Inside Melissa Caddick’s mind before she disappeared without a trace

The federal police raid on Mellissa Caddick’s home may have humiliated her to the point that she decided to take her own life, a forensic psychiatrist said in an investigation into the missing swindler’s suspected death.

Dr. Kerri Eagle diagnosed Ms. Caddick with a “narcissistic personality disorder” but noted the limitations of never having interviewed her and basing her assessment solely on statements and other records.

Ms. Caddick portrayed herself as highly successful and wealthy and nurtured her self-esteem through the admiration of others, Dr. Eagle said in the investigation.

Facing exposure as a fraud and not appearing as bright as she projected, if she felt she couldn’t recover from such humiliation, she might suddenly feel there was no way out but suicide, Dr. Eagle said.

But from her evaluations, Dr. Eagle did not believe that Ms. Caddick exhibited psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies.

His assessment came as Ms Caddick’s husband denied having played any role in his wife’s disappearance and rejected suggestions that he deliberately delayed reporting her disappearance to avoid police attention.

Anthony Koletti told the inquest that he definitely did not help in her disappearance.

Melissa Caddick's husband is returning for his fourth day of evidence in his investigation after a psychiatrist said he had a narcissistic personality disorder.  In the photo, Melissa Caddick with Anthony Koletti

Melissa Caddick’s husband is returning for his fourth day of evidence in his investigation after a psychiatrist said he had a narcissistic personality disorder. In the photo, Melissa Caddick with Anthony Koletti

‘Did you delay reporting her missing to give her time to try to go somewhere…or end her own life?’ asked the attorney helping Jason Downing SC on Thursday.

“I didn’t,” Koletti said.

Earlier, the part-time barber and DJ was again questioned about the day he says Ms Caddick disappeared from her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

That night, on November 12, 2022, he drove to a friend’s house in Rose Bay to buy an ‘electronic cigarette’, he told the New South Wales Coroner’s Court.

‘Was it actually to smoke a joint?’ Mr. Downing asked.

“I don’t know…it’s possible,” Koletti said.

‘You must remember that,’ said Mr Downing.

‘Let’s say I did, what’s your point?’ Koletti said.

“On one night he told us he was searching all day … he actually went out to smoke a joint with a friend,” Downing said.

Koletti said he was worried about his wife and accepted that he smoked weed to calm down.

Anthony Koletti (pictured right) has denied playing any role in the disappearance of Melissa Caddick (pictured left)

Anthony Koletti (pictured right) has denied playing any role in the disappearance of Melissa Caddick (pictured left)

Anthony Koletti (pictured right) has denied playing any role in the disappearance of Melissa Caddick (pictured left)

Text messages exchanged with that friend were later deleted by Koletti before he turned his phone over to police to help with their investigations, Downing said.

Koletti said doing that must have had “something to do with marijuana.”

He formally reported his wife missing the next day and was asked on Thursday if he had gone out the night before.

“Not that I know of,” he said.

The day she disappeared is “a little fuzzy”, Koletti told the inquiry before adding that her recollection is “pretty fuzzy”.

“I don’t remember going anywhere,” he said.

In several different police reports and for weeks after his disappearance, Koletti maintained that Caddick left the house wearing black tracksuits and silver Asics.

But after she didn’t return, he says he assumed he would meet a lawyer or check into a hotel before his court appearance the next day.

Downing asked Koletti why he insists she left in sports clothes if he thought she would meet with a lawyer afterwards.

Koletti said it was based on assumptions, but denied seeing her use them.

The victims of Mrs. Caddick’s Ponzi scheme, mostly family and friends, lost $20-$30 million that she used to finance her lavish lifestyle.

In February 2021, his decomposing foot encased in a shoe washed up on Bournda Beach on the south coast of New South Wales.

Mrs Caddick’s brother, Adam Grimley, said in an affidavit that the family was “stunned” because the attorney attending the coroner appeared to be “chasing” his brother-in-law.

He noted that the attorney appeared to be presenting “unverified gossip as fact” and said that Koletti had suffered greatly from the loss of his wife, the impact of his misconduct, and the baseless accusations that followed.

Overnight he had received abusive messages, including one that said: ‘You bastard, I hope you get locked up,’ said his attorney Judy Swan.

The investigation continues on Friday.

The Dover Heights property that Melissa Caddick called home was purchased for $6.2 million in 2014 and could now be worth up to $10 million, according to real estate experts.

The Dover Heights property that Melissa Caddick called home was purchased for $6.2 million in 2014 and could now be worth up to $10 million, according to real estate experts.

The Dover Heights property that Melissa Caddick called home was purchased for $6.2 million in 2014 and could now be worth up to $10 million, according to real estate experts.

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