Now, this is a murder story we can all relate to!
Image being stuck on a remote island near Antarctica, thousands of miles from anywhere. It's a billion degrees below zero and the internet connection is something more akin to the Pony Express than Google Fiber. It's dark half the year and you're lucky to get fresh produce once a week. And you are trapped there with the same 14 people for months at a time.
Now, the one thing you do have is a huge stack of books. Humanity, right there at your fingertips, and plenty of time to read. Chaucer, Dickens, Twain, Hemmingway, the list goes on and on. Oh, the joy such books would bring! Life outside the desolation of your research center. Characters living interesting and exciting lives! You can live vicariously through them! You can escape, if only for a few hours, the dreary isolation.
Now, imagine if there was some jerk there with you at the base that thought it was just hilarious to figure out what book you were reading and tell you the ending. Spoil the book as you are reading it. It's enough to make a man lose his mind!
What would your reaction be? What if he did over and over and over and over and over again? Would you attempt murder? That's exactly what happened.
54-year-old researcher Sergey Savitsky is accused of the attempted murder of his research colleague, 52-year-old Oleg Beloguzov. It seems old Oleg found it amusing to spoil the endings of all the books that Sergey chose to read. They had been working together for about 6 months and apparently, Sergey had finally had enough of Oleg's shenanigans and so he did what any normal person would do trapped on an island with cabin fever - he stabbed his nemesis with a kitchen knife.
Officially, Russian authorities in charge of the research base are blaming "tensions in a confined space," but unofficially, Sergey got drunk and got revenge for the constant spoilers from Oleg.
Oleg was stabbed in the chest by Sergey and was transported off the island to Chile, where he is now resting comfortably with non-life threatening wounds. Let's hope he's learned his lesson: that revealing spoilers is just a jerk move.
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