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
Guy Fatally Stabbed Over Chess: Cops

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. (More strange stuff stories.)

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