Yes, the 1899 death was by the same Cornell chapter and almost the exact ritual that killed Mortimer Leggett in 1873.While the father of Leggett forgave the hazers and even accepted KAS membership in his son’s memory, Berkeley’s father was bitter and unforgiving.18) 1905 High School Hazing (Lima, Ohio) Death following an initiation William Taylor, 13, died of pneumonia following an episode where he was rough-housed outdoors in winter by older students.19) 1906 Hilliard High School (Columbus, Ohio) Class Hazing The New York Times reported that representatives of the family of Cecil F.Moore died following a snapped neck in a traditional fight between first- and second-year students. The basin was dry at the time and tho lad received internal injuries from the fall.10) 1900 United States Military Academy (New York) Illness that revealed hazing abuses Although the death of plebe Oscar Booz was considered illness-caused by a committee of inquiry, those members of the U. House of Representatives on the committee determined that he also had been hazed maliciously by upperclassmen. C Porter Military Academy (South Carolina) Accident during hazing. Before he died he did not give the names of the cadets who had mistreated him, and It Is said no action will be taken In the matter.Because Berkeley’s wife was in very poor health, the news was kept from her for quite some time.
Leggett died in a fall into a steep gorge while on a walk in the dark required by fraternity members.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).7) 1898 Decatur High School, Illinois (Corrected from earlier reference to Indiana).