Sunday, November 24, 2013

Duke Rape Lacrosse Accuser Guilty of Murder

We saw that the language showed deception...her character, however, remained in tact. From LA Times:

The woman who incited a national scandal in 2006 when she accused Duke University lacrosse players of rape has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend.
A North Carolina judge sentenced Crystal Mangum, 34, to between 14 and 18 years in prison on Friday. In 2011, Mangum stabbed her boyfriend, 46-year-old Reginald Daye, who died of complications 10 days later. 
In 2006, Mangum acussed three Duke lacrosse players of raping her after she went to their house working as a stripper. The case captured the nation's attention, exposing racial and socioeconomic divides not just at the elite university, but across the country.
Mangum, who is black, was enrolled at the historically black North Carolina Central University, and the three men accused were white and attended a prestigious private university that was not integrated until the 1960s.
While Duke typically attracts students more familiar to schools in the Northeast, its Southern home in Durham is made up of mostly blue-collar workers. As cited frequently by the media during the court proceedings, the yearly tuition at Duke at the time was about $43,000, while the 2000 census put the the median household income in Durham at $41,160.
Throughout the case, the Duke players maintained they were innocent.
"You have all been told some fantastic lies, and I look forward to watching them unravel in the weeks to come, as they already have in weeks past.... The truth will come out," lacrosse player David Evans said after he was indicted.
The case did slowly fall apart as DNA evidence failed to tie Mangum to any of the 46 white players on the team. She eventually recanted her statement and said she was not sure she had been raped, although she insisted some sort of sexual assault had taken place.
In court, defense lawyers revealed that the prosecuting attorney and the lab director had withheld evidence that showed that the DNA on Mangum's body did not match the defendants, and that it matched other men. The defense claimed that the district attorney who was prosecuting violated police policy by using a photo lineup that showed photos only of lacrosse players and did not mix in other men. 
"She was, in effect, given a multiple choice test in which there were no wrong answers," a defense motion said. 
The district attorney withdrew from the case, resigned and was disbarred.
The North Carolina attorney general took over the case, and after a 12-week examination he dropped all charges against the defendants. Evans, who was indicted the day after he graduated from Duke, said the case Mangum brought against him and the other defendants had taken them "to hell and back." 
"No other witness confirms her story," Atty. Gen. Roy Cooper said at a crowded news conference. "Other evidence contradicts her story. She contradicts herself." 
In the recent case, Mangum said she stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense after he threw knives at her, but in interviews before he died, he said that she stabbed him several times, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. Photographic and blood evidence didn't match up with Mangum's story, the jury decided. 


Rose said...

I knew this woman would be back in the news for another crime though I was a little surprised to see it be murder.

I did not believe her rape story from day one. It sounded like a Lifetime movie of the week fantasy and not a real event.

John Mc Gowan said...

Hi Peter, iv'e searched for your analysis on this and can't find it. Could you point us in the right direction please ?


Mary said...


Peter, could you possibly analyze Michael McStay's comments in the video-- Exclusive Video inside the Missing McStay Family home. Part 1 - YouTube

This case is mystifying and heartbreaking.
Many people have questioned MMcStay's behavior and words and your input would be much appreciated.

RIP McStays

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Peter analyze some of the statements made by Ethhel Kennedy nephew, Michael Skakels' (sp) in the murder of Martha Moxley, as well as earlier statements made by his brother Tommy and the private tutor who was on hand that night.

Michael, still claiming his innocence, was set to be released from prison last week on his prior guilty conviction.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Can you please analyze the jailhouse letter of the mother, Oriana Farrell, in New Mexico who was pulled over speeding with her five kids in her car, then led police on a high speed chase?
The letter was recently printed in The Taos News online

Here's her letter:

"After witnessing uniformed police officers fire shots at a van carrying my five children, I have learned that the value of their lives only matters so much as criminal charges against me are concerned. A uniformed officer can shoot three bullets at my van and be considered to be “doing his job”, but my doing what I can to get my own children away from such a terrifying individual has been termed “child abuse” and “endangerment,” according to New Mexico law.
An officer can use a baton to smash a glass window directly into the faces of my four young sons who were riding in the backseat, but somehow my attempts to protect them from further harm are dismissed because the perpetrator wore an official “state uniform,” and has been hired to “protect and serve.” The media has been given authority to defame my character and to erroneously report partial facts pertaining to my case because an officer of the law was said to be “doing his job.” Injustice at its best.
For the past 16 years of my life, I have devoted my everyday to parenting and to educating my wonderful children. Anyone who knows me will tell you this. I graduated my daughter from high school at the age of 15 as her home educator. I have educated all five of my children for the duration of their educational journey. I have shaped my entire life around their well-being.
Serving and protecting them is something that I do naturally — without pay. Being a “peace officer” is who and what I have been out of my obligation and responsibility as a parent. Law enforcement — I do that too within our unit every day.
As a single, African-American mother of five in this country, things are tough enough I should not have to endure harassment at the hands of someone who has been hired to protect the citizens of this land over an alleged “speeding offense.” No one should.
As a tourist who came to Taos, New Mexico, with the intention of supporting the wonderful sights and offerings of this city, I should not sit in jail right now for continuing to do the best by my children as their mother.
There are hundreds of people across the world who can attest to the great commitment I have to the health, well-being, and safety of my children. I am considered a mothering mentor to many, and a model parent to most.
This realization did not come at the hands of my incarceration, this is the reality of my life. So much so, that even in the Taos Adult Detention Center, the women view me as an encouraging mother/sister figure who loves on and cares about even those who society unfairly casts aside. I write none of these things to pat myself on the back, rather to paint a true and accurate picture of who I really am — not what a system that knows nothing about me portrays me to be.

Anonymous said...

Oriana Farrell letter continued:

"Ask the superintendent of Memphis City Schools who I am. Or you can inquire about my person from the many Memphis City Police chaplains that I have worked alongside in various capacities. You can always speak with the families of the homeschool groups that I have run, as well as the many community service agencies I have worked and implemented programs with. Any number of these individuals will tell you that I am a most loving, caring and peaceful person who helps others daily, and that my own children are at the top of that list.
I hope that someone reads this editorial and comes to know more about the real me, and not the one misportrayed and demonized by the Taos media. I hope that someone takes the time to think about how this ordeal is affecting myself, and most importantly my children. They do not deserve this and neither do I.
I hope that the city of Taos chooses to be fair in judgment of this situation, and that a light be shed on the true injustices of this horrifying nightmare.
Finally, I speak a word of peace to the officers and other officials involved. It is my prayer that your families never be made to endure that which mine has, as a result of this terrible situation. May you never be put in a position to protect your children from your “own kind.”
—Oriana Farrell

Anonymous said...

kudos for not pulling the race card.
usually in a situation like that, cops would have shot them all dead and that would be the end of story.

John Mc Gowan said...


Abigail Hernandez's Mother wrote a letter to her daughter and read it out at a press conference.

Note of the use or the words "I" "Me" "MY" and Abigail's name.

Dear ABBY,

(I) believe you are out there somewhere watching and listening to (ME) right now. (I) miss you and love you so much more than you can imagine. (I) feel your absence every day. You belong at home with (ME). (ABBY), you are a strong and (I) am staying strong for you. You are courageous you are strong and you are beautiful. (ABBY) you matter to (ME).(I) believe you are alive and (I) that hope speaks louder than fear, it is (MY) hope that you can reach out to (ME). (I) feel your absence every day and (I) want you home with (ME). (I) will do everything and anything to help you make your dreams come true. (ABBY) (I) keep having a dream were you come home and (I) give you the biggest hug ever. (I) know in (MY) heart this dream means something and that it matters. (I) pray to god it will come true.

Love, Mom

We see her she uses "ABBY" 4 times.

"ME" 5 Times.

"MY" Twice.

And "I" 12 times.

Please note that the word "we" would only be weak in context: if a mother is speaking for herself and the father, "we" is entirely appropriate, though we expect, given the nature of a mother-child relationship and the sensitivity of a missing son/daughter, that "I" would enter the statement. PH

NOT once does she share her concern with the use of the words WE, US, OUR etc.

1. Deborah Bradley, mother of Baby Lisa, was almost unable to use the pronoun "I", as she was indicated for guilty knowledge of the death of Baby Lisa.

2. Desiree Young, mother of missing 7 year old Kyron Horman, spoke for her family, yet was unable to NOT use the pronoun "I" as his plight was upfront and acutely painful for her, as an innocent mother, pleading for her son's return.

In both of these cases, we see how the guilt or innocence plays out in the language, particularly in the use of pronouns. PH

If i am right with what i have analyzed, then Abby's Mom does not have anything to do with her with disappearance.

elf said...

I wish she would have said why she reacted in the manner in which she did in the first place. I'm a mother as well (obviously not the great mom she is lol) and anytime I've EVER been pulled over with my kids, or alone, I have always followed my mothers advice. She always told me that I don't have to roll my window all the way down, only enough to hand the officer my licence, insurance, & registration. I have every right to proceed to a well lighted public place before stopping my vehicle. If I was that woman I would have never got out of my car because #1 the car was running and #2 I would have known there was no reason for me to be out of my car for a speeding violation. If she's such a perfect mother why didn't she know these things? If she had doubts why didn't she ask the officer to escort her to a safe place (not on the side of a hiway) to ensure not only her children's safety but also her own? She says in her letter that she's not patting herself on the back, but she is. Every adult in this situation handled this in the wrong fashion. If that's how she's teaching her children to act around police, maybe she oughta go ahead and send them to public school.

elf said...

She did pull the race card btw. 'As a single African American of five'. She may have a darker skin color and her ancestors may have come from Africa but unless she herself was born in Africa she only an American. I find her letter gratuitous and self serving. And I call bullshit that there are hundreds of people around the world that can honestly attest to the fact that she is a model mother.

elf said...

I would also like to point out that such perfect wonderful moms who have only her children's best interest and safety in mind usually don't break the law by speeding. The speed limits are set with our (the public) safety in mind. If the cop caught her on his radar gun exceeding the speed limit yes its his job to pull her over. Being a perfect mom doesn't mean laws don't apply to you.
Ok. I'm done lol

elf said...

I lied. I'm not done.
Ms. Farrall never issued a reliable denial to the charges. I agree the officer was overly aggressive but how was he to know what the mother and teens were up to (they could have been grabbing a gun to shoot him) when the mother and oldest boy got back into the car? Ms Farrell compared herself to a police officer but I highly doubt that the danger she faces in her dining room is comparable to what police officers in any city face on the streets they patrol.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there drugs found in the car, too?

John Mc Gowan said...
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John Mc Gowan said...

More to add to Anons OT @ 7:42.

I've left the part out about her letter given that it has already been posted above.

This has the Vt from the officers dash cam.


A mother who sped away from New Mexico State Police with an officer shooting at her minivan said she was trying to protect her children from a “terrifying individual.”

In a jailhouse op-ed to the Taos News published Thursday, Oriana Farrell told her side of the October 28 incident that began as a traffic stop.

Dash cam video of the October 28 incident released to HLN affiliate KRQE shows an officer pulling over Farrell, 39, of Memphis, Tennessee, for going 71 in a 55 mph speed zone. In the video, the officer tells Farrell to turn her vehicle off and stay put before he walks back to his patrol car.

Farrell then drives away from the traffic stop and the officer pulls her over again. The officer demands Farrell get out of the vehicle and tries to pull her out.

After Farrell gets out of the vehicle, the officer tries to arrest her. Farrell’s 14-year-old son then gets out of the car and then the officer pulls out his Taser and chases him back to the vehicle, where the officer pulls out his baton and starts swinging at the passenger side window.

Farrell speeds away again, while another officer fires three shots at the minivan, carrying her children, who range in age from 6 to 18. Authorities pursued Farrell for nearly five minutes before she stopped in front of a hotel, where she and her son were arrested.

Farrell has been charged with intentional abuse of a child and aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her 14-year-old son has been charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Farrell has since been released from prison on bail. Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos told KRQE that “[additional] information could come in, but at this preliminary stage, what I’ve viewed and what I’ve reviewed I don’t see any criminal charges against any of the officers.”

When reached by HLN, New Mexico State Police said it would not make any comments about Farrell's allegations. Farrell's case is set for trial on April 21.

The Taos News wrote on its website that it normally does not publish op-ed pieces on open legal cases, but did so, given the national attention to Farrell’s case.

BostonLady said...

The wonderful marvelous mother of five is completely in the wrong. She knew when she pulled away after the officer told her to turn off the car and stay put, she was breaking the law. She didn't care. Obviously she believes that she is so wonderful that she is above the law.

Her son was very aggressive when he got out of the car and also would not follow the officer's directions to stay put. I'm so sure that this perfect mother with hundreds of people around the world is giving her children quite the home school education based on her son's behavior.

I hope they fine her heavily.

Anonymous said...

here's a great letter for analysis! -- from brittany murphy's mom saying how her daughter was not murdered!

Anonymous said...

Mangum, who is black, was enrolled at the historically black North Carolina Central University, and the three men accused were white and attended a prestigious private university that was not integrated until the 1960s.

The information regarding NCCU is in the positive. The other university, here unnamed, is prestigious and private, and not integrated until. Written in the negative.

Anonymous said...

This mother and juvie son should have been arrested and booked on the charges as stated; however, the officer(s) were also in error in smashing out the car window and shooting at the van.

Heavens! There were children inside this van; but regardless, no auto should have any windows smashed or be fired upon by officers when other innocent passengers are inside. There are other ways to apprehend traffic violators without putting the lives at risk of innocent passengers.

This woman was entirely in error by not cooperating with LE when she was first stopped for speeding, since she WAS in fact, speeding. Obviously, she is the cause of the entire incident.

I hope they throw the book at her when her trial comes up, but also that the officers involved are charged with their own unnecessary and dangerous behavior.

Anonymous said...

I think she should have said.."After I witnessed... not just after witnessing... and here we have an issue as the policeman did not fire on her after stopping her, it was after she resisted being pulled over...

Her next sentence starts... I have learned ..I think it should say I learned or I am learning....she then changes to present tense with Criminal charges against me....

I think I could go on and on..BUT...oh yeah her next sentence has BUT...okay yeah

Unknown said...

A Troll Is a Monster whom Is very bad tempered as they live under draughty bridges Iv slept under a bridge Its not to comfy bumfy I can tell you.

This Woman Is unhinged an sociapathic she played the rape card an race card.

An lost both card games .

She then played the domestic abuse victim card an made it trey straight losses.

John Mc Gowan said...

Britney Murphy OT from above.

Let me be clear: I am QUITE confident Brittany NEVER cooperated with Julia Davis, NEVER signed any statement in support of her, NEVER met with her and barely knew she existed. Davis did try to contact Brittany through her agent, but all she got back was a letter from CAA -- then Brittany's talent agents -- which we have, telling Davis that their client knew nothing about her claims and would not meet with her.

"I am QUITE confident Brittany NEVER cooperated with Julia Davis"

QUITE confident = uncertain, doubtful, dubious, unsure, unconvinced.

Her we see she qualifies her statement with the use of the word QUITE, and as stated above means she is unsure etc. A qualifier is a word/words when removed doesn't affect the meaning of the sentence, the more qualifiers the weaker the sentence. A stronger statement would have been. "I am confident". Without the additional word QUITE. She is either confident or not, she cant be both.

She then goes on to say.

I am quite confident Brittany NEVER cooperated with Julia Davis, NEVER signed any statement in support of her, NEVER met with her and BARELY knew she existed.

"NEVER" x 3 = Sensitivity.

"NEVER" should not be interpreted as "Did not". We should not accept the word NEVER as a denial, although it maybe truthful unless it is also accompanied with the words "Did Not" we should consider it unreliable.

"She DID NOT contact her she NEVER contacted her" would be considered reliable.

Although we do not accept "NEVER" as a denial. If someone is asked "Have you EVER" then the word "NEVER" is appropriate, but we can not be certain it is true.

For some reason liars find it easier to use the word NEVER than to say DID NOT/DIDN'T.

Maybe there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Ivanna-Anna said...

From Ivanna-Anna

Re: Abigail Hernandez

I get a feeling they did not get on perfectly, and that Abigail didn't feel her mother cared about her. I wonder if Abigail had threatened to either leave home or kill herself -- both are something many emotionally-angry teenagers threaten to do.

"I believe you are out there somewhere watching and listening to me right now."

Why "I believe," why not "I know"? The mother has a doubt. (It's almost like "I believe you are up there in heaven...")

"I miss you and love you so much more than you can imagine."

To me, this is a strong indication of a bad relationship. If they had a good relationship, the daughter would know exactly how much the mum missed her and loved her.

"I feel your absence every day."
This is again weird. Why every day instead of every second or constantly?

Sarah said...

Being a liar doesnt mean you are a murderer....riiiiiight?

elf said...

Depends on what the person is being deceptive about. If they're a suspect in a shoplifting case and were found to be deceptive regarding shoplifting but had nothing to do with a murder next door. They wouldn't show deception when being questioned about a murder, just the shoplifting. Unless they committed the murder lol

Anonymous said...

Sarah said...
Being a liar doesnt mean you are a murderer....riiiiiight?
November 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Nope! But what it does mean is that if you ARE a murderer chances are you would try to lie your way out of it. You know like it goes to credibility if your habit is to lie. ;)

Chris Halkides said...

I am having a difficult time finding your 2006 analysis of David Evans's statement on line.