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Not Victim Enough

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"Who's the victim here?" he asks.
"You want to hurt somebody, get them financially, and that's exactly what happened. I'm paying through the nose. I mean, I'm eating at Burger King every night because all I can afford is a 99-cent burger, and then I save a little money so that when I have my daughter, I can stay someplace nice and take care of her. You know, that's the number one person in my life, and about the only one who really is true to me."

Logan and his daughter spend every other weekend together.
When he hears that he's to be the subject of a story, Logan says, "She's a woman, I'm a guy, and guys shouldn't do this, huh? So no matter what you print, or how you make it look, here I am again. I'm gonna get fucked over again, no matter what. She's doing a good job of getting me, that's for sure."

He adds, "This woman isn't happy enough with destroying my life. She wants to see me dead in a gutter somewhere, because she doesn't want to face the truth."

The truth, Logan says, is that Boyden brought him home for sex, they wrestled, she hurt herself, and was too ashamed to admit it to her family.

"Even the detectives said, 'We don't think you're the type to do this.' I mean, they were basically on my side, but they have to be on the side of the so-called victim. But, sometimes, the so-called victim is the person who turns the other person into the victim," Logan says.

But what about the bruises, the cuts, the broken nose?
"I saw her three days later [at the arraignment], and I didn't see any bruising on her. She healed awful quick, I know that, so it couldn't have been that severe," Logan says. He doesn't remember her having black eyes.

(Photographs taken the day prior to the arraignment appear on page 29.)
"I'm a nice person, believe it or not," Logan says. "I'm a good person. It was stupid, what happened. It was bad judgment, on both of us, and what happened was purely an accident. It wasn't intentional, malicious or criminal. Just make sure you say that, because I'm not like that."

Last week, Kim Boyden renewed her order of protection against Michael Logan. She must renew it every six months.

For his part, Logan says, "I've avoided being anywhere near where she might live or go. She put another restraining order on me--I got that today. I don't have a problem with that because I don't want no part of her. I don't want to be around anywhere she's at."

Now, more than six months after her initial bout with the legal system, Boyden still has questions. Like, when will the Scottsdale prosecutor's office decide whether to file charges against Logan? Wait and see, the office tells New Times.

Boyden would also like to know what happened to the condom found at the crime scene. Scottsdale Detective Scott Popp now says he lied to Logan when he told him there was semen in the condom.

Boyden doesn't believe that.
Now, Boyden may finally get the answer to her question. Last week, Popp told New Times he has located the condom and intends to have it DNA-tested through the Department of Public Safety. He maintains that there was nothing in it.

Boyden still lives in the house where she says she was attacked. She has bought a German shepherd, beefed up her security system and stacked cinder blocks against her back fence as an escape route.

She has guns in every room, and flashbacks almost every night.
She hasn't undergone any counseling. And says she won't.
"I like the anger," Boyden says. "I don't want anyone to erase what happened, to get me to try to forgive and forget, because there's no way in hell he's ever going to be forgiven from me. He can rot in hell.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at amy-silverman.com.