Another Special Life in Christ
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More than a decade ago, the rape of a woman
jogging in Central Park shocked and outraged New Yorkers. Now DNA evidence indicates at least
one of her rapists escaped capture, and questions have been raised about the guilt of the
five men convicted of assaulting her. It is known as the Central Park Jogger Case.
The 1989 crime produced an outpouring of anger
from New Yorkers supposedly numbed to the effects of violent crime. The reported gang rape
also brought a new word into popular usage, "wilding."
Matias Reyes, a 31-year-old convicted murderer and
rapist who was never charged in the case, has confessed to stalking and raping the woman as
she ran across Central Park in 1989. The attack left the young investment banker near
The New York Daily News reported that lab tests
have shown that genetic material in the rape matches Reyes' DNA.
In a jailhouse confession following his conversion
to Christianity, Reyes claimed that he alone stalked and raped the jogger, raising questions
about the guilt of five Harlem teens who were convicted of assaulting her.
To this day, the jogger has no memory of the
attack on her.
Michael Warren, a lawyer for three of the teens,
said he will seek to overturn his clients' guilty verdicts.
Warren said in a motion filed in Manhattan State
Supreme Court last week that no physical evidence linked his clients to the crime and that
confessions they made to police were obtained through "the most abhorrent form of physical
Law enforcement sources quoted by the News said
the teens' confessions were made in the presence of their parents, and that several children
in the park had seen the woman being gang-raped.
They also said police knew at least one of her
attackers had eluded capture since genetic material from the rape did not match any of the
teens who were arrested.
Warren represents Kevin Richardson, Anton McCray,
and Raymond Santana; two other men were also convicted in the attack. All have been released
from prison except Santana, who is serving a sentence for an unrelated
Joni Evans, a spokeswoman for the victim, said the
woman has been following media reports of the development from Connecticut, where she now
"She's as anxious as anyone to know the truth
here," Evans told the Daily News.
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's
office said it was reviewing the case.
The victim, who was 28 at the time of the attacks,
was found in a puddle of mud and blood and remained in a coma for 12 days.
After the attack, police rounded up several
teen-agers who had gone on a rampage they called "wilding" through the park. Five were tried
At their trials, defense lawyers argued that there
was no cause to arrest some of the teenagers and charged that confessions and other
statements were improperly obtained.
The News also reported Thursday that the victim,
who has remained anonymous all these years, will identify herself in a memoir to be published
next spring by Charles Scribner's Sons. Her name is Trisha Meili; her memoir is, I Am the Central Park Jogger
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(posted 7 September 2002; slight update 9/23/2015)
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