In 2013, Pi Delta Psi’s fraternity at Baruch College in New York caused national outrage after their hazing rituals led to the death of pledge brother Michael Deng. This past January, four fraternity brothers were sentenced after pleading guilty in November to felony charges of voluntary manslaughter, and the frat itself was banned from operating in Pennsylvania for 10 years, as reported by CNN. Now, the case is coming to light again in an upcoming episode of Peabody and Emmy-winning journalist María Elena Salina’s true-crime series, The Real Story, which will publicly share interrogation tapes from the frat brothers and explore their code of silence. In Touch has obtained an exclusive clip ahead of the "Deadly Brotherhood" episode — which airs Monday, July 9 — featuring audio from the interrogation of fraternity brother Kenny Kwan and his version of the story. You can check it out in the video above.
During the investigation, detectives found several inconsistencies in the frat brothers’ stories. As Detective Lucas Bray notes, most of the brothers described the incident with Michael — who died from a traumatic brain injury — as “pushing,” while others described it as “tackling.” María Elena Salina asks Detective Lucas, "Was it your impression after talking to all of these kids that some kind of hazing had been going on?" to which he replies, "Yes, and that it was a very violent event for Michael."
In the episode, María will interview Former Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Metzger, Corporal Det. Lucas Bray and Det. Robert Miller from the Poconos Mountain Regional Police Department, Jonathon Fazzola (Attorney for the Deng family), Jerry Eng (Michael Deng’s former math teacher and coach), and Wieslaw T. Niemoczynski, Esq. (Attorney for Pi Delta Psi).
The Real Story with María Elena Salinas “Deadly Brotherhood” airs Monday, July 9, at 10/9c on ID.