Woman admits faking her own kidnapping in hoax that sparked three-week search

A US woman with a “very complicated mental health situation” has admitted faking her own kidnapping and lying to the FBI six years after she claimed it happened.

Sherri Papini, 39, tearfully told a judge she felt “very sad” but didn’t explain why she lied about being abducted in 2016.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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