reported as follows: "Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man they say sexually assaulted a woman in Brooklyn. Investigators say the 26-year-old victim was walking near Glenwood Road and East 40th Street in East Flatbush around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday when a man approached her, choked her into unconsciousness, and assaulted her. The man is described as weighing about 210 to 250 pounds and between 6' 2" and 6' 4" tall. He's believed to be between 40 and 50 years old. Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com."
It turns out that police were skeptical of the accuser's story even when that story ran. That didn't stop police from using the news media to help them crack the case by acting as though a rape had occurred. (The public generally doesn't realize that when a news report tells about a scary rape that "police say" occurred, police do not share with the news media the holes in the accuser's story. And the news media doesn't bother doing its own investigation -- because, after all, why would "journalists" do their own investigation? -- they merely parrot what a police representative tells them. If you want to see this phenomenon play out in dreadful, dramatic fashion, study the Hofstra false rape case.)
In fact, the "sexual assault" was all made up. A New York Daily News headline says this: "Nun Mary Turcotte recants accusation of rape after police release sketch of made-up suspect." The Daily News story begins as follows: "A Brooklyn nun from a fringe Christian sect has confessed to an unholy lie: telling cops she was sexually attacked and left unconscious in a snowbank, sources said Monday." (The church at issue is apparently a split-off from the Catholic Church, founded by a defrocked priest who ordained himself Pope.)
Turcotte is a 26-year-old white woman. She claimed a hulking black man was the culprit of her imaginary rape. That's common in stories of this nature -- young white women often claim that a minority man, typically black or Hispanic, raped them. Such a lie is generally intended to jack up the scariness and plausibility factors. Racially motivated rape lies have been going on in this country since long before the Civil War.
Turcotte claimed that sometime during the night of January 22, according to the Daily News, "a thug ambushed her, choked her until she passed out and dragged her - in her habit - eight blocks. She said she awoke in the snow with her underwear down and her breasts exposed."
Even when police put out the alert, according to the Daily News, they were "skeptical someone could have dragged or carried a woman in nun's gear through the streets without drawing notice."
So let's rewrite the news story reported above to make it accurate: "Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man they say a woman claims sexually assaulted her in Brooklyn. Police don't buy her story so this might all be made up."
Would a self-respecting news outlet have reported that story? If the police had admitted its skepticism, this story might not have been reported -- and that would have been for the best. It would have spared every black male who fit that description from being viewed with suspicion.
It was all a lie. According to the Daily News: "She told cops she made up the story in an attempt to cover up a consensual sex romp with a bodega worker inside the Glenwood Ave. residence."
But here's the amazing part of the story: according to an unnamed "woman in religious garb" at the convent, not only did Turcotte make up the rape lie, she made up the excuse for it. Thus, this does not appear to be a rape lie motivated to cover up an illicit sexual encounter, as is very common, but a rape lie motivated by a cry for attention, which is also very common.
The unnamed source said Turcotte had an "emotional break" and "it wasn't her fault."
Stop there. Have you ever read those words in a story about a rapist? "He had an emotional break and it wasn't his fault." Even if the rapist did have an emotional break, no one would bother writing it.