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Scientist Charged With Antarctica’s First Attempted Murder After Stabbing Colleague For A Very Specific Reason ?

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A scientist working in Antarctica has been arrested for the attempted murder of his colleague after stabbing him with a knife because he was fed up with the man telling him the endings of books.”

In what may be the first attempted murder committed in Antarctica, 55-year-old Sergey Savitsky was deported to Russia and arrested for stabbing 52-year-old welder Oleg Beloguzov with a kitchen knife.

Cut off from the rest of the world, Savitsky and Beloguzov were both avid readers during the four years they spent together working at Russia’s Bellingshausen station in the South Shetland Islands.

Sergey Savitsky

Tension, however, reached a breaking point between the two after Beloguzov repeatedly revealed the endings of books that Savitsky was reading. After an argument broke out, Savitsky allegedly stabbed Beloguzov in the chest with a kitchen knife.

Oleg Beloguzov

Beloguzov was evacuated to the nearest hospital in Chile where he is expected to recover.

According to an Interfax report, Savitsky “surrendered on his own and without resistance to the station manager.” Savitsky was deported to St. Petersburg where he is currently under house arrest.

Some on Twitter were pretty conflicted after hearing the story.

Though many had trouble blaming Savitsky for what he had done.

They thought Beloguzov was asking for it, although stabbing him was definitely over the top.

Spoiler alert — in the end everyone walked away with a valuable life lesson.

H/T – LA Times, Business Insider, Mirror


Written by Dennis Matthew Livesey

Matt is a writer, designer, and native New Yorker. He has worked in film, where he enjoyed a brief career as a stand-in for Ian Holm; finance, where he pretended to understand his job, and real estate, where nothing remarkable happened. He writes about science, technology, and media. His work includes magazine articles, one published book, and the looming inevitability of the second.