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MAYHEM Bassist Says He Was "On [His] Way" To Killing Euronymous Himself In 1993

Well this took a turn.

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The 1993 murder of Mayhem guitarist Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth by Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes has been chronicled in the Lords Of Chaos book and movie, as well as just about every story you've ever heard about black metal. 26 years later the story has taken a new turn.

In an interview with Consequence Of Sound, bassist Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud says he was planning on killing Euronymous as well. Stubberud says he was headed down to Aarseth's house when he saw the headlines about the murder. Stubberud says he rushed home to hide his weapons thinking he would've been the main suspect, but also didn't know that Vikernes was already known to be the killer.

“OK, I can tell it right now, because I’ve been holding it in for many years, but actually I was on my way down to kill him myself. And when it happened, I saw the morning paper, thinking ‘F**k, I gotta get home to my place and get out all the weapons and drugs and shit I had in my house, because they’re coming to my house because I’m probably going to be the No. 1 suspect for this.’

But little did I know that the Norwegian police already knew that Count Grishnackh [Varg] was going down also to kill him. Because they bugged his phone, and he actually talked about this killing before he went to Bergen so the cops already knew that he was coming, so they probably were thinking to themselves, ‘We didn’t nail this guy for the church burnings, so let’s nail him for murder, and get rid of this f–king guy in Oslo the same time.’ So that’s basically what happened.”

Necrobutcher left Mayhem in 1991 after the suicide of Per "Dead" Ohlin. At the time of the murder of Aarseth, Vikernes was the bassist of Mayhem.

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