Thieves steal 6,000 University of Missouri student newspapers

Editor does not know who is behind $1,500 loss

MISSOURI - Thieves stole 6,000 copies of the student newspaper at the University of Missouri at Columbia--half of the Sept. 7 press run.

The issue of The Maneaterthat was stolen featured a controversial cover story about a missing student and a theory behind his disappearance.

Jake Wagman, editor in chief of The Maneater,said the newspapers were published on a Friday and stolen sometime during the following weekend. The stolen papers were worth approximately $1,500, Wagman said.

"Six Months Later," a feature article that Wagman believes may have prompted the theft, told the story of the disappearance of Damon White, former president of the Legion of Black Collegians and the Iota Phi Theta fraternity, through an interview with his mother, Janet White. The story included the progression of the case since White's disappearance on March 2.

Janet White told Maneaterreporters that her son's boyfriend, who claimed White gave him the HIV virus, may have had some responsibility for Damon's disappearance.

"The campus did not know [he was gay]," Wagman said. "As far as we know, we outed him."

Wagman said The Maneaterstaff has no clue as to who stole the papers.

"It's not a stretch that [the groups White was involved with] were unhappy about the article," Wagman said.

The Maneateris not planning to pursue the case, Wagman said.

"The next day is a new day and a new issue," Wagman said. "Rather than focus on the past, we are just going to keep publishing."

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