Over the weekend KPIX/CBS 5 snagged the first jailhouse interview with suspected kidnapper and all around freaky dude Matthew Muller. While they weren't allowed to bring a camera into the jail, reporter Juliette Goodrich got a bunch of good quotes from Muller, who does not seem to be denying his role in the kidnapping of Denise Huskins. He says that he's "relieved to be in jail" now, in a controlled environment, and as Goodrich reports, "He said if he were to have a breakdown, nothing bad would happen to him or anyone else."
Muller, whom Goodrich describes as "sharp, focused, and sad," admitted that he suffers from bipolar disorder, and cautioned that he didn't want to be the cause of more stigma for the mentally ill, or for bipolar sufferers. He said, "Bipolar disorder has many different stages and levels... Mine is extreme." He also said, "I suffer from extreme paranoia and psychosis... it can blur the lines between reality and fantasy in my mind," which certainly sounded like the case in the 15-page email he shot off to the Chronicle's Henry Lee following the March 23 kidnapping, describing himself and his associates as educated, "gentlemen criminals" with a very Hollywood-style image for what they were doing openly making the comparison to Ocean's Eleven. The bizarre, convoluted nature of the whole affair was, in fact, fictional-sounding enough that Vallejo police initially dismissed the entire case as a hoax.
We discussed the evidence that's been gathered against Muller whose two or three associates in the kidnapping have not been identified or apprehended last week as more details about his past began being gathered.
ABC News program 20/20 gave the story the full treatment on Friday night, complete with fuzzy dramatic re-enactments of the night of the kidnapping, and talking-head moments with Nancy Grace, who also helped fuel the hoax storyline back in March.
Also, the Chronicle had a big front-page piece looking at all the evidence against Muller, and a couple of interesting new details emerge there.
First off, in the 15-page email, Muller referred to other crimes around Vallejo and Mare Island that he and his team had committed in the months prior to the kidnapping, including the theft of a white Ford Mustang from near where Huskins and boyfriend Aaron Quinn lived, back in January. That same Mustang was found upon Muller's arrest in South Lake Tahoe in June, and Vallejo police now confirm that a number of the crimes mentioned in the email did in fact occur. This is the creepiest part from the email:
"We entered many homes on Mare Island ... We did not steal things in most cases. ... We had need of Internet connections for various reasons, so we typically took down your network information. At some point we were more invasive and began going through people’s belongings to learn about them, especially their electronic files."
The other interesting thing the Chron points out, vis a vis the sexual assault allegation, suggests that it may have been the fact that a rape occurred during the abduction (perhaps by a "team member" other than Muller), and Muller's subsequent remorse about this, that led to Huskins' being released. Though there is no mention of sexual assault in the email, it is clear that something went wrong and that Muller regretted how the whole thing went down. He writes, "I felt that the team member handling Ms. Huskins was going to give up and go to authorities. I took strong measures to prevent that, made various threats, partially carried out some, and I am deeply remorseful for that."
What those threats were, or how he carried them out, is unclear. What is pretty clear is that another suspect (or two) is likely to emerge soon, and may help paint a clearer picture of what happened.
Also, we're awaiting more details about the apparent intended target of this kidnapping for ransom, a woman only identified so far as AR who was Quinn's ex-fiancé, and whom the kidnappers believed was still living with him at the time of the kidnapping, on March 23.
Previously: Former Colleagues Of Suspected Kidnapper Matthew Muller Describe Him As 'Really Sweet' But Strange
Suspect In Vallejo Kidnapping Possibly Tied To Three More Home Invasions
[Updated] Vallejo Kidnapping Of Denise Huskins Not A Hoax After All, Says FBI