The author of a bestselling novel that was created into a blockbuster movie said she is "sickened" that her work is being used to denigrate the character of missing Fairfield County mother of five Jennifer Farber Dulos.
Gillian Flynn, the author of "Gone Girl," a 2012 novel based on a woman who fakes her death and frames her husband, made a statement to News 8 WTNH, after the attorney for husband, Fotis Dulos, said his office is investigating the theory.
"It absolutely sickens me that a work of fiction written by me would be used by Fotis Dulos' lawyer as a defense, and as a hypothetical, sensationalized motive behind Jennifer’s very real and very tragic disappearance, "said Flynn in the statement.
Flynn, who said she had been following the story of Jennifer Dulos' disappearance in New Canaan, added that she can't imagine what her children and family are going through.
"I am deeply sorry for Jennifer and her loved ones," Flynn said.
Jennifer Dulos disappeared on Friday, May 24 after dropping off her children at school. Since then, her husband Fotis Dulos, who Jennifer said she feared for her life, has been arrested along with girlfriend Michelle Troconis.
Both were charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution, after a turned on cell phone, allowed investigators to track the movements of the husband as he made at least 30 stops to dump garbage bags in dumpsters and garbage cans.
Inside those bags were items that contained the blood of Jennifer Dulos, police said.
They are both currently out on $500,000 bond.
Before the "20/20," interview lawyer Norm Pattis said Jennifer Dulos wrote a 500-page book similar to the 2012 novel about a woman who fakes her own murder to frame her husband.
“This is a person who has a pretty florid imagination and motives to use it to hurt Mr. Dulos,” he said.
Family and friends were outraged and released a statement saying Jennifer Dulos had written a novel in 2002 and that it was not a mystery.
"I read Jennifer’s novel in installments as she was completing the manuscript. She finished the draft around 2002," said Carrie Luft, a friend, and spokeswoman for the family.
"Jennifer’s novel is not a mystery. It’s a character-driven story that follows a young woman through relationships and self- discovery over a period of years. Like all of Jennifer’s writing, it expresses a deep longing for human connection and the need to be accepted as one’s true self."
The family also said that what is happening to them 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," Luft said. "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."
Anyone with information to contact the New Canaan Police tip line at 203-594-3544. Information can also be sent to FindJenniferDulos@newcanaanct.gov and submitted anonymously at www.FindJenniferDulos.com.
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