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Was evidence of fall in basement destroyed or suppressed? Detective testimony, PSU Beta Theta Pi

The story link here: The basic allegation is that crucial footage showing the late Tim Piazzas movements after a fall has been wiped by a defendant preent in courtroom–Moderator Hank Nuwer

BELLEFONTE–A basement camera inside the Beta Theta Pi house at Penn State previously had been described as not-functioning, but a police detective testified Thursday that a member of the fraternity had deleted footage from the camera two days after Tim Piazza died.

The revelation came out during questioning of State College Police Detective David Scicchitano, who said he believed he knew the identity of the person who deleted the footage on Feb. 6. All footage of the basement prior to Feb. 6 then vanished, Scicchitano said, before police could collect it. More

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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