To fake a convincing murder, you have to have discipline. You befriend a local idiot, harvest the details of her humdrum life, and cram her with stories about your husband’s violent temper. Secretly create some money troubles: credit cards, perhaps online gambling. With the help of the unwitting, bump up your life insurance. Purchase getaway car - Craigslist. Generic. Cheap. Pay cash. You need to package yourself so that people will truly mourn your loss, and America loves pregnant women. As if it’s so hard to spread your legs. You know what’s hard? Faking a pregnancy. First, drain your toilet. Invite pregnant idiot into your home, and ply her with lemonade. Steal pregnant idiot’s urine. Voila. A pregnancy is now part of your legal medical record. Happy anniversary. Wait for your clueless husband to start his day. Off he goes. And the clock is ticking. Meticulously stage your crime scene, with just enough mistakes to raise the specter of doubt. You need to bleed. A lot. A lot a lot. A head wound kind of bleed. A crime scene kind of bleed. You need to clean poorly, like he would. Clean and bleed, bleed and clean. And leave a little something behind - a fire in july? And because you’re you, you don’t stop there. You need a diary. Minimum 300 entries on the Nick and Amy story.
“Motive means opportunity. The three pilars of criminal investigation for the last century. But it’s 1977, and suddenly motive is elusive. What, why, who. What happened? Why did it happen that way? Which should lead to Who did it? The question is not only why did the killer do it, but why did the killer do it this way?” —Mindhunter, S01E01.
“I don’t know that Jake feels this way, I know people feel I don’t give Jake enough credit. I will tell you right now that he wrote the funniest line in the entire movie. And he came- and he said, ‘I wanna try another take of this where Elias lets me in and when he says, You dont smoke, do you? I’m gonna say to him- I’mma- just watch what I’m gonna do. And he walked in and Elias says, ‘You don’t smoke, do you?’’ and he said, “Once. In high school.’ And I almost fell outta my chair, it was- cos it’s such a perfect epitomising [sic] of who this guy is. That when he talks to authority figures he- he immediately has to tell the truth. He’s compelled to tell them - even though it’s something that he’s embarrassed about or he feels in - and it’s actually the funniest line in the movie.”
- David Fincher, Director’s Commentary, Zodiac (2007)
I’m the cunt you married. The only time you liked yourself was when you were trying to be someone this cunt might like. I’m not a quitter, I’m that cunt. I’ve killed for you; who else can say that? You think you’d be happy with a nice Midwestern girl? No way, baby! I’m it. Gone Girl (2014) dir. David Fincher