he manages to derail a perfectly good lapdance into a quiet reflective conversation with his stripper, whose sister's killer was about to go to trial for her murder. that is what a true crime addict looks like - someone for whom boobies are not always the most interesting thing in the roomroughout the c [...]

    2. ”’How’d I do?’ I asked.‘Your results were very similar to those of Ted Bundy, the serial killer.’That’s one of those statements you just can’t unhear.‘Don’t get too upset,’ said Roberta. ‘You may have the psychopathy of a dangerous man, but so do many cops. In fact, a lot of CEOs would have scored the same as you, or worse. Donald Trump is probably a sociopath. But it’s what makes him successful.’”Ok, you have just been compared to Ted Bundy and Donald Trump within [...]

    3. When I was offered the chance to read this memoir, I was pretty excited. I read a few of the previous reviews and it seemed like something I would enjoy reading. There are times when I will go on a true crime binge. Books, documentaries, TV shows etc. It guts me when cases are not resolved and the families and friends of these missing people are left waiting for news of their loved ones. I enjoyed reading this memoir, although at times it was very emotional. You could really feel how much James [...]

    4. I received a free copy from the publisher for review.A reporter who had been fired for his refusal to kill a story about a politician’s sex scandal goes into a strip club and during a lap dance he strikes up a conversation that helps reignite his passion for writing true crime stories. So he decides to look into the disappearance of a college student that sends him down a self-destructive path as he copes with some ugly family history as well as fears about his own nature.This sounds like the [...]

    5. So this is a review that has been a long time coming- and AGAIN, I have to apologize for it being late- since I was given this book free in exchange for a review.Thank you James Renner and thank you to karen (no caps)- for providing it to me. This is a solid 4 star book!but I did have a couple of reasons why I didn't add that extra star that I will touch on laterbut first let me sum up what this book is about.[image error]February 9, 2004- Maura Murray disappeared off the face of the earth.Maura [...]

    6. Edit 12/15/17 This just in from Deadline: deadline/2017/06/true-crimIt would seem our dear Mr. Renner stands a very good chance of becoming the seductive anti-hero he's always longed to be. I may throw up.When you first see James Renner a few things become clear right off the bat. He’s a tense guy. His forehead seems almost permanently wrinkled and his eyes fairly radiate with a gaze that’s halfway between a puppy that just peed on the carpet and a guy who knows the girl he just asked to the [...]

    7. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/This is a hard one to review. If you want to read something that makes sense, do not pass go and just move directly to Dan’s page since he knows how to use his words. As for me and my experience with True Crime Addict, it goes a lil’ summin’ like this . . . The backstory for the above gif is that back in 2014 I took my friend Trudi’s advice and picked up The Man From Primrose Lane at the library. Then this happened . . . Fast forward to the Fall o [...]

    8. This book is such a good read!True Crime Addict blends several of my favorite things: gonzo journalism, a real-life mystery, and it's all mixed up with some personal drama. The whole story is bonkers, and I gobbled it up in two days.James Renner is a writer and reporter who became obsessed with the disappearance of Maura Murray. Maura was a 21-year-old nursing student who went missing in February 2004 after crashing her car in New Hampshire. What actually happened that night? What was she doing [...]

    9. True crime writer James Renner researches the disappearance of Maura Murray as his personal life goes up in flames.I got ARCs of this from Netgalley and from Random House.On the heels of reading The Man from Primrose Lane, I just had to read more James Renner. When two opportunities to read this fell into my lap, I had to take advantage.Maura Murray went missing after wrecking her car one snowy night. She was never seen again. True crime writer James Renner picked up the scent and dug into Maura [...]

    10. Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.It must be the month for true crime for me, because the last few I've read have been outstanding!!! I honestly had never heard of James Renner until I saw a review by Karen Brissette (sp? Please don't hate me!), but his stuff looked interesting and figured I'd eventually read something of his. When I saw this available I requested immediately and was giddy when I saw I was approved. If you like true crime, this book is for [...]

    11. I came to know author James Renner through his wacky, engrossing, bewitchingly unique novels - The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting. And while he has a noteworthy talent spinning wild and crazy tales of speculative fiction, Renner is also a dedicated true crime writer. In fact, the journalism and true crime writing came first. And now he's returned to these stomping grounds in a big way with his new release True Crime Addict.What sets this true crime book apart from most is not on [...]

    12. Holy close to home! I went to UMASS Amherst. I cringed to repeatedly hear throughout this story the names of several towns neighboring mine (at one point I was in the town he mentioned as he mispronounced it). I remember this case well. Many aspects of this book make me never want to let my children out of my sight but being the daughter of a homicide investigator also does that to a person.I listened to this audio read by the author. It was excellent. The author presented all the evidence he ha [...]

    13. James Renner is a creep. This is a man who posts pictures of random women on his blog, plucked from social media and other sources, and encourages his internet troll army to speculate whether or not they are "really" Maura Murray. This is a man who has called Maura Murray a sociopath, a baseless accusation that in no way suggests Renner cares about the subject of his obsession. This is a guy who drove drunk to simulate Murray's possibly inebriated drive through New Hampshire. He could have kille [...]

    14. ”Closure is for doors.”James Renner is a fascinating guy. He was told by his psychologist that his results to the MMPI test were “very similar to those of Ted Bundy, the serial killer” but that he also tests as very smart so he should be able to channel his darkness into socially acceptable work. He has a tendency to get fixated on things—sometimes those things are missing women. He flings himself into the investigations under the banner of “it takes a psychopath to catch a psychopat [...]

    15. Subtitled, “How I lost myself in the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray,” this is the story of investigative journalist James Renner’s enquiry into a missing person and of the book which surfaced from that investigation. It is, though, much more than that. Like the author, I am also fascinated by true crime stories – I read books about true crime and listen to podcasts, and, like the author, I am aware that many look on this activity with dubious glances. It is not acceptable to ad [...]

    16. Fans of the podcast "Serial" will love this book!"Sometimes, the best you can do is knock on the monster's door and tell him you know what he did. And then write about it."- James RennerBy far one of the best true crime stories I've ever read. I couldn't put the book down, which is pretty much my requirement for a five-star rating!This book is a mashup of true crime and memoir. It was also one of the first unsolved mysteries of the social media age, and Renner had an army of internet sleuths to [...]

    17. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Appreciated as always!Absorbing, disturbing and absolutely unputdownable - this was one of the best 'true crime' novels I've ever read.I should state as an aside that I'm a bit of a 'missing persons' buff. A macabre interest, I'm sure - but the subject has always fascinated me. Saddened me, of course, but fascinated me too. The notion of a person vanishing without a trace is just too intriguing and horrif [...]

    18. This book was not what I was expecting; it was so much more! It is the personal story of an investigative true crime reporter, James Renner, and the cold case disappearance of a UMass student, Maura Murray, from a rural New Hampshire road. Both stories intertwine with each being intriguing, sometimes disturbing, and completely compelling as we follow the search for Maura and Mr. Renner’s descent into a dangerous true crime addition. James Renner has had a lifelong obsession with true crime beg [...]

    19. In 2011, the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray caught the eye of freelance investigative journalist James Renner. But this wasn’t exactly new territory for Renner. Years before, he had dug into the disappearance of Amy Mihaljevic, a case that left Renner with PTSD. Why would he want to subject himself to this scenario again, you ask? As the title says, it’s an addiction. Renner has an undying thirst for the truth and True Crime Addict takes the reader inside the author’s quest to qu [...]

    20. I hated this book so much that I won't even bother with a full review. But I will leave you this: if an author in a non-fiction book refers to a strip club as a"tittie bar" AND spells it "tittie", that person has no business writing a book. EVER.

    21. There’s this theory that our universe is nothing but a computer simulation. The idea is that we all exist inside a mostly pointless video game programmed by some higher life-form. You might be surprised to learn that this is a very old idea. In his Meditations on First Philosophy, in 1641, René Descartes proposed that the observable world might be a great trick orchestrated by an “evil demon.” And Descartes’s argument was inspired by Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” written nearly [...]

    22. I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley. I'd asked for it because I was excited to know more about the Maura Murray case. Sadly, this book did not live up to my hopes. The content of the book is mostly a rehash of the facts of the Murray case, with little truly new added in. The writing is so-so, with each chapter dramatically ending on a cliffhanger. The book tells us more about the author than the Maura Murray case (or true crime as a genre)--we find out the author is hanging on througho [...]

    23. 4.5 Stars - Video Review:youtu/dASVtw_UcEg This was pitched to me as a book to read for people who loved the Serial podcast. I was completely intrigued and immediately ordered a copy from my library. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! This book had a very similar feel to Serial with a journalist trying to solve an intriguing cold case, with the help of amateur online sleuths. I was fascinated by the snippets about the journal himself, who honestly describes himself as reckless individual w [...]

    24. 3.5 stars The narrative is interesting. It was a quick read of over 60 chapters. It sucked that it lacked photos or any visuals to help the reader. The narrative of the disappearance of Maura in 2004 and the life of the crime writer James Renner are all over the place. He starts at one point and return to it 12 chapters later. There was no cooperation from her family in the book. And James established a blog about his research into the disappearance and his usage of social media and armchairs de [...]

    25. Wow, what a wild ride! I really enjoyed all aspects of this book! I am bummed out that I finished the book, now I am not going to be interested in reading anything else (for a while). The author went through some crazy things during his quest to investigate and (maybe solve) this case. He takes you right there with him. I will be reading more books by James Renner!Anyone interested in true crime, or mysteries should definitely read this book!

    26. Have you heard of the Maura Murray disappearance? No? Well, get ready to begin your new obsession. Her disappearance is no regular mystery. It’s a mystery in a mystery, if you will. Maura Murray gets into a car accident on a remote road called Wild Ammonoosuc. A few people saw her before she disappeared with no trace. Prior to her disappearance, she packed her dorm room, emptied her bank account, and emailed her professors that she wouldn’t be in class because a death in the family had occur [...]

    27. This is going to get rant-y, so settle in. TCA is a book based on a blog by the same author about the disappearance of Maura Murray. I don't want to focus my review on her missing persons case as I really feel that topic has been beaten like a dead metaphor. Instead, this review is dedicated to how exaggerated and over-the-top James Renner is as a person and a writer, starting with the fact that he felt the need to insert his personal life into the story of a missing girl. Make no mistake, this [...]

    28. A fascinating, frustrating look at both the specifics of the Maura Murray case and the inner workings of a reporter determined to dig into these kinds of stories. Others have detailed well the myriad problems Renner presents to the reader: he comes off as a chauvinistic blowhard obsessed with his own ego, who feels free to disrupt other people's lives by digging through their worst moments and then acting shocked (and suspicious, in a borderline libellous way) when those people are upset and don [...]

    29. James Renner is a bad writer, but don't take my word for it, just read this prose:"She had a skinny face and old-soul eyes that could draw in a man from across the room.""There's an old truism that goes, 'Nobody wants to know how the sausage is made.' You hear it a lot in J-school, in circlejerk classes like Media of Mass Communication."There's a lot of writing like that, plus casual f-bombs. I think it's all supposed to give the writing an air of gritty realism, but it just makes him sound like [...]

    30. Great story, great writing, great honesty. I loved everything about this book, and devoured it in just over a day.

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