"... these three individuals [David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann,] are innocent of these charges."
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, Apr. 11, 2007
As many of you know, Duke University owns the house on N.Buchanan where Crystal Mangum later claimed she was raped by 5, 3, 4, no, wait a minute, it was 20 men.
In today’s Durham Herald Sun Durham Realtor Graham Hayes Marlette has a guest column, “How I always knew there was no rape.” Marlette begins:
The main reason for my certainty [Letters, April 2006] of the lacrosse players' innocence back in April of 2006 is that the crime, as described, could not have taken place.Marlette’s description of a very small bathroom in which four people couldn’t fit is the same description I’ve been hearing about that bathroom since last March.
Several key factors argued against even a remote possibility that anyone was raped.
The scene of "the crime that never was," 610 North Buchanan Blvd., was familiar to me. Several years ago, it was for sale and, as a realtor who markets Trinity Park, I remember my interiors. The bathroom facilities could hardly accommodate two adults in any posture and certainly not four hefty athletes sexually assaulting an equally hefty pole dancer while she was levitating four feet in the air, just to cite one of the accuser's many stories.
Questions: Why didn’t the mainstream media last March ask to see the bathroom, describe it for us and publish photos and videos of it?
The Raleigh News & Observer published a photo of the players going for DNA testing with their head covered with shirts and jackets, and another photo of the infamous and anonymous “Vigilante” poster. Why couldn’t it have published a photo of the bathroom?
Why aren’t we seeing photos and videos of the bathroom now?
Duke owns that house.
As far as I know Duke didn’t do anything last March to encourage media to photo and video the bathroom?
If the public could have seen how small that bathroom is, it would have helped people understand how wildly improbable Crystal Mangum’s claims were.
The "it was a crime scene" excuse for not showing the bathroom doesn’t work because the photographing and videotaping could all have been done from outside the room.
Even now, Duke’s Dick Brodhead, the University’s President, should arrange for someone to provide the media with the dimensions of the bathroom and what it contains. And Duke should encourage the media to report on its size and contents, and photograph and videotape it.
Marlette’s column is here.