Fraternity in Wisconsin Allegedly Marked Hands of Female Party-Goers for Date Rape Drug

A search warrant was executed at the frat house of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, 3321 N. Oakland Ave., after female students reported becoming ill, possibly from drinks served at a party. The search warrant states members of the fraternity might have drugged the drinks.
A search warrant was executed at the frat house of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, 3321 N. Oakland Ave., after female students reported becoming ill, possibly from drinks served at a party. The search warrant states members of the fraternity might have drugged the drinks. –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A fraternity in Wisconsin is under investigation for slipping “date rape’’ drugs into the drinks of party-goers who were color-coded with X’s written on their hands, according to a report.

Police at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee executed a search warrant Tuesday at the fraternity’s house while investigating last Friday’s party where guests left severely intoxicated with lapses in memory. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel published a copy of the search warrant affidavit, which read:

“Officers were called to Sandburg Residence Hall about midnight Friday after a young woman was so drunk she could hardly stand. Her breath test showed her blood-alcohol level at 0.20 and officers noticed she had a red X on her hand. Fifteen minutes later, officers were called to assist another severely intoxicated woman who also had a red X on her hand. A friend of this female guest said to get into the fraternity house they had to know someone inside. When they arrived at the party, they received a black or red X on their hand.’’

This same fraternity was investigated last year in connection with three sexual assaults. Charges were not filed but the calculated process of getting into TKE parties still reads like a well-oiled machine:

“Only female guests could purchase an index card for $8. The index card provided “all access to the house’’ and the female guests could use it to get free alcohol from one of the bars in the house. One of the intoxicated women later told officers that a Facebook post said Tau Kappa Epsilon had tried to ‘roofie’ women during the party the night before. Others who attended the party told police some of the cups were moved under the bar while the drinks were being mixed and that several shots of vodka looked cloudy.’’

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