Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Even More On The Benoit Family Deaths

Please read this post remembering that some of the stuff you might read could bother some people. Please pass over this post if you need to. This case has taken me in and I am following it very closly. As I posted before, I was a fan of Chris' in the late 1990's. I still have the autographed photo he sent me. The deaths are turning out to not just be murder, but murder and sucide at Chris' hand. That is hard to read, but I feel like I need to post the information that I have.

The WWE sent a statement to TMZ.com about the way the media is covering the case. Part of the statement reads: "The physical findings announced by authorities indicate deliberation, not rage. The wife's feet and hands were bound and she was asphyxiated, not beaten to death. By the account of the authorities, there were substantial periods of time between the death of the wife and the death of the son, again suggesting deliberate thought, not rage. The presence of a Bible by each is also not an act of rage." The WWE also made it clear that Chris tested negitive to steroids in the company's independently administered drug testing program, done on April 10, 2007.

Officials gave the following statement concerning how they believe the deaths took place: "Mr, Benoit had sometime, possibly Friday, murdered his wife by asphyxiation. Sometime shortly after that, the same for his son Daniel and sometime later ... committed suicide by hanging himself in the basement area." According to officials, Nancy was bound at the wrists and feet, with a towel wrapped around her body, and blood was found underneath her head. A Bible was also reportedly found near each one of the bodies. Police have also confirmed that prescription drugs and steroids were found in the house. Benoit was found hanging in a weight room in his house. Cops say that he used a cord from one of his workout machines as a makeshift noose. Authorities also believe that Benoit died on Saturday.

Nancy Benoit once told a judge that she was, "intimidated by threats of violence" from Chris. In divorce papers filed in 2003, Nancy included a petition for protection from domestic abuse against Chris. In the papers, Nancy claimed that Benoit, "lost his temper and threatened to strike the petitioner and cause extensive damage to the home and personal belongings of the parties, including furniture." Nancy added that she was, "in reasonable fear for petitioner's own safety and that of the minor child." Three months later, Nancy filed to have the divorce papers and the restraining order dismissed. A short time later, a judge granted her wish.

I also included some older photos of Chris and Nancy when they worked together in the wrestling world.

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