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Police raid riotous 'Animal House' in hush-hush probe
Saturday June 10th 2006
THE fraternity house that inspired the riotous movie 'Animal House' has been raided by US police.
The raid follows a 21-month investigation so secret that the authorities won't say exactly what it is about.
More than a dozen officers spent five hours searching the Alpha Delta house at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.
They hauled away two duffel bags and ten crates full of evidence, including a computer tower, a videotape and two sledgehammers. They also arrested a 19-year-old student for drug possession - marijuana, according to local press reports - but said the focus of the investigation was on something other than drugs.
All documents relating to the investigation are being kept under seal. That suggests the offences being investigated are both serious and highly sensitive.
Alpha Delta became synonymous with spoiled, upper-class students getting drunk, staging pranks and throwing toga parties thanks to the 1978 movie 'Animal House' starring John Belushi.
One of the writers on the film, Chris Miller, had been a 1964 graduate of Dartmouth and a member of Alpha Delta, which was the basis for the story.
Fraternity members are depicted dropping fizzy candies into the college swimming pool, having corpses from the medical school delivered to an old boys' dinner, decorating the trees with underwear and causing the toilets to explode.
Fraternities across the United States are periodically excoriated for their debauchery, their elitism and the cruelty of their induction practices, known as hazing.
(© Independent News Service)