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Suit: 5 Took Their Lives at Frat Leader's Urging

'There were too many similarities'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2019 9:45 AM CDT
This 2008 photo shows the entrance to Truman State University.   (Wikimedia/Derhai)

(Newser) – A disturbing lawsuit out of Missouri claims a fraternity member at Truman State University successfully urged five of his friends to kill themselves in a single year. Alpha Kappa Lambda members Alex Mullins, Jacob Hughes, Josh Thomas, and two others who weren't part of the frat died between August 2016 and August 2017. Police determined Brandon Grossheim, 20 or 22, was the last person to see or speak to all five and had access to the rooms of four, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The allegations:

  • Grossheim was frat house manager when he found Mullins and Hughes dead in their rooms, per the wrongful death suit Thomas' and Mullins' parents filed Wednesday against the university, frat, and Grossheim. It notes Grossheim had been asked to watch Hughes after he made suicidal statements.
  • Later, Grossheim had cash missing from Hughes' room, wore his friend's clothes, and started dating his girlfriend, per the suit.

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