Can Scriabin drive you to murder? In Hong Kong, a man is on trial for murdering his parents, He invited them round for dinner, and allegedly murdered them, serving their remains up for a meal with a friend. Their heads were found by the police, who came round inquiring about their disappearance. In the tiny flat, there were two commercial freezers and lots of lunchboxes stuffed with body parts. This week, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified that 31-year-old Henry Chau had listened to Scriabin's “Vers La Flamme” (Towards the Flame) every night for a month before killing his father Chau Wing-ki, 65, and his mother Siu Yuet-yee, 63, on March 1, 2013.
Chau told how he saw flames around the time of the killings and was convinced the world would be consumed by fire. "The music intensified the images of fire and flame in his mind. He believed the world was going to end and he could not get away from it. The music was like repeating the words to him every day," the doctor told the jury.(thanks to Dennis Wu for sharing)