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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

There are better ways to get attention, perhaps 

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) -- A college student accused of faking her own kidnapping last month was charged Wednesday with lying to police in what they suggested was a desperate attempt to get her boyfriend's attention.

Audrey Seiler, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of obstructing officers. Each charge carries up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.


I hope Seiler gets the help she needs. When the story first broke about the "abduction," my alarm bells went off in a very big way. However, I didn't exactly feel like voicing the opinion that I thought Seiler's story was complete bullshit because it didn't seem terribly appropriate at the time. Never mind that there's no real comfort in knowing I was right all along. The thing that clinched it for me was her story about being beaten up two months before and waking up in an alley a block away, but having no appreciable signs of injury and, unfortunately, no witnesses to such an event. Then afterwards: the sketch of the alleged suspect was too generic, and the missing three or four days, combined with the myriad of weapons the suspect was alleged to have had. The more Seiler embellished her story, the more obvious it was that her story was well, bullshit.

It's also kind of a shame that the story got so much press attention when many more harrowing and true tales of abduction are ignored, but in hindsight, the press could smell what was really going on, even if they couldn't report it--and ultimately, that's the real story of this case.

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