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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Duke Case: Hit and Run Conscience

AV is the shorthand used for "alleged victim" on the message boards that follow this case, where using the woman's real name is not allowed. It could also stand for "anonymous victims." That is what the three indicted Duke lacrosse players are.

They are anonymous victims who were run over by an intoxicated hit and run stripper. A woman who didn't want to stop and find out who or what she had hit with her rape allegations.

Thinking of Crystal Gail Mangum, the alleged victim of the Duke lacrosse rape, as behaving exactly like a hit and run driver helps understand what is going on with this hoax.

Ms. Mangum did not want to know her victims. The more anonymous they were, the better. Running down someone you know, even if just superficially, and then not stopping to help is more difficult than running down complete strangers and leaving them to bleed.

Ms. Mangum's June 2002 arrest is indicative of her hit and run personality:

DURHAM (6/22/02) -- A 23-year-old woman was arrested Friday on charges she was driving a stolen taxi and tried to run over a deputy who was pursuing her on DWI, speeding and other offenses.

Crystal Gail Mangum of 211 Charles St. faces 10 charges, including driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license, eluding police, reckless driving, failure to heed a siren and lights, assault on an officer and larceny of a motor vehicle, warrants say.
In March 2006 Ms. Mangum drove her gang rape charges into house full of lacrosse players, but she carefully swerved to avoid hitting the few players she had actually spoken to and interacted with. The prime example of this is Dan Flannery.

Why didn't Ms. Mangum identify Dan Flannery as one of her assailants? It looked like he was clearly in the cross hairs of DA Mike Nifong and his investigators. Flannery, was the team captain who called the escort service and hired the women to dance at the party. He was the one who paid Kim Roberts and most likely paid Ms. Mangum. He was probably the player who had went out to Roberts' car and apologized to the women after the party got out of control. He may even have invited them back in for an encore. Therefore he was the instigator of the whole gang rape under the scenario Ms. Mangum sold to police.

Ms. Mangum even used the name Dan in her story by telling police "one male identified himself as Adam, but everyone at the party was calling him Dan."

However, Ms. Mangum never identified Dan Flannery as one of her assailants.

On April 19th the day after Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty were indicted the New York Times reported:
We were actually hoping that she would pick names that we know were not at the party, and it would appear she did exactly that,” said Kerry Sutton, the lawyer for a team captain who leased the house where the woman was hired to dance at a March 13 party.

Sutton said Nifong, in meetings with lawyers, had specifically cleared her client, Matt Zash, and co-captains Dan Flannery and Bret Thompson, along with a few others. Nifong declined any comment Tuesday except in a written statement.
Based on Ms. Mangum's statements Nifong had cleared three of the four lacrosse captains and a few others very quickly. These were the men who had exchanged a word or two with Mangum or somehow interacted with her. Perhaps one brought her a drink while she was in the bathroom. Or helped carry her back to the car after she had fallen down on the back steps. Or asked if she was all right after she was getting up from her fall. The neighbor Jason Bissey said:
The two women briefly spoke with one of the men who was in the back yard. I remember hearing that he lived "at the other house," which in retrospect I assume to be the house on Urban Ave. that also was rented to Duke lacrosse team members. This man then left in the direction of Watts St., apparently to residence to which he had just referred. Another young man spoke briefly with the two women just outside the back door of 610, and then proceeded indoors. At this point no one was outside of 610 besides the two young women.
The man the two women briefly spoke with might have been Bret Thompson, the only Duke lacrosse captain not living at 610 N. Buchanan. He reportedly lived on McQueen Dr., but may have been going over to Urban Ave. He was the only player on the team named Bret, one of the three names - Bret, Matt, and Adam, that Ms. Mangum said were her assailants. But, she did not indentify him.

The lacrosse captains were the players Ms. Mangum had most contact with, it was their party. They were the ones quickly cleared because Ms. Mangum had looked them in the eye and remembered their faces. She didn't want to hit these guys with rape charges.

However, there was one exception, the lacrosse captain that she had the least contact with was Dave Evans. He was put into the anonymous pool. Also put in that pool were the players who had left the party early (like Seligmann and Finnerty) and all the players who never said a word or made eye contact with Ms. Mangum.

It was from that anonymous pool that Ms. Mangum went fishing for victims. She finally found three anonymous Duke lacrosse players after looking at their pictures and mug shots for three weeks. It was not easy. But she found three men she had never met and then felt the need to run them down.

The hit and run stripper will have to stop running and face these men in court. The world will know if she can bring herself to make eye contact with them.

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