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Monday, June 13, 2011
2006 Duke Lacrosse Accuser Crystal Mangum Indicted For Murder
Remember the NC Duke Lacrosse scandal in 2006 where black exotic stripper Crystal Mangum, pictured to the left, accused three members of the Duke team of sexually assaulting her in a bathroom while she was dirty dancing at a frat party. Most of society, all of the media and every black activist group across the country attempted to make it a hate crime by the white Lacrosse players.
Her rape allegations fell apart as one huge lie. Even though all charges were eventually dismissed, Mangums fabricated story will forever cast a dark shadow over the reputation of the accused men and the university. The county prosecutor lost his job and was disbarred after it was discovered he knew early on from DNA results that the accusations were without merit. Yet, he kept prosecuting the charges anyway.
Since The Duke Scandal
In February 2010, Crystal Mangum was arrested on attempted murder charges after threatening to stab and kill then boyfriend Milton Walker. She was also charged with arson after filling a bathtub with his clothes and setting them on fire. Also, resisting arrest, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. There were three children in the residence at the time of the incidents, and one of them called 911 according to investigators.
A jury only convicted her of contributing to the abuse and neglect of minors, resisting a police officer, and causing more than $200 in property damage to the car of a man who was then her boyfriend. All charges were misdemeanors. The judge sentenced her to 88 days in jail.
Several months later, she found a new boyfriend who she has managed to stab to death this time.
On April 3, 2011, Mangum was first jailed for assault using a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injurious after officers found her new boyfriend, Reginald Daye, in his apartment lying in the bathtub stabbed in the torso with a kitchen knife. He died two days later in the hospital. She has since been indicted by a North Carolina Grand Jury on first degree murder charges for killing Daye and larceny.
According to reports, she is not denying that her boyfriend was stabbed, but Mangums attorney claims she was simply trying to stop Daye from beating her. The defense lawyer said pictures from the incident show a battered and bruised Mangum. According to women who'd been in relationships with Daye, he was not an abuser. She is currently in jail on a $200,000 bond.
Susannah Meadows, a Newsweek reporter who covered the Duke rape case for two months back in 2006, did a follow-up story two weeks after Mangum was arrested in the Milton Walker incident in 2010. This passage is particularly revealing…
“North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper did not pursue any action against Mangum for making the false Duke accusations. Asked about it at a press conference where he dismissed the (rape) charges, Cooper intimated that she was not of sound mind. ‘Our investigators who talked with her and the attorneys who talked with her over a period of time think that she may actually believe the many different stories that she has been telling.”
During the entire Duke scandal, Mangum was important to local and national media, black activists from Al Sharpton to Jesse Jackson and hate groups like the Black Panthers. She was portrayed first as their victim at the hands of those white racist attackers. When that fell apart, she quickly became the conniving tramp who lied about rape charges and almost sent three innocent men to prison.
Were there always signs present that she needed some serious psychological help? A sign that this woman had potential to seriously injure or kill someone? Or, were we all too busy engaged in self-righteous posturing to notice?
End Of Story….
Jack Swint - Publisher
WV News 2011
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