Real knife fights are extremely rare, and the only ‘winners’ are the survivors. In an event I’ve never encountered in my entire criminal-justice career, two local trailer-park denizens decided to test their manhood like the gauchos of a Jorge Luis Borges story: mano a mano, with knives, before a crowd of onlookers.
One of them is stitched up and drugged up in the hospital. His dueling partner, Randy Basso (pictured) probably never read about Borges’ gauchos, but he died in the street like one anyway.
A knife fight at a mobile home park in southeast Portland left one man dead and another injured Thursday.
The stabbing happened at the Scotts View Mobile Home Park on Glencoe Road around 12:30 a.m.
When Clackamas County deputies arrived, they found a “chaotic scene” with conflicting reports of what took place.
Randy Basso, a 47-year-old man from Milwaukie, was found lying on the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the state medical examiner’s office is now investigating the cause and manner of death.
A second man found wounded at the address was identified as 36-year-old Peter Altman, also from Milwaukie.
Deputies recovered two pocket knives at the scene, and it’s believed each man had one of the knives.
It’s a good thing that knife fights are so rare. This sordid (probably drunken) story has no romance and nothing to teach us that we didn’t already know. Don’t be a criminal low-life. Don’t hang out in trailer parks. Don’t fight anyone with a knife in their hand.