According to News.com.au:
A MAN has been charged with murder after another man was repeatedly stabbed at a Melbourne karaoke bar.A 54-year-old man, from suburban St Kilda, died after he was stabbed three times in the back at the bar in Church Street, Abbotsford, during an argument about midnight last night.He was taken to the Alfred hospital in a critical condition but died this morning.
A Victoria Police spokesman said a 33-year-old man, from Ivanhoe, had been charged with one count of murder.
He has been remanded in custody to face the Melbourne Magistrates’ court tomorrow.
We seem to have more than our share of murders and their attempts in Abbotsford and surrounds. There was the Smith St Collingwood murder over the yellow racer last year in which two Nicholson St men were charged, the 2004 severing of a man’s spinal cord again associated with a Victoria St karaoke club, and the attempt to bash two men’s heads in with a hammer by a bondage and discipline afficionado the same year. Update: Meanwhile, on April 13, a man was crushed to death at his workplace in Abbotsford [further update: the CUB plant]. Further further update:
“The week’s third victim, a 58-year-old man from Wantirna, was crushed by a machine at Carlton and United Beverages’ factory in suburban Abbotsford.
He died in hospital also on Thursday, after he was found by co-workers caught between a door on the machine and a handrail on April 13.”
The painting is Il’ia Efimovich Repin’s 1885 portrait of Ivan the Terrible and his kid, Ivan (familiarly known to avoid confusion as “l’enfant Terrible” no doubt). Ivan was a wonderfully mad monarch, slaughtering 40,000 peasants in one go, and vacilating between the most extreme orgies and monastic solitude.
According to Wikipedia, “in 1581, Ivan beat his pregnant daughter-in-law for wearing immodest clothing, causing a miscarriage. His son, upon learning of this, engaged in a heated argument with his father which resulted in the son’s (accidental) death.” The high level of mercury found in modern times in his exhumed remains suggest that Boris Godunov probably engaged in a spot of regicide by way of self-preservation after Ivan tried to rape Irina, Bozza’s wife when it was calculated by Bozza that Ivan might assume a diminished loyalty such that it might be judged better in one of Ivan’s moods to dispense with Boz. Alternatively, it could have been medication for the syphillus.