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Maura Murray

And Then She was Gone…

Maura Murray was just 21 years old when she vanished without a trace in 2004.?The University of Massachusetts student was driving through rural New Hampshire at night when she lost control of her vehicle and ploughed into a snow bank. Her vehicle had slid, spun, and then came to a stop facing the wrong way on the opposite side of the road. By the time the police arrived on scene, Maura was gone. And ever since that night thousands of people on the internet has been obsessed with her disappearance.

Blogs, Reddit threads, a podcast, and a book, have all been dedicated to the search for answers in the disappearance of Maura Murray.

Some have referred to Maura as the gone girl before Gone Girl. She was the original all-American girl, who was hiding dark secrets and a troubling past, behind her perfect grades and track star exterior.

There are many conflicting theories about what happened to Maura. Did she run off into the woods and die from exposure? Was she driving into the White Mountains to commit suicide? Did she successfully evade the police and start a new life in Canada? Was she abducted by an opportunistic serial killer? Is she still living in New Hampshire under a different name? Was she murdered by a group of locals and did the police cover it up?

Maura’s remains have never been found and she hasn’t accessed her bank accounts or reached out to her family or friends since.

There was only about a 3-5 minute gap in between the time Butch Atwood, a local school bus driver, last saw Maura and when she vanished.

So where did Maura go?

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A scan showing no activity in the right parietal and occipital regions of Simon Lewis's brain. Were you to meet the upbeat, affable Lewis, you wouldn't know there's a high-tech device helping to move his left foot smoothly, or that he's "technically unsighted" (his computer has an extra-sharp monitor so that he can see it), or that he lives in "flat time" ? past, present and future all seem much the same to him.

A scan showing no activity in the right parietal and occipital regions of Simon Lewis’s brain. Were you to meet the upbeat, affable Lewis, you wouldn’t know there’s a high-tech device helping to move his left foot smoothly, or that he’s “technically unsighted” (his computer has an extra-sharp monitor so that he can see it), or that he lives in “flat time” ? past, present and future all seem much the same to him.

The Man with the Missing Brain

The Story of a Horrific Accident and the Life that Followed it?

?If Simon Lewis? life was a movie, it would seem far too fantastical to be true. In the early 1990s, Lewis was a rising producer in Hollywood, fresh off the success of ?Look Who?s Talking,? the? John Travolta-starring comedy about a talking baby that ended up being one of the top-grossing movies of 1989. Then, Lewis? career came to a sudden end, after a car accident killed his wife, mangled Lewis? body and obliterated a large part of his brain. Against all odds, Lewis survived, and over the course of the past couple of decades, he has largely recovered from near-total memory loss.

In 1994, he and his wife went to dinner to celebrate their new car, and they?re driving when a van blows through a stop sign in a residential street at 75 mph. Their car flies through the air, slams into a tree and lands in a garden. Simon?s wife was killed instantly, and Simon broke everything you could break and lost a third of one of his brain hemispheres. He spent the next decade and a half recovering one piece of surgery after another

“Are you ready for our drive then?? Simon Lewis, comes hobbling into his parents? living room in Sherman Oaks, a suburb of the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. An Englishman by birth, his public-school accent remains unsullied by nearly 40 years in the United States. ?Brave man!? he chuckles.

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Jean Mary Sandel

Jean Mary Sandel

There are so many unknown treasures in New Zealand and this amazing lady is one of them. Her wiki page is barely one line yet she was a pioneer and ahead of her time. She died at such a young age too, after achieving? so much. Women like this are my heroines as this is what a real feminist looks like. Someone who goes toe to toe as an equal despite the odds and despite the difficulties. It is because of women like her that my daughter knows that if she wants it badly enough she can aspire to achieve it.

Jean Mary Sandel was a notable medical practitioner. Born in Kaipi, Gisborne on Boxing Day, 1916 she was the only child of Mary (nee Gow) and Arthur Sandel, who was a licensed surveyor.

Her name lives on as the name given to the Jean Sandel Retirement Village, in Barrett Road, New Plymouth…
…Jean’s family moved to Taumarunui, from where she attended New Plymouth Girls’ High School as a boarder – one of about 27. There she made her mark as an outstanding student and leader, named Dux in 1932 and 1933.

She was the first girl in Taranaki to be awarded the Royal Life Saving Society’s Diploma. She was also a life-saving coach. At the matriculation exams in 1933 she did so well she won a junior scholarship. Writing was also a strength, as she was placed first in the essay competition at the Hawera Show.

Despite her academic prowess, Jean wasn’t totally happy at school. “The expectations of me were too high,” she explained.

In 1934, Jean Sandel began studies at the Medical School at Otago University aided by a national scholarship, and she finally graduated MB ChB in 1939.

Yet, she admitted to Reverend Tom Woods, the minister at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and his wife Patricia, she found her medical studies, “a struggle” – mostly due a certain male chauvinistic attitude towards women studying to become doctors at that time.

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Tragic and yet preventable

Two blokes holidaying in Samoa are dead and it was all preventable.

The NZ Herald reports:

A night out in Samoa ended in tragedy for two Kiwi men who were killed in a car accident.

Aucklander Thesaurus Heather, 20, and Wellington man Jesse Risale, 21, died early last Thursday when the Land Cruiser they were in flipped several times in the village of Vailoa, Faleata.

The pair were sitting on the back of the ute at the time.? Read more »

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