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DNA Match In Duke Lacrosse Rape Case

Fortunately for the two players charged by District Attorney Mike Nifong, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, the match is not to any player, but to the accusers boyfriend.

May 13, 2006 -- The second round of DNA test results in the Duke University rape investigation show "no conclusive match'' to any lacrosse players, defense attorneys said, but a vaginal swab of the alleged rape victim produced DNA from a "single male source'' -- a man not on the lacrosse team who did not attend a March 13 party that was the site of the alleged rape.

Defense attorney Joe Cheshire declined to identify the mystery man or his connection to the alleged victim, but ABC News' Law and Justice Unit has learned that the unnamed source of the DNA is the alleged victim's "boyfriend," according to her mother.

ABC News is withholding the name of the man because he is apparently not a target of the investigation. Records indicate that Durham, N.C., police gave the "boyfriend'' a cheek swab to collect DNA on May 3, ABC News' Law and Justice Unit has learned exclusively.

There was also some level of matching on material (fake fingernails) that one (or more) of the players gave to police. Defense attorney Joseph Chesire, who represents a player not charged, said, "Is that consistent with someone that knowledgeably and knowingly committed a rape?" he said. "That they would leave fingernails that were ripped off a person in a violent struggle in their trash can after they're told there's an investigation and that police were going to come to their house, and when the police do, they give them the fingernails?"

Update: John in Carolina notes that newspaper readers in the area aren't getting much on the "boyfriend" angle of the story from The Raleigh News & Observer; the question is why not?


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Comments (42)

When does it become OK to c... (Below threshold)

When does it become OK to call her a liar?

When does it become ok to c... (Below threshold)

When does it become ok to call her a liar? The night she and the other "exotic dancer" siezed the opportunity to ruin lives.
I live the the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area aka The Triangle. This whole case smells.
Nifong used it to get himself re-elected by the predominately black voters in the Durham area in my opinion. He was successful and now you just wait and see. All that taxpayer money to prosecute boys whose only fault was bad judgement and partying under age.
Sheesh but I'm sick to death of this whole thing.
Shame on her, shame on Nifong and shame on the media for using it to create headlines.
Of course, this is ACC country and anything remotely connected to any of the major three around here IS news. As soon as a Tarheel or a wolfpack player does something stupid the Duke scandal will go away quietly.
Not soon enough for me.

Debra,I agree with y... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

I agree with you on the reason Nifong publicized the case to the extent he did, to secure the black vote. He could have given a big rat's ass if the story was true, he was out pandering to the black vote. Too bad he suffers hardly any consequences for his political over zealousness in a very serious matter that was not investigated properly prior to indictments.

His case is falling apart faster than a used Yugo.

Fingernail in the wastebask... (Below threshold)

Fingernail in the wastebasket...CONTAMINATED by other material already in the basket or added to it after the fact. Useless evidence even IF there were a DNA match!

What a joke Nifong is! who ... (Below threshold)

What a joke Nifong is! who would have voted for this buffoon? the whole thing was obviously a scam from the start! like i stated on here 2 or 3 weeks ago, Nifong graduated ACL from the Ronnie Earl school of political hacks.

Let me see if I get this st... (Below threshold)

Let me see if I get this straight:
DNA evidence is perfectly acceptable to release convicted murderers and rapist from jail. But not good enough to stop a phony indictment, arrest and prosecution.
So we are to believe a whore and previous liar over the boys without any corroborating evidence. Just on general principle Nifong ought to be executed for such an outrageous abuse of power for personal gain.
This sham, this blatant fraud of a prosecution has already shown who the real criminals are and it isn't the accused lacrosse players

"When does it beco... (Below threshold)
"When does it become OK to call her a liar?"
Liar, you say? HELL'S BELLS! She's a WHORE!
The real criminal is the il... (Below threshold)

The real criminal is the illegal alien Cuban Bob. What kind of American are you? You call yourself Cuban? You need to leave this country now.

ok so nifong may have used ... (Below threshold)

ok so nifong may have used this case to get re-elected, and you can call her a whore and a liar all you want but the fact of the matter is, is that woman still got raped and no matter what kind of situation it is or what kind of person it is...nobody deserves to get raped or do ANYTHING AGAINST THEIR WILL. maybe you should think about that assholes...cuz it could happen to you, and if it did you wouldn't be saying whore or liar cuz your whole fucking world would fall apart so maybe you should all think before you rush to judge.

NikkiNice one. Th... (Below threshold)


Nice one. These neanderthals are more worried about debating whether Nifong is political or not and not in the least concerned that a woman may have been raped.

Her profession is entirely irrelevant in this discussion.

Nikki, it has yet to be pro... (Below threshold)

Nikki, it has yet to be proved that she was raped.
Let's not rush to judge, mmmmkay?

The anger shown by the majo... (Below threshold)

The anger shown by the majority of statements that are posted on this site regarding the Duke rape victim, prove that these are dangerous, opinionated, pitiful, folks waiting for the opportunity
to pounce on females who DARE tell the world that they were
Many will be surprised when it is time for the D.A. to share Discovery.
But then, they will probably say that the RAPE VICTIM'S deserved
to be raped, especially if they are poor, black AND strippers.

Nikki, assume for the momen... (Below threshold)
Robin Goodfellow:

Nikki, assume for the moment that she was the victim of rape. Does that status ruin her memory and make her forget not only the identity of the man who raped her, but also the time it occured, the circumstances it occured under, and the number of people who raped her? Does it give her the right to level false charges against anyone she wishes? To ruin the lives of people she's annoyed at? Not in the slightest.

Two wrongs don't make a right, and that's especially true in this case.

Nikki, vi, and Machen,... (Below threshold)

Nikki, vi, and Machen,

I doubt anyone here would say it is OK for a woman to be raped. No matter what her race, income level, or occupation. But so far, with everything that we know, these charges that this woman has leveled seem entirely bogus when it comes to the Duke Lacrosse players. Now that may change when all the info comes out, we'll see. I, for one, think she is lying about the players, not sure about the rape.

Of course, this leads to anther problem with this case. Why is it, that when the accusation is rape, it seems the whole innocent until proven guilty thing flies out the window. From the moment the press picked up this story, those boys have been considered guilty. Even their school has let them down. What the school did to that team is a travesty. And if we eventually find out she was lying, I hope they prosecute her and the Duke administration is forced to resign.

Hmmmm.The answer i... (Below threshold)


The answer is pretty simple J.R., there are some women who simply hate men.

Perhaps it goes back to that whole "women needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle". Which is even more amusing when you note that the person who uttered that statement got herself a husband later on.

Frankly I know a lot of guys who don't want to marry American women because they're always angry about something.

As Maggie pointed out, even... (Below threshold)

As Maggie pointed out, even if there had been a conclusive match in the community bathroom trash can, it would be meaningless as evidence.

Thus far, the ONLY "evidence" a rape occurred is the word of the accuser, who has a history of wild accusations of rape, and who has changed her story on the events of the night in question. Even her partner cannot verify her story. She was covered with bruises when she got there, as the digital photos show.

I would be as shocked as the next person to discover that a drunken whore was untrustworthy, though.

EdYou are a class ... (Below threshold)


You are a class act. Thanks for sparing women by going to the barnyard for your marital needs. I think American women everywhere have collectively breathed a sigh of relief knowing that you are off the market. Stay with the sheep, Ed-O. You rock man!

It is reported that the all... (Below threshold)

It is reported that the alleged victim, the stripper, stole a car from a client and the police chased her down. Would a person who steals and then tries to escape from the police also lie? Duh.

Sorry, she has no credibility. And there is no evidence to support her story.

I hope the two unfortunate lacrosse players who have been falsely accused write a book and do the talk show circuit after they are cleared of the charges and become richer than they were before this woman lied about them.

I hope the stripper gets a job flipping hamburgers or something else that is more dignified than taking her clothing off in front of inebriated men, finishes her education and makes her children proud by getting a decent job. I hope she steals no more cars, or anything else.

I hope all women (including me) will treasure themselves and take care of themselves by staying out of dangerous situations, day or night.

I talked today with a relat... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

I talked today with a relative of mine who lives in the Durham area. By the way, he is not a neanderthal, unless you consider a professional, liberal, with a college degree to be one.
He had some interesting anecdotal information about this case.
He said that in his group of business associates and the social circles he runs in, people are beginning to sour on Nifong and his indictment of the players.
He made several comments I found rather interesting, and these are based upon what has been made public by both sides, so far. When this first started, he said he was more than inclined to believe Nifong had his ducks all in a line and was ready to go to court. As this has progressed, and the defense presented some stiff rebuttals, Nifong supporters kept insisting he was saving his best for the court room. His response, "Word on the street is that the defense is ready for anything Nifong can come up with and Nifong knows it."
Nifong can't afford to drop the indictments at this point, the black community gets upset and accuses him of losing interest in them after he won the election, with their support. The other side gets irrate, accusing him of trumping this up, knowing he can't win, he did this just to pander to a certain group. Same situation, if he goes to court, if he is not holding something back. Both sides still get upset, but he will try to blame it on the court and jury.
Again, the "word on the street" is that in court, the defense will have plenty of Aces up their sleeve, while Nifong pulls a dead rabbit from his hat.
He also stated that there is a lot of disgust that Nifong purposely picked a high profile issue, went public with 70 statements, knowing it would would hit the headlines while causing division within the local community. Black v. White - Rich v. Poor - Male v. Female - Locals v. Duke University, he hit all the divisive sco-political issues, but, he got elected. He could have pursued his investigation without going public and carefully choosing his audiences.
By no means is this a scientific analysis from my relative, just find it interesting that about a month ago he was more or less a believer that Nifong was doing the right thing.

The stripper has serious c... (Below threshold)
Betty Friedan:

The stripper has serious character flaws judging by her criminal pass:

• Stripper made a false claim of rape by three boys in 1996.
• Stripper made a false claim of kidnapping in 1998
• Stripper charged with larceny, auto theft, and trying to kill a police officer in 2002
• 1st round of DNA shows no link to the lacrosse team.
• 2nd round of DNA shows no link to the lacrosse team
• DNA proves stripper had sex with boyfriend/pimp which accounts for the "rape kit" evidence of recent sexual activity.
• Innocent boy who picked up finger nail and threw it in the trash left his DNA on the fake press-on nail and will be charged for rape.

The stripper's account of the night has serious integrity issues:
1) First she claimed 20 boys raped her, then she narrowed it down to 3 in a bathroom

a. The bathroom is absolutely and completely devoid of any evidence of a rape. Where is her DNA? Urine, blood, vaginal fluid, saliva, or tears?
b. Many people's DNA were found under her nails but none from the innocent lacrosse boys.
c. She lied about losing her fake finger nails in a desperate struggle in the small enclosed bathroom, but pictures show that she removed her nails before inadequately performing her routine. No scratches were found on any of the innocent lacrosse boys' bodies.
d. The 2 innocent boys she "eeny meeny miney moed" to be her rapists weren't even at the party the time she claimed the rape occurred. She claims that she's 100% sure, but she told her father that she's not sure.
e. She took drugs before coming to the house, something illegal.

The stripper obviously lied, and she's putting these innocent boys and families through hell. She deserves to be in prison for the rest of her pathetic life. She is worthless as a person and human being. Her one lie destroyed innocent boys. I hope her and Nifong's aura catches up to them and they both get what they deserve. I hope everyone wishing this rape claim to be true, in spite of all the evidence that it never occurred, gets what's coming to them.

Vilify I'll leave the count... (Below threshold)

Vilify I'll leave the country but only after a complete idiot like you leaves first.
A whore and a liar claim rape with NO corroborating evidence but we are supposed to believe the poor dear. Woman never lie and there has never been a false rape claim. Right. Politics never enters a DA's mind. Right. Were you born a fool or is this a recent affliction? Inquiring minds want to know.

Betty Friedan, well said...... (Below threshold)

Betty Friedan, well said...let's just add to your list the Coach, who lost his job.

Rape is a serious offense. But, as a woman, I can't help but get very angry with a woman who would diminish the charge by making false accusations. It hurts every woman including me!

Nobody has addressed the re... (Below threshold)

Nobody has addressed the real problem that has allowed this mess to happen. It's the fact that there are no serious consequences for a vindictive female who falsely accuses someone of raping her. Do you think this woman will ever face any charges for lying? It's not just dumb-headed Nifong at the root of this problem. It's a nation that's allowed itself to be intimidated by women's rights advocates.

The "boyfriend" needs to be... (Below threshold)

The "boyfriend" needs to be investigated...NOW! What percentage of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows?? This case makes absolutely no sense....the most solid piece of evidence tying the "boyfriend's" seamen to the alleged victim...and they are not investigating him....very strange!
The "victim" has already showed inconsistencies in her statements and has some past credibility issues....all possibilities should be investigated and ruled out....that should absolutely include the "boyfriend". The only solid piece of evidence....THERE's your REASONABLE DOUBT. I predict she'll be dropping the case very soon.

You can't deny this is gett... (Below threshold)

You can't deny this is getting worse and worse for the DA. The whore, I mean "victim" in this "case" could not have been any more of a joke. Sooner or later this "case" will be thrown out. Then the next time an all black school and panther open their greens eating asses maybe they will think twice. Probably not.

The word on the street is t... (Below threshold)

The word on the street is that the "boyfriend" is her pimp --well known to the police. As one who lives in the area, we are horrified with the DA. Many blacks say that they are unfairly targeted because they are black, but when did it become crime to come from a family that has money? These families have been unduly subjected to public scrutinity that includes stating the value of their home - as if it is a crime to have a nice home. Isn't that why Ms. Stripper was in school? To better herself and perhaps get a nice home? Since when did you need to strip to pay to go to college? I went to college as a divorcee with four young kids, had a 3.94 GPA. I did get some child support but I also cleaned houses and ran a paper route at night. I also took my sleeping kids with me in my car. You don't have to strip to go to college. Additionally, instate tution at NCCU is very low, less than $1,800.00 for 12 credit hours and this is a UNIVERSITY not a community college. Get real not like Penn State where a semester with fees is nearly $6,000 for instate. Two weeks ago you could find her name on the web using a few key words. I know I did and I am not that computer savvy. I only hope that when she is shown to be a liar that her name and picture are posted everywhere and that the families of the true victims seek their justice in the court system. Until recently as a woman I felt that in rape cases the woman's idenity should be protected. However there have been too many cases where the men have been accused with no evidence and after their reputations smeared, the case has been dropped. I believe it is time for a change....men it is time for you to protect yourselves and speak out!

No one has mentioned the Ho... (Below threshold)

No one has mentioned the Hospital Reports. The doctors and Nurses at DUKE University concluded she was raped and beaten. How conveniently we all forget this. That being said, she may have fingered the wrong persons. Witnessed identification is not easy, complicated by the fact that she was drunk or drugged. We'll all have to wait for the Toxicology report for that one. Has anyone mentioned the white pubic hair found on her. If they link that to anyone, that person is in big trouble. Collin Finnerty will soon be on trial for Assault and Battery in DC. Maybe we should let all this play out before rushing to judgement.

I have tried to keep an ope... (Below threshold)

I have tried to keep an open mind about this case, though I must admit, it is impossible for me to have an unbias opinion as I played lacrosse at a program very comparable to Duke. Putting all of the evidence aside, much of my opinion is purely based on my personal experience of attending a school similar to Duke and playing for a program extremely similar their lacrosse program.

From the start, I have been saying that if a rape truly happened, then someone from the team would definitely have come forward. The media has really portrayed the Duke lacrosse team as a homogeneous group of boys unwilling to compromise any of their teammates. Simply, I do not believe a "code of silence" is possible. Within a group of 47 people, you will definitely have a diversity in ethical beliefs, morality, or even personal interests.

With that said, I find it absolutely impossible that an entire team of 47 people would be able to withhold the truth that a women was brutally raped by 3 men during a lacrosse party while many others were present. My point is simple, if a crime occurred, the truth would be told by at least one of the players. Players would have thrown their teammates under the bus by now. I would have and I am positive my teammates would have as well. There is no way everyone would allowed their knowledge of a brutal rape remain unheard. I am confident in that.

Correction, Freemymind2day:... (Below threshold)

Correction, Freemymind2day:

The doctors and nurses at Duke didn't conclude she was raped and beaten. They concluded that her injuries were consistant with being raped and beaten, a big difference. Think it through.

Those injuries may have come from a rape that was done by someone other than the lacrosse players. They may have come from rough sex by her "boyfriend." The bruises on her arms, legs, face, etc. may have been sustained when she fell down the stairs.

Another point I haven't seen mentioned is the fact that I doubt seriously that three big boys would confine themselves, along with another person (woman) for thirty minutes in a room as small as a bathroom (even a large bathroom). My experience, as a mother of big athletic sons, is that big guys aren't going to congregate in a tiny little room for more than two minutes.....they need space.

Furthermore it would have been difficult, logistically, for three men to have performed the acts the accuser has alleged in such a small space. Imagine it. Really. I can't. They would be wanting to get out of there for some space and some fresh air.

These clean cut guys are not going to jam up in some bathroom with a stripper and stay in there being "physically active" cramped up in heat and humidity for thirty minutes. Get real. From the perspective of physical discomfort alone this is not realistic.

One more thing:A h... (Below threshold)

One more thing:

A house as old as that bungalow where the incident was alleged to have taken place probably had only one bathroom as most bungalows built during that era do.

So, you have a houseful of twenty-forty young men drinking you can be sure they're also going to be needing to use the bathroom. Three of them aren't going to hole up in there for thirty minutes or the rest of them would be banging the door down to get them out so they could use the "facilities."

Even if in the unlikely event there are two bathrooms in that bungalow you'd still need to keep them open for use with so many guys there.

Won't matter. That stripper... (Below threshold)

Won't matter. That stripper will not testify. Convicting them without her dumb ass on the stand will be almost impossible. Good luck with the civil courts. That is all she wants anyway. Her friend proved their real intentions!

A couple other tidbets of i... (Below threshold)

A couple other tidbets of information about the alledged victim. Apparently, she was kicked out of the navy for sleeping with the entire fleet and her husband divorced her because while they were married she popped out two kids from two other men.

This is in addition to the fact that she accused her husband of kidnaping her and taking her out to the woods to kill her. Let's not forget that she stole a car and led police on a high speed chase and tried to kill a police officer and then of course there is the other unbelieveable accusation that she was gang raped by 3 men back in 1996.

Yep, she won't lie. She's a saint with a perfectly clean past. ~insert rolling eyes here~

If you're going to call her... (Below threshold)

If you're going to call her a whore, then you have to call the players "sex clients". They are men, not boys by the way. One of them is 23 (and still in college.)

She is a whore who is also ... (Below threshold)

She is a whore who is also a strippen liar. The team are not sex clients because they did not have sex with her. Get a clue.

You can't call her a liar. ... (Below threshold)

You can't call her a liar. Your white.

She is a drug-addict lying ... (Below threshold)

She is a drug-addict lying whore. She did it because she knew the fire it would light. She knew she could hide behind it and wouldn't have to show her face while they, and her allegations rotted on the tv sets across America. She new that FOLDS of people would come to her defense.

What eats me alive is that she will most likely never pay a price. And even if it was proven she was a lying mother, they still live with the stigma.

I cannot believe she is a mother. I cannot believe she actually bore 2 children from her body. She needs to be removed from the planet.


Just when you think this ca... (Below threshold)
Betty Friedan:

Just when you think this case couldn't get any weaker, more information comes to light showing the complete incompetence of district attorney Mike Nifong.

The only thing left to make this case even weaker would be the accuser herself finally coming forward to admit that she lied about the whole thing, which would make it even harder for district attorney to win the case, but Mike Nifong would probably ignore that piece of evidence as well in his quest to maliciously prosecute these young men.

• The alleged victim acknowledged drinking before going to the party.
• The stripper told police that she used a vibrating sex toy during a dance in a hotel room for a male and female, but prior she told police that she had not had sex in the week before the party.
• The Stripper had sex with her boyfriend and the two men that drives her to these parties, and this was the third party she did that night.
• Another male friend of the accuser said that he had sex with the stripper that week and that he drove her to three other sexual encounters, according to the friend's statement.
• Osborn also claims in the court documents that the nurse who examined the alleged victim was in training and not yet certified.
• The "rape kit report" stated that their was some swelling - which is pretty god for someone who had that much sex that night and the days before.

So far the absolute void of DNA has proven that no rape has occurred. The 2nd stripper first statement stated that the drunk stripper was alone for only five minutes at the house.

The DA is stalling. The mor... (Below threshold)

The DA is stalling. The more time that goes by the more it will be out of the news. Either way, it's clear to me that she was not raped and even if this does go to court that ho will not be able to handle it on the stand. You have to speak in clear sentences and listen to the questions. She can't pull her mouth off a bottle and cross her legs long enough to make it.

I am a Duke alum and I agre... (Below threshold)

I am a Duke alum and I agree that this case is shoddy at best, but calling this woman a "whore" is counter-productive and sexist. Stripping pays a whole lot better than flipping burgers for people who were never as fortunate as to receive a Duke education.

Some balance would be nice.

Natalia, The term "whore" r... (Below threshold)

Natalia, The term "whore" refers to a woman who is promiscuous; especially one who has sexual intercourse for hire. I believe this woman is such a woman. She is the one who has put herself in the position to be called a "whore."

Furthermore, there are many of us who weren't fortunate enough to have a Duke education, or any college education at all who haven't chosen to become prostitutes. For instance, I am a woman who doesn't have a college degree.

I raised two boys on my own because their father left us with nothing. For five years we lived at poverty level until I was able to advance in my field of endeavor. I probably could have made more money dancing and stripping than I could have doing the work I was given to do. But, I chose not to do that. I chose to be poor instead. CGM had the same choices that I had. She just made a different choice. Sadly, for her children.

No one seems to be concerned about her two little children who have a mom who strips, dances and has intercourse with strangers for money. How would you like to have a mom who does that? To me that is a greater travesty than it would be if she had been raped, which she was not.

What kind of a life is that for kids? What kind of an example is that? She didn't have to do it. She could have been poor instead. There are many of us who are poor and uneducated who haven't chosen to strip and become prostitutes.

Now, she doesn't have to remain a whore. She can change, with God's help. She can be a respected lady if she will behave as one.

But to do that the first thing she needs to do is go to the Lord and ask forgiveness for lying in this rape hoax and then also go to Him and ask forgiveness for her sexual impropriety. He will help her to get her life in order. He is very forgiving and He is very powerful and He can take this shattered life and make something beautiful of it.

He can give her a life that both she and her children will be proud of.

correction: I meant "trage... (Below threshold)

correction: I meant "tragedy," not "travesty," although come to think of it there is much about her life that is a travesty.

the same identity protectio... (Below threshold)

the same identity protection for the accuser, via rape shield should be extended to the accused. These Duke boys are obviously innocent, but their lives were ruined by these strippers smelling a big paycheck.






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