In early 2015, California woman Denise Huskins claimed that she had been kidendnapped from her home while her boyfriend was tied up and drugged. Police dismissed her complaint when she emerged near her parents’ home two days later, saying that she “did not act like a kidnapping victim.” Comparisons, of course, were made to Gone Girl.
Unfortunately, the police (and media) were wrong—Huskins had been beaten and stuffed in a trunk and dropped off at her parents’ house, a crime to which a man named Matthew Muller later confessed and pled guilty.
Even despite Huskins’ legal vindication, though, she still gets social media messages lambasting her for being a “horrible lying woman who faked her own kidnapping,” as she wrote in a Facebook post:
“It's almost been two years, a year and a half since it was made public that this was real, that Aaron and I were telling the truth the whole time,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “All I did was survive, and I was criminalized for it.”
“We are trying to do the right thing and let the system do its job,” she continued. “But here we are, starting our new year hoping for a more positive future, but confronted with hate and ignorance.”
Muller will be sentenced on March 16.