Duke rape accuser charged with arson, attempted murder

posted at 10:55 am on February 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

North Carolina TV station WRAL offers a bizarre coda to the strange and polarizing case of the allegations of rape involving the Duke lacrosse team.  Three years ago, Crystal Mangum started a national debate on race and justice when she accused the team’s players of raping her at a party, only to have the entire case fall apart and the prosecutor accused of misconduct.  Last night, Durham police arrested Mangum for attempted murder, arson, and identity theft after responding to a domestic disturbance call:

Durham police arrested Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Gale Mangum, 33, late Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.

Authorities charged her 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. …

Mangum is the author of the memoir “Last Dance for Grace.” She was a student at North Carolina Central University in 2006 and also worked as an exotic dancer when she performed at the now infamous Duke lacrosse party.

It was there, she claimed, that three white members of the team trapped her inside a bathroom and raped and sexually assaulted her.

According to the WRAL report, Mangum committed the arson while three children were in the house.  She gave a fake name (hence the identity theft charge) and resisted arrest.  She will appear this morning for her arraignment, where it will be seen if she make can make bail.

If there’s one lesson to learn from this, it’s not to jump to conclusions.  Just because the police have filed these charges doesn’t mean they’ll stick.  Attempted murder has to involve more than a threat to stab someone (although technically that qualifies as assault, which only requires a realistic threat of violence).  Mangum gets to have her day in court, if it goes that far.

Too bad some of Mangum’s supporters, including dozens of instructors at Duke, didn’t keep that in mind the last time.


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AP- (North Carolina)- Duke Rape Accuser Unexpectedly a Criminal

Fishy.Gov on February 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

I’ll just say I’m not surprised.

Sarah2053 on February 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Throw away the key. She ruined many lives.

daesleeper on February 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

SHOCKING, I tell you.

She was such a stand-up individual. It’s a shame those Duke white boy lacrosse players had come in to screw up her life.

Damn American patriarchal/racist system and/or Bush.

Good Lt on February 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Obama’s homies.

epluribusunum on February 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Jessee Jackson was not available for comment.

BobMbx on February 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Durham police acted stupidly…

Caper29 on February 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

She should’ve been in jail a long time ago. I wonder if her drag queen cousin “Jackie” will be on Greta defending her again.

SouthernGent on February 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

The earlier version of the article on WRAL mentioned the maligned Duke players by name. The updated version scrubbed it.

Monica on February 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Once a thug, always a thug.

Poetic justice.

Winebabe on February 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM

seems the POLICE acted STUPIDLY from what I read……

SDarchitect on February 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

At least there is evidence that the arson actually took place. That’s more than they had last time.

MarkTheGreat on February 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

calling Al Sharpton….HELLO????

SDarchitect on February 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Hey, I hear that there’s an out of work former prosecutor that may be willing to take her case. And I hear that he’s familiar with the accused too!

Amendment X on February 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Attempted murder has to involve more than a threat to stab someone

That’s what jumped out at me when I read this. From the report I’d guess that these charges end up pretty reduced. Not that she shouldn’t already be in jail for trying to ruin three lives three years ago.

BadgerHawk on February 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I’m sure Al Sharpton is already on a plane to NC.

Dopenstrange on February 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Ed,

only to have the entire case fall apart and the prosecutor accused of misconduct.

Correction:

Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong has been disbarred after being found guilty of a battery of ethics violations for his handling of the Duke Lacrosse investigation

Story here.

BobMbx on February 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Too bad some of Mangum’s supporters, including dozens of instructors at Duke, didn’t keep that in mind the last time.

good cautionary tip Ed. And she had some *national supporters* who shall go unnamed but we are so eager to hear from them on this case and how this has got to be totally different and clearly exonerates Ms. Mangum for the previous case or something like that…??//??

*eyeroll*

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were unexpectedly unavailable for comment.

GnuBreed on February 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM

It’s a tragedy that this woman apparently either has children or is permitted near them.

Orphanages are a much better alternative to having children raised by the likes of this woman.

NoDonkey on February 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Karma is a beotch, ain’t it. Will Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton pay for her legal defense?

Doughboy on February 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM

What a classy individual. It does say something about all those that were so willing to believe her accusations.

kingsjester on February 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM

calling Al Sharpton….HELLO????

SDarchitect on February 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Channeling Sharpton:

“Uhh, uumm, If the knife don’t fit you have to acquit”

Guardian on February 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Al Sharton is forming a boycott and the Duke professors that wrote letters to kick the lacrosse players out of school are busy raising bail money. Mike Nifong was not available for comment.

Dire Straits on February 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Al Sharpton to the rescue! I can’t wait to hear his claims of racism against the Durham police who arrested this piece of trash. I bet his allegations involve rape, urine and white hoods.

Redneck Woman on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Chickens have come home to roost!

BetseyRoss on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Jesse Jackson on the boob tube in 5…..4…..3…..

Knucklehead on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Attempted murder has to involve more than a threat to stab someone

That’s what jumped out at me when I read this. From the report I’d guess that these charges end up pretty reduced. Not that she shouldn’t already be in jail for trying to ruin three lives three years ago.

BadgerHawk on February 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM

It’s possible she made the utterance in the presence of a police officer. That would add to the weight of the charge.

BobMbx on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Durham police acted stupidly…

Caper29 on February 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

+10

Dopenstrange on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Did the stimulus save her job? Or was she enraged at Boosh or the Juice? Or both?
Also, will her name end up on Tiger’s upcoming confessional tomorrow?

cyclown on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

It does say something about all those that were so willing to believe her accusations.

kingsjester on February 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM

this is where Sharpton et al. rolls out the *isolated incident* defense is that the LaX case has *nothing to do with this* and in no way describes a pattern of behavior in this individual. Moreover, it clearly shows how those LaX boys really victimized her……(yahh right..)

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Duke faculty planning to sign petition condemning Ms. Mangum for her ugly and illegal conduct.

Bishop on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Duke rape accuser charged with arson, attempted murder

Did she scream, “I am Dr. Crystal Magnum” while she was setting the fire?

The prohibition against bearing false witness is one the ten commandments, which shows how deeply important it is to a civilized society not to let lying scumbags run around making false accusations. This pathetic waste of flesh should have been charged, tried and sentenced to the amount of time she put her Duke victims at risk of (along with that despicable Nifong character).

It’s a real shame that the victim cannot sue North Carolina, because it is North Carolina’s fault for allowing this, obviously, threatening person to continue to walk free among civilized people. The signatories from the Duke faculty of that insane letter ought to be held liable, too.

People need to be held responsible for their crimes.

neurosculptor on February 18, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Does anything that the left is involved with ever not turn into Kah-Kah?

stephana on February 18, 2010 at 11:08 AM

I wonder if the police acted stupidly this time as well…??

PatriotRider on February 18, 2010 at 11:08 AM

This woman is a danger to herself and others. She should be dealt with, accordingly.

BottomLine5 on February 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Damn, where’s Nifong when you need him?

I shouldn’t laugh, but I can’t help myself.

Pablo on February 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Lock her up with Mike Nifong.

The Gang of 88 was unavailable for comment.

JammieWearingFool on February 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Justice delayed doesn’t mean justice denied.

Walk taller Duke LaCrosse boys…. first Nifong, now your accuser. Either way, best way forward is to stay away from hookers and strippers–just ask a famous golfer.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Did the stimulus save her job?

cyclown on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM

No. Her profession is, by definition, stimulating.

BobMbx on February 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Jessee Jackson was not available for comment.

BobMbx on February 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Looks like that scholarship did not work out to well.

Baxter Greene on February 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM

She was free, walking around? She should have been locked up for false rape charges.

bridgetown on February 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Wonder how all of those liberal, socialist, marxist Duke professors that signed a petition against the players and the coach feel now??

PatriotRider on February 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

knock, knock…who’s there? karma, beyatch!!!

search4truth on February 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

If there’s one lesson to learn from this, it’s not to jump to conclusions. Just because the police have filed these charges doesn’t mean they’ll stick. Attempted murder has to involve more than a threat to stab someone (although technically that qualifies as assault, which only requires a realistic threat of violence). Mangum gets to have her day in court, if it goes that far.

Arson is a pretty serious charge. If she set fire to the house knowing there were children (or adults for that matter) in the house, then she could be charged with attempted murder — at least at common law. I don’t know the current state of NC law, but arson that leads to death/risk of death gets pretty sever treatment. If you set fire to a building, and a firefighter dies during the course of putting that fire out, you can get charged with capital murder — possibly leading to the death penalty in some jurisdictions.

snark – Obviously this is due to the racism & sexism of the Duke Lacrosse team.

rbj on February 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Not surprised, she had to have been somewhat mentally unstable at the time of her accusations and it seems now that she has completely lost it.

The real tragedy is that her allegations got any traction and the actions of the school and its faculty. They are responsible for all the harm done to those boys.

Sure, she made false allegations, but the school left those boys twisting in the wind after they pulled the chair out from under them.

Jvette on February 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Throw away the key.

WisCon on February 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

The prohibition against bearing false witness is one the ten commandments, which shows how deeply important it is to a civilized society not to let lying scumbags run around making false accusations.

I think the proof is in the pudding. A civilized society bets on the side of freedom and of higher moral law. That is why we presume innocence and prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. There is a greater threat to society with jailing an innocent man than there is to freeing a guilty man. It’s whacko, I know, but in this instance, this woman appears to be done in by her own hand. God’s law does reconcile those whom the justice system fails to prosecute. Example 1.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Maybe the Duke University faculty can set up a defense fund for her.

DaydreamBeliever on February 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Okay Ed, but she is guilty of giving a fake name and resisting arrest because the cops saw that personally. Whether or not she attempted murder or anything else is kind of moot given the fact that she did in fact break the law.

The argument now is only how long she stays in jail.

MobileVideoEngineer on February 18, 2010 at 11:16 AM

If there’s one lesson to learn from this, it’s not to jump to conclusions.

Too bad Hot Air was not this circumspect when Okeefe’s arrest was being sensationalized.

/grump

RushBaby on February 18, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Maybe the Duke University faculty can set up a defense fund for her.

DaydreamBeliever on February 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Yeah, she really received a lot of favors from them previously—maybe they can now double down and really show their support when things are a whole heckuva lot stickier.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM

“She’s been manipsninated against her will.” — Tawana Brawley

max1 on February 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Crystal Mangum: It wasn’t me, it was the one-armed white lacrosse player…

Film at 11…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Wonder how all of those liberal, socialist, marxist Duke professors that signed a petition against the players and the coach feel now??

PatriotRider on February 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Are they going to pull a Dan Rather and say “we knew it was true anyway, we know those boys wanted to r*** her.”

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Golly, let’s get some potbangers together; maybe even get a full page ‘thank-you’ ad in the local paper. Where are all the AAS professors and diversity counselors when you need them? The stupidity and emptiness of the left continues to manifest itself in this most revealing of times.

wright on February 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Where is the Gang of 88 now?

d1carter on February 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM

This might ruin her stripping career.

Geronimo on February 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

HMmm should anyone be asking if she was getting government handouts/ entitlements ?
Is she an escort? dancer ? hooker ? Lets call our elected representative and ask for more funding to provide free housing, cell phones and meals so we can raise more freeloaders to clog our prison system up
OOPS shouldnt that be so we can build more prisons and throw away the key ?
Why is this person not in jail for filing a false rape report and costing the taxpayers a huge bill ?
On another note AMY BISHOP is getting a free lawyer should her future earnings from her alleged inventions pay back the tax payers and pay for her cost of incarceration ?

ELMO Q on February 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

They have to have the wrong person. The Duke rape accuser was going to be completing college, courtesy of Jesse Jackson.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/item_ujfnWeVpW3vvfoVPmpQAwI;jsessionid=905B7400D937B29EC7847FC537F33612

ramrants on February 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Maybe the Duke University faculty can set up a defense fund for her.

DaydreamBeliever on February 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM

They’re all getting a “Does Not Compute” error message in their iPhone. It simply cannot be that a young female minority that was so brutally attacked by several rich, white athletes could possibly be suspected of a violent crime. There has to be a way to show this is institutional racism and a clear need for social justice, healthcare reform and wealth redistribution.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Maybe she can get Nifong to defend her?

Seriously, she was judged not mentally competent to be charged with anything in the Duke scandal, so she has an out there I bet. She should have been receiving some form of mental health help though.

Johnnyreb on February 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

I wonder if her drag queen cousin “Jackie” will be on Greta defending her again.

SouthernGent on February 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

No, but I’m sure that attention whore Gloria Allred will.

BacaDog on February 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM

She should have been receiving some form of mental health help though.

Johnnyreb on February 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

there it is, an insanity angle and a clear reason why we should pass healthcare reform now—-so strippers can get their heads shrunk….*eyeroll* and //

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:24 AM

President Obama just invited her and the police to the White House for a beer.

Elizabetty on February 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

You named your kid, Crystal Mangum? C’mon, really? She was born to work the pole.

Alden Pyle on February 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Looks like it’s time for Ms. Crystal to pay the piper.

If this does go to a trial, who’s going to believe her? The Attorney could easily point out that the last time she was in court, she destroyed the reputations and had 3 Duke students chased out of their own school with false testimony.

However, don’t be surprised when the Race card get’s played again…Those who use it once, are quick to use it again…

Razgriez on February 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM

a true feminist icon.

rob verdi on February 18, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Trashy people will always show their true colors eventually. Of course that is assuming that it wasn’t obvious the first time around.

Look at OJ…

jeffn21 on February 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

However, don’t be surprised when the Race card get’s played again…Those who use it once, are quick to use it again…

Razgriez on February 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM

let ‘em throw it, it gets weaker and weaker each time its done. It’s now a farce. If this person falsely accuses people of crimes, then turns around and allegedly commits crimes, then her prior victims are exonerated and her supporters ought to be humiliated.

Justice.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Seriously, she was judged not mentally competent to be charged with anything in the Duke scandal, so she has an out there I bet. She should have been receiving some form of mental health help though.

Johnnyreb on February 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

She should have been locked away in a mental ward until she was competent to stand trial, as she was obviously not safe to have running around free, looking for other victims. And there is the issue that Nifong was never held liable for his support (more than support) of her false accusations (disbarring does not make up for having almost intentionally jailed three innocent people for decades) even as every single person in the US with an IQ over 50 knew that the case was a lie from the beginning.

neurosculptor on February 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Look at OJ…

jeffn21 on February 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

another great example. Justice was delayed but it sure wasn’t denied. He’s in the clink too now right?

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Breaking: A plane has hit the building containing the FBI office in Austin.

amerpundit on February 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM

I didn’t know she was dating Nifong.

ouldbollix on February 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM

mmmmmm mmm mmmmmmmm

Alden Pyle on February 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM

I threw away my career for a girl named Crystal Magnum

/nifong

I threw away my career for a dozens girls like Crystal Magnum

/woods

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM

She’s a freaking menace to society.

She needs some serious counseling and treatment in a mental facility.

Until then, she should not be walking the streets.

UltimateBob on February 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Was she ever charged for making the false allegations against the lacrosse players?

Sporty1946 on February 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Burnin’ down da house!
(The Duke 88 could not be reached for comment.)

Crystal has problem around bathrooms doesn’t she?

viking01 on February 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Fox just corrected itself. The plane hit a separate building in the complex containing the FBI office.

amerpundit on February 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Duke facility members stand behind their original claims…

Keemo on February 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I threw away my career for a dozens girls like Crystal Magnum

/woods

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Nah. Tiger’s babes were all smokin’ hot. If he had some who had looked like Crystal Magnum, he would have seriously been in trouble.

neurosculptor on February 18, 2010 at 11:34 AM

You named your kid, Crystal Mangum? C’mon, really? She was born to work the pole lamppost on the corner in a red light district.

Alden Pyle on February 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM

FIFY

UltimateBob on February 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Mangum is the author of the memoir “Last Dance for Grace.”

Grace? Grace?! Wow.

Maquis on February 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Fox just corrected itself. The plane hit a separate building in the complex containing the FBI office.

amerpundit on February 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

doesn’t appear to be near austin airport.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I agree. Everyone deserves their day in court…but this woman tainted herself, when she made false rape accusations against 3 innocent young men, and ruined their lives.

Women like this, make rape charges harder on women, because they become suspect….and treated like the criminal, when they are actually raped.

It’s a shame she’s resorted to this kind of behavior. Obviously she’s learned nothing over the past few years, and probably never will.

capejasmine on February 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Nah. Tiger’s babes were all smokin’ hot. If he had some who had looked like Crystal Magnum, he would have seriously been in trouble.

neurosculptor on February 18, 2010 at 11:34 AM

but the end result was the same–smoking hot or effing ugly–spitzer, nifong, woods all threw away significant portions of their careers over women. The only survivor, Billy Jeff–ya see, he’s a Dem politician and loved by the NOW butchies, so he gets a *pass* (shocked face, ON)

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

What a wackadoodle…

ladyingray on February 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

What is it with this woman and bathrooms?!

SSJONNY on February 18, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Alternate Headline = Crazy Hooker Continues to Do Crazy Things

chicagojedi on February 18, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Was she ever charged for making the false allegations against the lacrosse players?

Sporty1946 on February 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I don’t think she ever was charged for false allegations.

And she should have been charged and then receive the maximum sentence.

Conservative Samizdat on February 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Racist police in the south harass repeated victim minding her own business….

/NYSlimes headline

Hog Wild on February 18, 2010 at 11:44 AM

The path that needs to be traced and documented is a) where is her father and b) where is her mother? Where are the people who should be in this girls life? Not the whackjobs at the Duke faculty lounge, the people who should be helping guide her–rather than now becoming folks who’ll visit her in prison near Charlotte.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:45 AM

but the end result was the same–smoking hot or effing ugly

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

True. I was just messing with you, ted. But, in all seriousness, Tiger would have REALLY been in trouble if he had been with total bow-wows. If a public figure is going to get caught screwing around, he should make sure that the object(s) of his sexual urges doesn’t repulse large swaths of American men.

It’s one thing to be known as a philanderer, but quite another to be known to have no taste :)

neurosculptor on February 18, 2010 at 11:45 AM

If she set fire to the house knowing there were children (or adults for that matter) in the house, then she could be charged with attempted murder

rbj on February 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Now the attempted murder charge makes sense.

MarkTheGreat on February 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM

MOVE ALONG! Nothing to see here.

Msm

TheSitRep on February 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM

This woman had no credibility then and she has none now. She should have been prosecuted for lying. Sadly, women get away w/falsely claiming rape. I don’t get it. I have not heard of even one prosecution for making a false claim of rape.

JAM on February 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM

The mills of the gods grind slowly, yet they grind exceedingly fine.

SurferDoc on February 18, 2010 at 11:47 AM

This is all probably PTSD from the traumatizing Lacrosse schtick. Anyway, she’s a victim because a white man is somehow responsible. When will we hear the fetid hoofs of Gloria Allred to her rescue?

flameofjudah on February 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM

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