The latest in the case against Matthew Muller, the sole suspect in the March kidnapping and alleged sexual assault of Vallejo resident Denise Huskins, makes this bizarre tale all the richer. As Wired reports, via an FBI document filed on August 14,
The document is a request for a search warrant of some electronic devices recovered upon Muller's arrest in July, and in it the FBI says they have a recording of a jailhouse confession that Muller gave to a reporter, "off the record." That reporter was Juliette Goodrich from KPIX, who scored the only interview Muller gave at the time in which he admitted to suffering from bipolar disorder with "extreme paranoia and psychosis."
What Goodrich did not report, which Muller told her "on background," was that all the reports of him operating with accomplices, as a gang of "gentlemen criminals," were totally false. Both in the case of Huskins' kidnapping and in a late-night home invasion he was already suspected of committing back in 2009 in Mountain View, he acted completely alone, despite the victims believing, while drugged or blindfolded, that there was someone else there besides him. The other members of the "gang," apparently, were all part of the fantasy that came with his psychotic break.
Also, disturbingly, he said his victims were not random, including the couple whose home he invaded in Dublin in June, which led to his arrest. The woman whose home he broke into in 2009 in Mountain View turned out to be a Harvard student, studying temporarily at Stanford, whom Muller had met at an event at Harvard that he hosted in 2008.
Also, after police came after him in the Mountain View case which also involved an attempted sexual assault that he stopped when the victim told him she'd been raped before Muller tried to disappear and go "off the grid," only to have his then wife come pick him up in Utah two days later.
Muller was set to appear in court today in order to challenge one of the biggest pieces of evidence against him in the Dublin case. Apparently the cell phone he dropped at the scene, amidst a struggle with the husband, was locked at the time police arrived. They obtained Muller's number by calling 911 from the phone and getting the number from the 911 dispatchers, something Muller's attorney was planning to argue constituted an illegal search.
More on the case as it unfolds.