Case 245

Sherri Papini

When married mother of two, Sherri Papini, goes missing near her home in Redding, California, the community is gripped by fear. Suspicion immediately falls on Sherri’s husband, Keith Papini, but an even darker theory emerges – what if Sherri was the victim of a human trafficking ring?

Three weeks later, motorists passing down the Interstate 5 highway noticed something on the side of the road that would change the course of the investigation entirely.



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Research & writing – Elsha McGill

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



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FBI Affidavit 

Shasta County Sheriff’s Department Reports



Sherri Papini’s husband recalls the day he discovered she was missing – 20/20 

Sherri Papini’s husband details the day she was found alive – 20/20 

The Vanishing Act’ How Sherri Papini faked her own kidnapping – Nightline

Sherri Papini’s Anonymous Donor Sits Down For Interview – Crime Watch Daily

Sherri Papini Interrogation by Shasta Co. Sheriff’s detectives – ABC 

James Reyes Interview and Confession – Crime Circus 



California woman missing, possibly abducted – Ventura County Star

Bizarre Kidnapping Mystery – People

Husband Pleads for Wife’s Return After She Vanishes During Jog: ‘Please Bring Her Back – People 

Search for missing California mother continues after husband passes polygraph exam, officials say – LA Times

Anonymous donor offers reward for missing California woman – Desert Sun

The Shady Hostage Negotiator at the Center of Sherri Papini’s Abduction – The Daily Beast

Kidnapping, reverse ransom and a bounty: the strange case of Sherri Papini – The Guardian

Family ‘joyous’ Sherri Papini found – Redding Record Searchlight 

A mysterious coincidence: Sherri Papini’s school friend also vanished in same area – Now to Love

Redding celebrates Sherri Papini’s return, dismisses her doubters at welcome-home party – The Sacramento Bee 

‘GMA’ Exclusive: Husband of Sherri Papini Speaks Out About His Family’s Ordeal – ABC News

Cops ‘blindsided’ after husband of Sherri Papini reveals crucial details in statement detailing her horrific injuries –

Is Sherri Papini a Victim or a Liar? 1 Year Later, Details Don’t Line up in California Mom’s Kidnapping – Newsweek 

Officials silent on Sherri Papini kidnapping case as old report surfaces alleging self harm – The Sacramento Bee

FBI affidavit unravels astounding claims about California mom Sherri Papini – SF Gate

Shasta County Sheriff reacts to the arrest of Sherri Papini – Action News Now

Hoodwinked: Sherri Papini’s kidnapping hoax played on sympathy and entangled innocent people – The Sacramento Bee

Hoodwinked: Sherri Papini reappears after missing for 22 days with an unbelievable story – The Sacramento Bee 

Hoodwinked: Sherri Papini’s kidnapping hoax ends with arrest outside her kids’ piano lessons – The Sacramento Bee

Matthew Muller Sentenced To 31 Years In Vallejo ‘Gone Girl’ Kidnapping Of Denise Huskins CBS

Sherri Papini sentenced to 18 months in prison for faking her own kidnapping in 2016 – The Guardian

Sherri Papini sentenced to 18 months in prison in hoax kidnapping case – ABC

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