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Woman Accused of Pushing Ex to Suicide through 'Heinous' Messages, Including Explicit Video of Her with Another Man

Mandie Reusch allegedly harassed Kevin Metzger with bullying messages until he took his own life in 2021.

By Elisabeth Ford
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A Pennsylvania woman is accused of driving her estranged boyfriend to suicide through a series of "heinous and graphic messages," including video of her having sex with another man, according to authorities.

Mandie Reusch, 35, was charged Tuesday, June 13 with aiding suicide, a felony, and harassment, a misdemeanor, after her ex Kevin Metzger took his own life two years ago, according to the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office.

“Mr. Metzger may still be here today if those messages did not influence and encourage him to take his own life," District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli said in a statement.

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Metzger, who served 20 years in the U.S. Army before being honorably discharged and re-enlisting in the Army reserves, according to his obituary, died on June 18, 2021.

Police found a letter, allegedly written by Metzger, and Facebook posts from Metzger’s personal account that shared the details of Reusch’s alleged harassment through text messages.

Mandie Reusch mugshot.

Reusch allegedly threatened to keep the child she and Metzger share away from him, and urged Metzger to kill himself, according to court documents obtained by PennLive.com.

“I hope for (the child’s) sake that you do kill yourself,” Reusch allegedly wrote. “She would be better off not even knowing you.”

Reusch purportedly began messaging Metzger, via WhatsApp, that she was moving in with another man and that her new partner would be their daughter’s new father.

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She allegedly said that she would have sex with the new man on Mother’s Day “while your daughter calls him daddy,” the news outlet reported, citing authorities.

According to the PennLive, on one occasion, Metzger sent $200 to Reusch, who complained that it wasn’t enough and sent him an explicit video of her having sex with another man.

Irwin police charged Reusch with harassment in June of 2021 after Metzger had filed a complaint against her for the messages, PennLive.com reported. Those charges were dropped after Metzger’s death.

“Go kill yourself,” she allegedly wrote in one of her messages to Metzger in 2020. “You aren’t a real (expletive) human.”

Kevin Metzger

Authorities said that Reusch told Metzger repeatedly that he would not see his daughter on Father’s Day. He reportedly messaged Reusch on June 18, telling her his plan to post their WhatsApp exchanges online.

That same day, two days before Father’s Day, a friend of Metzger asked police to do a welfare check after not being able to reach him, PennLive reported. Police found him dead when they arrived.

“We extend our condolences to the Metzger family for their loss and the grief they have experienced since his death,” Ziccarelli said. “We will not allow or tolerate this kind of egregious behavior.”

“The level of bullying, harassment and threats rose to a criminal level in this particular case, and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” the DA said.

Reusch was arraigned Tuesday and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 27.

This is not the first time someone has been charge for their involvement in another person’s suicide. In 2017, Massachusetts teen Michelle Carter was infamously convicted of involuntary manslaughter for texting her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, urging him to follow through with his planned suicide attempt. She was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and was released in 2019 after serving 15 months.

If you or someone you know is thinking about self-harm or experiencing suicidal thoughts, call or text 988 to contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline