PITTSBURGH - A John McCain volunteer in Pittsburgh who said she was robbed and sexually assaulted because of her political views has admitted to fabricating the story and will be charged, police said Friday.
20-year-old Ashley Todd, of College Station, Texas, "stated that she made up the story which snowballed and got out of control," Pittsburgh police said in a statement, adding that she would be arrested and charged with filing a false police report.
"Ms. Todd stated that she was not robbed and there is no 6'4" black male attacker," the police added. "She indicated that she has had a prior mental problems and she does not remember how the backward letter "B" got on her face."
What makes me accept that this woman wasn't assaulted as she originally claimed isn't her confession which was given after she agreed to take a polygraph. Crime victims have been coerced into recanting and polygraphs can contribute to false recantations.
I've read that the marking of this woman's cheek is proof that this is a hoax since real attackers never mark their victims, but conclusions which rely on what attackers never do are dangerous.
That particular proof of a hoax is disproven by the conviction of a woman and her new boyfriend in the assault of her ex-boyfriend. They were accused of trying to brand her ex-boyfriend with the letter R.
What makes me accept that the report was a total fabrication is the ATM data which show she didn't use the machine as she claimed and it was the pictures from that ATM which directly contradict her story that she was robbed while at that ATM and then physically attacked when her robber saw her McCain bumper sticker.
The evidence is what must be the basis for the switch from belief to disbelief.
I don't know if this was a twisted reaction to all the smears against Obama which painted him as someone who hangs out with terrorists and who is allegedly un-American. If Todd believed that Obama is a terrorist who would destroy America if he wins the election, that could have helped her rationalize an action which would make Obama supporters look like the violent thugs she assumed many of them to be. In her mind that night, her story might have been something which she envisioned as possibly erasing Obama's lead in the polls.
There are serious racial overtones to this woman's allegation since she is white and she reported that she was attacked by a black man who she linked to the first African American man nominated by one of the 2 major political parties. Yet most people assume that all racially-charged false allegations are made against white men.