Denise was kidnapped and held captive. After she escaped, police say she pulled a ‘Gone Girl’.

In 2017, Matthew Muller was sentenced to 40 years in prison on federal kidnapping charges. In 2022, he received a state prison sentence of 31 years for rape, robbery, burglary, and false imprisonment, which would be served concurrently to the original sentence.

Denise and Aaron have always maintained they believe there was more than one suspect involved in the kidnapping.

In 2018, the couple received a $2.5 million settlement from the city of Vallejo, and while police apologised, no police officer was ever disciplined for their treatment of the pair. In fact, the detective who interrogated both Denise and Aaron went on to win an award.

Denise and Aaron married in 2018, later welcoming their first daughter, Olivia, and a second, Naomi.

The couple has since released a book, Victim F: From Crime Victims, To Suspects, To Survivors, about their experience, and have become advocates working against unconscious bias in policing and victim blaming.

American Nightmare is available to stream on Netflix.

If this post brings up any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. It doesn’t matter where you live, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home.

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