Chef Murders and Cooks His Girlfriend, Then Commits Suicide


Marcus Volke, a chef from Victoria, Australa, has been identified as the man behind the murder of his Indonesian girlfriend in their Brisbane residence. Brisbane Times reports, Volke had been caught by police boiling the victim’s body parts on his stove. According to reports, the officers were there responding to a welfare request at the apartment.

Volke fled when police arrived and hid in a trash bin in an alley near the complex. He then used a knife to take his own life. A woman who lived in the building across the street discovered Volke’s body covered in a blanket in the alleyway. Prior to his death, Volke had been apparently working as a chef overseas before returning to Brisbane.

Parts of the victim, Mayang Prasetyo, were found in garbage bags in the apartment. Neighbors had noticed a stench similar to “rotting meat” coming from the couple’s residence a few days before the gruesome discovery. According to police, there’s no way yet to know how long Prasetyo had been dead.

Volke’s death is being further investigated by the Ethical Standards Committee.

H/T Brisbane Times


Now You Have a Reason to Live: Coffee May Lower Suicide Risk by 50 Percent


Turns out all the boys and girls standing in line for a latte are doing it right. A recent Harvard study revealed that caffeinated coffee may lower the suicide risk in both men and women by 50 percent.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data from three large-scale studies in the US, comparing the risk of suicide among adults who drank two to four caffeinated cups per day to that of non-coffee drinkers, those who drank decaf and those who drank significantly less coffee per day.

The study was published in the  The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry and included a total sample of more than 200,000 subjects who were monitored over a period of at least 16 years. Results indicated that the suicide risk for people who consumed two to four cups per day was about 50 percent less than the risk for participants in the other three groups.

Note: while other drinks such as tea and soda also contain caffeine, the levels pale in comparison to coffee. “Caffeine from coffee is about 80 percent caffeine intake,” stated Michel Lucas, the team’s lead researcher. “In one cup of coffee, you could have about 140 mg of caffeine.” In comparison, you get about 22-74 mg in tea.

“Unlike previous investigations, we were able to assess association of consumption of caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages, and we identify caffeine as the most likely candidate of any putative protective effect of coffee,” explained Lucas in a statement.

Lucas attributed the lowered risks of depression and suicide to the effect caffeine has on the brain’s neurotransmitters that influence our emotions.

Of course, it’s all in moderation.

“Overall, our results suggest that there is little further benefit for consumption above two to three cups/day or 400 mg of caffeine/day,” stressed the study.

Bolstering the benefits of coffee, Huffpo observed, “Last year alone, published research linked moderate coffee intake with delayed Alzheimer’s onset, lowered risk of heart failure and reduced risk of basil cell carcinoma — the most common type of skin cancer.”

Seems like this is just further proof that our favorite beverage can do no wrong.

Oh, and am I drinking an iced coffee with an extra espresso shot while writing this? Damn straight.

H/T Huffpo


This is How TLC Dealt With the Suicide of a Next Great Baker Contestant

Sgt. Wesley Durden died in late October from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. TLC did not announce his death until he was kicked off the show. His elimination happened on the fourth episode on the show, which aired on Monday night.

Durden’s death was announced with an “In Memoriam” that ran after the episode. It did not say anything about the cause of death. According to Eater, it also has a promo for another TLC show that displayed over it.

Some fans are upset with how it was revealed, while others think the channel handled the situation appropriately. When it comes to competition-based reality shows, there’s very particular ways you have to keep secrets…and in the case of a tragic death such as this one, there are even more producing technicalities to consider.

What do you think TLC should have done?