Rob Santos | St. Louis Public Radio

Rob Santos

Tamsen Reed in front of the Webster University communications department building. May 17, 2019.
Kae Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 10:45 a.m., May 21, to reflect new witness statements — The first time Tamsen Reed heard the rumors was over a text message from a soon-to-be roommate. Almost immediately, she began to feel trapped.

The rumors kept piling on. She’d hear them in her university classrooms. Once, a stranger shared them with one of Reed’s housemates, not realizing they lived together. Another time, a date brought them up to Reed.