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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Duke Case: Mangum's cell phone calls

Crystal Gail Mangum's cell phone records have always been considered important evidence in debunking her allegations of a gang-rape. The defense requested this information back in May.

The idiot prosecutor, Mike Nifong, said they were "not interested in the contents of the phone." WRAL.com reported on May 18th:

Nifong said prosecutors are not interested in the contents of the phone, such as the last 10 numbers called, but Osborn said that's information the defense should be allowed to see.
Finally, some information about Ms. Mangum's cell phone use during the Duke lacrosse party is released. Not surprisingly, it offers further evidence of her fraud.

The News & Observer reported:
In the middle of a Duke lacrosse party where a dancer said she was gang-raped for 30 minutes, a call was placed from her cell phone to a Durham escort service.

The 12:26 a.m. call to the service, Centerfold, lasted one minute, according to a copy of her cell phone bill reviewed by The News & Observer. It is unclear whether the call was a request for another job, a cry for help or something else, or even whether the accuser made the call herself.

But the accuser's phone records add some details to the chronology of the March 13 party, a drunken spring break bash that spawned a national controversy.

Three minutes after this 12:26 a.m. cell phone call is completed Crystal Gail Mangum is on the back steps of the Duke lacrosse house at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd.

From the Duke lacrosse party timeline:

12:30:12 a.m., (photo time stamp) The accuser is on the back porch, carrying what appears to be her purse and a makeup bag. Her clothes are intact. She is missing one white shoe.

accuser on the back porch

12:30:34 a.m., (photo time stamp) The accuser is still on the back steps of the house.

12:30:47 a.m., (photo time stamp) Photo of accuser on back porch apparently smiling. [also described as "demurely smiling" or as "having her mouth open with her teeth showing"]

altered photo of Crystal Gail Mangum leaving 610 N. Buchanan Blvd.
12:31:26 a.m., (photo time stamp) But 30 seconds after the last photo, next photo shows the alleged victim stumbling down the back steps of the house.

back steps of Duke Lacrosse house

12:37:58 a.m., A series of photos beginning at this time shows the woman lying on her left side on the back porch, seemingly passed out or asleep. Pink splotches are on a wrought-iron railing beside her. She had visible cuts on her legs and buttocks that did not appear in the previous photos.

The calls Ms. Mangum made before midnight further firm up the Duke lacrosse party timeline and show her exact arrival at the party was sometime after 11:39 p.m.
She received two more calls, at 11:33 and 11:36. This last call lasted three minutes, indicating she did not arrive at the party until 11:39 p.m. at the earliest.

Brian Taylor, a friend who drove her to the party, told The N&O in May she was late and he had difficulty finding the house.

"On our way there, she got two calls on her cell phone saying if you don't come soon, it's going to get canceled," Taylor said in an interview in May.

Call adds mystery to lacrosse case [NewsObserver.com, July 12, 2006]
Accuser seemed OK early on, driver says [NewsObserver.com, May 27, 2006]

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