Tyler Carlisle: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tyler Carlisle Smoking Roof

This picture of Carlisle was taken on May 24, 2014. One commenter on the photo talked about the risks of falling from “Smoke Planking.” (Facebook)

A recent Yale graduate who was due to join the U.S. Army stabbed his roommate and then committed suicide by jumping out of a ninth floor window close to the university. The stabbing victim was Alexander Michaud and his attacker, the deceased, was Tyler Carlisle.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Carlisle Fell 6 Stories, Landing on a Terrace on the 3rd Floor of the Apartment Building

Taft Apartments suicide

The view from the 8th floor of the Taft Apartments. (Facebook)

The students were first named by the Yale Daily News. The newspaper says that police were called to the Taft Apartments at 265 College Street in New Haven at 5:27 a.m. There they found the gruesome scene. According to the Associated Press, Carlisle fell six stories, landing on a third floor terrace of the off-campus apartments. There was one witness to the incident who has been interviewed by local cops. The Yale paper reports that Carlisle had just graduated and was about to join the U.S. Army.

2. Alexander Michaud Is in Stable Condition in a Local Hospital

Alexander Michaud Facebook page

The stabbing victim, Alexander Michaud. (Facebook)

Alexander Michaud suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the stabbing. A New Haven police spokesman told the Yale Daily News that as of 8 a.m. on May 26, Michaud was in stable condition at a local hospital. Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway sent an email around to students on the morning of the incident informing the body about what had happened. In the message, Holloway wrote “In this difficult time, we extend our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to the families of these two members of our community and wish Alexander a complete recovery.”

3. Both Were Members of Yale’s Premier Conservative Group

Carlisle during a student's union talk. (Facebook)

Carlisle during a student’s union talk. (Facebook)

Both students were members of the Party of the Right, a group that strives to bring a more conservative voice to the student’s union. Carlisle studied philosophy at Yale and was part of the class of 2015. On his LinkedIn page, Carlisle writes:

As a Senior Philosophy major my primary interests are political theory and defending a coherent and cohesive justification for Conservative politics. This has so far played out half in academia and half in the world of political campaigns.

My skills have comfortably stretched between the two as I have tried to introduce a stronger philosophical conception of Conservatism in the campaigns I have worked on, as well as being able to bring practical experience into the Ivory Tower.

On the practical side my skills in technology and new media have been crucial in conveying the messages and ideas I stand behind.

In addition to philosophy, he also studied math and computer science.

4. Carlisle Was the Campaign Manager of a Connecticut Republican Candidate

Tyler Carlisle Facebook


According to his Facebook page, Carlisle was the campaign manager for Republican Joseph Bentivenga’s failed campaign for Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District. On his LinkedIn page, Carlisle described his role in the campaign:

Organized a congressional race through the state convention. Lead fundraising, hired staff and managed the candidate and staff. Developed and executed a comprehensive political platform for the candidate in conjunction with the political team.

5. The 2 Students Were Natives of Manchester, New Hampshire

Tyler Carlisle out hunting. (Facebook)

Tyler Carlisle out hunting. (Facebook)

He’s a native of Manchester, New Hampshire. On Carlisle’s Facebook page, he’s shown to be a hunting enthusiast. According to his LinkedIn page, Carlisle was also an Eagle Scout. On Alexander Michaud’s Facebook page, it says he’s also a native of Manchester, New Hampshire.