- was told by Karla Holloway,
- who overheard a call to John Burness,
- who was told by a Duke police officer,
- who overheard a Durham Police Officer
- say that a Mystery Witness told him or her . . .
Some would call this sixth-hand slander.
And, by the way, Holloway kept this information secret for nine months, even as she embarked on a campaign of regular denounciation of the lacrosse players and their supporters, before deciding to turn it over to Michaels to protest the decision to lift the suspensions of Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty.
The report of this ugly epithet was not mentioned by:
- neighbor Jason Bissey, who seemed to despise the lacrosse players;
- Kim Roberts, a figure certainly sensitive to perceived and real slights
- any of the captains, who conceded in their statements that a racially charged argument occurred after the party.
It did not appear in Himan's notes. Nor was it present in Sgt. Gottlieb's "straight-from-memory" notes. But Gottlieb probably kept it out because he was looking out for the best interests of the players.
Nor did a report of the "epithet" appear anywhere in the discovery file.