The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/10/27
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We will never have the answer to many of the questions raised by what has become known as the Duke Lacrosse case. What we do know is that lives were changed one night in March 2006 during a chance encounter that should never have taken place. The one person whose life has changed the most is the one that few really know. Crystal Gail Mangum was a single mother struggling to make a living for herself and her children while pursuing a college education. Believing that her options were limited, Crystal made a decision that she now admits was the biggest mistake of her life, which up to that point had already been punctuated by big and small mistakes that landed her in a desperate situation. Becoming an exotic dancer seemed to be the answer to all of Crystal s problems. The money was fast and the lifestyle appeared glamorous. She learned that there was money to be made, but it came with risks. As for the glamour, that was all an illusion, too. But Crystal is not unique. Even if we do not know Crystal Mangum, we can agree with her realization that dancing is not the easy path to a better life. Her short stint as a dancer convinced her to work to encourage women to think about other career choices .Crystal has been through sexual, physical, and emotional abuse that left her with deep psychological scars. The Last Dance for Grace is Crystal s attempt to set the record straight about her life and the circumstances around one of the most controversial cases in American history. 252 page hardback with dust jacket."
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This young woman, in an act of selfishness, lied & defended her lies and negatively impacted the lives of many people in our area. Some lost jobs, some had their careers destroyed, some lost scholarships, many had their entire lives dominated with defending themselves against something that never happened.
If this weren't being pawned off as someone's memoirs it MIGHT make for interesting grade-B pulp fiction.
Save yourself the time, money and mental anguish and buy something worthwhile to read.
One day we will be treated to a thoughtful recounting of the horrific saga of the Duke rape hoax. We will revisit the night when a drug-addled stripper with a lengthy criminal record and a set of morals that, comparatively speaking, would entitle an alley cat to canonization, drifted into and out of a stag party, the details of which she can't even remember. We will review the sordid spectacle of 88 cowardly Duke professors who rushed to stoke racial hatred and bigotry when only the sketchiest of details about perjured accusations had been surfaced. We will recall the pitiful cowardice of Duke President Richard Brodhead who secured his place in infamy by firing the coach of the Duke lacrosse team within days of the false allegations being made public, an act for which he has yet to apologize or be held fully to account. We will avidly recount how an out-of-control Durham county prosecutor intent of winning reelection in a largely black voting district sought to enflame racial tensions by deliberately misrepresenting the truth and undertaking a consistent pattern of falsification, perjury, evidence tampering, subornation of perjury and obstruction of justice in order to sustain indictments against three Duke students he knew to be innocent. We will learn about how media outlets like The New York Times made enormous efforts to stoke racial resentments and keep a crumbling criminal case alive by filing sloppily researched or even willfully false stories about the case. And we will learn how, even with all of the institutional machinery aligned against the defendants, the case eventually unraveled under the weight of so much falsehood, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice.
Needless to say, this book is not that book the reading public eagerly awaits. Instead, this book is a very valuable addition to the supply of material suitable for wrapping fish, lining bird cages or as sanitary wipe in the restroom.
An update: Well, for those of you who don't follow Durham's professional victim-in-residence, Mangum is charged with murder. She apparently stabbed a man. So much for poor Sister Survivor trying to her life back on track. I guess the evil white people who she blames for her every problem, somehow held her hand and made her kill another human being