No Need to Keep Rape Accuser’s Name Secret
By: Carey Roberts
Crystal Gail Mangum’s life has been marked by a Kudzu-like thicket of ups and downs. After graduating from Hillside High School in Durham, she spent two years in the Navy as a radio operator. She married twice, taught her first husband how to read, worked for a while in a nursing facility, and is now the single mother of two.
In 1996 she filed a complaint that she had been raped – but she didn’t get around to filing the police report until three years later. And once the allegation had been made, she didn’t bother to complete the paperwork. Sorry fellas, nothing personal.
In 2002 Mangum stole a car and and took deputies on a high-speed chase, which eventually landed her in jail with a criminal record. Other details of her life have been extensively documented. [source]
Later Mangum enrolled at North Carolina Central University, a predominantly black college. To supplement her income, she worked as an exotic dancer and for an escort service locally known as Bunny Hole Entertainment.
Thanks to time-stamped photographs, eyewitness accounts, police reports, forensic examinations, and dogged media interest, the timeline and events surrounding the case are now well-documented. [source]
Over the weekend of March 10-12, 2006 Crystal Gail Mangum indulged in sexual hijinks with four different men. On Monday March 13, she went to a hotel room and participated in an X-rated escapade with a couple. Any of these events could have produced the minor bruises, cuts, and vaginal injuries that Ms. Mangum later claimed were caused by the Duke lacrosse players.
Later that evening, Mangum and fellow-stripper Kim Pittman (aka “Nikki”) arrived at a run-down house near the Duke University campus in Durham, each knowing they would be paid $400 for a one-hour set. The two were together for the entire time, except for a five-minute period when Mangum went to the bathroom. When later asked about Mangum’s rape allegation, Pittman called it a “crock.”
The police officer who first saw Mangum described her as “passed-out drunk.” She first claimed she had been raped. Then the officer reported she said “no one forced her to have sex.” A few minutes later she came back to her original claim – not totally surprising for someone who is well-juiced and wants to avoid a charge of public drunkedness.
At first she said she had been raped by 20 men, then she decided the number was actually five, and finally settled on three. But the photographs revealed her bruises were there before the alleged rape occurred. And the hospital sexual assault nurse did not find any evidence of sexual assault.
The DNA tests failed to produce any link to the lacrosse players. A second DNA analysis did implicate Mangum’s boyfriend, however. [source]
When asked about the exculpatory DNA tests, District Attorney Michael Nifong nonsensically replied, “It doesn’t mean nothing happened, it just means nothing was left behind.”
Nifong’s case has more holes than the frayed netting of a goalie’s lacrosse stick. Maybe that’s why Nifong speculated the alleged rape may have been a hate crime, falsely hinted at the use of a “date-rape” drug, withheld key documents from defense lawyers, and unconscionably delayed the trial until next Spring.
Legal commentators have excoriated Nifong for his unprofessional and reckless handling of the case. But by skillfully playing the race card, Nifong did manage to come out on top during the May Democratic primary.
On April 21, Tom Leykis repeatedly stated Crystal Gail Mangum’s name on his nationally-broadcast radio talk show. Two days later Matt Druge again disclosed her identity.
The very next day the players’ defense lawyers filed a motion listing Crystal Gail Mangum by name. That document is publicly-available: www.kirkosborn.com/Motions/RITCHIEMotion.pdf. During the next month the defense team filed three more motions, all mentioning Mangum on the first page.
MSNBC Host Tucker Carlson mentioned Mangum’s name during his May 15 show. Internet columnists Michael Gaynor and Nicholas Stix also reported her name, as well.
A Google search under “Crystal Gail Mangum,” “duke,” and “rape” turns up 648 hits. Some persons have misspelled her last name as “magnum,” which turns up even more documents. Crystal Gail Mangum’s notoriety has reached the point that she even has her own Wikipedia site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Gail_Mangum
The cat is out of the bag. The identity of the Duke rape accuser has been widely disseminated on the radio, via the internet, in public legal documents, and in an encyclopedia.
The name is Crystal Gail Mangum. So why would anyone pretend her name is still a secret?
Carey Roberts is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.