Meet Jane Doe

OC's most famous sexual-assault victim breaks her silence on the 10th anniversary of the Haidl gang rape

Meet Jane Doe

Jane Doe was sitting in a Southern California community-college classroom when her criminal-justice professor ignited a debate about the infamous 2002 Haidl gang rape that won international attention. Three young men (then ages 17 and 18) got a then-16-year-old girl intoxicated on booze and marijuana to the point of unconsciousness, stripped her, and then videotaped their sexual assault at a Pacific Ocean-view, Corona del Mar home. With misogynistic rap as a soundtrack, they threw her limp body on a pool table and, in a despicable coup de grâce, repeatedly shoved a Snapple bottle, apple-juice can, lit cigarette and a pool stick into her vagina and anus.

We'd never know about the sensational crime except that Greg Haidl, the filmmaker/participant and the son of an ultra-wealthy assistant sheriff, clumsily lost his homemade porno after proudly showing it to friends. Eventually, the 21-minute film made its way to police, who initially believed they'd discovered a bizarre case of necrophilia. The arrests of Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann began an intense, eight-year court battle that ended with convictions and six-year prison sentences—and created a political earthquake from which Orange County is still recovering.

Though long over, the case remains polarizing, especially in classrooms such as the one with Doe in attendance. Those who side with the defendants are often the angriest. They opine that the victim enticed the men by wearing provocative clothes and flirting. Some people go so far as to claim the girl's mere presence with partying men was a "green light" for a gangbang. Those are infuriating stances to Doe, who kept her mouth shut during the debate. Neither the professor nor the other students knew that if she spoke, she would do so with compelling authority.

"I was unconscious, and there's a video to prove it," she tells me, unable to mask her incredulity.

She is the Jane Doe in the Haidl case. The horrific crime plus the savage, multimillion-dollar defense smear and intimidation campaign coupled with public scorn and her own missteps came close to ruining her permanently. It has taken a while to recover from all the abuse, but there's good news.

Two months shy of the 10th anniversary of the crime, Doe is ready to break her silence in a public forum. On April 27, she will give a seven-minute speech at Orange County's annual Victims' Rights March and Rally in Santa Ana. She has decided to reveal her first name at the event.

"In 2002, my world collapsed, and I lost everything I knew," she says. "But now I've turned a horrible situation into a positive. I've taken my life back."

* * *

Everybody expected that Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl—a chain smoker with a cocktail near-permanently attached to his hand and a scowl on his emaciated face—would do everything he could to keep his son out of prison following the arrests. But few people could've anticipated the extent to which Haidl's legal defense team—totaling more than a dozen defense lawyers, including a former state Supreme Court justice, a retired FBI agent and, get this, a publicist—would go. Private investigators aggressively tailed and photographed Doe and her parents for years. A poster was circulated in Doe's neighborhood soliciting dirt on her. Her medical records were illegally released to reporters. She was repeatedly called a "slut," and her female friends were privately convinced to alter their stories to match the defense's case. Haidl brought in a veteran Los Angeles porno star to testify that Doe was faking unconsciousness in the video while playing the role of a corpse. Not satisfied, he also paid a New York doctor to claim with all seriousness that Doe didn't need to give oral consent to the gangbang because her rectum had done so when it accepted the insertion of foreign objects. The defense team even got CBS show 48 Hours to broadcast a fact-ignoring feature sympathetic to their clients.

Observers also expected that Haidl's two best buddies, Sheriff Mike Carona and Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo might try to aid the accused rapists. Haidl had risen from San Bernardino County used-car salesman who'd made a fortune auctioning government vehicles to assistant sheriff with full police powers—without a minute of formal training. It probably helped that Haidl paid monthly cash bribes to Carona and Jaramillo, loaned them his private jet, bought them custom-made suits, as well as secretly funded their takeover of the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) in 1999 with hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal, undisclosed campaign contributions. In return, Carona and Jaramillo used back channels to sabotage Doe's case by threatening that Haidl would fund an election challenger to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas if the case weren't dropped or transferred to juvenile court.

But nobody could have anticipated that a 16-year-old, carefree, party-hungry Rancho Cucamonga girl would alter the course of Orange County history. Her arrival at the high-school-aged beer-and-pot party at Haidl's home near midnight on July 5, 2002, set in motion a series of events that would make national news, reveal wealth's corrupting influence on justice, alter California law about defense lawyers paying jurors, prompt rebellion inside the OCSD, expose the laziness of the mainstream media that blamed Doe, launch a federal grand jury, end promising careers and put several powerful individuals once blessed by the president of the United States in prison.

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Matt12345
Matt12345

"In addition to the intimidation campaign and the embarrassing national exposure, she had to sit for hours in the witness chair while Haidl's defense lawyers called her names and played (and replayed) on courtroom monitors a video of her vaginal and anal exam after the crime. "

I can't be the only person who had a WTF moment after reading that.

Seriously?

Westfalka
Westfalka

To all the rapist apologists - update - it's 21st century. Women are allowed to drink, just like man. Drinking is legal, raping (in this case, having sex with person who due to intoxication cannot consent) is NOT legal. If anyone thinks by coming to a party girl "asks for it" they are clearly a products of rape culture, where women's rights mean nothing to people. Men are able to control themselves, they are not apes. But they can control their primitive urges only if they were thought respect for women and human beings in general.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Don Haidl, who was caught writing off his son's legal defense as a fraudulent tax deduction, made out the best; after agreeing to surreptitiously wear a government body wire to record Carona discussing coverup efforts, he avoided prison and today enjoys mansion life in Las Vegas and Newport Coast."

And then he died at age 61 the following year. Just thought I'd update this paragraph.

vnovac
vnovac

For all the supporters of the rapists:

So, I guess it's cool the next time I see one of you guys passed out at a party I can just shove anything and everything up your ass, video tape it and "let it slip" into the public eye because hey, you were asking for it when you got too shitfaced to stay awake at my party? 

I'm sure if it was a woman who had sexually assaulted a man by shoving pool sticks and soda cans up his ass, this would be a whole different argument.   

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

JANE DOE IS MY HERO!  ex-friend and ladybug789 need to see a doctor about hysterical personality disorder. There's medication for that.

duckpost1963
duckpost1963

Good article.  Hard to believe that the poor brave girl is still being attacked.  As correctly pointed out, even though she may not have been an angel and may have made judgement mistakes, this was not the issue at the trial.  The FACT is that she was not conscious throughout the whole episode.  To suggest she was just acting is beyond ludicrous.  I would challenge anyone to be such a good actress as to not move or bat an eyelid through such humiliation and punishment.  Having suffered through the attack and the verbal and emotional abuse of two trials, she is attacked again for appearing in public to try to encourage a change so future women are protected.

The real tragedy, though, is that the recent news from India, Steubinville and elsewhere suggest that, to date, the effect has been muted.

ex-friend
ex-friend

It's sad that all of you buy into this b.s. story. She slept with all 3 of those boys on the 4th of July & then drove back down the next night w/o any of her friends this time, so she could "party" with them again. She told them she wanted to get wasted - she had a pillow under her head while on the pool table - she was holding her legs up in the air... But she was unconscious? Don't think so. & she didn't even want them to go to jail - she fought & cried for the DA to drop the charges once the video came out. & that video was found by mistake!! The boys were not bragging or showing it to people. MONEY TALKS!! Just remember that. She took Greg's family to civil court & sued for millions & won!! She is the one who changed her story. None of us girls who testified against her got anything out of it!! We were slandered in the media as well. & for what? Doing the right thing? We all told the truth & sat back & watched her lie so that she could be "set for life" (which were her words after sleeping with Greig & joking about what would happen if she got pregnant). Scott Moxley should get his story straight before he posts shit like this.

Yomammama
Yomammama

Well are we not force fed from school and the media that we humans are mearly highly evolved bacteria, that turned to a fish, then turned to a monkey? Sounds like animals being animals to me, mating is what drives us wild animals. Females evolved to be weaker so that the dominate males can reproduce. Thank you public school education for helping us realize we have no purpose but to survive and reproduce, we are just wild animals. Would you prosecute a stray dog that humps your dog? What's the difference?This is just nature...

Luncroom Lady
Luncroom Lady

Dear Men,

Touch a woman without her express permission, go to jail. Don't like it, find another species.

Sincerely,

Women Everywhere

Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller

I really don't see why she is such a shero. It's bad that she was taken advantage of but if a guy blacked out and had sex with someone else who was shitfaced, he'd still be responsible for his actions. When all the alcohol and drugs were involved, no one was in their right mind. Sorry but being a victim is not a thing to be proud of especially when her choices got her into a bad sitch.

Theosofina Huxley-cadieux
Theosofina Huxley-cadieux

The whole grotesque situation bears a striking resemblance to the recent Aldana case-not the nature of the crime, but the response to the victim. Also, there's an old OC Register interview with Kyle Nachreiner that may interest you: http://www.ocregister.com/arti...

R. J. Steelworth
R. J. Steelworth

This case cemented Joe Cavalo as the #1 scum bag attorney on the OC. I'm sure Joe would say he was just aggressively representing his client. Cavalo's conduct during the trial is a story in it self.

jimpeel
jimpeel

The law in CA that forbids having sex with someone who is incapacitated due to inebriants also extends to those who lack the mental capacity to give permission to have sex such as those who are retarded or mentally disabled.

guest
guest

What a courageous young woman. Thank you for being so brave.

Mike C
Mike C

I know this story should be uplifting but I feel sick inside right now. I am happy she is enduring and moving on but somehow, anything less than these guys getting stuff shoved up their rear ends too seems less than justice. And another thing, I know that the Constitution affords everyone a defense but there have to be some limits. How do these guys (defendants or lawyers) sleep at night? Good luck Doe and I frankly hope these clowns get their true justice in the end.

Koi
Koi

I simply cannot imagine a penalty severe enough that would be adequate for such crimes. The 3 perps should, as psychopaths, never be released. Ever. They are a menace to society.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

This shows how the OC Weekly and Village Voice Media are so important! Scott Moxley, Nick Schou, et al will dig into the stories main stream media choose to ignore, (for either financial or political reasons). When victims have been long forgotten by the main stream media OC weekly will remind us the victims still exist and all the others will jump on the band wagon

I am curious when you guys will go after the gang activities in OC specifically the Costa Mesa City Hall to uncover the ringleaders of the biggest organized crime ring in Southern Calif with names like.. oopsie

Kc
Kc

Never heard about this case. Wow! Sounds a bit similar to the current behavior of the Amazing Spider Man art director in his sexual battery case.

505doggie
505doggie

@ex-friend I have never heard of anyone wanting to be "Gang Banged" your intire argument is folish. What if this was to happen to you? As former friends of this girl, you should have been there for her. I can understand as a young group of girls to do the wrong thing and to not fully understand the positon you should take on such a serous case. After such a long time it would be best for you to admit you are wrong and have some closure or you will let anger build up in you for the rest of your life. 

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@ex-friend The only shit here is your comment and your morals.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@ex-friendYou, my dear, are a despicable liar. I'm going to ignore your more stupid, juvenile rants, but I cannot remain silent about your most offensive and dishonest statement. I covered every second of both trials and know this case better than any other journalist. There was never, ever factual information that Jane Doe willingly posed on the pool table while they raped her and repeatedly shoved a pool stick, apple juice can, Snapple bottle and lit cigarette into her vagina and anus. Indeed, despite your lie, the video proves--as the prosecutor, judge, appellate justices, supreme court judges and jury agreed--she was unconscious during the attack. You "Mean Girls" (please see my article about your laughable testimony -- http://www.ocweekly.com/2005-03-17/news/mean-girls-the-sequel/) -- were disgraceful human beings who did everything you could to betray Jane Doe because all you could see was Greg Haidl's millions. Weak. Sick. Low life scum behavior. How can you live with yourself? You're now in your 20s and a woman and yet mock a rape victim. Like it or not, honey, it is illegal for three men to have sex with a 16-year-old girl who is unconscious--regardless of whether she would have consented or not if she had been awake. Can you wrap your little brain around the importance of that legal concept? I'm guessing the answer is no. Are you still making a play for Greg? He does owe you.

HominidX
HominidX

@ex-friend You mean what happened and was proven in court?

Whatever, rape-apologist.  I hope everything you love dies slowly.

colette_wedding
colette_wedding

"But she was unconscious? Don't think so." So for all of your (load of nothing) verbiage, it is telling you can't even bring yourself to textually deny she was unconscious. Which is probably because you're unable to lie to yourself but reluctant to admit it even through the safety of the internet. Kudos, lol.

ladybug789
ladybug789

This is all pretty sad that people believe what the media portrays and just because she is a 'woman' doesn't mean what she says is so. Just because someone says something doesn't make it so. There are always 3 sides to ever story. Her side, boys side and the TRUTH. Sorry to tell all you ignorant people but when drugging/drinking comes into any picture anything is possible... all your moral fiber goes out the window. You lose all the depth of the moral instinct you have naturally and will do just about anything. This is the stuff that happens when people are intoxicated... and not to mention 17. Not saying it's okay whatsoever, however, they ALL played a part in what happened. You put yourself in a situation with 3 boys... you could of left. No one forced you to stay. You drank, you drugged and you bragged about being a porn star. What do you think is going to happen in a situation like that. No one is a victim here in this case. It happens to alot of people. Drinking/drugs are a powerful thing and ruin alot of peoples lives and you do stuff under the influence that you wouldn't ever do sober. Everyone has a part in what happened. Maybe next time... don't put yourself in a situation like that.... sorry.

frankpettit
frankpettit

@Yomammama:

 Oh, so scientists and public school teachers are to blame for the crimes committed by conservative Christians?

Sheriff Carona was a conservative Christian and he did everything he could to get the rapists off the hook.

It is the conservative Christian culture that teaches people to be obsequious and obedient towards authority, because authority is ordained by God [Romans 13].

It is the conservative Christian culture that says women should be subservient to men and not speak up. It is the conservative Christian culture that makes people hate women and female sexuality, even the sexuality of UNCONSCIOUS women, as a women who has sex is a slut, even if she's unconscious at the time. 

 It is the conservative Christian culture that says Eve ate an apple, causing all the evils of the world.

Secondly, animals in the wild often cooperate, primates feel compassion and empathy. If you want to argue that compassion and empathy appeared by magic, then God did some magic on other mammal species besides us.  The theory of evolution doesn't tell you which of the many diverse animal behaviors we ought to imitate.

The people in OC were all obsequious and obedient to corrupt male authority, like the Bible demands.

Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller

Dear Women,

Don't get falling down drunk with a bunch of immature idiots and act surpriesed than bad things happen. Don't like it, stay sober and be responsible.

Best,

Men

Matt12345
Matt12345

@Robert Mueller I don't know about you, but I reckon I'd be pretty hard-pressed to have sex with anyone or anything when unconscious. 

Amne1
Amne1

How does that absolve the perpetrators of guilt? Personally, I don't think someone's decision to become intoxicated nullifies their right to be a victim if they've been horrifically attacked, and I certainly don't think that gives the perpetrators a green light to behave like monstrous psychopaths. Even IF Doe made a few mistakes that night, how can you have so little sympathy for her, and how can you ignore the behavior of those animals? What if you went to a party one night, got so drunk that you passed out, and then was quietly taken to some guy's house who proceeded to anal rape you? Does that mean you're responsible? Does that mean you don't have a right to call the police and press charges and see your rapist imprisoned?

And she never said she was proud of being a victim, she said she was proud for LIVING through the hell that was thrown at her by ruthless elitists.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@Theosofina Huxley-cadieux  There are few things more despicable than an Orange County Register hack trolling for web hits by trying to lure readers from my article to a disturbingly sympathetic Register story about one of the rapists. No wonder you posted under a fake name. Pathetic.

Bill T.
Bill T.

This is why I, an out-of-towner, read it. I just wish they had the staff and other resources to cover a wider beat, more wishful thinking than criticism. That reason, and the conversation supported and encouraged by the Weekly.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

We have and will—did you miss Moxley's piece on Riggy using the Register to defend him from Mox?

Matt12345
Matt12345

@505doggie Plenty of girls would like to be "gang-banged", but it doesn't change the fact that they should really be asked first.

Matt12345
Matt12345

@colette_wedding Who cares if you don;t think she was unconscious?

The jury did, which is good enough for me.

colette_wedding
colette_wedding

 @ladybug789

 It has nothing to do with being a woman. It has to do with the fact that you're not allowed to perform sexual acts on an unconscious person. Cry and scream about it all you want.

Matt12345
Matt12345

@Robert Mueller don't be an "immature" idiot and get upset when you get thrown in jail then.

Westfalka
Westfalka

Yourself. Comment suggests that it's moraly ok to rape a drunk woman! Thank God people like you don't make the laws. Women is a human being just like you, if you can drink, she can drink too. It's legal to drink, it's illegal to rape!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Robert Mueller Dear Moron: The Orange County Register called—they want their idiot back.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@Robert MuellerLike the rest of us, Jane Doe is not perfect but she's a hero because she endured intense pressures for years to remain silent about the assault--pressure that I suspect you have never endured; she did so as a teenager with wealthy, evil people wanting to constantly hurt her for telling the truth. And she emerged from all of it a decent person. I couldn't care less about what you think of her, but I know that I will never forget her strength. Is it really that difficult to understand that a man should not take advantage of an incapacitated woman, even if she drinks too much or smokes too much? Only a creep would think they could justifiably take advantage of such a situation. "Bobby Mueller" are you such as creep? I know of three convicted idiots who thought like you....

genrebender23
genrebender23

@Robert Mueller Nice way to dodge responsibility for acts of rape. Do you make excuses for child molesters too? Clearly in your world it's only 'responsible' for women to protect themselves from bad situations, but men having responsibility for their violent actions nowhere on your radar. Methinks you doth protest too much. If you can't keep your dick in your pants then maybe YOU should be responsible enough to not put it in situations where you might force yourself on someone unable to give consent. Otherwise don't come crying to us and acting surprised when the law throws your lily white as** in the slammer.

Mcmoonery
Mcmoonery

I'm sorry you are a bad person and can't control yourself. I think you should seek counseling.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

I do not know where you are located, but I believe Village Voice media has papers in most every state and major metro area. I know there is the LA Weekly, Phoenix New Times, and I have linked with other VV papers in other states (even TX).

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

yes, I saw it, a small squabble... I am waiting for the BIG exposé!

k.Qadafi
k.Qadafi

Compassion, intelligence and justice. Look those terms up because you have no familiarity with those concepts.

Bill T.
Bill T.

I don't live in the middle of no where but you can see it from where I live ...

 
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