When the most dreadful of things imaginable happen to a person, the worst thing in the world is when there is no one to believe that it has taken place. As ABC News observes, that was the sad state of affairs for Denise Huskins in California when she was” abducted, bound, and raped in a 2015 case that shocked the nation.” She spoke of the “anguish” felt when no one believed her and the pain is only too authentic.
“I don’t know how to describe what it’s like to sit back silently and watch the world have a conversation … on the most horrific thing that you’ve lived through,” Huskins confesses, according to Yahoo News. The sorrow is the result of being stolen from her boyfriend’s cozy bed, drugged, bound up, and raped in the early hours of March 23rd, 2015.
She was released two days after the ordeal, though she fully expected to die as it was all unfolding. Instead of taking the report seriously, the Vallejo Police Department claimed, “none of the claims has been substantiated” even as the trauma was still quite fresh.
The authorities even blundered so badly as to accuse the pair of taking “valuable resources away from our community” by calling for help! She was called “Gone Girl,” the title of a work of fiction, and a stinging accusation in its own right.
However, when 38-year-old Matthew Muller, a former lawyer, attempted a similar kidnapping and failed, he was arrested and many who did not believe the couple when they told of what had happened were left with egg on their faces.
The culprit is serving 40 years for admitting to the kidnapping, and rape charges are also hanging over his head.
Calling the ordeal “a really bad nightmare,” she recalls that she heard, “The voice kept saying over and over again, like, ‘Wake up, this is a robbery, we’re not here to harm you.”
The girl was told to bind her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn’s, hand and feet as Muller was said to be “encouraging her” and saying, “You’re doing a good job,” as she met his sick demands.
After being tied and drugged, the two were parted from one another. In this time, Huskins was twice raped and informed that her attacker demanded “a ransom of two installments of $85,000 for her safe return.”
Quinn said with astonishment, “I think they fooled themselves into this fantasy that … you could wake someone up in the middle of the night, take the person they love, throw them in … a trunk of a car, and somehow we would just be able to move on with our lives after that.”
Muller spoke of his hard life to his victim and she shared few stories with him in order to get him to see her as a person, a human being, someone who should not be killed.
The victim admits, “So I kind of shared with him something that happened when I was younger.” She had even said that she had been raped in the past and that he would not want to add to her grief, though he forced himself upon her anyhow.
Now that the police have seen the errors of their ways, they will surely be less judgmental in the future. Thankfully, the mistake did not result in another rape…or worse, and that is only because Muller made an error in his next attempt.
That may be the most disturbing part of this whole mishap.