Mysteries surrounding the Death of Chris Benoit
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A Baffling Case Indeed!!!
On Monday June 25th 2007, WWE Wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead along with his wife Nancy and their 7 year old son Daniel. Their bodies were found by authorities who entered his home on a welfare check after several missed appointments and concerns. Initial investigations later revealed that Chris Benoit murdered his wife and son before hanging himself by the chord of a weight machine in his basement. Both his wife and son died of asphyxiation. Nancy Benoit’s wrists and feet were tied and she had bruises on her back and stomach consistent with someone pressing a knee into the small of the back while pulling on a cord around the neck. It is believed that his son was killed with a chokehold as he had internal injuries to the throat area but had no other injuries.
But the real question that is baffling everyone is why Benoit would all of a sudden turn into a monster. Steroids are being suspected as one of the primary reasons. It was no hidden fact that steroids were rampant in the wrestling profession during the old days. But stricter legislations more than a decade and a half ago had made it difficult for the wrestlers to obtain and abuse the usage of steroids. The WWE, predictably, has strongly denied the possibility of steroid abuse stating that Chris Benoit was found clean even in his last checkup.
However, as was illustrated by the sudden demise of Eddie Guerrero (also a close friend of Chris Benoit), the ghosts of those carefree days will always continue to haunt pro-wrestling. Adding fuel to the steroid rumor is the fact that steroids (albeit legally obtained) were found at Benoit’s home. The Authorities also believes that alcohol too was consumed. Steroids are known to cause uncontrollable rage and paranoia. The state of mind that Benoit was in can be ascertained by the 5 text messages that he had sent to a co-worker; four of these stated “My physical address is 130 Green Meadow Lane, Fayetteville Georgia. 30215”. The fifth said “The dogs are in the enclosed pool area. Garage side door is open”. This certainly throws a glance at the man’s mental state.
There are also reports that Benoit and his wife often used to bicker over the time spent by him in taking car of his autistic son Daniel. It is believed that this was often a constant source of tension between the couple. Nancy Benoit had filed for divorce and had even obtained a restraining order against Chris Benoit in 2003. This would therefore suggest that not everything was well in the Benoit household.
Then there is the disturbing fact that the deaths happened on three separate days. While it is reported that his wife died on Friday, his son died on Saturday. Authorities believe that Benoit may have then killed himself later Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. A Bible was found next to the both Nancy and Daniel’s body. It can therefore be speculated that he killed his wife premeditatedly and then committed the rest of the events out of sheer guilt. Maybe he initially thought of covering up the crime, as can be seen by his conversations with a co-worker on Saturday where he tells the co-worker that he overslept and therefore missed the flight for that night’s house show. He even told the co-worker that his wife and kid were suffering from food poisoning. This shows that he was capable of making up stories at the time and hence not as completely out of mind as commonly believed.
Adding to the mystery of it all is an entry in wikipedia.org about the death of Nancy half a day before the police even found her body. Some one had made an entry in it stating that Benoit would be replaced by Johnny Nitro in WWE’s Vengeance show. It continued to state that this was because of the death of his wife Nancy. The IP address of the editor was traced to Stamford Connecticut, the same place where the headquarters of the WWE is located. Could it be that whoever made that post may have some information that the rest of the world does not? Could it even be that the WWE knows more than it is letting on? Only time will tell.
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