Thursday, August 9, 2012
at 11:03 AM
Many people are questioning if Charlie Rogers' story is true or not. She claims that three masked men broke into her home, painted anti-gay slurs on her walls, bound her with zip ties and carved the word "dyke" into her stomach. Then they poured gasoline on the floor and left and she managed to escape naked to a neighbors house to get help.
When I first watched this video, I felt Charlie's pain and was inclined to believe her, but I question what pain I was feeling. Was it that she is a lesbian and has been treated different all her life, or was it because of the attack? I can't discern it.
There are definitely red flags in her story. She seems to working herself up to crying in this video, and yet we don't see any true indicators of sadness in the eyebrows, which is notable. When she finally gets teared up, she pauses quietly as she lets them stream down her face, but she doesn't wipe the tears away from her cheeks, she dabs her nose. It's rather odd behavior.
She also talks very choppy...."My world has been changed forever.....by these events...and ah....so the idea that...people thinks that its a lie.....so...ah, its hurtful." She pauses frequently which is indicative of thinking as she speaks instead of letting the words naturally come to us. That's a red flag.
However, when she says, "I'm a person with feelings" she does show stress and mild sadness in his face.I get the feeling Charlie is hurting and emotionally upset, but I am not sure it is over what she is telling us.
Then she says, "I feels like, I don't know...like a punch in the stomach, kind of." This statement is big red flag for me. It feels like a punch in the stomach, kind of. Why is she hedging? It either feels like a punch in the stomach or it doesn't.
Now add to that these preps allegedly carved words in her stomach--would it feel like a punch? It seems odd she talk about "a punch in the stomach" metaphorically when she truly was carved in the gut by a stranger.
If someone tied me up and carved something in my stomach with a knife, I would be damn mad, upset or feeling violated. I'd feel a negative emotion--I wouldn't feel kind of punched in the stomach. I would be adamant, I was cut with a knife, and then re-victimized by not being believed. That would be a double whammy.
When we look for scientific evidence that Charlie is feeling the emotions she is telling us, I don't see supportive evidence.
As the interview cuts to a different segments, we see Charlie's demeanor change. She shows more smiling in her face and her tears fade.
I personally see a woman in this interview who feels frustrated by her circumstance, and I'm not sure if that circumstance is frustration at being gay or frustration at what happened to her and her not being believed.
I do not believe she is as sad as she wants us to think she is. I think she is more frustrated than anything and she wants to be heard.
At this point, I believe there are enough red flags to investigate Charlie Rose's story further, though I want to be sensitive to hate crimes as they are real, and should never be tolerated in our society.
I need to see more to at this point to draw any conclusive decisions.