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Lacrosse accuser to appear on TV crime program

Posted July 13, 2012

— The Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 and now faces a murder charge in a separate case will be featured on a television crime program this fall.

Crystal Mangum will be on one of six episodes of "Wives with Knives," slated to premiere on the Investigation Discovery channel on Nov. 23, network spokeswoman Deborah Gottschalk said Friday.

A date for Mangum's episode hasn't been set, Gottschalk said.

Mangum, 33, is charged in the April 2011 death of Reginald Daye, 46, who was stabbed with a kitchen knife during an argument at his Durham apartment, police said. They had been dating for about a month at the time of his death.

She is being held in the Durham County jail under a $200,000 bond.

In March 2006, she claimed three white players on the lacrosse team trapped her inside a bathroom at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., where she was performing as a stripper at a team party, and raped and sexually assaulted her.

Her story about the incident was so inconsistent that Attorney General Roy Cooper later declared the players innocent, saying there was no credible evidence against them.

In February 2010, police arrested Mangum after an altercation between her and a different boyfriend. In that incident, she was accused of assaulting the man in front of her children and setting some of his clothes on fire.

She was later convicted of child abuse, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer in the case, but prosecutors dismissed an arson charge after a jury couldn't reach a verdict.


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  • Ex-Republican Jul 13, 2012

    This is why I don't pay for cable or dish. It's the equivalent of funding cultural polution.

  • dsutherland1 Jul 13, 2012

    Why give her the time of day and glorify her actions. The media needs to get its act together and stop promoting evil!

  • Road-wearier Jul 13, 2012

    This oughta be great.

    *rolls eyes*

  • pat7 Jul 13, 2012

    Hollywood for criminals Nice to make it Kool to kill,Such a shame that it comes to this

  • warbirdlover Jul 13, 2012

    I think there is a law that people cannot profit from their crimes.. I believe they are commonly know as - Son of Sam laws.

  • katgotyertongue Jul 13, 2012

    This chick is crazy...and she's being rewarded? Throw away the key

  • samr Jul 13, 2012

    Not sure how she could qualify as a wife since I don't think she has ever been "married". devilblue

    Agreed but then again, very few of the 'Basketball Wives' are actually married and many of them never were. Reality TV is not steeped in actual reality.

  • wildpig777 Jul 13, 2012

    Dear Lord, deliver us from Crystal.-deep thought

    no, deliver us from the corrupt law enforcement criminal justice system that thrives here in nc from the attorney genral to the d. a.'s office.

  • jsok123 Jul 13, 2012

    I'll be sure and tune in, Phht, right

  • Jbmat Jul 13, 2012

    It's a shame she benefits from her misdeeds. Any money earned should go to victim's family.