Today, 1/18/2018, on Dr. Oz, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner discusses what can drive someone to fake their own abduction and assault. Thelma Williams, was one who faked her own abduction and even posted pictures of facebook. In the past few years, a series of faked abductions and false rape/abduction claims have surfaced. Oz says he has always found hoaxes of any sort to be fascinating—finding out what motivates one person to deceive another.
What do Samantha Martinez, Tiffiny Ann Bray, and Thelma Williams have in common? They all lied and faked their own kidnappings. Why? Crime Online founder Nancy Grace weighs in on the impact of these crimes.
Grace says she does not feel sorry for these liars, who create the drama that causes cops to work overnight to save these people. Grace says restitution is not enough- they need to go to jail. The time involved, the stress of family members, the overtime of law enforcement are the true victims. Grace feels these type people are not thinking of anyone else and the chaos they are causing. In many ways, they are throwing away their own lives, their reputation, and their future.
Dr. Welner says they have taken chaotic behavior for their emotional needs. Their emotional selfishness is such, that they will manufacture a real-life crime. Welner says their relationships are usually on the verge of a break-up, or the liar wants to separate from the relationship. Welner feels they will create these kinds of emotional dynamics thru violence and/or promiscuity, to express the anger they are feeling.
Welner says they can’t handle relationships or what they perceive is about to happen. Welner remarked how people have lied about kidnappings for ransom, to defraud, and most times, the so-called victim is part of the actual plot. He says when someone goes to the extent of creating a violent scene of abuse and hostage taking, they are simply being a victim of their own twisted emotional health. In the case of faked abductions, often the “victim” does it for sympathy or attention; other times the story is given to cover up for illegal or embarrassing behavior.
In many cases, people have reported a vehicle stolen and claimed that a child was also taken so that the police will make the report a priority which takes away so much manpower and possibly real-life kidnappings.
Hoaxed abductions occur far more often than most people realize. Though high-profile cases are widely reported, lesser-known faked abductions occur about once a week somewhere in the United States. Every hour that police waste searching for a person who lied about being abducted is time that could have been spent solving cases and helping victims of real crimes. Police investigations are often very expensive, in some cases wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Those who file false reports are rarely prosecuted, and often they are treated as victims instead of criminals.
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