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Learn About A Notorious Kidnapping Hoax In 'Sherri Papini: Lies, Lies And More Lies'

In 2016, Sherri Papini said she had been kidnapped by two women while she was out jogging. It was all a lie.

When Sherri Papini said she had been kidnapped and tortured, her friends and family naturally believed her. But eventually, her lies were exposed and a horrifying truth emerged, as the people around her realized she was not who they believed she was.

Oxygen True Crime, the home of high-quality true-crime programming, NBC News Studios, and the producers of “Dateline” examine the disturbing deceptions of a Northern California housewife, Sherri Papini in "Sherri Papini: Lies, Lies And More Lies." Premiering on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9/8c on Oxygen the 90-minute special showcases just-released investigative footage, including previously unseen interviews with Papini, as well as interviews with investigators, journalists, and community members who were all at some point taken in by Papini’s untruths.

In 2016, Sherri Papini — a wife and the mother of two small children — went missing while on a jog near her home. Her entire community mobilized to find her as everyone feared the worst. After 22 days, Papini reappeared, battered and bruised, relaying a horrifying tale of being kidnapped with the intention of being sold into sex slavery. In hellish detail, she described what she endured.

It was a story so awful you couldn’t make it up, except that Papini did. 

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As investigators worked the case, they found the evidence pointed not to two women Papini claimed abducted her, but back to Papini herself. The special takes viewers on an up-close-and-personal journey through her scam before she was publicly revealed to be a master manipulator who held everyone hostage with her lies.

Tune in on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9/8c on Oxygen to hear the full story. You can watch the trailer, above.

“Sherri Papini: Lies, Lies and More Lies” is produced by NBC News Studios. Alexa Danner, Joe Delmonico, Andy Berg and Elizabeth Fischer executive produce.

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