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Couple wrongly accused of ‘Gone Girl hoax’ recall their ordeal

The moment a man was accused by police of staging his wife’s kidnapping and rape in what they thought was a ‘Gone Girl’ hoax plays out for the first time on camera in a new TV special about the ordeal.  

Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn became known as the ‘Gone Girl’ hoaxer couple in 2015 after she was kidnapped from their home in Vallejo, California

Denise was snatched from their bed and Quinn was tied up by Matthew Muller, 41, who is now serving 40 years in prison. He had been watching the couple in their home with drones. 

For two days, he drugged and raped her in a remote house hours away, before letting her go again near her parents home.  

At first, police didn’t believe Aaron’s far-fetched story. When Denise, then 29, appeared again they thought it was even less believable.  

She sued the police department for defamation and won after Muller pleaded guilty to the crime. He turned himself in to police several months after the kidnapping. 

Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn became known as the ‘Gone Girl’ hoaxer couple in 2015 after she was kidnapped from their home in Vallejo, California. They are shown in an ABC 20/20 special about their ordeal that will air on Friday night

The couple made headlines around the world in 2015 after Denise was safely returned to her family, two days after being kidnapped

The couple made headlines around the world in 2015 after Denise was safely returned to her family, two days after being kidnapped 

The ABC special includes new footage of Aaron being told by cops that he was lying

The ABC special includes new footage of Aaron being told by cops that he was lying 

Now, the vindicated 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 will air on Friday night. 

Matthew Muller, 41, handed himself in to police months after the kidnapping. He had been watching Denise at her home

Matthew Muller, 41, handed himself in to police months after the kidnapping. He had been watching Denise at her home

In a preview of that special obtained by DailyMail.com, they reveal what it was like to reunite after Denise, now 35, was set free, and how they were aghast when suspicion turned on them. 

The special also includes footage of Aaron’s first police interviews, where a cop tells him emphatically: ‘I’m telling you it did not happen the way that you’re describing it. It did not. Period.’ 

In another clip, Denise talks about realizing that Muller had set her free, dropping her off in an alley next to her parents home in Huntington Beach after drugging and raping her for two days.

‘I heard him drive off, I counted slowly to 10, I peeled the tape off my eyes and I was by myself in this alley. I grabbed my bags and started walking and looked at the corner street name and saw Utica which is the street I grew up on.

“I thought, “oh my God.” It’s a street I’ve walked down hundreds of times in my life.

‘As I’m stumbling, still sedated, just stumbling down the street, all I wanted to do was to hug my mom and dad. And finally feel safe.’ 

She described how Muller dragged her across a cold, concrete floor after driving several hours away with her in the trunk of his car.

‘He was awkwardly trying to get me out of the trunk, when he grabbed me he stumbled and fell.

Denise's attorney said he believed her immediately when she told her story. She sued the police department and won

Denise’s attorney said he believed her immediately when she told her story. She sued the police department and won 

He just drug me, it was a cold, really cold concrete floor. He put a blanket over me and said he had to go inside and clean.

‘I told myself, no matter what they do, I’m not going to beg and scream. If it is the last moments that I am going to be living, I am just going to stay calm and be grateful for the life I had.’ 

Douglas Rappaport, her attorney, said he was convinced of her innocence from the beginning.

‘When she was going through the story the emotion was so real… by the time I was finished interviewing her, I was absolutely convinced that she was telling the truth.’  

Denise and Aaron also recalled reuniting for the first time. She said she thought about feeling ‘safe in his arms’ when she was in captivity. 

‘Every moment in captivity I kept picturing him, I kept just visualizing 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 embraced…we were crying and holding each other.’ 

‘I knew our lives had changed forever and we’d go through more struggles but at least we had each other,’ Aaron added. 

ABC’s 20/20 special featuring the couple will air on Friday June 4 at 9pm EST. 


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