Sherri Papini Kidnapping hoax: Taped 2016 Police Interview


Newly released video is emerging in the case of Sherri Papini, a California mother who was recently convicted of faking her own abduction.

Papini, in a taped interview, is seen wrapped up in a bandage around her nose and clutching her knees as she lies about being kidnapped by her abductors. 

The video was just released, but was taken in 2016 at Papini’s home in Redding. 

Papini told cops that she was tortured by her abductors for three weeks and was asked for permission to close her eyes. Papini’s account has now been revealed to be a complete hoax.

To support her lies, Papini actually inflicted the injuries herself and even broke her nose. According to DNA evidence, Papini was hiding with James Reyes, her ex-boyfriend at a Costa Mesa, California home.

In the latest episode, Papini speaks with police. “20/20.” ABC’s chief national correspondent, Matt Gutman, believes the case is fascinating people, “because it’s so unfathomable that someone who seems to have everything would do this.”

“Ultimately, investigators believe that the motive here was attention,”Gutman stated. 

Papini will surrender Nov. 8 to begin her 18-month sentence for the kidnapping hoax.

The two-hour “20/20″ABC airs a special tonight about Sherri Papini

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