Guy Fatally Stabbed Over Chess: Cops
Boarder admits to killing landlord over game
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2014 1:40 PM CST
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(Newser) – Chess is, apparently, serious business for some people—deadly serious. Police in Ireland believe a man who was found stabbed to death at his home early yesterday was murdered after a disagreement regarding a chess move during a late-night game, Sky News reports. Thomas O'Gorman, a 39-year-old researcher and former journalist, was found with dozens of stab wounds, and a 34-year-old Italian man was arrested at the scene.

Suspect Saverio Bellante, who was the one to call police, was a boarder living with O'Gorman, and police say he's confessed to the murder. A police source describes the killing as "bizarre," and the Independent's details seem to support that: Part of O'Gorman's lung was reportedly missing, and Bellante apparently told police he cut open his landlord's chest in an attempt to eat his heart (which remained intact). Bellante, who worked at a pharmaceutical company, has been charged with the murder.

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wei2szu
Jan 14, 2014 9:24 AM CST
Some Italian guy couldn't handle a fools mate...2 moves, I stab you 46 times. Then, I cut off all the heads of your pieces and put them under your pillow.
EdCoulter
Jan 14, 2014 4:01 AM CST
Has he confessed to the murder of Meredith Kercher as well?
QQQ
Jan 13, 2014 9:10 PM CST
I go to "The Marshall Chess Club" in the Greenwich Village section of NYC. I used to see so much drama when it came to a chess match and it came to a point that it was ridiculous. People screaming, crying, pushing and it was just for chess! Insane!