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  • Duke lacrosse accuser indicted on murder charge

    By MIKE BAKER, Associated Press

    RALEIGH, N.C. – The woman who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her in 2006 was charged Monday with murder in the death of her boyfriend.

    Crystal Mangum, 32, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of larceny. She has been in jail since April 3, when police charged her with assault in the stabbing of 46-year-old Reginald Daye. He died after nearly two weeks at a hospital.

    An attorney for Mangum and officials in the district attorney's office did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

    Mangum falsely accused the lacrosse players of raping her at a 2006 party for which she was hired to perform as a stripper. The case heightened long-standing tensions in Durham about race, class and the privileged status of college athletes.

    The district attorney who championed Mangum's claims was later disbarred. North Carolina's attorney general eventually declared the players innocent of a "tragic rush to accuse."

    Prosecutors declined to press charges for the false accusations, but Mangum's bizarre legal troubles have continued.

    Last year, she was convicted on misdemeanor charges after setting a fire that nearly torched her home with her three children inside. In a videotaped police interrogation, she told officers she set got into a confrontation with her boyfriend at the time — not Daye — and burned his clothes, smashed his car windshield and threatened to stab him.

    Friends said Mangum has never recovered from the stigma brought by the lacrosse case and has been involved in a string of questionable relationships in an attempt to provide stability for her children. Vincent Clark, a friend who co-authored Mangum's self-published memoir, said he hopes people don't rush to judgment — echoing one of the oft-cited lessons of the lacrosse case itself.

    Clark said Mangum realizes she has mental health problems.

    "I'm sad for her. I hope people realize how difficult it is being her," Clark said.

    When Daye's nephew talked to a 911 dispatcher after the stabbing, he referenced the notoriety Mangum still carries.

    "It's Crystal Mangum. THE Crystal Mangum," said the nephew, whose name was removed from a publicly-released version of the emergency call. "I told him she was trouble from the damn beginning."

    A federal judge recently ruled that the three players accused of rape — Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans — can pursue a lawsuit against former District Attorney Mike Nifong and the police investigators who handled their case. The players have not sued Mangum.
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    Originally posted by DAL View Post
    Vincent Clark, a friend who co-authored Mangum's self-published memoir, said he hopes people don't rush to judgment — echoing one of the oft-cited lessons of the lacrosse case itself.

    Originally posted by DAL View Post
    "I'm sad for her. I hope people realize how difficult it is being her," Clark said.

    First of all, there's no reason why this woman needs a Memoir.

    Second, the "I hope people realize how difficult it is being her" statement angers me. It sounds to me like Mr. Clark is trying to make excuses for Mangum's criminal history, instead of letting her take responsibility.
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    • #3
      With a name like that, you knew she was destined for a stripper pole or a porn set.

      I wasnt shocked about this when I first heard it, and I'm glad those lacrosse players were cleared of a crime they didn't commit.
      I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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      • #4
        All i gotta say is Karma's a biotch

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        • #5
          That broad is nothing but a worthless no good skank......
          Retired LASD

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          • #6
            "I'm sad for her. I hope people realize how difficult it is being her," Clark said.
            Who cares how difficult it is for her, what about the young men she accused of rape.
            It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so. Ronald Reagan


            TSA, I would rather be felt up than blown up.

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            • #7
              The attorney that defended the players in the false rape allegations suit (and later was involved in having Nifong fired) is my attorney for my special needs son. He is AWESOME!
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              I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect its straightforwardness in terms of wrongness.

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              • #8
                Welcome back, Smurfette!
                Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Smurfette_76 View Post
                  The attorney that defended the players in the false rape allegations suit (and later was involved in having Nifong fired) is my attorney for my special needs son. He is AWESOME!

                  And all of them are getting the last laugh, sorry it took her ending a life but NC will be better off with her behind bars. Wish you great success with your case.
                  It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so. Ronald Reagan


                  TSA, I would rather be felt up than blown up.

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                  • #10
                    maybe she will finally serve time she deserves in prison. She got a free education out of lying about the duke rape (among other things she received from various organizations). Karma karma karma

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                    • #11
                      That woman has some serious issues.
                      Prov 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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                      • #12
                        Even sadder, I believe she has had a kid even before the Duke allegations. I'm on board with putting chlorine in the gene pool.
                        I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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                        • #13
                          I hope she goes away in a locked box for a long long long long time and only release when she can't no longer produce babies.

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