Robin Barton

The Duke Lacrosse Scandal Revisited: Five Years Later

On April 18, 2011, Crystal Mangum was indicted for murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend Reginald Daye. This case isn’t Mangum’s first brush with the law. In 2010, she was convicted of a misdemeanor for setting fire to her house while her three children were inside. But in Mangum’s most famous—or should I say, infamous—interaction with the criminal justice system, she claimed to be the “victim.” Mangum, who is black, accused three white lacrosse players from Duke University of raping her at an off-campus party in March 2006, a fact that’s noted in nearly every article on her current legal predicament.