Mayhem's Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud

Mayhem’s Necrobutcher Admits To Having Plotted To Kill Euronymous Himself


The 1993 murder of Mayhem guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth by his bandmate Varg “Count Grishnackh” Vikernes remains perhaps the most infamous moment in the history of black metal. The incident and the band’s ties to church burnings, infighting, suicide and more saw their tale later retold in both print and film.

In a new confession from the band’s Jørn “Necrobutcher” Stubberud, he reveals that Vikernes wasn’t the only one who had murderous intentions for Aarseth. Stubberud and Aarseth had come to turn on each other after the suicide of the band’s vocalist Per “Dead” Ohlin.

Aarseth indulged himself in the macabre activities of photographing the aftermath of Ohlin‘s suicide while also collecting bits of his skull fragments and gifting them to his inner circle.

Enraged by that and having later been kicked out of the band by Aarseth and replaced by Vikernes, Stubberud recently told Consequence Of Sound that he had been planning to murder Aarseth himself at the time of his death.

He commented of that:

“In the middle of the process of the songwriting and stuff [‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas‘], our buddy Per Ohlin decided to take his own life. I felt very sad about that and was struck by sorrow for a long time. I still actually feel sorrow about that. But the first year was particularly bad. Especially since my friend – ‘friend’ – Euronymous took fucking photos of [Ohlin‘s] corpse.

So that didn’t help much with the grief. I felt like I needed to go over and kill that Øystein Euronymous fucking backstabber. But y’know it’s funny with the karma, y’know, bad karma there… ’cause he went behind my back, called Varg Vikernes, got him to play bass on the album and then that was kinda bad karma I guess, because we all know what happened to him.”

He then went on to reveal the following:

“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 [Aarseth] myself. And when it happened, I saw the morning paper, thinking ‘Fuck, 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 [Vikernes] 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 fucking guy in Oslo the same time.’ So that’s basically what happened.”

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