Welp, it’s taken a surprising 16 years, but the first argument over Limp Bizkit’s music to result in murder has been reported. And it doesn’t play out as you’d
A Sunshine Coast [Australia] man was bashed to death, put in a shopping trolley and dumped in a creek following a drunken fight over music selection, a court has heard. The court was told Emmanuel McPherson, 48, objected when his flatmate, James Albert Madden, played a Limp Bizkit album on Mr. McPherson’s stereo. A fight then broke out, in which Mr. Madden allegedly beat Mr. McPherson to death. Mr. Madden, 24, is on trial for Mr. McPherson’s murder. He pleads not guilty to the charge.
The dispute reportedly began when Mr. McPherson told Mr. Madden not to touch his stereo and told him to turn the CD off. A Brisbane Supreme Court jury was told Mr. Madden hit Mr. McPherson about the head with an alcohol bottle, punched him and stomped on his face as he lay on the floor.
He was found the next morning and although Mr. Madden initially denied any involvement in the death of his “bro”, he was charged with Mr. McPherson’s murder. Mr. Cummings said the jury would hear a confession he made to a man Mr. Madden believed was a fellow cellmate, but was in fact an undercover police officer who had recorded four hours of conversations he had with Mr. Madden in a jail cell. The jury will hear the officer ask Mr. Madden if he was going to be released. He replied: “No. I’ve murdered a man. Killed him a couple of days ago.” [Brisbane Times via Ultimate-Guitar.com]
Well, this is kinda depressing. Of course the loss of life is tragic, and I don’t mean to make light of horrifying, senseless violence like this, but why’d it have to be one of the good guys? I was preemptively brimming with schadenfreude when I saw the headline and started reading, but nooOOoo, the guy sticking up for good taste in music just had to be the guy to get murdered. I guess god doesn’t have as much of a sense of humor as I’d hoped for.
Even still, this raises some questions…
- Was “Break Stuff” playing in the background during the beating? Was a “muthaf*ckin chainsaw” not readily available?
- Which album was playing? Maybe Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water just wasn’t the poor guy’s jam. Maybe he was more of a Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ kinda guy. Boy, that killer would sure feel like an ass, then. Bizkit “bros” gotta stick together, y’all!
- Was the undercover cop cellmate disguised as a juggalo to coax the confession? They just seem so easy to talk to about those sorts of things.