26 June 2007

Details come to light on gruesome Benoit murder/suicide

Pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his 7-year-old son and placed a bible next to their bodies before hanging himself with the pulley of a weight machine.

Benoit was a quiet, roughhewn figure amid the glitz and bluster of pro wrestling. He performed under his real name, eschewed scripted personas and didn't bother to fix a gap where he had lost one of his front teeth. (According to the WWE Web site, he lost the tooth while roughhousing with his pet Rottweiler, awww monkey)

Authorities offered no motive for the killings, which were spread out over a weekend, and would not discuss Benoit's state of mind. No suicide note was found.

Investigators found prescription anabolic steroids in the house and want to know whether Benoit was unhinged by the bodybuilding drugs, which can cause paranoia, depression and explosive outbursts known as "roid rage." Eh, yeah, but I've never heard of "roid rage" lasting an entire weekend. I think he just lost his f#king mind.

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District Attorney Scott Ballard dropped some more knowledge on the bizarre story saying Benoit's 7 year old son "had needle marks in his arms and it was believed that the boy had been given growth hormones for some time because the family considered him undersized." Ballard said it seemed that Benoit was making "an effort to try and get somebody to come find the bodies after the suicide" by sending out several creepy and cryptic text messages to friends and neighbours saying he knew his "wife and son were both sick" and that the front door was open and the pet's were outside.

There was a documented history of domestic violence and violent outbursts; his wife Nancy Benoit, 43, filed for a divorce in 2003, saying the couple's three-year marriage was irrevocably broken and alleging "cruel treatment." Though she would later dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she charged that her husband had threatened her and had broken furniture in their home.

District Attorney Ballard said that Benoit's wife was killed Friday in an upstairs family room, her feet and wrists were bound and there was blood under her head, indicating a possible struggle; it appeared that she had been pinned to the floor and asphyxiated with some sort of cable.

The 7-year-old son, Daniel, was probably killed late Saturday or early Sunday, the body found in his bed. Ballard indicated that he had been choked to death.

Benoit, 40, apparently killed himself several hours or as long as a day later. His body was found in a downstairs weight room, his body found hanging from the pulley of a piece of exercise equipment. Ballard said that he had used weights, the pulley and cable to choke himself to death.

Ballard said he found it "bizarre" that the WWE wrestling star spread out the killings over a weekend and appeared to remain in the house for up to a day with the bodies; telling ESPN.com that investigators smelled what they ascertained to be decomposing bodies when they entered the home. The varying degrees of decomposition between the bodies helped indicate the staggered times of death.

From ESPN.com: Steroids discovered in probe of slayings, suicide

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

well theres another christian going straight to hell...