updated: May 2, 2006
From TheSmokingGun.com - Duke Accuser In Prior Rape Claim, April 28, 2006:
Ten years ago, Crystal Gail Mangum told N.C. cops of assault by three men
A decade before accusing three Duke University lacrosse players of rape, a North Carolina woman claimed to have been sexually assaulted by a trio of men when she was a teenager. In 1996, the woman, now 27, told police that three attackers had assaulted her several years earlier, when she was 14. The woman's first rape claim was recorded in August 1996 by police in Creedmoor, N.C., though none of the men she identified as her assailants were ever charged.
From the 1996 rape report: The subjects did for a continual time rape and beat the victim about her person. The rape happened at "an unspecified location on Hillsboro St." in Creedmoor, N.C.
Essence Magazine reporter Dr. Kristal Brent Zook recently spent over 20 hours in the home of Crystal Gail Mangum's parents. Ms. Mangum was living in her parents home with her two children prior to the March 14th attack. The Mangum home is located in a working-class neighborhood across the street from one of the three churches the family attends regularly. Ms. Zook wrote three very interesting stories about Ms. Mangum and the Duke Lacrosse rape case for the current issue of Essence Magazine.
[Ms. Mangum's mother] told ESSENCE that when her daughter was 17 or 18, she was raped by several men, one of whom was someone she knew. The attack took place in the town of Creedmoor, about 15 miles northeast of Durham, and was a “set up,” according to the accuser’s mother. Although other family members confirmed that the alleged victim reported the incident to police in that jurisdiction, the young woman declined to pursue the case, relatives say out of fear for her safety. Officials from both the Granville county sheriff’s department and the Creedmoor police department said they were unable to locate any records of the incident. They also added that this does not mean that the assault did not occur.NBC17.com provided more details about the reported rape:
Family members said that after the first alleged assault, the young woman underwent about a year of professional therapy and received a course of prescription medication. Her parents said that they were not aware of any other drug use in their daughter’s past, as defense attorneys have suggested. The woman’s mother told ESSENCE that her daughter, who had lived in the same home with her parents and her two children prior to the March 13 incident, appeared to have recovered after the therapy she had following the incident.
The woman's parents told NBC17 that their daughter was attacked by the boy she was dating at the time and two of his friends. The three allegedly held her against her will in a house, raped her and threatened to kill her...CNN reported:
Durham police officer Brian Bishop, who interviewed the accuser in 1996 while working on the Creedmoor force, said Thursday he had a vague recollection of the report but couldn't remember any details.
The woman identified her attackers as black males, giving police names and addresses.From The Abrams Report on Friday, April 28th:
The police officer who interviewed the woman advised her to "write a chronological-order statement of the incidents and occurrences that had taken place and return the statement for investigative purposes," the report states.
The report concludes: "No further information."
Pollard said there is no indication that the three men cited in the report were ever interviewed.
The officer who took the report no longer works for the department...
Joining me now is reporter Carolyn Costello from NBC station WNCN-TV in Raleigh-Durham. She tracked down one of the men who has been named as one the attackers or presumably as one of the people in there. Carolyn, what do he have to say about this?Also, Crystal Gail Mangum had a "nervous breakdown" last year. It was possibly brought on by money problems:
CAROLYN COSTELLO, WNCN-TV REPORTER: Well, he says he was 13 years old back in 1993, he says his brother also named in that police report is one of the attackers. We know no charges have been filed in this case, but he also says that he never even knew he was named as an attacker. He says he‘s just learning about this now. He says he has no idea who the accuser is. He says a rape never happened, and he also says that he‘s getting married very soon, and he really doesn‘t need this in his life right now.
The mother of the alleged victim told ESSENCE magazine that her daughter did go away to a hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, for about a week last year, where she was treated for a “nervous breakdown.” While the accuser’s parents did not say they knew what brought on the breakdown, they did say that their daughter was upset about mounting bills.One negative reaction to the Essence Magazine articles:
"Essence magazine" and "damn stupid" are two things I NEVER in my life thought I would type in the same sentence. What in the world did Dr. Kristal Brent Zook and Ms.Tasha Robertson of Essence Magazine Online hope to accomplish by writing the story that the alleged victim in the Duke Lacrosse rape case had previously reported being raped in 1996 and that she was treated for a nervous breakdown last year? How does this help her? According to WNCN 17 news in Raleigh, the defense did not even know this until Essence ran it. Why doesn't Essence just cut the child's head off and hand it to the defense on a platter?Essence Magazine reporter Kristal Brent Zook said:
The family has received death threats. They say that she has received death threats, anonymous phone calls. There were even some flyers, they say, that were strewn across the front yard of the family home a couple of weeks ago that had death threats on them. So it's understandable. No matter what happened that night ... she is going through a lot right now in the aftermath.sources:
Family Defends Daughter’s Painful Past [Essence Magazine]
Nowhere to Turn [Essence Magazine]
Accuser’s Mother Meets With Famed Attorney [Essence Magazine]
Duke Lacrosse Accuser Filed Gang Rape Claim 10 Years Ago [FoxNews.com, Apr. 28, 2006]
Police: Accuser didn't pursue prior rape report [cnn.com, Apr. 28, 2006]
Essence reporter: Alleged rape victim running scared [cnn.com, Apr. 25, 2006]
Who Robbed Crystal Gail Mangum? [TJN, April 25, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Rape: Money at Center of Dispute [TJN, April 27, 2006]
Duke Rape Accuser: Crystal Gail Mangum [TJN, April 21, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Rape Timeline [TJN, April 21, 2006]