A Killer Tune

They say that "music hath charms to soothe the savage breast," but apparently that isn't true everywhere. Take the case of Weenus Chumkamnerd of Thailand, for example. Seems that his neighbors were singing karaoke, and not just any old karaoke, but John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Over and over and over again. Well, if that sounds like grounds for justifiable homicide to you, apparently it did to Weenus, too, as The Telegraph relates:

A gunman in Thailand shot-dead eight neighbours, including his brother-in-law, after tiring of their karaoke versions of popular songs, including John Denver’s "Country Roads."

Weenus Chumkamnerd, 52, put his gun to the head of a respected female doctor and seven of her guests as they partied at her home in Songkhla Province, South Thailand.

"When I began shooting nobody pleaded for his life because they were all drunk," he said after his arrest.

He said he was so furious with their awful singing that he did not notice he had murdered his own brother-in-law.

"I warned these people about their noisy karaoke parties. I said if they carried on I would go down and shoot them. I had told them if I couldn’t talk sense into them I would come back and finish them off," he added.

Mr Chumkamnerd, who works as a rubber tapper, was arrested after going on the run after his killing spree in the town of Hat Yai, near the Malaysian border.

Hey, if you were a 52-year-old guy named Weenus who worked as a rubber tapper, you'd probably be ready to blow up, too.

And you thought Simon Cowell was a tough judge!