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.