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December 10, 2003
NYU JUMPER 'HIGH'
ALISHA BERGER and RITA DELFINE
A New York University freshman was under the influence of hallucinogenic "magic mushrooms" and marijuana when he took a swan dive inside the school's library - and his death was an accident, the city's medical examiner said yesterday.
The ME's ruling means that Stephen Bohler, 18, a member of the diving team from Irvine, Calif., did not intend to commit suicide Oct. 10 when he climbed onto the 10th-story balcony of the Bobst Library, spread his arms and leaped.
The teen's mother, Carolyn Bohler, said the ME's ruling confirmed her and her husband's deep conviction that their son did not set out to kill himself.
"This is the only scenario that made any sense to us," she said from California. "In a strange way, it's a strange type of confirmation, the only way to understand the bizarreness of it all."
Bohler's fatal plunge was one of three taken by NYU students recently that left the shocked campus concerned about whether the three students had all chosen to end their lives.
The first death - of Jack Skolnik, 20, who jumped to his death in the library Sept. 12 - has been ruled a suicide.
The medical examiner is still investigating the circumstances leading to the death of Michelle Gluckman, 19, who plunged from a Manhattan apartment window Oct. 18.
Carolyn Bohler said of her son, a popular teen who loved exploring everything from languages to juggling, that "It helps a lot just to know he was happy, which we always knew he was."
"But of course, you don't want a happy person to die either," she said, saying "The biggest thing that makes me distressed is that I wish he had fully grasped 'drugs wisdom.'"
"It's best not to take drugs at all, but if you take them, you have to understand how to do them," she said. "If you take drugs, you're not supposed to be alone and wandering in dangerous places. You're supposed to be with friends."
She said it was similar to having friends make sure someone who drinks doesn't get behind the wheel.
"You should say to someone on mushrooms, 'You can't go up there' and keep them with you."
Bohler said she, her husband and daughter have received much support and someone told her of a Native American saying that "I'm standing with you."
"If all your friends stand so close, you cannot fall. That image has helped me," she said.
NYU spokesman John Beckman said that Bohler's death was "a terrible tragedy. No matter how the medical examiner ruled, that would not have changed."
He also noted that there was "an initial public rush to lump these three deaths together as though they were a single incident. But in reality each of them, it was clear, had its own motivations, history and circumstances.
Rochester, New York 11-12-04
Busted For Growing Hallucinogenic Mushrooms
(Macedon, NY) 11/12/04 - A Livingston County man accused of growing hallucinogenic mushrooms will now take a trip through the legal system.
Police found more than $30,000 worth of mushrooms growing inside Gregory Liptak's Livingston County home when he was arrested.
Police say they'd been onto Liptak, 26 since May as they investigated reports of several overdoses in surrounding counties.
They said it took time to find him because he had moved his lab from a house in Macedon, Wayne County to the one in Livingston County.
Police said Liptak had converted a storage shed into the biggest mushroom lab they've encountered in the area. Most of the equipment for the lab could be picked up at a hardware store.
Liptak graduated from Cornell with a degree in microbiology and the know-how to grow the mushrooms. Police said Liptak started growing the mushrooms in his sophomore year in college and was able to refine the technique over the years.
"His growing trays pumped out thousands of dollars of the mushrooms each week."
Liptak also admitted to police that he broke into the microbiology lab at Strong Memorial Hospital to use the sterilizing equipment he needed. He was an employee at the hospital at one time and had an ID badge.
Police said the mushrooms were good quality, but those who overdosed just ate too many. In some cases, users were becoming violent, sometimes with cops, which is why police said that getting to Liptak was key.
Sgt. John Colella Macedon Police Department said he feared they would see more violence unless they located the source.
The neighbors said they never suspected a thing,
Dick Roberts said, "I see people around the house...but Iím not around enough to know the difference."
WROC Rochester, New York
Piece of Evidence Turned Piece of History 4/7/2005 6:00 PM
(Katrina Irwin, WROC-TV)
The Rochester region hopes to make a unique contribution to a national museum.
A tool shed, modified into a drug lab, may soon be shipped down to the Drug Enforcement Agency Museum in northern Virginia.
Gregory Liptak admitted to using the shed for an elaborate mushroom growing chamber. He will spend at least two years in prison for his crime. Now that the case is closed, the evidence can take its place, in national narcotics history.
When investigators learned how Gregory Liptak was earning a living many couldn't believe their eyes. He had converted a plastic storage shed to a mushroom growing chamber and he was selling thousands of dollars worth of hallucinogenic mushrooms a week.
Macedon Police Sgt. John Colella says, "I've never seen anything as complex as this."
Now the Macedon Police say the D.E.A wants the chamber for its museum.
It's an idea that's popular with many of the investigators who worked hard on the case.
Colella says, "it would make us all very pleased to see our hard work pay off and end up in a museum like that."
Macedon Police Chief John Ellis says, "We're rather ecstatic about that. To think we've participated in something and are able to contribute to a national museum."
The lab is thought to be one of the largest mushroom growing operations in the northeast.
It was the first case of it's kind in Wayne County. Now it may end up going down in not only local history, but in U.S. history as well.