Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Missing student found dead

As a former student of mine said in his email to me about this, "Last Thursday she just disappeared off the earth."

Today they found her body in a portable toilet at a construction site in Waco. What a sick, sick way for a young life to end.

Meaghan Bosch, 21, was about to graduate with a degree in English from the university up the hill from here. She lived one block from me in a complex of condo-apartments that on the outside looks posh and security-protected but that I have always heard is a haven of burglaries, drunken parties, drug dealing and other nefarious activities.

Last Thursday around 4 p.m. Miss Bosch met up with her cocaine dealer. She text-messaged her boyfriend about the meeting and after that, she stopped making cellphone calls and her fancy truck didn't move from its parking spot. When police found it, it was unlocked and still had the keys in the ignition.

Her family reported her missing on Friday.

TV news reports tonight said that it appeared that Miss Bosch's dead body was "placed" in the portable toilet. It was discovered today by construction workers, like a horrifying scene from The Sopranos played out for real.

When police questioned the dealer, whose name hasn't been released, he said he and Miss Bosch had lunch together last Thgursday but he didn't know where she went after that. She was supposed to meet her boyfriend for dinner that evening. When she didn't show, the boyfriend notified her parents, who called police.

Her family told reporters that they had noticed a change in her behavior about two months ago. They found out she was using cocaine.

The Bosch family is offering a $10,000 reward for information about her disappearance.

And when the rest of the scenario is revealed, we'll most likely hear about an attractive young woman using too much blow at her dealer's house, overdosing to death and then getting dumped in a portajohn to get her out of the way.

She was one week shy of being a college grad.


Anonymous lin said...

Right before college graduation... it really hurts my heart when I think about it. Sometimes I don't understand why such smart people do such stupid things (drugs). I watched this news clip -- http://www.myfoxdfw.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=51D4D75FB85B9FBF7F65092EAD7F6AD1?contentId=3204625&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1 -- and I really feel for her parents. What an awful tragedy.

I hope this causes SMU students to really open their eyes to what is happening on our campus. At least two of the three deaths this school year were caused by some sort of drugs (whether it be alcohol, cocaine, etc.) and I wouldn't be surprised if this is a drug deal gone wrong. It scares me sometimes how many college students think that this kind of stuff could never happen to them... I hope none of us believe that anymore after the events of the past year.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a tragic story.

Was it necessary to emphasize the class aspect here? Her "fancy truck"? Wouldn't "truck" have served just as well?

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was using cocaine on a daily basis for way way more than 2 months. This could have definitely been prevented and I feel for her family but don't you think if your child's money was disappearing from their bank account, that you fund, you would think hey maybe something is up? I just don't understand how parents can be so blind... I'm sorry but cocaine is an incredibly expensive drug and would be an incredibly expensive habit! Meaghan had no interest in changing so in the end she did this to herself.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to the post from the anonymous person who said Meaghan "did this to herself," let's not forget that the coroner's office will not have a toxicology report for a couple of months. She could have been drugged with GHB for all we know or accidentally overdosed on cocaine, but it is too early to make judgements. Hopefully, the police will investigate every lead and examine all the evidence. No matter how hard she partied, Meaghan was a kind and intelligent young lady that could have been the victim of her own demons or someone else's mailicious actions.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fancy truck? I assure you there is no such thing. I checked; BMW doesn't make trucks. And really any truck that could be described as fancy is a waste of a good truck.

1:12 AM  
Anonymous HowieMaui said...

your post about this topic has made its way to Inside Higher Ed:

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a student at the "university up the hill from here," my thoughts go out to her family. However, I just can't help but think if this student's disappearance and murder would garner so much attention if she went to a state school in the area that doesn't have the media profile that SMU has.

12:57 AM  
Blogger lindsay kaye said...

I've actually thought about this a lot in the past few days -- I never knew her, nor did I know the other two boys who died during this school year. It's just so much premature death it makes me sick to my stomach -- especially when I'm working and one of my tables asks me about the situation -- nearly all of them asked tonight.

If I were her parents, I would have cut her off financially and literally MOVED all of her belongings and her into my house. She wasn't that far away from home. She may not decide to stay, but without funds to live anywhere else and without coke, i'm sure she would have ended up living there.

You can't stop a 21-year-old child from doing drugs or messing up. And you can't MAKE them live with you. But I don't see why they didn't try ... or stop financially supporting her. Maybe she would have got a job and bought coke either way, but at least her parents would know where she was.

I don't blame her parents -- they may have already done everything they could have done for her daughter. It just still makes me so sick to my stomach that smart people do stupid things like drugs thinking that they won't be the ones to get addicted or end up in a scary situation.

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real problem was that this guy was on the streets and not in prison...

In 1978, McDaniel was arrested in Joliet, Illinois in connection with the death of an 8 year old boy. McDaniel was later charged with the death by the State of Illinois. The child's body exhibited numerous teeth marks and authorities described the murder as "a heinous crime". The Illinois authorities quickly learned that McDaniel was on run for the August 23, 1978 murder of former Dallas Police Officer James Burt Horan. Police stated that Horan suffered multiple gunshot wounds that were fired simultaneously from two handguns. McDaniel was also the primary suspect in the June 14, 1978 murder of Dr. John Miller who at the time was a staff physician at Parkland Hospital. McDaniel was sentenced to life in prison by the State of Texas. After serving 22 years in the Texas Department of Corrections prison system, McDaniel was released on parole in 2001.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the current article from D Magazine, its much more accurate than the ones you've already read... if you cant click on it, go to D Magazine's website and search "meaghan"... it will come up.


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