I just happened to be watching TV, and another fake kidnapping was served up. I guess this has been going on even longer than I thought.
This one happened in 2004, and involved Audrey Seiler, who said she was kidnapped from her apartment and kept in the woods for days, given cold medicine, restrained with duct tape and rope and threatened with a knife. How about she bought the duct tape, rope, knife and cold medicine herself and staged the whole affair to somehow convince her boyfriend to stay with her. I honestly don’t know how that could have worked for more than maybe a week. I hope her boyfriend ran far, far away.