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Chris Benoit - The factual, Unbiased View

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After reading some very biased, and badly written blogs about Chris Benoit, I felt I had to write my own blog on this very controversial subject.

I have been praised for my blogs, as they are informative, and I try my best to be unbiased in my views.
I can admit that I was a big Chris Benoit fan when he was alive, he didn't need to be great on the microphone, he did not need a gimmick which transcends beyond wrestling. The only thing Benoit needed, was the ability to put on some of the best technically sound matches in professional wrestling history.

Now onto the actual double murder/suicide case. Here is some information from Wikipedia:

The Chris Benoit double murder-suicide occurred over a three-day period ending on June 24, 2007. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife, Nancy Benoit, strangled his seven-year-old son, Daniel, and subsequently committed suicide by hanging. Autopsy results showed that Benoit first murdered his wife, Nancy.

She was bound at the feet and wrists and died of asphyxiation some time on Friday, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told a news conference. She was wrapped in a towel and some blood was found under her head but Ballard said there were no other signs of a struggle. The couple's son, who also died of asphyxia, was apparently killed as he lay in bed on Saturday morning, hours before Benoit committed suicide by hanging himself in his weight room.

Daniel Benoit was suffocated and killed in his bedroom, and a copy of the Bible was left by his body.The boy had internal injuries to the throat area, showed no bruises. Daniel's exact time of death is unknown. The reports determined Daniel was sedated with Xanax and likely unconscious when he was killed. A large butcher knife was found underneath Daniel's bed, but the knife was not used in either murder.

Chris Benoit placed copies of the Bible alongside the bodies of his wife and son, as well as a third copy of the Bible on his weight lifting machine.

Chris Benoit's behaviour

Since Eddie Guerrero died in 2005, Chris Benoit began reading the bible a lot, and he would write passages to Eddie Guerrero.
Benoit had always been a private person, however he was always known as a family man, and would sometimes confess to his fellow wrestlers how much he misses his son Daniel.

Montel Vontavious Porter, had grown close to Benoit while working in the WWE, and had admitted in interviews, that in the weeks leading up to his death, Benoit had been acting strangely. Read this >> http://wrestleheat.com/mvp-discusses...ce-on-him=6583

MVP has explained how Benoit was crying out for help, that he was losing his mind, but MVP didn't think it was anything too serious. MVP clearly regrets not doing something about it, which is why he still pays tribute to his mentor.

False Reasons

How many times have you read something about Benoit, and someone has blamed it all on steroids?
Although the double murder/suicide brought around a massive debate over steroids in wrestling, steroids has been ruled out as a cause for Benoit's behaviour.

It has been stated that steroids may give someone "Roid-rage", which makes the person angry, and act in a way they wouldn't normally.
However it has been noted that Roid Rage would never cause someone to kill another person, in Bret Harts own words, "Someone with Roid Rage is more likely to go and topple a car over", and that the effects of Roid Rage would never become that severe no matter how much the person took.

Although the house in which they died, had a number of prescribed drugs, they were also ruled out as a cause.

Dr Astin, Chris Benoit's doctor, had prescribed him and other wrestlers drugs in excess. Dr Astin admitted to illegally supplying prescribed drugs and would soon be imprisoned and fined. It was never confirmed whether the drugs he prescribed to Benoit had an adverse effect on his brain chemistry.

Past Incidents


It was reported at one point in Chris and Nancy's marriage, that he had become aggressive. Nancy would file for divorce, and got a restraining order out on Chris Benoit. She would claim that he would throw furniture around, and it seemed like he was acting like Dynamite Kid did towards his wife.

It is possible this may have been down to Roid Rage, but the reasons for Benoit's behaviour was never disclosed, as Nancy would soon cancel the divorce suit, and the restraining order on Chris.

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WWE's reaction

I remember the day clearly in my mind. I began watching Raw live, in the early hours of the morning (I am from England), and Vince McMahon would announce the death of Chris Benoit.

The following two hours would be a tribute to Benoit and his career, and had video packages from many WWE wrestlers. A lot of the wrestlers were in a state of shock, just like when Eddie died, they all said their farewells, and they told us how Chris Benoit was not just a legendary performer, but outside the ring he was one of the nicest guys you could ever know.

It was truly a heart breaking show, however not long after the show had ended, the WWE had gathered word that it was in fact Chris Benoit who had murdered his family, and killed himself. They would cut the Raw Chris Benoit tribute completely, and they would begin to erase all mentions of Chris Benoit from their company history.

The government had already looked into steroid abuse in wrestling, but with Benoit's death being linked to steroids, it created a much more urgent need to address the problem. Vince McMahon once again was subject to creating changes in his company to avoid any negative press, he had to make sure that the WWE was not to blame, therefore it was only right for business to erase Chris Benoit from its history books.

Benoit Documentary - "A Fight til the Death"

For those who have never seen this documentary, I very highly recommend you watch all the parts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilMSCWC-Yvs

This documentary has been completely dismissed by Vince McMahon, the WWE refuse to comment on the findings in this documentary.

Benoit's father, Bret Hart, Christopher Nowinksi, other wrestling legends, and actual doctors, look into what could have caused Chris Benoit to do this.
Benoit's father allowed doctors to examine Chris Benoit's brain, and this is what they found.


Wiki Info: Tests were conducted on Benoit's brain by Julian Bailes, the head of neurosurgery at West Virginia University, and results showed that "Benoit's brain was so severely damaged it resembled the brain of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient."
He was reported to have had an advanced form of dementia, similar to the brains of four retired NFL players who had suffered multiple concussions, sank into depression, and harmed themselves or others. Bailes and his colleagues concluded that repeated concussions can lead to dementia, which can contribute to severe behavioral problems.
Benoit's father suggests that brain damage may have been the leading cause of the crime.
He also confirmed that his son was quietly cremated, but what was done with the ashes is not public knowledge.

Conclusion

Chris Benoit spent decades doing moves like Flying Headbutts, he would be one of those wrestlers who would take chair shots to the back of the head.
Benoit never knew when to stop, he would carry on wrestling despite being injured, or having a concussion.
It was common for wrestlers to work through concussions, there was no medical evidence to show that concussions could be fatal in the long term, and they often went untreated.

Benoit had a passion for the wrestling industry, it was all he really knew, he loved to entertain the fans, and he was one of those guys who wanted to mentor younger talent, he often put other talents over and had high standards for them.

It has been stated many times by those who were close to Benoit, that he loved his family more then anything, and he would miss them a lot while working. They cannot understand why Benoit did the things that he did.
This is why a lot of people have turned to the autopsy results, it has hard evidence that Benoit may have been suffering from severe dementia, and that this would lead to severe behaviour changes.

I have seen Alzheimer's first hand, my grandmother was diagnosed with it a year before she died, and it was a hard time for our family. My grandmother would often forget the simplest of things, and she would even forget who I was, and my sisters, it is something which happens sadly.

It seems that those who call Benoit a murderer, fail to listen to the facts, they focus on the fact that his wife and his son died, and label him as a murderer. Although the facts do point to the fact that he physically did kill them, and him self, did he mentally do it? Was Chris Benoit in complete control of his actions? It is very possible that he was not, dementia can make you feel like your in a dream state, where anything is possible.

Imagine if you had a dream, and you killed your family, but then you woke up and found out that it wasn't a dream. Would you be a murderer? Would that fact lead you to kill yourself? What if you could see yourself doing these horrible things, but you couldn't stop yourself?

This is why Chris Benoit will always be controversial, as we will never know if Benoit killed his family in cold blood(which makes no sense to most), or if he killed them due to dementia causing him to do it?

Let me end this by saying.. If a tree falls in the woods, and there's no one around, does it make a sound?
Benoit killed his family, and himself, but he was never tried in a court, the details of the case will never be 100% confirmed, so at the end of the day, its up to you, to decide whether he is a cold blooded murderer, or whether he is a victim of decades of professional wrestling.

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Updated 05-25-2012 at 04:21 AM by Frank

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  1. Darkside Ron Garvin's Avatar
    Thank you. This was the conclusion to the two previous blogs that I wanted. Granted, I am not a fan of using Wiki for sources, but the pages I traced lead back to valid informational sites. Regardless of personal opinions on this matter, this was the counter to the original "Dear Benoit", and the follow up "Dear Murderer" that I wanted to see the most. An in depth, factual based, source filled opinion on the matter. I am glad you were able to put all aspects of the man into this blog, and the MVP article was awesome. No matter what flames come to this comment section, at least you gave people the third aspect to the Beniot Legacy/Double-Murder case... The aspect of his mental capacity at that stage in his career.

    Flame on internet world.
  2. THE_CRIPPLER's Avatar
    Well like you, My Grandfather had dementia, He got so bad we had to put him in a home. My Grandfather died because he forgot how to breath. Now lets look at this logically, If Benoit had dementia, How could he fly from town to town, Rent cars, Remember times and dates, Book reservations, Remember wrestling moves and choreography. It doesn't make much sense, people with dementia can not plan out murders weeks in advance. He wrote in a bible he gave to his children who are still living and ex wife "I'm Planning to leave this world". Someone with that advanced case of dementia would not be able to do something like that. My Grandfather was so bad at 60 years old you couldn't have a conversation with him let alone perform in a wrestling ring with him and trust him with your life.

    Chris Benoit's case sounds more like advanced case of schizophrenia. By his actions and the multiple stories I heard, It most def sounds like schizophrenia.... If someone reported that Chris Benoit's brain was so badly damaged he became badly schizophrenic and couldn't tell the difference then yes I believe that but dementia and roid rage are excuse that don't make sense to me.
    Updated 05-25-2012 at 05:33 AM by THE_CRIPPLER
  3. Kuroudo93's Avatar
    Let no more be said on the Chris Benoit matter. This blog summed it up Perfectly, it could not be put better. I personally agree that it was not cold blooded murder, and with that in mind. RIP the Benoit family.
  4. Gazman Savage's Avatar
    Great article and highlights how little support was in place to support wrestlers who live a life that most people will never understand.
    The cries for help were there but the support was not and sadly Benoit and his family were victims of a system that places money over there employees.
    I really think wrestling should take the lead of boxing and really put in more checks with regards to mental as well physical health.
    May he be better understood and less demonised.
    RIP Benoit Family

    PS.

    It hurts to be fan and see idols slip by the way and lets hope Jake Roberts or Scott Hall do not follow the sad path of other great wrestlers that are no more.
  5. bearkg88's Avatar
    First off, thank you. When i read both Benoit blogs, the first thing that I thought was someone needed to do a neutral Benoit blog. I thought about doing it, but I didn't feel I could do it justice. You did sir. This was a very well written blog, and a great way to cap off the topic of Benoit and lay it to rest again for a while. I especially like the way you ended it, because, when it comes down to it, it is based on a persons perception of Benoit, if he was a murderer or a victim of the profession he chose. Great blog bro! Great blog
  6. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    Thank You...Thank You....THANK YOU.
  7. kylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by THE_CRIPPLER
    Well like you, My Grandfather had dementia, He got so bad we had to put him in a home. My Grandfather died because he forgot how to breath. Now lets look at this logically, If Benoit had dementia, How could he fly from town to town, Rent cars, Remember times and dates, Book reservations, Remember wrestling moves and choreography. It doesn't make much sense, people with dementia can not plan out murders weeks in advance. He wrote in a bible he gave to his children who are still living and ex wife "I'm Planning to leave this world". Someone with that advanced case of dementia would not be able to do something like that. My Grandfather was so bad at 60 years old you couldn't have a conversation with him let alone perform in a wrestling ring with him and trust him with your life.

    Chris Benoit's case sounds more like advanced case of schizophrenia. By his actions and the multiple stories I heard, It most def sounds like schizophrenia.... If someone reported that Chris Benoit's brain was so badly damaged he became badly schizophrenic and couldn't tell the difference then yes I believe that but dementia and roid rage are excuse that don't make sense to me.
    Very insightful.

    Looking at the autopsy, Benoit's brain chemsitry was far from being normal, it is possible he may have had schizophrenia, dementia, alzheimers, or even a mix of them all. No one will really know what was going on up there, but Benoit had been acting strangely outside of wrestling.

    People with brain conditions have good and bad days, but it seems that Benoit was still able to do his job, which could be put down to the fact that Benoit had been wrestling for many years, and it was more instinctive then anything.
    Who really knows? All we can go off is the information that is presented to us, there is not enough evidence to say that Benoit killed them in cold blood, and theres a lot more information to say he had a brain condition, but not enough to confirm it for sure.
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