- The parents of two Truman State University students who died by suicide at their Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity house are suing the school, the fraternity, and fraternity brother Brandon Grossheim.
- Grossheim allegedly gave Alexander Mullins, Joshua Thomas, two other fraternity brothers, and one woman advice on how to die by suicide.
On Wednesday, the parents of two Truman State University students who died by suicide at a fraternity house filed a lawsuit against the school, Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, and frat brother Brandon Grossheim.
According to the suit and as reported by the Daily Beast, Grossheim fancied himself a “superhero,” was nicknamed Peacemaker, and gave students “step-by-step instructions” on how to “deal with their depression” and “do their own free will.”
The suit stated both St. Louis native Joshua Thomas and Kansas City native Alexander Mullins took their own lives at the fraternity house. (Mullins lived in the house, while Thomas lived in campus housing.)
The parents’ attorney, Nicole Gorovsky, linked Grossheim to these two deaths and the suicides of two other men who are referred to as John Doe 1, another fraternity brother, and John Doe 2, someone who was not a TSU student but in the same friend group.
In the suit, Grossheim is also connected to the death of a woman who is referred to as Jane Doe. Jane Doe’s death is currently under investigation.
All five victims died during the 2016 to 2017 school year, and while there have been no charges filed in the deaths, it’s suspected that Grossheim, who had keys to the rooms and apartments of the men who died, was involved. Gorovsky stated he used “psychological manipulation” and “had access to all five victims, was one of the last people to see each of the victims before their deaths, and was repeatedly found in the proximity of the deaths.”
The suit also claimed that Grossheim gave them advice and "had a known fascination with death, wore the clothing of one of the suicide victims after his death." Grossheim also allegedly asked to see one of the bodies and dated John Doe 1's girlfriend after he died.
Grossheim didn't graduate from the Missouri school but wasn't kicked out either. Gorovsky said that "the situation had been swept under the rug." That said, the general counsel for the university stated the frat house is not on school property, so the school doesn't have jurisdiction over it. The counsel, Warren Wills, also said the school offered counseling to the fraternity in the wake of the deaths.
The parents are seeking monetary compensation, and if they reach a settlement, they want the school to provide training for faculty and staff to "recognize dangerous behavior so no other students are hurt."
Grossheim now lives in Illinois, and it's unclear if he's still a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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