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Turns Out the Believer Was the Killer After All

Turns Out the Believer Was the Killer After All

In February of 2006, I wrote about the strange case of the murder in Australia of Scotsman Rudy Boa (previous article) by Briton Alexander Christian York. Boa was killed after a “religious argument.” It seemed a little strange to me that religion was mentioned in the coverage of the attack, but it was never quite clear what had happened. I wondered if the killer was the “believer or non-believer.”

Now the mystery has been solved, and no surprise, it was an argument over evolution. Both Boa and his girlfriend were “biomedical scientists.” York was the creationist, and the argument lasted many hours and moved from a pub to their campsite. York was cooking dinner and eventually fatally stabbed Boa with a kitchen knife:

“For some reason, however … the offender’s mood changed suddenly and he began to abuse Mr Boa and Ms Brown.

“There was no hint of a physical confrontation and what a happened amounted to little more than a brief verbal contretemps.”

Although the altercation had been defused by the time the Scottish tourists left the hotel, it became inflamed again at the caravan park when all three were quite drunk.

According to Ms Brown, York was making dinner when he attacked the couple outside his tent, stabbing Mr Boa with a kitchen knife as the argument escalated.

York has now been sentenced to 3 years for manslaughter. He claims the stabbing was an ‘accident.’ The judge bought the story, agreeing the religious argument “didn’t amount to anything.” If I was Boa’s girlfriend or family, I’d be pretty damn upset.

Chalk up one more casualty of creationist stupidity.

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OzAtheist / December 15th, 2007, 1:24 pm / #1

One minor thing, I think you misread the article a bit, they weren’t both biomedical students.

The couple, both biomedical scientists, had been arguing the case of evolution, while York had taken a more biblical view of history.

The ‘couple’ in question were Mr Boa (the victim) and his girlfriend Gillian Brown.

at least that’s how I read it.

Cheers
Oz

BlackSun / December 15th, 2007, 1:32 pm / #2

OzAtheist,

Right you are, been making a few mistakes lately. I need some time off. Anyway, the point remains.

Cheers to you.

Roger / December 17th, 2007, 7:04 am / #3

Sounds like two men with a heated argument that went overboard, it happens all the time for the most asinine reasons.
You can’t blame an ideology for one man’s stupidity because the same can done to yours and trust me evolutionist/ atheist have been just as responsible, so don’t get on your high horse.

BlackSun / December 17th, 2007, 2:38 pm / #4

Sounds like two men with a heated argument that went overboard, it happens all the time for the most asinine reasons. You can’t blame an ideology for one man’s stupidity because the same can done to yours and trust me evolutionist/ atheist have been just as responsible, so don’t get on your high horse.

Really Roger. So when people do good things in the name of religion, it’s because religion is good, but when they do evil things, it has no connection? Nice fucking try.

Go find me three stories in the news from the last year about atheist murders. I dare you. About all I’ve seen–and I look every day–is some atheist graffiti painted on one church.

You have yet to come up with evidence in any of your comments. Just a bunch of conjecture and religious apology. Not a shred of critical thought in sight. I don’t see why you keep embarrassing yourself. You are blind even to the blind scripture you follow:

Luke 6:39 “And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?”

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