She had him at "You are so hot."
Not exactly the standard greeting for a former senator seeking the highest office in the country, but with that three-word come on, Rielle Hunter, a sometime videographer with a passion for astrology, bewitched John Edwards. The rest: the affair, the baby, the cover-up, is history.
Both the government and Edwards' defense lawyers long ago put Hunter -- described in the press as "kooky" and "New Agey" -- on their witness lists. The prosecution did not call her as a witness before resting its case. But now Hunter, known in part for being unpredictable, is listed as a possible witness today.
Despite that listing, it's not certain that Ewards' lawyer are any more willing than the prosecutors to put her on the stand.
So why is Hunter so often described as off-beat?
Wearing an unbuttoned men's dress shirt, Hunter bared her legs and midriff on a rumpled bed. Some of the photos included 2-year-old daughter Frances Quinn, while other photos included Hunter sexily posing amid Quinn's stuffed dolls, including Kermit the Frog, Barney, and Dora the Explorer.
Hunter later told ABC News' Barbara Walters she was "repulsed" by the photos and "cried for two hours" when she saw them.
But it doesn't stop there. On her daughter's birth certificate (which does not include the girl's father's name) Hunter used the alias Rielle Jaya James Druck.
While Hunter was receiving hush money from Edwards' donors, aide Andrew Young testified, she received an American Express credit card in the fake name Jaya James. She picked the name, she said, because it sounded like Jesse James, the famed Western outlaw. When the card arrived, it read "Randy Jaya James" and Hunter refused to use it. It was later reprinted "R. Jaya James."