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Behind a New Investigation of a Mass. College Student’s Mysterious 2004 Disappearance

Investigative journalist Maggie Freleng, an ardent true crime fan, has found herself in the middle of a true crime story of her own — gripped by a simple, seemingly unanswerable question: What happened to Maura Murray?

Murray, like Freleng, attended the University of Massachusetts, though years apart. Murray disappeared without a trace while she was still a student, when she packed up her things at the Amherst campus and drove north to New Hampshire.

Much remains unclear about what happened after Murray left school, though it appears she vanished near a snowbank in New Hampshire where her car crashed on Feb. 9, 2004.

In the intervening years, the mystery of her going missing has spread throughout the Internet, inspiring intense rumor and conspiracy, as well as fact-based reporting from reporters.

Freleng, one such example of the latter, spent months in the area digging into the case and the theories around it. (She first

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/maura-murray-disappearance-tv-show-preview/

3 years after son’s death, mother of SIUC student thanks special prosecutor after suspect indicted

CARBONDALE • In an open letter to her Facebook friends and followers, the mother of a 19-year-old found dead in a patch of Carbondale woods in 2014 thanked the investigating agency and prosecutors who filed murder charges against the man believed to have been the last to see her son alive.

The post was written by Lovely Varughese, the mother of Pravin Varughese, a Southern Illinois University criminal justice student who was found dead Feb. 18, 2014, in a wooded area near Buffalo Wild Wings, some days after he was reported missing on Feb. 13.

On Thursday, a Jackson County grand jury returned an indictment for two counts of felony murder, first degree, against Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Ill.. The 22-year-old Bethune, believed to be one of the last people to see Varughese, said, in one account, that the two fought and that Varughese got out of his car

Read more at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/years-after-son-s-death-mother-of-siuc-student-thanks/article_60d34ce0-20d5-5531-8aed-21b303dd8cf8.html

Mary Kay Letourneau Smuggled Messages from Prison to Her Student Lover Using Her Breast Milk Bottles

During Mary Kay Letourneau‘s seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for raping her then-12-year-old student Vili Fualauu, she was required to have no contact with him.

But she did anyway, using at least one highly unusual method, according to the Mary Kay Letourneau episode of Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals (available online now).

In an exclusive clip, author Gregg Olsen, who has covered the case, details Letourneau’s clandestine communications to Fualaau.

“Mary stayed in touch with Vili in a lot of different ways,” Olsen tells Walters. “One way was to send out messages in the milk bottles that she was — [producing] milk in prison for her babies, so she put little notes in the

Read more at: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/mary-kay-letourneau-smuggled-messages-182159343.html

Mary Kay Letourneau Smuggled Messages from Prison to Her Student Lover Using Her Breast Milk Bottles

During Mary Kay Letourneau‘s seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for raping her then-12-year-old student Vili Fualauu, she was required to have no contact with him.

But she did anyway, using at least one highly unusual method, according to the Mary Kay Letourneau episode of Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals (available online now).

In an exclusive clip, author Gregg Olsen, who has covered the case, details Letourneau’s clandestine communications to Fualaau.

“Mary stayed in touch with Vili in a lot of different ways,” Olsen tells Walters. “One way was to send out messages in the milk bottles that she was — [producing] milk in prison for her babies, so she put little notes in the caps and they went out.”

“She sent audiotapes out,” Olsen explains. “She had prisoners make phone calls

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/mary-kay-letourneau-smuggled-messages-using-breast-milk-bottles/

Investigation Discovery video probes 2014 death of SIU student

CARBONDALE — A popular true-crime television network has sparked renewed interest in the case of a Southern Illinois University Carbondale student who was found dead in the woods three years ago.

Investigation Discovery, which is owned by Discovery Communications LLC, on Wednesday released an eight-minute video on its Facebook page that details the circumstances surrounding the death of Pravin Varughese, a 19-year-old criminal justice major at SIU who disappeared the night of Feb. 12-13, 2014. His body was found five days later in a wooded area off the 1400 block of East Main Street.

Reached by phone on Thursday, Varughese’s mother, Lovely Varughese, of Spring Grove, said Investigation Discovery had contacted her about her son’s case.

“When they came and heard everything, they knew this was going to be something they had to do,” Lovely Varughese said.

She said the network plans to air an hour-long segment on one of

Read more at: http://thesouthern.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/investigation-discovery-video-probes-death-of-siu-student/article_18dbb7db-2a58-5943-b7be-cb87ebd800ee.html

Student meets master

A Forest County resident had the opportunity to meet nationally-known forensics pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht when he was in Pittsburgh recently.

Jason Bowen arranged for a meeting with Wecht as a surprise for his son, Tyler, 15, who is a student at East Forest

Read more at: http://www.titusvilleherald.com/news/article_7edd340c-41ca-11e7-adeb-57708c7c268f.html

Story about murder of YSU student to be retold on cable TV show – WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown …

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –

The story behind the murder of a Youngstown State University student that made headlines in the Valley thirty years ago will be retold this weekend in a dramatic presentation on cable television.

The Investigation Discovery Network series, “Your Worst Nightmare”, will recount the 1985 robbery, rape and murder of Gina Tenney, using actors portraying those involved, as well as interviews with those who were close to the case.

Bennie Adams is serving a prison sentence of 20 years to life for murdering the 19-year-old YSU sophomore.

“Adams essentially stalked his young neighbor until he eventually forced his way into her apartment, hit her, raped her, strangled her with a cord, tied her wrists, suffocated her, stole her car, dumped her body in the river, tried to get money from her bank account, returned to her apartment to

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Story about murder of YSU student to be retold on cable TV show

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –

The story behind the murder of a Youngstown State University student that made headlines in the Valley thirty years ago will be retold this weekend in a dramatic presentation on cable television.

The Investigation Discovery Network series, “Your Worst Nightmare”, will recount the 1985 robbery, rape and murder of Gina Tenney, using actors portraying those involved, as well as interviews with those who were close to the case.

Bennie Adams is serving a prison sentence of 20 years to life for murdering the 19-year-old YSU sophomore.

“Adams essentially stalked his young neighbor until he eventually forced his way into her apartment, hit her, raped her, strangled her with a cord, tied her wrists, suffocated her, stole her car, dumped her body in the river, tried to get money from her bank account, returned to her apartment to

Read more at: http://www.wfmj.com/story/34070869/story-about-murder-of-ysu-student-to-be-retold-on-cable-tv-show