There will always be women who shed doubt on rape claims when the reported rape turns out to be a lie. Only the twisted mind of a woman like that can explain why she would go to such lengths to harm innocent people while making herself appear to be a victim. Perhaps there is an element of attention-seeking in this story. If so, the “victim” made quite an effort.
Jasmine Burlingame was a blonde women who, at 5’3″ weighed in at a hefty 180 lbs. Her rape claim against two men would turn out to be completely false. The story, as told in an arrest affidavit got its start on, of all days, Valentine’s Day.
About 7:30 a.m. on February 14, a Denver, Colorado police officer traveled to St. Anthony’s hospital on a report of a sexual assault. Sobbing convincingly, Burlingame told him that she had gone to the home of a male co-worker and upon her arrival was the co-worker’s roommate, who was playing video games, so Burlingame and the other man headed to his room to talk. Both men had a history committing sex crimes against women so neither of them were lily white victims either. Burlingame’s account was explicit and nasty. While the two were there the roommate came in and elbowed her co-worker in the head, causing him to lose consciousness. Say what? Why would he elbow his friend in the head? The roommate elbowed her as well, then pinned her to the bed, pulled her pants down, pushed her underwear to the side and sexually assaulted her both vaginally and anally. Ouch.
Burlingame managed to get to her feet and kick the roommate in the groin. Then, after removing a bloody condom from her anus (oh did she forget to mention he wore one because he was also concerned about STDs?), she ran to a nearby address to phone her family. The roommate had also thought to remove the battery from her cell phone, so she couldn’t use it. Her cousin picked her up at a nearby Safeway and took her to the hospital. A disturbing tale to be sure but there were problems with it from the start.
Burlingame’s co-worker had no memory of any happenings such as she described. He told investigators that he and Burlingame had gone out drinking the night before, and while the two of them might have “fooled around,” he wasn’t sure about that (he must have been pretty intoxicated) and if the act had taken place, it was consensual. He didn’t have any symptoms or physical wounds that suggested that he’d been knocked unconscious.
The roommate denied doing anything like what Burlingame described and like the co-worker, he voluntarily supplied a DNA sample.
This evidence proved key in unraveling Burlingame’s story. A bloody condom was found in the apartment, and when it was tested along with the rape kit taken at the hospital, the results “directly contradict[ed] the version of events provided by Burlingame.” Although police were suspicious of Burlingame’s claims she stuck by her original story. But in this case, her consistency didn’t do her any favors. It convinced the officer who wrote the report that she was attempting to influence a public official and false reporting to authorities. The Denver District Attorney’s Office concurred. Burlingame was charged with two counts of the former (a felony) and one of the latter (a misdemeanor). She was released from custody on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
What Burlingame’s motive was in fabricating the assault has yet to be revealed. As of now she hasn’t stood trial for her felony and misdemeanor.
Here’s an interesting and ironic fact about St. Valentinu for you. Depending on which version of history you believe Valentine’s Day was a history of rape or romance, the latter claiming that Valentine performing private wedding ceremonies for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Ultimately, for many reasons, Valentinus was executed.
In an alternative version, Roman Emperor Claudius II forbade the marriage of soldiers in order to strengthen his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. However, the marriage ban was never issued, and Claudius II told his soldiers to take two or three women for themselves after his victory over the Goths. In other words, these women were rape victims offered as rewards to Claudius’ army. Nothing too romantic about that.