Couple from Netflix’s new true crime docuseries 'don’t know why they were targeted'
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It's the chilling new Netflix documentary that true crime fanatics all over the world seemingly can't stop talking about.
Said to tell the nerve-shattering tale of the 'real life Gone Girl', this three-parter - which dropped on the UK streaming service this week - has left millions of viewers 'in a state of shock'.
For readers who haven't yet come across his torturous tale of kidnap, drugs, rape and astonishing levels of police neglect, we are, of course, talking about American Nightmare.
And this week, Aaron Quinn - who with girlfriend Denise Huskins was branded 'hoaxers' by police after being tied up, blindfolded, drugged and Denise kidnapped - has admitted he still doesn't know why they were targeted.
Please be warned, true crime lovers: spine-tingling spoilers lie ahead...
The California couple were woken up at their home in the middle of the night by intruders wearing wetsuits, who threw a blind-folded Denise in the trunk of their car and sped off.
Aaron telephoned the police the next day - having been sedated the night before - to inform them she'd been kidnapped for ransom.
After some jaw-dropping questioning, investigating officers told Aaron the story resembled that told in 2014 blockbuster Gone Girl.
He was subsequently labelled the case's prime suspect after it transpired that he'd exchanged messages with his ex.
However, in a startling twist of fate - which mirrored the plot in the Ben Affleck/Rosamund Pike crime drama - a missing Denise unexpectedly rocked up on CCTV three days later near her Huntington Beach family home.
She was quick to corroborate boyfriend Aaron's claims about being taken, and opened up about being transported to a remote cabin, where she was further drugged and raped before being released.
In spite of Denise's haunting recollection, the police continued to compare she and Aaron's claims to the famously intense movie, which tells the story of a woman who faked her own kidnapping to frame her cheating husband.
Throughout the duration of the inquiry, officers branded them 'hoaxers' and even attempted to charge them with lying to and wasting cops' time, as opposed to identifying the man who - as the final episode explains - had in fact harmed Denise.
In the end, police tracked down perpetrator, former Marine Matthew Muller, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison, and faced additional state charges of rape by force, robbery and burglary.
Since the documentary aired earlier this week, many viewers have claimed the real horror of this haunting tale was the behaviour of the authorities.
But for Aaron and Denise, the turmoil they went through back in 2015 continues to haunt them each and everyday.
And this week, following the show's release, the couple have once again spoken out about what they went though.
Speaking to People Magazine, Aaron opened up: "Like many victims, or many people who have gone through tragedy, you don't get all the answers.
"And that can be a sticking point to recovery. So for us, we don't rely on finding those answers, but what we have to do is move forward in the unknown and focus on things that matter the most to us, like our family, our kids, our work."
He went on: "Those are sustainable things. And having the answers of why they targeted us doesn't change what we do as far as moving forward."