Netflix’s latest anthology true-crime series, ‘Worst Roommate Ever,’ delivers on its promise of examining those truly befuddling situations that illustrate the way people are not always what they appear.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve just met someone or have known them for a long time; you can never tell if they have absolute wickedness lying beneath their skin, just waiting to emerge.
Unfortunately for Callie Quinn, as described in the episode ‘Marathon Man,’ this unforeseen evil arrived in Chile in the shape of one of her roommates, Youssef Khater.
Who is Callie Quinn, And What is her Story?
Callie Quinn, a native of Canyon Lake, Texas, a little town south of Austin, has always had a fascination for actual travel – visiting to new countries and living there to learn about the culture.
As a result, she packed her belongings and moved to the safest country in South America in early 2011, after graduating from the University of Texas with a geography major.
Despite the fact that she knew no one in Chile, her people skills enabled her to secure not just an English-language teaching position but also a room in a 12-bed hostel-style house within a month.
That’s where the 23-year-old met Youssef Khater, a Danish man in his early 30s who was older than everyone else and talked about being a “hero” during his time in the Marines.
Callie didn’t like him at first because she thought he exaggerated most of his missions, but that quickly changed when she discovered his social personality.
Things began to spiral in the summer, shortly after they discussed her and another roommate moving into one of the two condominiums he claimed to have purchased as an investment.
Youssef had received roughly $1,000 from Callie and the other roommate as their first month’s rent and security deposit, but he kept creating excuses to postpone their move.
He then assured them that everything will be resolved shortly because he had borrowed money from other housemates and she had begun to address the situation with them.
Youssef told Callie on July 20 that he’d take her to the real estate office that evening to show her where she could get the condo keys the next morning to begin their move, and that he’d also give her a bag of cash to pay back what he owed.
However, once they had completed both of these tasks, Youssef proposed they have dinner/drinks together before going to the house that had burned down a week before.
Even though it was a neighbourhood store and not a residence, Callie accompanied him since he’d heard there was a golden toilet seat hidden inside in the dark that they had to see.
When they discovered that everything was as it should be, Youssef struck — he whacked her over the head with a metal weapon, choked her until she passed out, and buried her alive under tarp and ash to save face.
What happened to Callie Quinn?
Callie Quinn thankfully not only survived the attack, but she also recovered completely and went on to fight for justice, even if it only resulted in him doing 600 days in prison.
His acts were premeditated, as evidenced by the fact that he lured her inside the vacant store and stole her ID cards so she couldn’t be identified. His conviction for attempted murder came as no surprise.
Nonetheless, Callie has subsequently been diagnosed with PTSD, and she is particularly uncomfortable around persons who have large brows.
Despite all of this, and despite a few additional post-traumatic symptoms, Callie appears to be doing well these days.
She appears to be back in Texas, where she works in the healthcare field after obtaining the necessary certifications to combine her passion for teaching and science.
She’s also determined to tell the world about her ordeal today, so that no one else falls prey to Youssef’s deception.