Thursday, February 18, 2010

Gee, what a surprise...

A number of you have sent in various links about Crystal Gale Mangum, the Duke rape accuser being arrested today (thanks to all who did). Here is the story for those of you who haven't seen it:

The woman who was at the center of the phony Duke lacrosse rape case was arrested today and charged with attempted murder.

The Durham Police Department told ABC News that Crystal Gale Mangum got into an argument with her boyfriend, Milton Walker, shortly after midnight on Thursday.

The arrest warrant claims that Mangum, 33, scratched, punched and threw objects at Walker before taking all of his clothes and setting them on fire in a bath tub. Firefighters were sent to the home to extinguish the blaze.

Police said they had to evacuate three children, ages 10, 9 and 3, from the apartment because of the fire. It was not immediately known whose children they were.

Mangum is charged with first-degree attempted murder for communicating a threat because she allegedly told Walker in front of officers, "I'm going to stab you [expletive]!"

She was also charged with five counts of arson, simple assault, identity theft, damage to property and resist, delay and obstruction of justice. In addition, she faces three counts of child endangerment.

Mangum is being held without bond and her first court appearance is scheduled for today.

K C Johnson, author of the book on this case, Until Proven Innocent has more at his blog, Durham-in-Wonderland.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Congeniality.

3:31 PM, February 18, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I surprised she didn't say that the arresting police officers tried to gang rape her.

4:10 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Topher said...

...and the question comes up once again why false rape accusers are always treated as pathetic lost-soul victims instead of dishonest criminals. The NC AG specifically refused to prosecute Mangum, claiming it would be bad for her mental state. Looks like the plan backfired.

7:10 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Dr.D said...

Calling Mike Nifong, calling Mike Nifong. Please contact your office.

8:14 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Mike said...

If I were cynical, I would say that it would have been "bad for her mental state" because a charge for felony perjury might have been a wakeup call that would have prevented her from engaging in even worse criminality; reformed criminals are no fun for the state, after all.

10:05 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger Topher said...


Because the case never went to trial and Mangum was not deposed to my knowledge, the most Mangum could have been charged with was some variant of filing a false report.

I think it's worth noting that Amy Bishop and Crystal Mangum are not too different of people - psychotic people and crude opportunists, willing to destroy other people to advance their own narcissistic ends when the opportunity presents itself.

11:19 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger I R A Darth Aggie said...

I find it of interest that the (ex?) boyfriend Milton Walker was not arrested.

She must have been waaaaaaaay out there, behaviour-wise.

9:44 AM, February 19, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

JG, the false rape accusation against Durham's finest is scheduled for 3:00 pm EST.


9:56 AM, February 19, 2010  
Blogger Topher said...

It should also be noted that the New York Times is _still_ maintaining an indefensible policy of not revealing Mangum's name, which gives at least tacit approval by the nation's most prestigious daily of charges that have been wholly and completely discredited as fabricated and false.

I will give ABC News credit, for calling the case "phony" in the first sentence of their story!

10:31 AM, February 19, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A black man threw Charles Stewart off that bridge in Boston back in January, 1990.

10:54 AM, February 19, 2010  

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