The Charlottesville Police Department released a six-page summary Monday of its investigation into the alleged sexual assault of Jackie, the anonymous University of Virginia junior who told Rolling Stone magazine she was gang-raped at the campus Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in 2012. Detectives spent the past four months looking for evidence to back up Jackie's harrowing account, Police Chief Timothy Longo said Monday, but found none.
University President Teresa Sullivan asked Charlottesville police to look into the case after Rolling Stone published its 9,000-word story in November. The article was initially seen as groundbreaking for shedding light on a larger campus rape problem, but headlines turned sour once media outlets began fact-checking the piece. Some of their findings -- such as that Phi Kappa Psi didn't have a house party scheduled the night Jackie said she was there -- align with the police investigation.
The summary showed how Charlottesville officers Detective Sgt. D.J. Harris and Detective Jake Via systematically examined and deconstructed a few key parts of Jackie's story. Jackie herself declined to give the police a statement or access to her university records.
The Frat Party
In the Rolling Stone piece, reporter Sabrina Erdely described a party at the Phi Kappa Psi house four weeks into the school year. "Jackie was sober but giddy with discovery as she looked around the room crammed with rowdy strangers guzzling beer and dancing to loud music," Erdely wrote.
Police found no evidence of any event at the Phi Kappa Psi house the night in question, Sept. 28, 2012. They also looked at the chapter's bank records and found no expenditures. The "What's Greek This Week" calendar didn't show any publicized parties. In fact, the fraternity's sister sorority, Delta Gamma, had a formal that night -- and members likely would not have hosted events on the same night "so as not to cannibalize each other's guest lists," Longo said.
The detectives gathered information from 19 fraternity brothers, all of whom denied there was a party at the house Sept. 28. Police even found a photo someone took of a man inside the house at 11:33 p.m. that night. He is standing in the entryway holding a chair, and Longo said there is "literally no one else around."
In the article, Jackie's rapist is called "Drew," a handsome lifeguard at the pool where she worked. But a few weeks after the story came out, three of Jackie's friends -- named Randall, Andy and Cindy in the magazine -- told the Washington Post they weren't sure he was real. The friends asked for his phone number and started texting. However, they couldn't find Drew on social media, New York magazine reported.
Jackie later said his name was actually "Haven Monahan," but police couldn't find any record of him or Drew working for the pool. The phone number her friends had been texting was a Google Voice number with no subscriber info. Police searched for Haven Monahan on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Pinger, TLO and LINX, the report said, but he was nowhere to be found.
They did, however, find a photo of Haven Monahan. The person in the picture told police he didn't know Jackie and wasn't in Charlottesville Sept. 28. There was one man who worked at the pool at the same time as Jackie and was in a fraternity -- not Phi Kappa Psi -- but their shifts never overlapped, as Jackie said in the Rolling Stone article.
A Second Assault
In Rolling Stone, Jackie mentioned being harassed months after the rape -- a man "flung a bottle at Jackie that broke on the side of her face, leaving a blood-red bruise around her eye." Jackie told Dean Nicole Eramo that four men had followed her near the University Corner and threw the bottle. Standing around afterward, she called her mother, and when she went home, her roommate had to pick pieces of glass out of her face.
The roommate denied that to police, instead saying the injury was an abrasion. Police saw a photo of Jackie from the week of the attack and agreed it was likely an abrasion with swelling. A search of phone records thought to be Jackie's showed no call to her mom. In addition, Longo said, at the time of the assault there was a marked police car nearby for an unrelated incident.
For now, Longo said, the case is suspended -- not closed. "That does not mean something terrible did not happen to Jackie. ... We are just not able to gather sufficient facts," he said Monday. Jackie will not face charges from the Charlottesville police.
Phi Kappa Psi is considering its legal options for responding to the Rolling Stone piece, according to ABC News, and feels vindicated by the detectives' findings. “We hope that Rolling Stone’s actions do not discourage any survivors from coming forward to seek the justice they deserve," chapter President Stephen Scipione said.
Read the police department's statement in full below.