Stranger Fruit

Arguments about evolution, redux

An English backpacker who stabbed a Scottish traveller to death during a row about creationism and evolution was sent to jail for five years by a judge in Australia.

Alexander York, 33, from Essex, had become involved in a bitter argument over the origins of mankind and later, in the caravan park where they were staying, the row turned to violence.

Scottish backpacker Rudi Boa, 28, from Inverness, fell dying into his girlfriend’s arms after being stabbed in the chest by York in January last year.

Guess which one was the creationist?

The Scottish couple, who were staying in Tumut in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, picking fruit as part of a year-long round-the-world trip, had been arguing the case of evolution, while York, also fruit picking, had asserted that humans had been created as described in the Bible.

If you said the murderer, you win a prize.


Update: I guess I should read my Sciblings blogs more closely – PZ and Greg posted on the stabbing yesterday.


  1. #1 Coturnix
    December 15, 2007

    Yup, it’s the weekend Buzz.

  2. #2 Chris Marks
    December 15, 2007

    Sadly, his best argument against evolution was in trying to settle the issue in such a barbaric manner.

    On a lighter note, perhaps you’d be interested in this book. As a chemist I can’t justify adding it to my collection.

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