Torrance died of illness following a drenching with iced water during a hazing custom called “freshman visitation,” according to then-President Edward Hitchcock of Amherst.
Family claims that Leggett was blindfolded were disputed by the chapter.
Leggett’s death will be chronicled in an in-depth investigative feature in Hank Nuwer’s 2018 book “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives” (Indiana University Press). Leggett buried his namesake who was the first male to die in pledging.
See also article below from Berkshire eagle dated Nov.
5, 1863 clipping_15952902 Direct link to Berkshire Eagle reference to death.
Moreover, for that matter I hope to find a reputable geology record to verify that the boy actually died (given the frequent press errors of the day–Hank Nuwer December 23, 2017.
5) 1892 Yale University (Connecticut) Delta Kappa Epsilon A blindfolded student named Wilkins Ruskin was killed in an accident in an initiation incident condemned then as outdated “criminal recklessness” by the national fraternity, according to a published article by Fred Kershner (now deceased), formerly of Columbia Teachers College and a fraternity member.This would be repeated over and over right up to the present day.8) 1899 Lawrenceville, New Jersey High School hazing (Details sketchy. Bergen, of this place, died from injuries received at a hazing at Lawrenceville. Young Bergen was twelve years old and a freshman at Lawrenceville.Thus, the Leggett and Berkeley deaths were written off as unfortunate accidents.Cornell Kappa Society lost two pledges and were judged blameless.Pittsburgh Press, June 7, 1892 6) 1894 Cornell University (New York) Bystander accidental death A non-Cornell bystander accidentally died during a class prank involving deliberate use of chlorine gas. Henrietta Jackson is chronicled in an in-depth investigative feature in Hank Nuwer’s 2018 book “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives” (Indiana University Press).