Matthew Muller is charged with kidnapping Denise Huskins in ‘Gone Girl’ case: Part 2

Dublin, California, detective Misty Carausu helped break Huskins’ case, vindicating the couple, who’d been doubted. Muller pleaded guilty to the federal charge and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
6:09 | 06/05/21

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Transcript for Matthew Muller is charged with kidnapping Denise Huskins in ‘Gone Girl’ case: Part 2
Weeks passed without a break in the so-called gone girl case. Denies Huskins and Aaron Quinn were still the prime suspects in their own home invasion and kidnapping. I was about to get fired from my job. They were looking for, I believe, any reason to fire me because they didn't want my bad reputation tainting them. I became this vision of everything that people want to hate. I was an object to throw stones at. On June 5th, 2015, police in Dublin, California, a city an hour south, responded to a report of a home robbery. County emergency. I have a break-in, they are out there, my husband's fighting with them, I just broke loose. Reporter: After a struggle, the assailant fled but left his phone in the house. Dublin police were able to trace the phone to a man named Matthew Mueller, a former marine and graduate of Harvard law school, claimed he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his life had fallen apart. He was living in a family cabin in south lake tahoe. Officers Miguel compo and misty carusu, armed with a search warrant, went to question him. We kick down the door. As we make our way across debris, we see him coming out from one of the bedrooms. Then we ask him, do you know why we're here? He said yes. Reporter: The officers found laptops, cell phones, a lot of ski masks, some stun guns, and they also discovered Mueller was driving a stolen car. There were several swim goggles that were duct tape black. One in particular had a blond hair strand attached to the duct the Dublin home invasion, none of them had blond hair. Looking back at all the evidence, there was just no denying that this wasn't his first time committing a crime. I just had to figure out where these other crimes occurred. Reporter: Carusu did a such of Mueller's name and found although he had never been charged, he had been a person of stint in several incidents. She tracked down the owner of the stolen car. He mentioned that there was a kidnapping that had occurred at the same time that his vehicle was stolen. A kidnapping case that was labeled a hoax by Vallejo pd. It came back to me, and I thought, this is beyond crazy. Reporter: Two FBI agents and a representative from the Vallejo police department came to Dublin to review the evidence. And when we showed them the pictures of the evidence we had, they were shocked. They were shocked. Reporter: Lo and behold, all of these details Aaron and Denise had told them happened, are now being corroborated. And it turns out it's not so bizarre. That this is, in fact, what happened. Good afternoon, everyone. Today is a fabulous day. I remember they were squeezing each other's hands so tightly throughout the entire press conference. The attorneys taking turns back and forth, pummeling the police department. Had you asked important basic questions, which the police department, it went completely over their head -- There were so many factors they could have looked to, to determine, geez, maybe Denise and Aaron are telling the truth. But no. They were so stuck in supporting their snap judgment. Absolutely, 100%, positively, unequivocally not just not guilty, but innocent. That moment was vindication. Reporter: On March 16th, 2017, Matt Mueller pled guilty to federal kidnapping charges and received a 40-year sentence. He now faces charges in state court for kidnapping and sexual assault and has pled not guilty. The Vallejo police department publicly threw you under the so when the truth comes out, did they ever say I'm sorry? The city attorneys wrote a letter of apology that the chief of police signed. The letter in part says, it is now clear that there was a kidnapping on March 23rd, 2015. That it was not a hoax or orchestrated event. It also admits that the words that lieutenant Kenny park spoke during that press conference were harsh and offensive. A private apology, though? Yes. Not a public one? Yes. Reporter: When we asked about that apology, the city of Vallejo sent a statement. It says in part, the case was not publicly handled with the type of sensitivity a case of this nature should have been handled with. And now, six years later, the current ice chief, Shawnee Williams, writing, I would like to extend my deepest apology to miss Huskins and Mr. Quinn for how they were treated during this ordeal. In 2016, Aaron and Denise filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Vallejo, its police department, detective mustard, and lieutenant park, ultimately settled for $2.5 million with no party admitting any wrongdoing. Up next, Aaron and Denise face the future. People everywhere living with type 2 diabetes are waking up to what's possible with rybelsus. 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