nmate Maya Dirkovik’s neck tattoo and skinny eyebrows may give her past away, that she was once a drug addicted gang member who at 17 choked a 15 year old to death. But after listening to this attractive young woman’s jailhouse interview with reporter Cathy Belich, one could never believe that this sweet sounding young lady once committed such a such a heinous crime.
In fact. midway through her interview Cathy Belich actually mentioned that she found it difficult to believe, after speaking to Maya that she actually murdered another person.
While it is easy to want to dismiss inmate Maya Dirkovik’s c credibility because she is a convicted felon- a i a convicted murderer is not necessarily a liar.
In fact, Maya’s body language, speech and voice patterns show that she is very credible as she discusses her communication with Casey Anthony. She shows absolutely no signals of deception. She is open eyed, has steady and appropriate eye contact.
Her facial expressions are consistent with what she is saying. When she says things in the negative she appropriately shake her head “no” and when she says things in the affirmative she appropriately shakes her head “yes. ”
Her voice pattern is also very consistent with what she is saying and with her facial animation. She comes across as a person with nothing to lose, nothing to gain and nothing hide.
MAYA’S TURNED HER LIFE AROUND
What also adds to Maya’s credibility is how she apparently has turned her life around from a drug addicted 17 year old gang member who made the wrong choices. Her sincere feelings of remorse for strangling the 15 year old could be seen in her body language and in her facial expression. She talked about how she was haunted by what she did even found herself constantly doodling the girl’s name and obsessing about her until she came clean and admitted her guilt.
She showed a great deal of empathy as she spoke of how bad she felt for the girl’s mother and how she wondered what the girl would be like if she had lived and if she would have even forgiven her.
Now Maya has spoken to over 100 school aged children in the Scared Straight program.
In addition she spoke of her remorse at being a 13 year old runaway and had a great deal of empathy for her own mother and what she had to go through with her.
MAYA’S MOTIVATIONS FOR COMING FORWARD
Reporter Belich asked Maya if she thought that she had something to gain such as a reduced sentence by coming forward and talking about Casey Anthony. Maya confidently said she did not, and I believed what she said. She said she was happy to serve her 30 years and felt blessed that she did not get the death sentence.
She also said she came forth because she thought that it was the right thing to do, just like she thought it was the right thing to do when she turned herself in for the murder of the 15 year old girl.
She seemed haunted by Casey’s blank emotion. She also feels strongly about those who would harm a child and even used the word “despise” to illustrate how she feels about these type of people that hurt children and how these people are outcasts in prison. So she is willing to testify in court about her communication with Casey. She wanted to lead law enforcement “to the right way so that the baby can rest in peace.”
Maya said that when she came to prison, she called the prosecutor’s office and the Orlando homicide department. She then called 911 around Thanksgiving time in November where homicide in Orlando took information and came to see her. She mentioned that she had not asked for anything in return she had not called her called lawyer . All she asked for was to not get media attention as she felt that this would make her life difficult in prison. But since it did get to the media, she decided to speak to the media about what she knew.
Because Maya felt relief in coming clean about what she herself did and admitting her guilt, she thought that Casey might feel the same relief if she came clean and did the same thing by admitting her guilt, but this did not happen. In fact, several times throughout the interview Maya commented on how cold and mask like Casey’s facial appearance was and how she was not at all remorseful.
MAYA’S OBSERVATIONS ABOUT CASEY RING TRUE CONCERNING HER HER LACK OF TEARS AND COLDNESS
When Maya tells about how Casey didn’t cry when the Chaplin came into Casey’s cell to talk to her the night Caylee’s body was discovered, I believed what Maya was saying.
Maya also said how there was a coldness to Casey that put her off. She said she never saw remorse from Casey.
She also remarked how some of the other jail mates were mocking and yelling at Casey “ Where’s Caylee? ” as Casey was being shackled. She shared Casey’s odd behavior of smiling at them as they said this. Most people Maya said would have shown upset about this, but not Casey.
We have all seen Casey’s non- tears in the courtroom. We have also seen her inappropriate constant smile in the courtroom that is highly disconcerting.
So Maya’s report is consistent with what we have seen first-hand.
MAYA’S OBSERVATIONS OF CASEY’S CONSTANT GROOMING
Another thing about Casey which we have all seen is her constant grooming in the courtroom where she fiddles with her hair and brushes off her clothing. We also saw this in her surveillance videos with the detectives and other law enforcement.
Maya mentioned how Casey would look in the mirror in her cell all the time and play with her hair.
MAYA’S OBSERVATIONS ABOUT CASEY’S SELF CENTEREDNESS
Maya mentioned how Casey asked her if someone would want to interview her and write a book about her when Maya mentioned that she was thinking about writing a book about her case. We cans see that their conversation centered back on Casey, something we have all seen first- hand in her jailhouse interviews with her parents.
MAYA OBSERVES CASEY’S JEALOUSY OF CAYLEE
We have all seen Casey’s jealousy towards Caylee in the jailhouse tapes during her parent’s visit with her. When Cindy remarked how Caylee loved eggs and bagels, Casey said , I love eggs and bagels too, what about me. She also stated at one point “ I am Caylee.”
So when Maya told Kathy Bellich how she once told Casey that she thought Caylee was pretty, it was no surprise to me to hear that Casey said “ What about me?” This comment not only spoke volumes about Casey’s narcissism but also to her jealousy towards Caylee and her motive for killing the little girl.
MAYA’S DISCUSSION OF HOW CASEY HATED HER MOTHER CINDY
Maya also gave her impression with regard to Casey’s relationship with Cindy. She said that Casey hated her mother and constamtly called her mother names . She spoke of how Casey said that Cindy said Casey was an unfit mother because she liked to drink and party and had different guys around the baby. Maya also told of how Casey did not like leaving Caylee with her mother.
We saw up close and personal via the jailhouse tapes of how Casey had issues with Cindy, There was tension between the two and we also saw how when Cindy was crying, Casey was laughing at her sadistically. She seemed to enjoy seeing her mother in emotional pain.
She also said that Casey never said that her father or brother molested her and only spoke well of them.
When it was believed that Caylee was kidnapped, Maya mentioned that Casey told her three separate lies. First She said that the babysitter took Caylee. Then she said that the babysitter came to her house to babysit Caylee and took her. Next she told Maya that the babysitter left a note saying she took Caylee.
So Maya’s hearing Casey’s constant lies is something we all heard from Casey. All Casey has been doing is lying to everyone. So her continuing to lie to her fellow inmates is not surprising.
MAYA’S MESSAGE TO CASEY
Maya’s message to Casey was that she come forward. She said that it’s not the mistake you make, it’s what you do afterwards and not cooperating is no good. She also said that coming to prison with a charge like that is not the best thing.
BOTTOM LINE IS THAT MAYA WILL BE WELL RECEIVED BY A JURY
The bottom line is that Maya does look and sound credible body language wise . She will be very well received by the jury in my view no matter how hard the defense tries to impeach her. She is solid and unwavering and is remorseful for what she had done at the age of 17 when as a drug addicted gang member she strangled a 15 year old girl. It will come through as she speaks.
The fact that she had nothing to gain by coming clean with the exception of a clean conscience and her being on the right road to do the right thing will also sit well with jurors. They will be more open minded to hearing about what Casey told her and they will believe what she says.