There’s a story going on in the US news right now. It might be international, I don’t know. How big is “pro wrestling” in the rest of the world? (I don’t follow wrestling, but this is a fairly big news story. Slow news week after Paris got released? Or more likely because of the “celebrity” and bizarre circumstances.)
Anyway, the gist of the story is that a pro wrestler of the WWE, Chris Benoit, apparently killed his wife and 7-year old (mentally retarded) son on Friday of this past weekend. He strangled her and suffocated him. He placed a bible next to each body. Then on Saturday Chris Benoit killed himself by hanging from and exercise machine.
Now comes the latest news on this. The bodies were not found until around 2:00 PM Monday afternoon. HOWEVER, just after midnight Monday - about 14 hours before the bodies were found - someone updated Benoit’s Wikipedia page saying he had missed a match on Saturday because of the death of his wife.
I’ll dig around and try to find some of the earlier stories on this for posterity, but here is the link to the article today. It’s long and glosses over some of the things I’ve mentioned here without giving all the details. (That’s why I want to find other articles.)
ATLANTA - Federal drug agents and sheriff’s officials raided the office of pro wrestler Chris Benoit’s personal physician in search of records and other items listed in a warrant, an official said Thursday.
Also Thursday, there was another bizarre twist to the case involving a posting to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
At 12:01 a.m. Monday, about 14 hours before authorities say the bodies were found, someone updated Benoit’s page on the Wikipedia site stating that the reason he missed a match Saturday night was “stemming from the death of his wife Nancy.”
The posting was made by someone using an IP address registered in Stamford, Conn., where World Wrestling Entertainment is based, said Cary Bass, a representative of Wikimedia Foundation of St. Petersburg, Fla., the parent company of Wikipedia.
It was not known where the posting was actually sent from, however, Bass said.
Over the weekend, authorities said, Benoit killed his wife and son and then killed himself at their home in Fayetteville.
The Fayette County District Attorney’s Office was made aware of the posting by reporters on Thursday and forwarded the information to sheriff’s investigators who are looking into it, a legal assistant said in an e-mail to AP.
WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said to his knowledge, no one at the WWE knew Nancy Benoit was dead before her body was found Monday afternoon. Text messages released by officials show that messages from Chris Benoit’s cell phone were being sent to co-workers a few hours after the Wikipedia posting.
McDevitt said WWE employees are given WWE e-mail addresses, though he did not know if Chris Benoit had one assigned to him.
“I have no idea who posted this,” McDevitt said. “It’s at least possible Chris may have sent some other text message to someone that we’re unaware of. We don’t know if he did. The phone is in the possession of authorities.”
From further down in this same article:
In the days before the killings, Benoit and his wife argued over whether he should stay home more to take care of their mentally retarded 7-year-old son, according to an attorney for the WWE wrestling league.
The child suffered from a rare medical condition called Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited form of mental retardation often accompanied by autism.
Over the past weekend, authorities said, Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his son and placed a Bible next to their bodies before hanging himself with a weight-machine cable in the couple’s suburban home. No motive was offered for the killings, which were discovered Monday.
Edit to correct some incorrect facts I originally typed up top.