Fox Reporter Seems To Have Slightly Exaggerated Dramatic Home Invasion Story

Washington D.C.-area Fox News investigative reporter Emily Miller made headlines in 2010 with the harrowing story of a home invasion which ended in her confronting a group of 15 scary looking men. The incident, she said, convinced her that she needed to have a gun.

She later wrote an series of articles in the Washington Times about this incident and how she ended up becoming one of the few registered gun owners in D.C., titled “Emily Gets Her Gun,” and then a book titled Emily Gets Her Gun…But Obama Wants To Take Yours.

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Since then, she has become a darling of the NRA, and has given many speeches extolling the virtues of gun ownership. However, an investigation by the Washington Post has revealed that Miller may be kind of bullshitting about a lot of what went down, and may have made more of her story in an attempt to push her own agenda.

Here’s how Miller says the incident happened: She was walking her friend’s dog, and came back to his house–which she had left unlocked–to find a man who said he was there to clean the pool. She told him she was pretty sure that no one had called him to do so, and he said he must have the wrong house.

After the man left, I was still suspicious so I went inside, grabbed my Blackberry and clicked on the icon for the camera. I walked down the street, and as I turned the corner, I saw about 15 scruffy young men standing around two pickup trucks. We were at the end of a woody, dead-end road.

I nervously held up my Blackberry to take a quick photo of them and the license plates. Suddenly, the blood-shot-eyed guy darted out, blocking the shot. “What are you doing?” he asked. I looked around at all the men staring at me and was suddenly scared.

“Nothing, I’m um, just going now,” I said as I put my Blackberry down instead of taking the picture around him and went home.

Later on, Miller got a phone call from her bank saying that there were some unauthorized charges to her card–at which point she realized that the card was missing from her purse, which she had left on the kitchen table. She claims that police told her the suspect was likely a drug addict.

In a later interview with the NRA, Miller described the incident differently, this time with the men chasing her down.

“They saw me and started running at me. I obviously got terrified and turned and ran back in the house, then called the police.”

Here’s what the police report says happened:

[Miller] stated that she went into the house and felt that something was not right, so she exited the house to take a photo of [suspect’s] vehicle. [Suspect] approached [Miller] and gave her a business card that stated [a tree service] and [suspect] left the scene. [Miller] stated that [suspect] was operating a silver pick up truck with landscaping on the side of it.

[Miller] stated that she was contacted by her credit card company at 1945hrs about some fraudulent charges on her credit card. [Miller] stated that she checked her purse and noticed that her Visa credit card and $50.00 in US Currency was missing. [Miller] stated that while she was out walking the dog she had left her purse on the counter in the kitchen of the offense location.

No mention, there, of Miller’s terrifying encounter with the 15 scruffy looking men who scared her so badly that she realized she needed a gun with her always. Also, police did manage to track the man down, but were unable to prosecute the case as Miller did not return any of their calls.

I am neither all that shocked nor appalled that Miller would exaggerate her story. Her own version of the story still seems pretty absurd to me to begin with. Like, really? They need 15 whole criminals to pull that one off? That does not strike me as a very efficient operation. But I guess it’s the kind of thing you believe if you want to believe it.

Miller has yet to respond to the Post’s allegations, and I have a feeling she probably won’t bother. I imagine she’ll keep telling the same story over and over again anyway, with each version being slightly more exaggerated. Why? Because the people who listen to her probably don’t care anyway.

[Washington Post]

[NY Daily News]