October 24, 2008
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (The Weekly Vice) -- Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old College Station, Texas woman who attracted nationwide attention by claiming she had been attacked by a Senator Obama supporter, admitted to making up story.
Todd, who was working as a McCain campaign volunteer, recently told authorities that she had been attacked by a black male who robbed her and then held her down while he carved the letter "B" into her face. She also claimed the attack came after the attacker noted a McCain bumper sticker on her vehicle.
Investigators began to see some inconsistencies in the woman's story after she submitted to a lie detector test. Investigators also say Todd's story was inconsistent with surveillance camera footage obtained at the ATM machine Todd said she used just prior to the attack.
On the third day of questioning, Todd allegedly confessed to police that she made up the story, according to Pittsburgh police.
She "just opened up and said she wanted to tell the truth," said Maurita Bryant, assistant chief of the police investigations division.
Authorities say Todd did not offer an explanation for the story except that she suffered from a history of "mental problems". Authorities do not believe anyone put her up to the story.
Todd was charged with filing a false police report.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
This story isn't unlike the other droves of insane people who grace our pages each day. What makes it interesting though are the suckers who surfaced because of it.
The conservative bloggers who pounced on the story as a horrid example of how bad liberals are... and now the liberal bloggers who use the story as an example of how bad conservatives are.
The real fools are not the desperate people who do crazy things to draw attention to themselves, but kool-aid drinking blow-hards who think such nonsense is important in a Presidency that will have global importance.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 5:34:00 PM