“We have all decided that you need a boyfriend,” read the fictitious e-mail signed by “Susanne Sullivan,” who spells her first name with a Z. “It’s been three months since your divorce.”
“Boyfriend!” shot back Dookhan, in an e-mail that included photos and was copied to Papachristos. “I just want someone to love me and make me laugh and smile.”
The following April, Papachristos received an ominous message, this one from Annie Dookhan’s e-mail account, though not necessarily written by her:
“Everything that you know about me and my personal life is a lie,” the brief e-mail read. “I have lied to you about my marriage and my husband. I will have no contact with you in the future.”
Papachristos wrote back unusually formally, seemingly aware that Annie Dookhan’s husband might be reading:
“I am not sure, nor do I want to know, why I was sent this e-mail or whether I am in the middle of possible marital discourse, but I do not want to be,” he wrote in March 2010, “I do not get involved personally with any potential or actual witnesses.”
Annie Dookhan responded stiffly, writing back that her relationship was strictly professional, as Papachristos had requested.
But exactly 44 minutes after that, Papachristos resumed his familiar tone, addressing Dookhan as “Annie!” in his next message.
Dookhan and Papachristos stayed in contact for months after she was banned from doing more drug tests, with Dookhan giving no hint of mounting trouble.