April 30, 2007

Report of the NC AG on the Duke No-Rape
— Ace

It's not as detailed nor as thorough as I would have liked. KC Johnson's does a better job every other day pointing out her ludicrous contradictions.

Still, it does contain additional details about Crystal Gail Mangum's sudden allegation -- coming a year after her first claim of rape (and recanting of that claim, and recanting of the recanting) -- that she had actually been suspended in mid-air during the rape.

It's more absurd than I orignally thought.

Allow me to quote the Sex Pistols:

Lie lie lie lie liar you lie lie lie lie

Tell me why tell me why

Why d'you have to lie

Should've realised that

Should've told the truth

Should've realised

You know what I'll do

You're in suspension
You're a liar

Clinical but graphic details about a delusionary non-rape follow. When I first heard of the "suspended in mid-air allegation" I thought it was, of course, ridiculous. But even as I tried to picture it, my brain cheated and made it seem less absurd. For example, I pictured one of her legs partly supporting her weight on a sink and her arms pressed against the walls to also help lift herself.

In other words, the only way I could even begin to make sense of this absurd scenario was to imagine that she was actually assisting in her "suspension in mid-air." I didn't intend to imagine her helping, but my brain, knowing how difficult it is to lift a dead-weight human body especially from a bad angle, automatically began filling in details about how such a thing could even be physically possible.

Mangum's specifics about this freshly-remembered detail don't feature her helping to lift her own body to better enable her combination rapists/circus acrobats, of course. But the specifics she offers makes it even more laugh-out-loud ludicrous. By explaining exactly how this dubious bit of Flying Wallenda high-wire sodomy could have occurred, she shows herself not only to be a liar, but a woman only faintly acquainted with the plausible boundaries of physical reality.

You can skip to the bold face. The rest is just preamble and context.

The accusing witness gave numerous differing statements to law enforcement and medical personnel concerning the events on March 13-14, 2006. While witnesses often have inconsistencies in details when recounting events over time, the volume of inconsistent statements and the fact that many of these were substantial and were in regard to significant events rendered the truthfulness of the accusing witness in serious doubt.

For example, the accusing witness’s stories about the alleged attack cannot be reconciled.

At the emergency room, she stated to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) that she had been sexually assaulted by three people: Adam, Brett and Matt. Specifically, she stated that Matt put his “private” in her and did not use a condom. Adam then put his private part in her “butt.” She did not state what Brett did, if anything, nor did she disclose any other sexual conduct.

Two days later, on March 16, 2006, when talking with investigators, she stated that Matt held her legs and was in front of her. Brett was behind her and put his private part in both her anus and vagina. She claimed that Brett ejaculated. She stated that Matt then went behind her and choked her and did the same thing as Brett. She said that Adam became excited and began to ejaculate and put his “private” in her mouth. Adam then dragged her to the car and he and “Nikki”, the other dancer, wiped her off.

On April 6, 2006, in a handwritten statement, she stated that Matt raped her both vaginally and anally for a total of five minutes. Brett did the same for a total of seven minutes. She said Adam put his penis in her mouth and ejaculated. She stated that they threatened to kill her if she did not shut up. She said that all three were kicking her in the behind and back.

On December 21, 2006, for the first time, she referred to the attackers by the names Dave Evans, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty. She could not say with any certainty that they penetrated her vagina with their penises. She stated that she felt a sharp pain in her vagina and anus. She stated that Seligmann did not participate in the attack but just observed. This was first interview about the events after DNA tests showed that no DNA from the defendants was found on the accusing witness.

On March 29, 2007, she stated to the special prosecutors that the players took off her underwear and lifted her into the air. Finnerty crouched below her in a squatting position and held her up. Evans got behind her. She felt a sharp pain in her vagina. She felt a sharp pain in her anus. Finnerty got up and went behind her. Seligmann got under her and held her up in the air. Evans was then in front of her. Evans told Seligmann who was crouched holding her up to relax and do her. Evans ejaculated in her mouth and she spit it on the floor. She indicated to the special prosecutors that all three individuals were active participants in the assault.

The rapists were crouching on the floor beneath her (taking turns doing the heavy lifting), lifting her above their heads, knees bent. Lifting a 110 or 120 pound dead-weight noncooperative (or actively struggling) woman from a catcher's stance.

Presumably, they were down blocking in front of home plante just in case one of their fellow rapist's ejaculatory fastballs went down into the dirt and needed to be quckly thrown to pick off the baserunner trying to steal second base (also known as "the towel rack").

Furthermore, this odd form of suspension -- with all the force of her weight, and all of the pressure exerted down on to the "catcher's" hands, his fingers presumably digging in deep to keep her from moving too much during the rape -- left absolutely no brusing whatsoever on her body.

"Something must have happened," the feminists continue to insist.

Well why go for half-measures and merely claim "something" must have happened? If our gynocranks are so sure that Mangum's story must contain some truth, why not stake their credibility (such as it is) on claiming that this incident in particular occurred?

After all, she couldn't have just imagined being suspended in mid-air while a guy beneath her cleaned-and-jerked her like a competitor in the midget bodybuilding championships. And she wouldn't have lied, God knows. Women don't lie about rape. Or, at least, they don't completely lie. At most, they embellish around the edges -- a bit of literary flair, as Joseph Wilson would say.

So, obviously, this claim must contain some truth, just as the broader outline of her claims must contain some truth.

So why shouldn't the feminists deem this version of be mostly or even entirely true? In for a dime, in for a delusion.

Bonus Snark From ESPN: Lifted from Durham in Wonderland. Here's ESPN's suggestion as to the Carolina Panther's best-bet draft pick:

14. Carolina Panthers: Moezeldin Elmostafa, Durham, N.C. cab driver

Elmostafa is the witness who knew that one of the Duke lacrosse players couldn’t possibly have done what he was accused of doing, and stuck to his story despite police attempts to intimidate him into silence. And while everyone is rightly bashing the sleazeball district attorney, what about the Durham police department? The Durham police in this case come off looking highly suspect, yet no officers or commanders have been fired.

Well, Elmostafa certainly is cool under unethical bordering on illegal pressure, isn't he?

Another bonus -- Reade Seligman writes to KC Johnson, thanking him and the other Durham bloggers for exposing the truth.

Posted by: Ace at 09:54 AM | Comments (14)
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I still love that quote of Mangum floating in the air like Baron Harkonnen hopped up on Benegeserit meth!

Yeah, women don't lie about rape, except Juanita Broaderick...

Posted by: EC at April 30, 2007 10:07 AM (mAhn3)

2 The Durham News-Observer is running a really good series about Nifong and this case.  Before I started reading it, I hoped Nifong would lose his license to practice law and be fired.

Now I hope he goes to jail. 

The stories are that damning - this man had multiple opportunities to back out of this case but kept it going for personal/political reasons. 

Posted by: Slublog at April 30, 2007 10:11 AM (R8+nJ)

3 This tells you what kind of man Mike Nifong is:

On Dec. 5, Jim Cooney met Mike Nifong for the first time. Cooney, a
veteran defense lawyer from Charlotte, had recently taken over as lead
attorney for Reade Seligmann, one of three Duke lacrosse players Nifong
had charged with rape.

wanted to start on the right foot with the man trying to put his client
in prison for 20 years, so he began with a goodwill gesture. Back in
May, Seligmann's former top lawyer had filed a motion arguing that
Nifong's misconduct was so severe that a judge should yank the district
attorney off the case.

Cooney withdrew the hostile motion four days before meeting with Nifong in his sixth-floor office.

don't want Reade Seligmann in the case," Cooney recalls saying. A jury
would never convict Seligmann because of his powerful digital alibi:
Cell phone records, an ATM surveillance photo and dorm records showed
Seligmann left the party minutes after the two dancers stopped

According to Cooney, Nifong said he was displeased that Seligmann's prior attorney had made the alibi public.

"There is no such thing as an airtight alibi," Nifong said.

was prepared to offer to bring in Seligmann for questioning. He was
willing to open his entire file and investigation, but Nifong again
said he would stick by Crystal Mangum's story.

"There is nothing
you can show me that will change my mind," Nifong replied. "Only her
and her story. As long as she's willing, we're going forward."

And she was not going to be bullied off the case by defense lawyers, Nifong said: "She is not intimidated."

Posted by: Slublog at April 30, 2007 10:14 AM (R8+nJ)

4 The only thing good about this case was that the accuser was so bat-shit crazy that these guys couldn't be framed.

Posted by: MlR at April 30, 2007 10:34 AM (mX6h5)

5 Crouching Blue Devil, Hidden Agenda.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 30, 2007 10:36 AM (t+mja)

6 Am I the only one that is slightly disturbed, if not surprised, that Ace cites his experience in lifting dead-weight bodies?

Posted by: Shivv at April 30, 2007 10:44 AM (v8h2M)


 I didn't intend to imagine her helping, but my brain, knowing how difficult it is to lift a dead-weight human body especially from a bad angle, automatically began filling in details about how such a thing could even be physically possible.

This sounds like the statement of someone who knows waaaay too much about stashing hobos.


Posted by: OregonMuse at April 30, 2007 10:46 AM (jKVMN)

8 suspended in mid-air

Was this before or after her alien abduction and anal probing with stainless steel rods?  The time sequence here is of course critical.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at April 30, 2007 11:22 AM (ivi7/)

9 Am I the only one that is slightly disturbed, if not surprised, that Ace cites his experience in lifting dead-weight bodies?

If he's just talking about carrying dead weight, it could be from taking drunk buddies home.  There's not much that is more annoying that trying to haul a friend's stupid heavy passed out drunken ass 1/2 a mile back to a dorm room.

If he's talking about sexing dead weight while carrying it, we have problems.

Posted by: Ranba Ral at April 30, 2007 11:29 AM (VvXII)

10 *if his personal experience is in sexing dead weight

Posted by: Ranba Ral at April 30, 2007 11:30 AM (VvXII)

11 Hah, hah.  No, my experience in this regard just comes from a thousand fights with my brother when we were kids.  I remember trying to pull him somewhere.  He'd just go dead-weight.

Posted by: ace at April 30, 2007 11:34 AM (+u1X0)


I think those enormous lips of hers must have been filled with helium.  Nothing else could explain the conjurer's trick of "floating in mid-air."  Go back and look at the skank's picture and tell me my theory doesn't have merit!

GCW, Jr., from beyond the grave . . .

Posted by: Henry C. (for "Cracker") Wallace, Jr. at April 30, 2007 11:36 AM (ZPrNN)

13 She obviously hasn't played rotisserie before or she would have known the mechanics much better.

Posted by: Veeshir at May 01, 2007 04:08 AM (zXUuJ)

14 Veeshir, you got me with "rotisserie". I had never heard that expression and LOL'ed. Of course, now it's mine--hope you don't mind.

Posted by: spongeworthy at May 01, 2007 04:54 AM (uSomN)

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