Last month we told you about a shocking hate crime in Lincoln, Nebraska and noted that police did not rule out the possibility that the whole thing was a hoax. One month later that’s exactly what officials now say happened.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star faked an attack in which she allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin because she felt it would spark change, police said Tuesday.
Four days before Charlie Rogers crawled naked and bleeding from her Lincoln home, screaming for help, she outlined in a Facebook posting what investigators believe was her motive for faking the July 22 attack, Police Chief Jim Peschong said at a news conference.
“So maybe I am too idealistic, but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me,” read the July 18 posting, according to police.
Furthermore, genetic testing on evidence gathered at the crime scene undermines Rogers’ account of what happened, Peschong said.
The Journal Star reports on some of the details.
Rogers told police one man held her down while another cut derogatory words into her arms and abdomen, sliced a cross into her chest and cut the front of her thighs and shins, the warrant states.
“There was no apparent blood on the bedspread, even though Ms. Rogers reported she was rolled on to her stomach after she had been cut on her arms, abdomen, chest and front of her legs while being held down,” according to the warrant.
And a forensic pathologist called in by the FBI, which assisted in the investigation, said she believes Rogers made the cuts herself or that they were done with her permission.
The cuts are superficial and symmetrical, avoided sensitive areas of the body and would’ve taken considerable time to inflict, pathologist Michelle Elieff said in the warrant.
“The lines were too straight to be made during a struggle,” Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
Her DNA was all over the gloves she claimed the attackers used, and police matched purchase records of the gloves and a box cutter to a local hardware store where she was identified as the purchaser.
Days after the attack Rogers went public with her story, most likely for exactly the same reasons as she allegedly committed the fake crime. Here’s an extended interview with her.
According to the affidavit, she wrote the following on Facebook three days before the hoax attack, “I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me.”