Police in Fargo, North Dakota, received a call on March 25, 2013, about the brutal rape of North Dakota State University student Mary Kate Gullickson, 20, who recounted for police how she had been abducted and forced into a vehicle the night before, and raped. The university immediately issued a campus-wide alert warning students about “a man in a blue ski mask forcing a female student into a vehicle in a campus parking lot, sexually assaulting her in a different location and then returning her to the lot.”
To the surprise of investigators, it wasn’t long before “a man stepped forward to tell police he was corresponding with a woman the day of the alleged rape who said she was a 20-year-old female who wanted to be picked up off the street, bound with duct tape, forced to have sex, then dropped off where she was found.”
Sure enough, investigation turned up a post confirmed by email and cell phone number to have been posted by Gullickson on Craigslist soliciting a partner to help her act out her rape fantasy. Gullickson told police that she reported the incident as a rape “because her boyfriend forced her to” when he found out. Also, police say that regarding messages on Gullickson’s cell phone, “In more than one message, Gullickson asked for $100 in exchange for sex.”
The university immediately cancelled the campus-wide alert, replacing it with “Investigation indicated there was not an abduction and a forced sexual assault did not occur as reported. Based on the information, we believe there is no specific threat to the campus or the surrounding community.”
Gullickson was arrested for misdemeanor giving false information for police, and taken to the Cass County Jail.