New Zealand Drove Scotsman to Insanity
Posted by te2ataria on July 14, 2009
sent by a reader in Glasgow [edited by TEAA]
How Life in Blackball, New Zealand, Drove Scotsman to Insanity
Meet Peter Lamont, the Butcher of Blackball.
Peter Lamont, driven to insanity, butchered his wife. Photo: Greymouth Star. Image may be subject to copyright.
Peter was an ordinary Scotsman, that’s until he arrived in the poxy, coalmining town of Blackball, New Zealand—population: 370 – 1.
That’s right. 370 – 1 tormented ‘ghosts.’ The missing one is Peter’s 49-year-old wife Lindsay Jane Lamont. Peter mutilated her body with a butcher’s efficiency!
Peter Lamont, 47, a Scottish butcher arrived in Blackball with his family in 2005 to work at the Blackball Salami Company. He had found the job on Internet. He had no idea how violently Blackball would shatter his “dream” job into a diabolical nightmare.
A coalmining town before its pit was finally closed in 1964, Blackball is a poxy little place about 30km northeast of Greymouth, west of New Zealand’s South Island. The godforsaken town is a dark, damp and suicidal sh*tpit.
Formerly known as Joliffetown and Moonlight Gully, Blackball took its name from Black Ball Shipping Line, which had leased land in the region to mine for coal.
In an interview with Cuisine magazine in 2007, peter describing his first impression of Blackball said: “I expected an airport, not a hangar!”
As the family drove into Blackball that first time, past a couple of dodgy houses and up the broad main street past the hotel with its wide verandas, “the banjo music started ringing in my ears”.
Places like Blackball are not conducive to mental and physical health. Unless you are born there and with nowhere to go, you have no business being there. The New Zealand death clocks tick twice as fast in Blackball-like places than they do in the rest of the country.
Though Peter Lamont insisted to the magazine that his family loved the town, they seem to have found the change of lifestyle difficult, to say the least. After only four months – and to the annoyance of his boss – Lamont had left Blackball Salami to work as a butcher at the Fresh Choice supermarket in nearby Greymouth.
Peter bought Blackball Salami from its owner Pat Kennedy in November 2006 and “threw himself wholeheartedly into his new business,” from 5am to 5pm seven days a week.
His wife, Lindsay, worked both as a receptionist at the High St Medical Center, and as an administrator at Grey Base Hospital, as well as doing the salami company’s books. According to NZherald, “despite the company’s success, the couple seemed to have struggled with their personal finances, especially when cashflow dropped away in the wintry off-season.”
“To be honest, you don’t get a lot of business here,” says Detective Sergeant Andrew Oliver. “There are still some miners but it depends on who you speak to as to the image you will get.”
But how could that be? Pat Kennedy, the former owner of the Salami Company, who founded the company and operated the business for 14 years, didn’t seem to have any financial problem. He employed even more people at the comapny, and worked less hours than did Peter Lamont.
Pat Kennedy, who just returned to Blackball to run the company after the incident, said: “I don’t think they quite settled here – that’s the best way of putting it. I think it was a bit of a cultural shock to them.”
On Saturday night last week, Peter attacked his wife and killed her. The following morning, he met with his daughter, Falon, who had not been at home, and spoke with her for about an hour before going to the police station to hand himself in.
The biggest victim? Falon, the couple’s daughter. She lost both parents to the silent, suicidal melancholy of life in Blackball, New Zealand.
There can be little doubt, despite the various allegations about finances, that it was the cultural shock of living in New Zealand that drove the Scotsman to insanity.
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