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A scientist on Antarctica allegedly tried to kill a colleague who kept spoiling the end of books

 A scientist on Antarctica allegedly tried to kill a colleague who kept spoiling the end of books

This is a story of books, spoilers, and cold, hard revenge. 

A Russian engineer working on a research station on Antarctica’s King Island stabbed a colleague in the chest because, allegedly, the colleague kept ruining the end of books he was reading.

The attacker, 54-year-old electrical engineer Sergey Savitsky, had taken to borrowing books from the Bellingshausen Station library to pass the time. The remote outpost reportedly has access to only one television channel and shoddy internet connection.

But, according to an unnamed source quoted in The Sun, Savitsky’s enjoyment of reading was consistently ruined by a colleague who ‘kept telling [him] the endings of the books before he read them’.

Apparently fuelled by frustration, alcohol, and the station’s challenging living conditions, Savitsky grabbed a kitchen knife in the station’s canteen and stabbed the spoiler-slipping colleague in the chest, injuring the man’s heart.

A St Petersburg Court heard earlier this month that the attacker had the ‘aim of murder’. The 52-year-old victim was evacuated to Chile for treatment in a stable condition.

Savitsky has admitted to the stabbing but denied trying to kill his colleague. He is facing charges of attempted murder, possibly making this the first instance of attempted murder to have occurred on Antarctica.

The exact reasons for the attack have yet to be confirmed, but this story definitely serves as a warning to all those who are prone to letting spoilers slip…