PART 5: WWE STAR CHRIS BENOIT & THE “DOUBLE MURDER & SUICIDE”
San Francisco, CA- When sports entertainment superstar Eddie Guerrero dropped dead in a Minneapolis hotel room in 2005, the cause of death so said the Minneapolis Coroner was a Heart Attack. The World Wrestling Entertainment folks, headed by Vincent Kennedy McMahon, tried to put the best spin on it they could. They implied that Eddie’s Drug (Cocaine) & Alcohol addictions were the major reasons that Guerrero died. Eddie had cleaned himself up, at least as far as the Coke and booze goes, but he had a massive cache of steroids with him when he dropped dead that nephew Chavo Guerrero and Chris Benoit flushed down the toilet before notifying any authorities that the biggest star in the business at the time, Eddie Guerrero was dead at the age of 38. On Friday, June 22, 2007, Chris Benoit tied up his wife, Nancy Benoit, (hands & feet) and then garroted (strangled) her, this before drugging and then breaking his seven year old son Daniel’s neck on Saturday, all prior to hanging himself Sunday.
NO PLAUSIBLE DENIAL FOR MR. MCMAHON HERE!
The bodies of the Benoit family were found by their next door neighbor Holly on Monday around 3 PM ET, who then ran outside and hysterically told two members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Dept. that, “The family is dead.” Again, this was at 3 PM ET and after the WWE had called the cops and asked them to do a “welfare check” at the Benoit house. She had only saw Nancy dead in the upstairs TV room and Daniel’s body in his bed. Both bodies had Bibles next to them, as did the murderer Chris Benoit when he was found dead from hanging himself in the basement weight room. At 5:30 PM ET, Carl DeMarco, the head of the WWE in Canada called Chris’ mother, Margaret Benoit and blurted out the following, “I considered Chris one of my best friends.” Confused and unaware of the three deaths, Mrs. Benoit replied, “Why are you telling me this?” DeMarco then realized that the Benoit’s were unaware of Chris killing Nancy, Daniel, and then himself.
LIKE ANY PARENT, BENOIT’S MOTHER FLIPPED OUT!
Mrs. Benoit was demanding clarification, thus DeMarco promised he’d call her back and hung up. Less than an hour later, circa 6:15 PM ET, De Marco phoned Chris’ mother back and told her what had happened. As would just about any mother, Margaret freaked out and became hysterical to the point that DeMarco called the Royal Canadian Mounties and they went to the home of Margaret and her husband Michael Benoit’s house and told them to bring the paramedics with them. Before the Mounties arrived, Detective Turner of the Fayetteville Sheriff’s Dept. called Margaret and further confirmed the deaths of Chris, Nancy and Daniel. If that wasn’t enough to push Mrs. Benoit into an emotional tailspin, Detective Turner told Margaret that the incident was “Being investigated as an alleged (double) murder and suicide.”
MELTZER SAYS WWE KNEW IN ADVANCE OF TV BENOIT HAD KILLED HIS FAMILY!
Around 5 PM ET, Dave Meltzer, considered the “go-to” journalist in the world of professional wrestling and MMA, said he was called by a WWE executive and one of Benoit’s friends and told of the “double murder & suicide.” For the rest of that Monday, the WWE played it off like Sgt. Schultz of Hogan’s Heroes TV fame, “I know nothing,” and went ahead with a two-hour TV special tribute to a man they already knew was a double murderer! Now I know the world is professional wrestling can be construed as seedy and trailer-park’ish, but for the WWE to go ahead with the Benoit tribute knowing what he had done, this, I cannot put into words what a no good bastard Mr. McMahon and his underlings were for honoring a man who they knew had slain his family! Remember, WWE Canadian President Carl DeMarco had called Margaret Benoit a little before 5 PM ET, that’s three hours prior to McMahon airing the Monday Night Raw’s “Tribute To Chris Benoit” on USA Cable.
THE TWO “NO-SHOWS” WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH FOR ME!
Chris Benoit failed to appear in Beaumont, TX on Saturday evening, this something he had never done before in his 20+ years of professional wrestling. Benoit was so into being “Chris Benoit the Wrestler,” that he was never even late for an event. Like a few of his cohorts, Chris couldn’t separate the his professional life (role playing) from that of his personal and family affairs. When WWE’s people and Chris talked on Saturday, Nancy and Daniel were already dead. Chris claimed they had “food poisoning” and thus couldn’t leave them. The WWE gave him a pass, but told him and Chris acknowledged that he needed to be at the big Pay per View show on Sunday in Houston, TX. He was a “no-show” at the Pay Per View on Sunday, and still the WWE refused to see the obvious.
TOMORROW: THE TEXT MESSAGES & THE STEROIDS!
On Wednesday or Thursday, I’ll do Part 6 of this series, exclusively only here at RingTalk.com The subject matter will be the Text Messages that Benoit had sent to two WWE employees, one a wrestler, the other a referee. But we will go in deep and examine the role of Dr. Phil Astin in this case, the MD spending a ten year sentence in the pokey for “over prescribing” meds like Hydrocotone, Steroids, & Somas, just to mention a few. As I mentioned in a previous segment, Benoit was taking ten months of Testosterone every three weeks!
FINAL SEGMENT DEALS WITH BENOIT’S MEDICAL CONDITION
On Friday, in what appears to be the final segment, Part 7, I will get into the medical condition that Benoit was in, the repetitive concussion syndrome he suffered from, and what role this played in this, the ugliest and most heinous crime perpetrated by an athlete in my memory.