‘Gone Girl’ Abduction Forger Sherri Papini Had a Bible Verse About Abduction Marked On Her SHOULDER

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California mother Sherri Papini, who mimicked the plot of Gone Girl, had a Bible verse about the abduction branded on her shoulder after returning from her own abduction in 2016.

Papini, 39, disappeared from her neighborhood in Redding, California while jogging. The married mother-of-two returned weeks later, hundreds of miles away, ‘dazed, battered and bruised’, and insisted she had been held captive for 22 days by two Latin women .

Roman Catholic deacon and news anchor Mike Mangas revealed in HLN’s upcoming investigative documentary, Runaway Mom: The Sherri Papini Story, that investigators found a new mark on the supermother’s shoulder when she returned from her “kidnapping”.

“The sheriff asked me, because I’m a deacon in my church, asked me about a certain Bible verse,” Mangas said in an exclusive clip from the documentary obtained by DailyMail.com.

‘And so I told him it’s Exodus 21:16, and he says something like ‘if anyone has kidnapped anyone, he must be put to death’. It was marked on Sherri’s shoulder.

Investigators have begun to uncover Papini’s past before her disappearance, including the involvement of her ex-lover, prosecutors say she was convinced to help him amid domestic abuse allegations against her husband .

When Papini returned home, she told the hoax of her disappearance and convinced the world of her story before being formally charged earlier this year.

Papini pleaded guilty to faking his own kidnapping and lying to the FBI and now faces jail. She will be sentenced on September 19.

The documentary series airs September 18 at 10 p.m. ET on HLN.

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Sherri is pictured above with her husband Keith and their two children.  The mother-of-two left her family behind when she fled to a Costa Mesa, California home with her ex-boyfriend

Sherri is pictured above with her husband Keith and their two children. The mother-of-two left her family behind when she fled to a Costa Mesa, California home with her ex-boyfriend

The police and the world were on the hunt for Sherri when she disappeared in 2016. When Papini returned in 2022, she told the hoax of her disappearance and convinced the world of her story before being formally charged earlier This year.

The police and the world were on the hunt for Sherri when she disappeared in 2016. When Papini returned in 2022, she told the hoax of her disappearance and convinced the world of her story before being formally charged earlier This year.

Redding's Sherri Papini is pictured leaving the federal courthouse accompanied by her attorney, William Portanova, right, in Sacramento, California on April 13.  Papini pleaded guilty to her crimes and is expected to be sentenced on September 19.

Redding’s Sherri Papini is pictured leaving the federal courthouse accompanied by her attorney, William Portanova, right, in Sacramento, California on April 13. Papini pleaded guilty to her crimes and is expected to be sentenced on September 19.

The mother-of-two was arrested in March after deceiving the world about her disappearance.

Her husband reported her missing in November 2016 when she failed to pick up their children from school. Her cell phone and headphones were later found at the running track she was using.

Weeks later, she was found tortured and starved by her captors, whose faces she never saw, before being thrown to the side of the road on Thanksgiving.

James Reyes told police Papini had self-inflicted injuries while staying with him, including hitting himself to create bruises and burning his arms.

James Reyes told police Papini had self-inflicted injuries while staying with him, including hitting himself to create bruises and burning his arms.

When Papini was found she had bindings to the body and self-inflicted injuries, including a swollen nose and a blurry ‘mark’ on her right shoulder. She had other bruises and rashes on many parts of her body, ligature marks on her wrists and ankles, and burns on her left forearm.

Her signature blonde hair had been cropped.

Papini’s antics were eerily similar to those of the titular character in Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel Gone Girl, which was later turned into a thriller starring Rosamund Pike as the vanishing wife.

Police said she made up the whole story to get attention and stayed with her ex-boyfriend for the 22 days of his disappearance.

The mother-of-two convinced her ex-boyfriend James Reyes to pick her up and drive her to her Southern California apartment after telling her that her husband, Keith, was ‘abusing’ her.

Reyes, 37, previously confessed to the plot after being identified by DNA found on Sherri’s clothes during family correspondence.

He told police how he and Sherri dated in 2006 and “loved” each other. She randomly contacted him again in 2016, he said, and told him her husband was abusing her.

Papini and Reyes then talked on prepaid cellphones, arranging for her to run away for months before November 2, when he picked her up from Redding and the alleged prank began.

The ex-boyfriend admitted to investigators that he thought their relationship would turn romantic once they returned to his apartment in Costa Mesa, but it never did.

Instead, Sherri took over his room and he slept on the couch. She locked herself in the room, starved herself and cut her hair, then started inflicting injuries on herself.

Reyes recounted how she convinced him to brand her with a hot tool, then asked him to drive her seven hours north to her home in Redding on November 24. He also said that Papini inflicted self-inflicted injuries by staying with him.

He was unaware of the media storm that had developed over the three weeks because he had no television, he said.

Keith said he was tricked by his wife and then filed for divorce in April – two days after pleading guilty to faking his own kidnapping.

The couple married in 2009 and share two children, Tyler, 8, and Violet, 10.

Sherri with husband Keith on their wedding day.  The mother-of-two told her ex-lover she had to run away because Keith was abusing her

Sherri with husband Keith on their wedding day. The mother-of-two told her ex-lover she had to run away because Keith was abusing her

Keith - with whom she shares children Tyler, 8, and Violet, 10 - filed for divorce on Wednesday - two days after pleading guilty

Keith – with whom she shares children Tyler, 8, and Violet, 10 – filed for divorce on Wednesday – two days after pleading guilty

In a statement earlier this year, Papini apologized for the pain she caused her family and friends.

“I am deeply ashamed of myself for my behavior and I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused my family, my friends, all the good people who have suffered unnecessarily because of my story and those who have worked so hard to try to help me. .

“I will work the rest of my life to fix what I have done,” Papini said in the statement, as reported by ABC10.

Papini had received psychiatric treatment for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder since her return – more than $30,000 in treatment for which she billed a state victims’ compensation fund and which is now part of his restitution.

She is ordered to repay $128,000 in disability benefits and a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $49,000 to help the family.

In their criminal complaint, the police detail how Papini and her husband spent money given to them by strangers for her therapy and to improve their home.

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