Bizarre Twists in the Denise Huskins Alleged Kidnapping Case

She disappeared from her boyfriend's home, then reappeared unharmed as investigators ask if it's a hoax.
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We're about to take you inside a very strange case that started out with a woman vanishing and then turning up 400 miles away. Her lawyer says it was at the hands of kidnappers who let her go because they felt guilty. But tonight police are investigating whether those kidnappers were, well, imaginary. Reporter: Tonight, a puzzling turn in the alleged real life gone girl. 29-year-old Denise Huskins claims she was kidnapped from her boyfriend's home. But police claim it was nothing but a hoax which drew comparisons to the Hollywood blockbuster gone girl. My wife disappeared three days ago. Reporter: Buff tonight, Denise Huskins' attorney says he has proof that she isn't a liar but a victim and that her kidnappers are still on the loose. I have come to receive a 15-page, single-spaced e-mail from the kidnappers. Reporter: Speaking with ABC news, Huskins' lawyer characterized a stunning manifesto he says the kidnappers e-mailed to the San Francisco chronicle after she showed up safely, two days after her boyfriend reported she was abducted from his Vallejo, California home. They talked extensively about how they prepared for it, what weapons to use. This e-mail, for lack of a better term, blew my mind. Reporter: Those e-mails have brought the case back into the spotlight. In the manifesto, the alleged kidnappers claim to have used a strobe light and red laser beams to subdue the victim. They also claim they used a dog shock collar to prevent the victim from crying out. They compare themselves to the crew from "Oceans 11". They said they nabbed her as a dry run so they could kid nam higher profile victims in the future. They felt terrible when they discovered it was her, but since it was a training mission they decided to carry it out regardless. Reporter: The reason they say they sent the e-mail? Regret. They didn't want to harm her. In fact, during the course of this it became a case of reverse Stockholm syndrome where they felt badly for her. Reporter: It's the latest twist in what investigators are calling a baffling case that started a week ago. She was reported missing. Her family devastated. It's like a bad dream, and I can't wake up. Reporter: And the police were baffled. We are treating this ago a kid nam for ransom. Reporter: They say she was abducted in the early morning, but it wasn't until 1:55 that afternoon, ten hours later, that her 30-year old boyfriend called to report it, claiming he witnessed the whole thing but couldn't instantly report it because he said he was bound and drugged by at least two assailants. He was saying that the female, Ms. Huskins, was forcibly taken against her will from the residence. Reporter: The next day, a stunning break in the case when the San Francisco chronicle reported it received an e-mail with what appeared to be a hostage reporting from Huskins. My name is Denise Huskins, I'm kidnapped. Otherwise I'm fine. Reporter: She also mentioned recent news events. Earlier today there was a plane crash in the alps, and 150 people died. Reporter: Along with a ransom request for $8500. Henry K. Lee is the reporter who received the manifesto that detailed the specific amount of the ransom. They chose the $8500 ransom because it falls below the $10,000 federal level. They're saying they're below that threshold so no one would find out. Reporter: But it was Wednesday morning that the case took a shocking twist. Denise Huskins imaginely reemerged, apparently following the same story line of Hollywood's "Gone girl." She was found alive and well, 400 miles away at her father's apartment in southern California. After she says her captors dropped her off. Ms. Huskins indicated that she would be happy to meet with our police detectives. Reporter: The police and FBI made arrangements to fly her back to northern California, she disappeared again. As of right now, we have not heard from Ms. Huskins, and we are no longer in contact with any of the family members. Reporter: As police are investigating the claims, serious doubts were raised. Her investigation has concluded that none of the claims has been substantiated. Reporter: On Thursday, Huskins resurfaced with a lawyer, even participating in a five-hour police interrogation. But as pleaolice weigh the evidence, the court of public opinion is skeptical. Everything about this kidnap screams out hoax. She was returned without the kidnappers ever getting any ransom money. She gave a proof of life audio file. She basically says, I'm sorry, I've been kidnapped. No. Everything sounds phony. Reporter: The lawyer wouldn't tell us how he got the e-mail or show the contents, but ABC was able to see it from another source. When you read this e-mail, you'll see that this is a terrible problem for public safety and that Denise is just the first victim. Reporter: As for Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn, the couple could facial criminal charges if prosecutors believe they made up the kidnapping claims, which they both deny. Now these are all allegations. It may very well turn out that Denise Huskins was really kidnapped by gentlemen bandits who never got their money. The. Reporter: For "Nightline" in Los Angeles. Okay. So now you've seen the evidence. What do you think? Is this kidnapping case real or hoax? Head to our "Nightline" Facebook page and let us know what you think.

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