The husband of a Sherri Papini, a California mom who went missing for three weeks after allegedly being kidnapped while out for a jog, is speaking out about his family’s ordeal in an exclusive statement to “Good Morning America.”
Sherri Papini went missing on Nov. 2 and was found three weeks later, on Thanksgiving, on the side of a road and bound by restraints, according to police. The mother of two young children, she was described by her family as a “super mom.”
Her husband, Keith Papini, said he was grateful to thousands of people who have reached out to his family during what he called “this torturous journey.”
“Thank you to the many incredible humans that have never known Sherri that facilitated in sharing our heartbreak across the globe,” he said in a statement. “Sherri has always captured my heart, and it is no surprise that she has captured the hearts not only through the country but throughout the world.”
But after giving thanks for all the support, Keith Papini addressed the increasing scrutiny brought on by all the attention his wife’s alleged kidnapping has received.
Calling it a “double-edged sword,” he said he is grateful that his wife’s story spread quickly.
But he added, “Rumors, assumptions, lies and hate have been both exhausting and disgusting. We are not going to allow those people to take away our spirit, love or rejoice in our girl found alive and home where she belongs,” he said. “I understand people want the story, pictures, proof that this was not some sort of hoax, plan to gain money or some fabricated race war. I do not see a purpose in addressing each preposterous lie.”
Keith Papini described in detail his wife’s condition when they were reunited in the hospital.
“Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see upon my arrival at the hospital nor the details of the true hell I was about to hear,” he wrote. “My first sight was my wife in a hospital bed, her face covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings, the bridge of her nose broken.”
He added that after she was found, she weighed only 87 pounds and “her signature long blond hair had been chopped off.”
Here is the statement in full:
The first thing I would like to address is the overwhelming amount of gratitude our entire family has for the thousands of people that have been on this torturous journey with us. I cannot possibly name each and every person, although their names are eternally etched in our hearts. Thank you to our strong family, devoted friends, the entire Redding community and countless communities around the world. Specific thanks to the Shasta County Sheriff’s department, FBI, NorCal Alliance for the Missing, the Lost Coast Trackers, Shasta Support Services, the Guardian Angels, my own personal A-Team, Cameron Gamble, Cody Salfen, Jim Linnan, Sean Ditty, Don Armstrong, Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and hospital, the medical personnel that helped our dear Sherri, social media and many news outlets. Thank you to LRT Graphics and Signarama. Thank you to the extremely generous, anonymous as well as named donors all over the world [who] selflessly gave to our family. Thank you to the many incredible humans that have never known Sherri that facilitated in sharing our heart break across the globe. Sherri has always captured my heart, and it is no surprise that she has captured the hearts not only through the country but throughout the world. Thank you, truly, immensely, sincerely and with my entire heart.
Secondly, we live in a nation of free speech, accompanied with an era of technology that provides immediate gratification. This is a double-edged sword. I am grateful for this system, as it is what spread my wife’s face quickly throughout the world, gaining the attention of thousands. The unfortunate side is that some people have been sitting in angering, expectant positions, waiting for the gory details.
Rumors, assumptions, lies and hate have been both exhausting and disgusting. Those people should be ashamed of their malicious, subhuman behavior. We are not going to allow those people to take away our spirit, love or rejoice in our girl found alive and home where she belongs. I understand people want the story, pictures, proof that this was not some sort of hoax, plan to gain money or some fabricated race war. I do not see a purpose in addressing each preposterous lie. Instead, may I give you a glimpse of the mixture of horror and elation that was my experience of reuniting with the love of my life and mother of our children.
Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see upon my arrival at the hospital nor the details of the true hell I was about to hear. The mental prison I was in over the past three weeks was shattered when my questions of my wife’s reality became known.
The officers warned me to brace myself. My first sight was my wife in a hospital bed, her face covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings, the bridge of her nose broken.
Her now emaciated body of 87 pounds was covered in multicolored bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain markings. Her signature long blond hair had been chopped off. She has been branded, and I could feel the rise of her scabs under my fingers. She was thrown from a vehicle with a chain around her waist, attached to her wrists and a bag over her head. The same bag she used to flag someone down once she was able to free one of her hands. Sherri was taken from us for 22 days and suffered incredibly through both intense physical agony and severe mental torture. My reaction was one of extreme happiness and overwhelming nausea as my eyes and hands scanned her body. I was filled with so much relief and revulsion at once. My Sherri suffered tremendously, and all the visions swirling in your heads of her appearance, I assure you, are not as graphic and gruesome as the reality.
We are a very private family [who] do not use social media outlets prior to this grotesque tragedy. My love for my wife took [precedence], and it was clear we had to be exposed in ways we never would have been comfortable with. So please have a heart and understand why we have asked for our privacy. This will be along road of healing for everyone. Ultimately, it was Sherri’s will to survive that brought her home. Thank you.
Do you see what is wrong with this story? Now you may know from reading my blogs that I am extremely skeptical, but I am also known for being very supportive. And it is not my idea to ever blame the victim. But this guy is a real piece of shit. Signature blonde hair? What the fuck is she a statue? What is she a centerpiece? What is she a trophy wife? That’s exactly how he sees her. That means this chick can’t ever change who she is. That means she can never go red or she can never go brunette or she can never pull a Linear O’Connor. She has to maintain the same look for him. And what’s fucked up about it is she so stupid she will fall for it. That’s not love. This guy is completely objectifying her and she’s too silly to realize that or she thinks it’s okay. So basically what that means is any blonde walking in the room can get his attention? Let’s see what does she actually have about her thats authentic and that separates her from the rest of the blondes?
What century are these people living in? Now I’ve been reading my comments and I’ve heard that this town is completely full of good old boys. Basically that means they think that white is a superior race period and top it off with some blonde hair and some blue eyes and you are everything. Well where I’m from you don’t mean shit period and down here you’re just another dizzy Broad. And we don’t give preferential treatment to anybody based on the color of their skin and their hair. So she might want to keep that shit in her little backwoods part of town.
I am all for a man loving on his girl. I am all accepting of a guy who’s looking at his lady like yes you are my everything. But when he starts mentioning hair and shape. That is the most shallow think you can say. I don’t want some man wanting me because I’m black and I got dark skin and he thinks I have a fat ass. You’re supposed to be loving someone for who they are on the inside not the outside. The only thing this husband who is so distraught that his boo was gone for 22 days, the only thing he can mention is her outer appearance.
I think it’s fair to say these two losers deserve each other. I tell you what, if she was kidnapped it’s obvious that showed her that everybody in the world don’t give a fuck about your blonde hair.
He mentions rumors lies and hate. Yes there are people out there spreading rumors. Yes there are people out there giving their opinions and giving their suggestions and their ideas about what they think might have happened to his precious lovely gorgeous attractive awesome amazing wife. But those people are people just like me, bloggers and other media outlets. THATS OUR JOB! Our job is to find out what happened to your wife you ungrateful dick. Initially when his wife went missing I hopped on the story immediately and tried to find whatever I could about her. For people who don’t deal with social media that bitch sure has a whole lot of accounts with her face all spread across it. I’ve seen more wedding pictures of her than anyone else. Don’t get mad at us because during our digging we discovered that she was a racist asshole. Nobody hates your wife. We don’t like the way she thinks. And we don’t like the fact that she thinks she’s better than everybody else. As far as I’m concerned you two can burn in a fire I would not pee on you to put you out. But my blog is what I take seriously.
I don’t hold any punches with anyone. That’s why I’m so popular. And if your wife didn’t have Nazi skinhead postings then I wouldn’t be able to put them on my blog. She did that to herself, I’m just exposing what I found. We all found it.
I can’t imagine what it’s like growing up in a house with someone so superficial. I can’t imagine living in a house with a sister who is a brunette and looking at this blonde bimbo who acts like she’s the center of the universe. You want to talk about whether Sherri has enemies or not, you might want to look into her own family. Because I’m certain a lot of them hate her guts. Confidence I like, stuck up and stupid I don’t.
And if you don’t like the idea of people wanting the GORY DETAILS, then give people their money back. Give them the $50,000 back from SOCIAL MEDIA that you collected from your missing trophy. I thought you didn’t want to give the gory
Details you lying bitch. You’re GIVING THEM NOW TO GMA! We are reading it now. You just didn’t want to give them out for FREE. YOU wanted people to pay for your story. Keep milking it for all its worth.
It just goes to show where the idea of a HOAX came from. Requiring PAYMENT for your wife’s “ordeal” further let’s us know that this is ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS. Let me guess, BestBuy wasn’t cutting it huh? BestBuy wasn’t able to support the bimbo. Is that why she blamed you for what you MADE HER DO? Was this your idea Keith? You figured out a way to get paid.
There is a jogger who was ACTUALLY KIDNAPPED named Vanessa Marcotte. SHE is dead now. She was a beautiful person with a true heart of gold.
This woman was murdered brutally but you want me to cry over some bruising and chopped hair? I’d hang myself before I shed one tear or give one ounce of compassion for your Desperate Housewife.
Both beautiful ladies with great careers and loving families. These ladies didn’t deserve what they got.
Is he saying that these women didn’t have the WILL to survive? No I think they did. They were just met with REAL ASSAILANTS.
They weren’t part of some hoax or scheme. Yes they had social profiles and were well known, but they were good girls. Their families have TRULY SUFFERED a great loss. Their families will never see them again. My heart goes out to their families.
Listen if I was to kidnap someone who I HATED. Her husband wouldn’t be able to recognize her. I would have fucked her up. BS On the whole jealous hate bit. Girls who hate you, scar you for life. Every time she looked in the mirror she’d see what I did.