Dean Thomas said that Dean Thomas would not report my complaint as an act of hazing because I had retracted my original statement. When the Gammas found out that I hadn’t told the police anything, they allowed me to return to pledging. Even after this incident, I still refused to stop pledging. I can’t believe how stupid I was! Maybe if I had quit, Hinshaw would have too. Then Hinshaw would still be alive today. Instead, we kept putting up with abuse from the Gammas. Saturday, November 22nd, was the last and worst night of Hell week. It was Hell Night, and the night of Hinshaw’s death. That night, the Gammas had a pledge party. They pressured all of us to drink. All of the pledges drank. Hinshaw and I drank about three shots of tequila. We both got a little tipsy. However, I have seen Hinshaw drunk a couple of times and this certainly was not one of those times. Hinshaw laughed and talked. Hinshaw’s words were not slurred and Hinshaw seemed focused. Later that night, at about 1 a.m. each of the pledges were blindfolded and taken out one at a time by a group of Gammas. I heard Alex’s voice call for 13
Hinshaw. Alex said, “We have something special in mind for you, Hinshaw.” Hinshaw responded and I heard Hinshaw’s footsteps as Hinshaw was led away. Approximately five minutes later I heard people yelling and shouting. I pulled the blindfold off of my eyes and ran outside to see what was going on. I couldn’t believe it! I saw Hinshaw on the ledge of the clock tower. Then I saw Alex put Alex’s hand on Hinshaw’s shoulder and push Hinshaw off the ledge. The next thing I knew, Hinshaw’s bleeding, lifeless body was on the ground in front of the clock tower. I know Alex is lying about having tried to stop Hinshaw from going out on the ledge. Hinshaw would never have gone up on the ledge of that building on Hinshaw’s own. Hinshaw has always been deathly afraid of heights. I think that is precisely why the Gammas made Hinshaw go on that ledge to hang the flag. They wanted to terrify Hinshaw or maybe they even intended to kill Hinshaw. I know Alex must have been pushing Hinshaw instead of pulling Hinshaw back on the ledge. Alex is just that mean! It was clear that they were making Hinshaw do more than the other pledges. What the Gammas did was cold-hearted murder. 14
Prosecution Witness 2: AFFIDAVIT OF DR. AVERY RICHARDS My name is Avery Richards. I am a psychiatrist who specializes in student counseling, here on Columbus University’s campus. I received a Master’s in psychology and a Ph.D. in young adult psychology from Norfus University. I also have a medical degree from Gladden University. I specialize in what is known as “gang mentality.” I have written two books: Sisters and Brothers in Sin: The Secret Pain of Fraternities, Sororities and Gangs, and How To Enjoy Your College Years.