A man encouraged and provided step-by-step instructions for 4 men and 1 woman to commit suicide, and they did.
A lawsuit alleges a former fraternity member at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, had a “fascination with death” and successfully encouraged five people to kill themselves within a year.
The parents of two of the dead men — Alex Mullins, 21, and Joshua Thomas, 18 — are suing Brandon Grossheim for providing “step-by-step” directions for how to carry out the suicides. The 22-year-old was also one of the last people to see each of them alive and was found near their bodies after their deaths, the parents claim.
The lawsuit, based on police investigation reports, says that Grossheim told people he saw himself as a “superhero” who gravitated toward “these depressed people” and counseled them.
Four of the alleged victims were young men who had depression and suicidal thoughts, which Grossheim was aware of, the lawsuit states. All of them died in a similar manner. The death of the fifth person, a young woman in her early twenties, is still being investigated by police.
Obviously this mirrors the Michelle Carter case. However, this time it’s a man committing the crime.
I already know the internet won’t be as furious about this. It doesn’t fit the “evil women hurting men” narrative people seem to glom on to. But I wonder if this man is charged the same way. This case is already different for one big reason - he managed to kill 5 people before getting caught.
I wonder if the parents saw what happened in the Michelle Carter case and then tried to press charges? I also think it’s suspicious that this guy was found near the bodies.
Personally I still don’t know how to feel about the Carter case. I’m torn because we need to help depressed people more than we are. But at the same time PoC, LGBTQ, and women are constantly raped and murdered and the perpetrators are rarely brought to justice. And so many of those cases are obscene miscarriages of justice.
I still don’t care what happens to the murderers in these suicide cases. I also notice how most (since 1 is a woman now) of the victims are men. I think that if the victims were in any of the above mentioned groups, not only would the internet not care, but they’d be fighting for the murderer. We’d be hearing about how the parents or whoever else failed the depressed person. And we’d be hearing about how it was the depressed person’s choice to kill themselves in the end. But whenever something bad happens to a white male (certain sexualities, gender identities, and lower levels of wealth not included) suddenly everyone loses their mind.