Woman who claimed she was attacked for backing McCain admits she lied

A McCain campaign worker who claimed she was attacked in a suburb of Pittsburgh by an Obama supporter who tried to convert her by supposedly carving a “B” on her face and beating her up, has confessed to fabricating her story, claim police. 20 year-old Ashley Todd is now facing charges for making up a false report.

There were all sorts of inconsistencies in Todd’s story from the beginning, and it seems like she was just trying to get attention – albeit in a dramatic and bizarre fashion.

In her initial account, Richard said, Todd attempted to use the ATM when the man approached her from behind, put a knife with a 4- to 5-inch blade to her throat and demanded money. She told police she handed the assailant $60 and walked away.

Todd told investigators that she suspected the man then noticed a John McCain sticker on her car, became angry and punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground and telling her “you are going to be a Barack supporter,” police said in a statement.

She said he continued to punch and kick her while threatening “to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter,” police said. She said he then sat on her chest, pinned her hands down with his knees and scratched a backward letter “B” into her face using what she believed to be a dull knife.

The woman told police she didn’t seek medical attention, but instead went to a friend’s apartment nearby and called police about 45 minutes later. Police have reinterviewed Todd at least once since her initial statement, Richard said.

In the subsequent discussions with investigators, according to the police statement, Todd said she was accosted as she approached the bank and fled her attacker, fell to the ground and the assailant began beating and fondling her.

Police Cmdr. Larry Ross, who is in charge of the police precinct where the attack was first reported, said Todd’s story has continued to change.

“I guess she elaborated more when she went down to the bureau headquarters. She added other things to it that we didn’t have at first, that she didn’t tell the initial officer,” Ross said.

[From the Associated Press via the Huffington Post]

Due to the obvious inconsistencies in her story, Todd was given a polygraph. While the results haven’t been released, it’s believe that she failed, since she’s recanted the whole story.

Police say a campaign volunteer confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter B in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker. At a news conference this afternoon, officials said they believe that Ashley Todd’s injuries were self-inflicted. Todd, 20, of Texas, is now facing charges for filing a false report to police.

Todd initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and that the suspect became enraged and started beating her after seeing her GOP sticker on her car. Police investigating the alleged attack, however, began to notice some inconsistencies in her story and administered a polygraph test. Authorities, however, declined to release the results of that test.

Investigators did say that they received photos from the ATM machine and “the photographs were verified as not being the victim making the transaction.” This afternoon, a Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Todd confessed to making up the story. Todd told investigators that she didn’t remember what happened.

[From KDKA in Pittsburgh via the Huffington Post]

This sounds like a girl with some mental health issues who was trying to get some attention. I can only guess why she chose such an inflammatory way of going about it. Perhaps she thought she’d get sympathy at work or something if it looked like she was harmed because of her job or her beliefs. Obviously she needs not just to be punished but also some psychotherapy as well. People will do a lot of strange things for attention, and 20-year-olds are certainly less likely to understand the consequences of their actions. But if she had been believed, someone else could have been charged with a crime they had nothing to do with.

I’m not even going to touch the backwards “B” except to say that clearly this woman is not very bright.

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  1. Alecto says:

    Ha ha I love the backwards B. Seriously though this woman needs to be comitted on the poses risk to herself part.

  2. Anni says:

    Hope she gets help.

  3. Megan says:

    It looks like she put black eyeshadow on her face too, that doesn’t look like a real black eye. There’s loads of ‘bruising’ but no swelling. And the backwards B is obviously the icing on the cake.

  4. Samantha says:

    This is just so freaking sad, its not even funny. The lengths some people will go to with scare tactics… 😥

  5. Carrie says:

    Clearly this woman is not getting enough attention. She needs some serious help!!

  6. JaundiceMachine says:

    *biting tongue* I hope she gets the attention and medication she needs.

  7. Feebee says:

    One report said she’d had a history of mental issues… first give away was that she was volunteering for the McCain campaign… okay maybe that was uncalled for. But her web page has a entry about “lying being the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off”. Possible mental issues aside I have no sympathy for this moron.

  8. susie q says:

    just stupid wow she needs prayer 😯 😯 😯

  9. Shane says:

    A high school student with first aid training could take one look at that photo and tell you it was fake.

  10. Mike says:

    the B girl is an idiot- she picked a kind of trendy area of town there is a lot of bus stops and places where black people hang out-so she must have thought is was a bad area

  11. Codzilla says:

    She looks like that chick from Hairspray who was recently arrested for brawling in an airport.

  12. Meow says:

    I’m a Republican, but I gotta say: what a twat. Even in the picture, she has a look on her face that seems…smug. It bugged me even before I heard she was lying.

  13. Trashaddict says:

    Shoot. Looks like they already pulled her page. Wanted to see it out of morbid curiosity.
    But the page does have, as my daughter so observantly pointed out, a pushpin being used to hold a post-it note to a bulletin board. Ah those funny Republicans…..

  14. Christina says:

    if she had carved an O she wouldn’t have had to worry about the direction haha

  15. vdantev says:


  16. Babs says:

    I am in that area of the city everyday.Pittsburgh is not like this person has fabricated. I knew it was fake when I saw the first report. What people will not do for attention. I am offended by the actions of this fool. I can not wait for the election to be over.

  17. kate says:

    i read that she belongs to a young republican group that has pulled similar stunts before. in the last election one of the members claimed he was beaten up by militant blacks or gays (he wasn’t sure) because of his republican beliefs.the AP picked up the story and then it turned out he got into a fight with a couple of guys from high school. so stupid.

  18. Le Petomane says:

    Um… there is more to this story than her confessing up to it. Fox and Drudge PUSHED this story. Fox number 2 in charge of news said that if this was a hoax that the McCain campaign was over. Also need to mention that McCain and Palin gave her a call yesterday to cheer her up. I’m not making this crap up. This still stinks.

  19. lanette says:

    i thought the story was “suspect” when i heard the b was backward.

    Interesting how she claimed an African American attacked her.

    I am an Obama supporter but i personally would not attack another person for their choice…that is crazy.

  20. geekaziod says:

    you know whats funny about all this? Mccain actually telephoned her! lol! That must be shockingly embarrasing for him now. LOL fun…

  21. chartreuseoak says:

    what a dumbass, reminds me of the julianne moore character from freedomland.

  22. Jenna says:

    Um that is totally black eyeshadow. If she wanted to make the bruise look real she should have add an undertone of purple with a smidge of blue.

    But this woman isn’t right in the head. All the actions that people commit aren’t going to make someone go “OH MY! I’m certainly not going to vote for [said person]”. What a dumb ass.

    Also. That “B” must have been done in the mirror since it is backwards. Eh, this woman needs to go somewhere.

  23. stellapurdy says:

    what a dolt, along with all the conservative radio hosts who were reporting this story to be true.

  24. Ophelia says:

    God, I saw this story this morning on the news, and even though I’m an Obama supporter, I felt soooo bad for her. Now I just feel weird for that. I agree with everyone; this chick needs some help. At least she didn’t falsely accuse someone of this by name. She’s also gonna have a hard time getting well and staying that way considering she’s now nationally known for being kinda wacko. 🙁

  25. aleach says:

    now, can i really go to pittsburgh and kick her ass for real?
    what a DUMBASS
    i hope she gets a sexy “B” scar on her cheek, so everyone will know what an idiot she is.

  26. Orangejulius says:

    Oh, they do come out of the woodwork….what a loony. I hope she gets help… lots and lots of help..

  27. aspen says:

    Uh…Barack called her too. Both candidates called her to give condolence and wish her well.

    She’s obviously a nutter, and I hope she receives care.

  28. spoonman says:

    Perfect McCain supporter.


    Trying to stir up racial sentiment against Obama-In other reports she claimed her attacker was black as well…

  29. tigerlille says:

    Um, psychotherapy will not help this poor girl, but she definitely needs to be medicated.

  30. debra77 says:

    I have to say, I am so glad that the police got this under control quickly. This incident could have become a huge issue. I am pleased that people kept their cool. I was worried that the crazies were going to come out. Maybe we are evolving into a nation of tolerance after all. One can HOPE.

  31. stellapurdy says:

    Uh, Obama did not call her. The campaign issued a statement wishing her a speedy recovery.


    Jesus Christ, the story is all over the freaking internet and still people can’t the facts right.

  32. S says:

    she’s ill.

  33. southernlady says:

    wow!!!!! on so many levels i am not surprised she pulled the old victimized white woman at the risk of an innocent black man and the world wonders why african-americans are angry and does not trust america any dummy could see this was fabricated all and all people let your opions be just that your opions vote for your canidate and move on

  34. Kaiser says:

    Thank you for the fact check, Stella. Let me repeat – Obama did not call this insane racist. McCain and Palin called her, and their campaign issued talking points about two seconds after she filed the initial (false) police report. The talking points were along the lines of (paraphrasing) “A big, scary black man molested a little white girl, and that speaks volumes about Barack Obama.”

    This was a story that was pushed not just by the conservative media (Drudge, Fox) but by the McCain/Palin campaign. They got caught race-baiting (again) and it makes me sick.

  35. Kaiser says:

    @CB – Whoops. Nevermind. Sorry.

  36. emmma says:

    what does that b stand for??
    that woman is muy ill.

  37. stellapurdy says:

    No problem Kaiser. The only thing Thurston Howell and Ginger have left is to race bait. Their entire campaign is a house of cards which looks like it will finally tumble considering the latest Palin Pipe line scandel.

    Nothing bugs me more than the people spreading false information and yet they’re the first ones to scream about the “liberal media slant”. 🙄

  38. Jag says:

    Can someone explain to me how McCain’s campaign would’ve been “done” if it were true that some random woman were attacked by some random man?

    I ate breakfast today. I wonder what huge event that affected. hmmmmm

  39. aleach says:

    do you know if FOX or drudge have said that is was a hoax on-air yet? i know on FOX website they did, but of course theyre still people saying that even though it was false, its somehow still obama and those damn liberals fault haha.

  40. Chris says:

    Why go to your friends apartment when this assault allegedly took place one block from Western Pennsylvania only Magnet hospital?

  41. BeMoreFoxxi says:

    This is a prime example of the racism and hysteria that the McCain Campaign is encouraging (“Terrorist”, “Kill Him”, etc.). The B**** is clearly intellectually stunted, mentally unstable AND a racist…She’s the political eqivalent of the chick who drowned her kids and said a Black man kidnapped them….I hope they prosecute her retarded, backwards “b” scribbling @$$ for filing false police reports. @$$hole…

  42. joelle says:

    This girls family lives three doors down from my parents and I guess all the news papers in Houston are trying to get info out of the neighbors but no one will comment not even my parents, but I guess she had on her facebook and myspace that she was dying from leukemia and went to Texas A&M and those were lies too.