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Mitrice arrives at Geoffrey’s restaurant in Malibu on Sept. 16, 2009, claiming she’s there to “avenge the death of Michael Jackson.” When she walks out without paying, a restaurant staffer calls 911. Deputies bring Mitrice to Lost Hills Station, where Mitrice’s cellmate overhears a worrying conversation. 

The Host

Dana Goodyear

Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author of two collections of poetry. Her nonfiction debut, Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making…