When a man was accused by police of faking the kidnapping and rape of his wife in what they believed to be a ‘Gone Girl’ hoax, a new TV special about the ordeal.
Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn rose to fame as the ‘Gone Girl’ hoaxer couple in 2015 after she was kidnapped from their home in Vallejo, California.
Denise was grabbed from their bed and Quinn was tied up by Matthew Muller, 41, who has now spent 40 years in prison. He had been monitoring the couple in their home with drones.
He drugged and raped her for two days in a remote house hours away before releasing her again near her childhood home.
At first, the police didn’t believe Aaron’s far-fetched story. When Denise, then 29, reappeared, they found it even less believable.
She sued the police for defamation and won after Muller pleaded guilty to the crime. A few months after the kidnapping, he turned himself in to the police.
Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn rose to fame as the ‘Gone Girl’ hoaxer couple in 2015 after she was kidnapped from their home in Vallejo, California. They’re featured in an ABC 20/20 special about their ordeal that airs Friday night
The couple made headlines around the world in 2015 after Denise was safely returned to her family, two days after she was kidnapped.
The ABC special features new footage of Aaron being told by the police that he lied
Now the afflicted couple are sharing their full ordeal in a book – Victim F: From Crime Victims To Suspects To Survivors. To promote it, they have also appeared in an ABC 20/20 special that airs Friday night.
Matthew Muller, 41, turned himself in to police months after the kidnapping. He had been watching Denise at her house
In a preview of that special obtained by DailyMail.com, they reveal what it was like to be reunited after Denise, now 35, was released, and how horrified they were when suspicion turned against them.
The special also features footage from Aaron’s first police interrogation, where a cop tells him emphatically, “I’m telling you it didn’t happen the way you describe it. It didn’t. Period of time.’
In another clip, Denise reveals that she realized Muller had released her and dropped her off in an alleyway next to her parents’ Huntington Beach house after drugging and raping her for two days.
“I heard him drive away, I counted slowly to 10, I peeled the tape off my eyes and I was alone in this alley. I packed my bags and started walking and looked at the street name on the corner and saw Utica, the street where I grew up.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s a street I’ve walked hundreds of times in my life.
“As I stumbled, still numb, stumbling down the street, all I wanted to do was hug my mom and dad. And finally feel safe.’
She described Muller dragging her across a cold concrete floor after driving her in the trunk of his car for several hours.
“He was clumsily trying to get me out of the trunk, when he grabbed me he tripped and fell.
Denise’s lawyer said he believed her immediately when she told her story. She sued the police and won
He just drugged me, it was a cold, really cold concrete floor. He put a blanket over me and told him to go in and clean.
“I said to myself, no matter what they do, I’m not going to beg and yell. If it’s the last moments I’m going to have, I’ll just stay calm and be thankful for the life I’ve had.’
Douglas Rappaport, her attorney, said he was convinced of her innocence from the start.
“As she went through the story, the emotion was so real… by the time I finished interviewing her, I was absolutely convinced she was telling the truth.”
Denise and Aaron also remembered the first reunion. She said she thought about feeling “safe in his arms” when she was in captivity.
“Every moment in captivity I imagined him, I kept imagining what that feeling must be like to finally feel safe in his arms again.
“When he knocked on that door and I opened it, we just hugged…we cried and held each other.”
“I knew our lives were changed forever and we would go through more trouble, but at least we had each other,” Aaron added.
ABC’s 20/20 special featuring the pair airs Friday, June 4 at 9 p.m. EST.