Man Charged in Bizarre 'Gone Girl' Kidnapping Allegedly Admitted to Acting Alone in 'Off the Record' Interview
The man charged in the bizarre kidnapping case of Denise Huskins allegedly admitted to being the lone perpetrator of the crime during an interview with a CBS affiliate he believed to be “off the record,” according to multiple reports.
During a jailhouse interview with a reporter in July, Matthew Muller, 38, allegedly said he acted alone in the March 23 kidnapping, which police initially claimed was a hoax. He allegedly told KPIX 5 reporter Juliette Goodrich that his actions were the result of mental illness and a side effect from a vaccine. In the interview, which was recorded by the jail, Muller said certain comments were “off the record and on the background.”
“When Muller told me in our jailhouse interview, ‘you cannot use certain things I am telling you in your publication,’ I did not,” Goodrich told KPIX. “However it turns out ‘off the record’ does not pertain to the feds.”
The contents of the interview were documented by the FBI in an August affidavit obtained by KPIX.
Huskins and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn claimed that kidnappers broke into their Vallejo, California, home, kidnapped Huskins and demanded $8,5000 in ransom. Huskins turned up safe just hours before the ransom money was due.
Police accused the couple of staging the incident, which had led the case to be erroneously dubbed the “Gone Girl” kidnapping, referencing a popular book and 2014 movie about a phony kidnapping.
Court documents in July revealed an email from the supposed kidnappers to a local news outlet that said, “We fancied ourselves a sort of Ocean’s Eleven,” implying that a group of people were behind the kidnapping.
But now, the interview obtained by the FBI presents evidence that Muller, a disbarred Harvard-educated lawyer, acted alone.
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