For those unfamiliar with the title, Gone Girl is an American novel-cum-movie by Gillian Flynn.
The story centres around protagonist Amy Dunne whose story develops further after it's discovered that she's gone missing. Despite her seemingly happy marriage to husband Nick, her family, friends and the general public turn on him when all signs lead to his involvement in the case/
However, Amy's disappearance is actually of her own doing, as the story goes on to reveal that she's staged her own murder in an elaborate plot to frame her husband and punish him for the break-up of their marriage.
Although entirely fictional, the novel's blueprints are actually allegedly being used to format missing person cases all on its own – as Jennifer Dulos, who went missing in Connecticut in May, has, according to her husband's lawyers, staged her own disappearance in a plot inspired by the novel — much to the dismay of Flynn.
Dulos' disappearance from the Connecticut town of New Canaan was reported on the morning of May 24, right after she dropped her children off at school. Much like the film, her estranged husband recently became embroiled in the case after police accused him and his new girlfriend of tampering with evidence and hindering the prosecution.
Fotis Dulos has been involved in proceedings with Jennifer Dulos for the past three years, and it’s his lawyer who’s behind the new theory.
“We’re actively investigating the possibility that this is a Gone Girl–type case, and are considering the possibility that no third party was involved in foul play,” said Fotis Dulos’s lawyer in a statement explaining his theory, which is apparently largely centred on an old manuscript penned by the missing woman.
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The defence team has alleged that Dulos, an author by trade, penned a 500-page manuscript with a plot that closely mirrors that of Flynn’s novel, and that she was inspired to enact the events in real life. “
This is a person who has a pretty florid imagination and motives to use it to hurt Mr. Dulos,” he told the New York Post.
However, in an unprecedented move, Flynn herself has intervened, publicly rejecting the theory that her book inspired such a travesty.
"I’ve seen in recent coverage that Jennifer’s husband and his defence attorney have put forward a so-called ‘Gone Girl theory’ to explain Jennifer’s disappearance,” she said in a statement.
“It absolutely sickens me that a work of fiction written by me would be used by Fotis Dulos’s lawyer as a defence, and as a hypothetical, sensationalised motive behind Jennifer’s very real and very tragic disappearance.”
A representative for Dulos has also come forward to deny the link, stating that the manuscript on which the defence is pinned was completed in 2002, long before Flynn’s novel was released.
“Trying to tie Jennifer’s absence to a book she wrote more than 17 years ago makes no sense,” she said in a statement.
“Evidence shows that Jennifer was the victim of a violent attack in her New Canaan home. As of today, she has been missing for a month. This is not fiction or a movie. This is real life, as experienced every single day by Jennifer’s five young children, her family, and her friends. We are heartbroken. Jennifer is not here to protect her children, and these false and irresponsible allegations hurt the children now and into the future.”
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