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  • 2005

    • January

      • January 8, 2005
        • Amy journal entry: "I'm so crazy, stupid happy. I met a boy. A great, sweet, gorgeous, cool-ass guy."

      • January 10, 2005
        • Amy's journal entry, visible when the police peruse Amy's journal after retrieving it from the furnace in Nick's father's house: "I'm back - with a clearer head and a skip in my step. I've been mulling over the events of the past for days, thinking about just how perfect and gorgeous one Nick Dunne is. Yep, that is his name. Nick - a manly name, the kind of name belonging to a guy who knows how to fuck properly."

      • January 11, 2005
        • Date visible when Detective Rhonda Boney peruses Amy's journal after retrieving it from the furnace in Nick's father's house.

    • February

      • February 14, 2005
        • Date visible when Detective Rhonda Boney peruses Amy's journal after retrieving it from the furnace in Nick's father's house.

    • March

      • March 16, 2005
        • Date visible when Detective Rhonda Boney peruses Amy's journal after retrieving it from the furnace in Nick's father's house.

  • 2006

    • January

      • January 16, 2006
        • Amy's journal entry, visible when the police peruse Amy's journal after retrieving it from the furnace in Nick's father's house. "So I finally shared my big secret with Nick. It was time."

  • 2007

    • February

      • February 24, 2007
        • Amy journal entry: "Amazing fucking Amy is getting fucking married! That's how the night started. With me, regular, flawed, real Amy, jealous, as always, of the golden child. Perfect, brilliant, amazing Amy, whose getting fucking married."

    • July

      • July 5, 2007
        • Nick and Amy get married. Amy goes missing on July 5, 2012, making their wedding day July 5, 2007.

    • October

      • October 31, 2007
        • From Amy Dunne diary entry on November 2: "Halloween 2007 will go down in history as the most fun ever."

    • November

      • November 2, 2007
        • Date of Amy Dunne diary entry: "Halloween 2007 will go down in history as the most fun ever."

  • 2008

    • April

      • April 24, 2008
        • Date of Amy Dunne diary entry: "I am fat with love!"

    • December

      • December 7, 2008
        • Date of Amy Dunne diary entry.

  • 2009

    • July

      • July 5, 2009
        • Date visible when Detective Rhonda Boney peruses Amy's journal after retrieving it from the furnace in Nick's father's house. Amy's journal entry: "Everyone told us - and told and told us - marriage is hard work. And compromise and more work.

    • August

      • August 21, 2009
        • Date of Amy Dunne diary entry: "We had it all planned out - vacation for a week at the cape with my parents, then a quick weekend alone at a divey little resort on the way home."

    • September

      • September 9, 2009
        • Date visible when Detective Rhonda Boney peruses copies of Amy's journal entries in her office.

    • October

      • October 11, 2009
        • Date of Amy Dunne diary entry: "I've sworn never to be one of those wives."

  • 2010

    • July

      • July 18, 2010
        • Amy journal entry: "Want to test your marriage for weak spots? Add one recession, subtract two jobs. It's surprisingly effective.

    • September

      • September 23, 2010
        • Amy journal entry: "So here's a strange new sentence. I am a Missourian."

    • October

      • October 23, 2010
        • Date of Amy Dunne diary entry: "Happy anniversary to me!"

  • 2011

    • October

      • October 2, 2011
        • Amy journal entry: "My husband has come undone We moved to Missouri to save Maureen. But as it turns out, we couldn't. We took a hit on the brownstone and I used the last of my trust too buy him a bar. So far, it's just costing money. Nick uses me for sex when he wants. Otherwise, I don't exist. Last night I went from desperate to pathetic. I became someone I don't even like. The kind of woman I used to mock. What scared me wasn't that he'd pushed me. What scared me was how much he wanted to hurt me more. What scared me was that I'd finally realized I am frightened of my own husband.

  • 2012

    • February

      • February 14, 2012
        • Amy's journal entry: "For Valentine's Day, I thought I'd buy a gun. That is how crazy I've become. Nick wants me gone, but he won't ask for a divorce. In his mind, I'm the owner of his bar, his only line of credit. The bitch with the prenup. I could go home to my parents, but I'd have to tell them the truth. And I don't even know if I believe the truth. Can I really think Nick wouldn't hurt me? I'm being paranoid. Crazy. It's just I'd sleep better with a gun."

    • April

      • April 12, 2012
        • Nick bumps up Amy's life insurance.

    • July

      • July 1, 2012
        • Amy lists the dates "July 1-4" for tasks #66 through #72 on her checklist. Task #66: "Finish diary! Last entries!", Task #67: "Plant treasure hunt clues", Task #68: "Distract Nick, keep him away from key locations", Task #69: "Go's neighbors out of town for holiday - move goodies!", Task #70: "Plant red panties - make a fire.", Task #71: "Burn diary in Bill's basement", Task #72: "7/4 - Stage a fight - no one sees or hears Amy after this"

      • July 2, 2012
        • Amy lists the dates "July 1-4" for tasks #66 through #72 on her checklist. Task #66: "Finish diary! Last entries!", Task #67: "Plant treasure hunt clues", Task #68: "Distract Nick, keep him away from key locations", Task #69: "Go's neighbors out of town for holiday - move goodies!", Task #70: "Plant red panties - make a fire.", Task #71: "Burn diary in Bill's basement", Task #72: "7/4 - Stage a fight - no one sees or hears Amy after this"

      • July 3, 2012
        • Amy's journal entry: "I'm not going to be scared anymore. I thought our marriage was dead and then the most wonderful thing." Amy lists the dates "July 1-4" for tasks #66 through #72 on her checklist. Task #66: "Finish diary! Last entries!", Task #67: "Plant treasure hunt clues", Task #68: "Distract Nick, keep him away from key locations", Task #69: "Go's neighbors out of town for holiday - move goodies!", Task #70: "Plant red panties - make a fire.", Task #71: "Burn diary in Bill's basement", Task #72: "7/4 - Stage a fight - no one sees or hears Amy after this"

      • July 4, 2012
        • Amy lists the dates "July 1-4" for tasks #66 through #72 on her checklist. Task #66: "Finish diary! Last entries!", Task #67: "Plant treasure hunt clues", Task #68: "Distract Nick, keep him away from key locations", Task #69: "Go's neighbors out of town for holiday - move goodies!", Task #70: "Plant red panties - make a fire.", Task #71: "Burn diary in Bill's basement", Task #72: "7/4 - Stage a fight - no one sees or hears Amy after this"

      • July 5, 2012
        • Nick and Amy's 5th wedding anniversary. Amy goes missing, Nick calls the police. Amy colors her hair.

      • July 6, 2012
        • One day gone. Nick and Amy's parents hold press conference at police station. Amy plans her death - October 5? November 5? December 5?

      • July 7, 2012
        • Two days gone. Volunteers search for Amy. Amy monitors the case online.

      • July 8, 2012
        • Three days gone. The search for Amy continues. Nick proclaims his innocence at a vigil. Amy lies by the pool.

      • July 9, 2012
        • Four days gone. Nick travels to meet with lawyer Tanner Bolt. Yellow sticky note on Amy's July calendar: "Police know about credit card bills? If not, call tipline" Amy calls in an anonymous tip to check the woodshed on Margot Dunne's property.

      • July 10, 2012
        • Five days gone. Nick meets with lawyer Tanner Bolt. Yellow sticky note on Amy's July calendar: "Pregnancy revealed? If not, call tipline" Amy plays miniature golf with new friends.

      • July 11, 2012
        • Six days gone. Tanner Bolt recommends Nick come clean about Andie on national TV to reporter Sharon Schrieber. Yellow sticky note on Amy's July calendar: "Surf news online -Ellen Abbott tabloids" Amy gets robbed by her new friends.

      • July 12, 2012
        • Seven days gone. Nick goes on Sharon Schrieber's TV news program, shortly after his girlfriend Andie Fitzgerald comes forward. Amy meets old friend Desi Collings at the Riverboat Casino.

      • July 13, 2012
        • Eight days gone. Nick's appearance on Sharon Schrieber's TV show airs. The police search Nick's sister's property - and the woodshed. Amy watches Nick's appearance on Sharon Schrieber's TV show from Desi's house.

      • July 14, 2012
        • Task #94 on Amy's checklist: "By 7/14 woodshed found?"

      • July 16, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's July calendar: "Go shopping!"

      • July 18, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's July calendar: #FINDAMY.

      • July 20, 2012
        • Blue sticky note on Amy's July calendar.

      • July 24, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's July calendar.

      • July 26, 2012
        • Twenty-one days gone. Nick released from jail on bond. Task #97 on Amy's checklist: "By 7/26 police know about Andie?" Amy puts on a show for the security cameras in Desi's house.

      • July 28, 2012
        • Orange sticky note on Amy's July calendar.

    • August

      • August 3, 2012
        • Twenty-nine days gone. Amy murders Desi Collings.

      • August 4, 2012
        • Thirty days gone. Amy returns, covered in blood.

      • August 5, 2012
        • One day home. Nick takes out the trash. Amy makes crepes.

      • August 7, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's August calendar.

      • August 9, 2012
        • Five days home.

      • August 13, 2012
        • Pink sticky note on Amy's August calendar.

      • August 15, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's August calendar.

      • August 25, 2012
        • Pink sticky note on Amy's August calendar.

      • August 28, 2012
        • Blue sticky note on Amy's August calendar.

      • August 29, 2012
        • Pink sticky note on Amy's August calendar.

    • September

      • September 7, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's October calendar: "Post anonymous comments on Ellen Abbott website!!"

      • September 9, 2012
        • Five weeks home. Nick can't sleep. Amy tucks him in.

      • September 15, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's October calendar: "Research places to dump the car"

      • September 23, 2012
        • Seven weeks home. Ellen Abbott interview Nick and Amy in their home.

    • October

      • October 3, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's October calendar: "Get rid of all belongings -clothes -toiletries"

      • October 4, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's October calendar: "Ditch car -no fingerprints -wipe it down!"

      • October 5, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's December calendar: "Kill self?"

    • November

      • November 5, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's December calendar: "Kill self?"

    • December

      • December 5, 2012
        • Yellow sticky note on Amy's December calendar: "Kill self?"
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