Sherri Papini abduction has been one of the most highly discussed crime investigations of the year. Because there have only been a limited number of details provided to the public via law enforcement sources regarding the case, there has speculation that the entire ordeal was fabricated or staged.
On November 2, the California mother-of-two went out for a jog, but never returned home that day. The 34-year-old was allegedly abducted by two Latino women, and was held for three weeks before being released 150 miles away from her residence in Redding.
On Thanksgiving Day, Papini's captors released her on the side of the highway. When she was found, Papini had been beaten and bloodied. Her hair had reportedly been cut, she'd dropped 15% of the body weight on her already petite frame, and she had allegedly been "branded" by the abductors, according to The Sun.
There are a slew of details about the case that have confounded Internet users, and sparked a range of wild theories about the Sherri's abduction.
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One detail that has caused skeptics to believe that there is something fishy going on with the Papini abduction is that her husband, Keith, maintained that Sherri's hair was cut off by her abductors. However, the motorist who first saw Sherri on the highway after she was released said that she had long blond hair.
“I saw a woman, a woman with long blonde hair by the side of the road frantically waving what looked like a shirt,” the woman said during an appearance on Good Morning America. “I figured if she was willing to risk being hit by a car she must really need help.”
Keith Papini also claimed that Sherri had suffered from a dramatic weight loss, and that she was "emaciated" by the drastic change.
Conspiracy theorists have discovered the rumblings of Sherri having an eating disorder in high school. If this were the case, the California mom would not have been "emaciated" at the weight she was at when she was found.
When Sherri Papini was allegedly abducted by two Hispanic women, the captors never demanded a ransom. However, an anonymous donor reportedly offered nearly $50,000 for her release in an online message.
The unnamed donor gave the kidnappers a deadline of 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23. The captors didn't take the deal, and the offer was rescinded.
This could be a possible signal of foul play involved in the case, and is definitely another detail about the abduction that conspiracy theorist believe makes the entire ordeal sound quite fishy.
When Sherri Papini was released by the two alleged kidnappers, reports stated that Sherri was found beaten, bloodied, and bruised. Upon being returned home, she didn't even stay one night at the hospital.
This seems particularly odd considering the condition that Sherri's husband described her to be in when she was released.
Why would the doctors and emergency medical responders not recommend that Sherri stay at least one night in the hospital in order to conduct tests, and determine that there was no internal damage done to her body?
Skeptics have theorized that Sherri has staged her own abduction before. An anonymous source told Heavy that the "extended family" of the 34-year-old mom tried to fabricate a story about being kidnapped 10 years ago in 2006.
In Keith Papini's statement he said: "I understand people want the story, pictures, proof that this was not some sort of hoax, plan to gain money, or some fabricated race war."
On a white nationalist blog, a woman with Sherri's maiden name, Sherri Graeff, detailed an eerily similar story about getting into a fight with a group of Latinos after having a dispute with a Hispanic woman.
The post read:
“I totally agree with Skinheads that girls should not fight. They should stand by their men.
“But, sometimes, I guess, you have to do what is necessary, when a Skinhead isn’t on hand … Being white is more than just being aware of my skin, but of standing behind Skinheads — who are always around, in spirit, as well — and having pride for my country.
“Being white is my family, my roots, my way of life. It’s always there. There’s no denying it.
“It’s nobility. It’s strength. It will be there to lift me up when I really need my pride, when I need to ‘keep walking’.”
Sherri's first husband (not Keith) explained that the post was fabricated by a jealous friend attempting to smear her, according to The Sun.
In addition to the skinhead blog post, skeptics have claimed that Papini and her husband are white nationalists trying to smear Hispanics. Conspiracy theorists pointed out some of the particular language in Keith Papini's statement after Sherri was found, and said that there were terms that echoed neo-Nazi phrases.
Keith wrote: "Rumors, assumptions, lies and hate have been both exhausting and disgusting. Those people should be ashamed of their malicious, subhuman behaviour.”
The use of the word subhuman caught the eye of the skeptics. The Nazis used the word subhuman, or "Untermensch," when referring to inferior peoples such as Jews, Slavs, and Roma gypsies, according to The Sun.
While all of these theories are highly bizarre, this white nationalist/skinhead blogging conspiracy theory is by far the wildest.