July 12, 2010

Duke Rape Case Accuser Heads to Court on Attempted Murder Charges

Among others:

A Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University athletes of rape four years ago will be in court Monday on a separate case in which she faces multiple charges, including attempted first-degree murder.

Crystal Mangum will be in court at 2:30 p.m. Monday to tell the judge that she doesn't want to be on house arrest at her friend's house anymore. She will also try to regain custody of her three children, ages 10, 9 and 3.

Mangum was arrested in February and charged with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer.

Police said she assaulted her boyfriend, Milton Walker, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.

"I am being unfairly treated due to preconceived notions that people had about me concerning another case," Mangum said in a news conference last month on the porch of a friend's house, where she is staying while under house arrest while awaiting trial.

Which other case is the obvious question. After all, the Duke case was hardly her first brush with the law.

In related news, the home in Durham where the non-rape occurred is being demolished.

It had to be.

It was white.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 12, 2010 09:22 AM

Hmmm. She set his clothes on fire and threatened to stab him? And this, in North Carolina, constitutes attempted first degree murder? What would constitute manslaughter? Tearing a page out of a book and a threat of slapping? I suspect that something has been left out of this news account, perhaps in the service of a politically correct agenda. The folks in that neck of the woods apparently have not learned much since the Lacrosse case days, have they?

But at least they've acted on a bit of magical thinking and acted on a symbol, not of rape and abuse, but of the egregiously stupid institutional thinking and actions of the university and its supporters. Such passes for wisdom and action on the part of the left.

Posted by: mikemcdaniel at July 12, 2010 11:38 AM

Was the boyfriend wearing the clothes?

Posted by: SteveG at July 12, 2010 04:37 PM