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Newest Meme: Fake Your Abduction

All the stylish girls are doing it. What’s with this? In the past few weeks, there have been three reported incidents of women faking their own abduction:

Did I miss a memo? Or a movie of the week? Aside from a desperate need for attention, what’s prompting all these people to kidnap themselves? Maybe the first one got some press, and the others are copy-cats?

What’s most laughable is the egregious errors these people commit in the act. From the story on Seiler:

The honor student told police that after taking her at knifepoint, her captor used duct tape, rope, cold medicine, a gun and a knife to keep her under his control. Although those items were found in the marsh where she was located, buttressing her account, police obtained videotape Thursday that showed Seiler entering a Madison store and buying those items.

Also, during the time she said she was held captive, two witnesses reported having seen her apparently “walking freely” in different areas of the city, he [the police press officer] said. Someone used her computer during the time she was missing. Also, he said, the computer had been used to look up a five-day weather forecast and search wooded areas in and around Madison.

C’mon, haven’t these people watched CSI? And this from an honour student? It’s going to take more than that to convince the police, the media and the public.

What’s most shameful is the taxpayer’s money (not to mention what they put their friends and families through) these people are wasting. As in mountain rescue situations where the victims were skiing/snowboarding out-of-bounds, these people (assuming they’re found mentally fit to stand trial) should be forced to pay the costs of their case. And the bill would be substantial. In the case of the Texas women, the police sent a helicopter and 20 cruisers to their “rescue”.

4 Responses to “Newest Meme: Fake Your Abduction”

  1. Damelon Kimbrough

    Hrm, aberrant attention-seeking behavior. They are also demonstrating the ability to waste the money of taxpayers and erroneously seek media attention. Which, of course, means they have what it takes to be successful politicians :)

  2. L K Tucker

    The case of Aubrey Seiler may be closer to the case of Shawn Woolley, suicide 2001. His mother sued Sony claiming Everquest caused his death.

    Both Seiler’s apparent fake abduction and Woolley’s death may be caused by a rare psychiatric injury usually associated with defective business office workstations.

    The Everquest Connection page at VisionAndPsychosis.Net explains the psychology involved.

    If you have children playing CD or Internet games, MMORPG’s read the site.

  3. Augie De Blieck Jr.

    You missed the story of the guy who was being paid for one of those abduction fantasies who broke into the wrong house to abduct the wrong person. Drudge had the story, but it scrolled off there a couple of days ago.

    And that’s another idea that CSI: MIAMI used for an episode.


  4. gwendolyn

    The story of the abduction/rape fantasy gone awry is still up on the Reuters wire service Web site.

    The man ended up pleading guilty to burglary. You can read the full story at:

    Incidentally, the article was under the “Oddly Enough” section, which is usually a good source for many hilarious articles from around the world.

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