DailyMail.com has obtained an exclusive first look at the ‘Gone Girl hoaxer couple’ getting married, after they were wrongly accused of staging a kidnap and rape in a Gone Girl movie-style plot six years ago.
Denise Huskins, 35, and Aaron Quinn tied the knot in 2016, a year after she was released by her captor following a two day ordeal. Their daughter was born in 2020, five years after Denise’s release.
Denise was snatched from the couple’s bed in Vallejo, California, by Matthew Muller, a 41-year-old disbarred lawyer who had been watching her with a drone.
He drugged Aaron and tied him up to stop him from intervening, and drove to a secluded house hours away with Denise in the trunk. For two days, he raped her and held her against her will while demanding $15,000 from Aaron.
Then, inexplicably, he dropped her off in an alley outside her parents’ home.
When Aaron reported the incident to police, they didn’t believe him and accused him of harming Denise. When she reappeared, they were even less convinced of the story. It wasn’t until Muller turned himself in that police accepted the couple’s version of events.
Now, the couple is telling their story in an ABC 20/20 special to promote a book.
In an exclusive first look at the special, the couple is seen with their baby girl.
‘She was born 5 years to the day of my release. It was an incredible rebirth. I’ll tell her everything.
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Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn at their wedding in 2016, a year after she was freed by her captor after two days of rape and torture. The pair were accused of making the story up in a ‘Gone Girl’ style plot. Now, they are sharing their details of their life for the first time since
The couple made headlines around the world in 2015 after Denise was safely returned to her family, two days after being kidnapped
Ruskins said she is grateful to be alive after the ordeal in 2015. The couple sued the police department which doubted them and won
The couple welcomed their daughter in 2020 – five years after Denise was released by her captor
The pair said their daughter, whose name they did not share, has given them ‘more than she could imagine’. Denise called it a ‘rebirth’
‘Although a lot of what we wrote about is tragic and sad, it is our love story. There is a happy ending – and it’s her. I feel like she completed me. She has given me more than she could ever know.’
Matthew Muller, 41, handed himself in to police months after the kidnapping. He had been watching Denise at her home
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.
The ABC special includes new footage of Aaron being told by cops that he was lying
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
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 after he ordeal. 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.