Benoit's in-laws dispute Fragile X claim

Benoit Story: Parents of Nancy Benoit dispute that Daniel had Fragile X or any medical condition:

The parents of Nancy Benoit are saying that their grandson, Daniel Benoit, not only did not have Fragile X Syndrome but didn’t have any kind of medical problem.

The parents of Nancy Benoit were contesting a widely-reported aspect of the case — that Daniel Benoit had an inherted genetic developmental disability.

On Friday, Nancy Benoit’s parents said through their attorney that they were unaware that their grandson had a rare medical condition called Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited form of mental retardation often accompanied by autism.

Atlanta-based lawyer Richard Decker, who represents Paul and Maureen Toffoloni, told ESPN.com’s Elizabeth Merrill that the grandparents babysat often for Daniel and noticed no medical issues.

“To them, he’s always been a normal, healthy, happy child with no signs of illness,” Decker said. “And that’s not from a distance. That’s from day-to-day contact.

This could just be the words of proud grandparents blinded by grief. As the PWTorch article states in an interview that Chris Jericho did, Jericho said that the he didn’t know that Daniel had Fragile X Syndrome but once he heard what the syndrome entailed he said that it fit Daniel to a T.

If Chris Benoit killed his family and himself over Daniel’s alleged Fragile X Syndrome it not only makes him a coward it also makes him a quitter.

Duck pond search fruitless

Search of Tech duck pond turns up nothing:

The search of a drained duck pond at Virginia Tech turned up no clues behind the massacre perpetrated by Cho Seung Hui.

Corinne Geller of the state police says divers worked in shifts from Tuesday to yesterday evening, searching through three feet of muck with a metal detector and their hands. She calls “an exhausting search.”

She said the divers weren’t looking for anything specific, but were doing a more thorough investigation of a student’s report that someone resembling Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) was near the pond between the time he killed two students in a dormitory and 30 people in a classroom building on April 16th.

The hard drive from Cho’s computer is still among the missing.

Delusional juice freak

Wrestling legend says Benoit had trouble with reality:

While most wrestlers and ex-wrestlers are saying how surprised they were at Chris Benoit’s actions, Bruce Hart, brother to Bret “The Hitman” Hart and son to the late Stu Hart, is saying that Benoit was crazier than a shithouse rat.

Chris Benoit was a “delusional juice freak” who chased the dark side and had trouble distinguishing between his fictional character and reality, says the man who started him out in professional wrestling.

“The last time I saw him he was in pretty rough shape mentally,” said Bruce Hart, son of the legendary Stu Hart. “I didn’t know all the details but I knew it wasn’t good. I was not at all shocked (by what happened).

Hart will not simplify the shocking murder of Benoit’s wife and 7-year-old son or the eventual suicide of the wrestler by attributing it only to steroid usage. But he truly believes that steroid abuse, in combination with delusional behaviour, painkillers and failing health — “almost all the people we started out with (who did steroids) began breaking down around 40,” Hart said — is a deadly cocktail that needs to be further examined.

“I’ve known too many wrestlers who couldn’t separate the character they play on television from their real life,” said Hart, who has wrestled professionally, promoted wrestling and trained wrestlers all his life.

“Wrestlers start believing their press clippings and what is said on television. It’s like an actor leaving the set but still playing the part. There’s a delusional element to this. I’ve seen it over and over again. Some people can’t separate the character from real life, and Chris was one of those people.

“From my experience, that has been quite prevalent with wrestlers and that becomes exacerbated by steroids, drugs, painkillers and failing health.”

Hart did wonder if Benoit had been given an unfavourable medical report, which may been another factor in his violent behaviour. “A lot of the steroid users start getting liver and kidney problems around the age of 40,” Hart said. “There are a lot of wrestlers out there who are dead that you never heard about whose bodies broke down. I’ve known others who had looming health issues and went a little crazy. Maybe this caused him to go off.”

Which leads me even more to believe that this wasn’t the case of “roid rage” that everyone has been wailing about. And that’s why I haven’t been posting about the steroid related parts to this story. To me it’s a non-issue. Steroids may have contributed to what happened but they weren’t the be all and end all to motive. If that was the case then wrestlers would be killing people every other week.

Benoit Wikipedia post just a coincidence

Chris Benoit mystery editor confesses: claims “terrible coincidence”:

Luckily it was just a coincidence according to the anonymous poster…

Hey everyone. I am here to talk about the wikipedia comment that was left by myself. I just want to say that it was an incredible coincidence. Last weekend, I had heard about Chris Benoit no showing Vengeance because of a family emergency, and I had heard rumors about why that was. I was reading rumors and speculation about this matter online, and one of them included that his wife may have passed away, and I did the wrong thing by posting it on wikipedia to spite there being no evidence. I posted my speculation on the situation at the time and I am deeply sorry about this, and I was just as shocked as everyone when I heard that this actually would happen in real life. It is one of those things that just turned into a huge coincidence. That night I found out that what I posted, ended up actually happening, a 1 in 10,000 chance of happening, or so I thought. I was beyond wrong for posting wrongful information, and I am sorry to everyone for this. I just want everyone to know it was stupid of me, and I will never do anything like this again. I just posted something that was at that time a piece of wrong unsourced information that is typical on wikipedia, as it is done all the time.

Those are “winning the lottery” type odds.

Anyway, the poster also admits to being from Stamford, CT but wishes to remain anonymous.

Crazy bomb threat teacher fired

Frederick teacher who made bomb threats against students is fired:

Michelle Dohm, the crazy bomb threatening middle school teacher from Thurmont, MD, was finally fired from her position. So after her arrest, and then contacting witnesses against her, and her conviction the school board waits until she’s sentenced to fire her?

Scott Shefelbine may have bail revoked

Prosecutor asks judge to revoke bail of alleged sex predator:

Finally someone in the Connecticut legal system has some sense. The assistant state’s attorney handling the case of alleged serial predator Scott Shefelbine is trying to have his bail revoked on the grounds he violated his terms of release. He’s been arrested multiple times for various sex offenses usually involving MySpace. His parents have paid his bail each time racking up to a whopping $1.5M.

My only question is what took you so long?

A judge will rule on the motion July 10th.

And then things got weird

Web Time Stamps Indicate Nancy Benoit’s Death Reported on Web at Least 13 Hours Before Police Found Bodies in Her Home:

Again I say even the writer monkeys at WWE couldn’t write a script this outlandish.

An anonymous user operating a computer traced to Stamford, Conn. ” home to World Wrestling Entertainment ” posted an entry to pro wrestler Chris Benoit’s biography on Wikipedia.org announcing the death of his wife Nancy at least 13 hours before police in suburban Atlanta said they found her body along with her husband’s and that of their 7-year-old son, FOXNews.com has learned.

Employees at Wikipedia.org said the posting went live on their site on Monday at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Police, however, said they found the bodies Monday at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

The posting reads: “Chris Benoit was replaced by [[Johnny Nitro]] for the ECW Championship match at Vengeance, as Benoit was not there due to personal issues, stemming from the death of his wife Nancy.” According to a Wikipedia.org report published after FOXNews.com made inquiries, the edit was reversed just under one hour later with the comment:

“Need a reliable source. Saying that his wife died is a pretty big statement, you need to back it up with something.”

If that post was made anywhere besides Stamford I would have said that it was just another Wikipedia vandal who happened to get it right by accident.

And let’s further fuel some conspiracy theories while were at it.

In related news, FOXNews.com also has learned, through widely posted Web reports, that former pro wrestler Sherri Martel, who was found dead on June 15, was linked to former wrestler Kevin Sullivan ” ex-husband of Nancy Benoit.

Martel, who had a reputation as one of the top managers in pro wrestling, was found dead at her mother”s home in near Birmingham, Ala., on June 15. She was 49.

Investigators, who have not yet determined Martel’s cause of death, say foul play is not suspected but that Martel did not die of natural causes.

I don’t know what to make of the Wikipedia entry but Sherri Martel’s death is just plain coincidence.

Benoits argued about handicapped child

Benoits argued over care of son, WWE attorney says

According to the Associated Press a WWE attorney is saying that Daniel Benoit’s medical condition was a great cause of stress for his mother and father, Nancy and Chris Benoit. Daniel Benoit was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, a form of mental retardation that is sometimes accompanied with autism. The WWE attorney also said that Nancy Benoit wanted Chris Benoit to be at home more to help take care of Daniel. It’s alleged that Nancy said she could not take care of Daniel by herself.

First off I thought investigators told the WWE not to release any more details. Why is the WWE airing the Benoit’s dirty laundry all of a sudden? They wouldn’t be trying to deflect some kind of responsibility would they? Not that I think the WWE is responsible for their deaths but they sure are acting suspicious.

Secondly is a $500K a year salary not enough money to be able to take care of a child with Fragile X Syndrome? Could they not have afforded someone to come in and help Nancy while Chris was on the road?

However this new revelation if true makes me think of another possible motive for why the Canadian Coward killed his family. The article states that in the past Nancy had not asked Chris to quit wrestling. Maybe she did recently. Chris Benoit’s love of professional wrestling is legendary among hardcore fans. Maybe Nancy gave Chris an ultimatum. Either leave wrestling or I’ll leave. Not that that’s any excuse for killing your family.

Lesser Charge

New Attorney Moves to Withdraw School Shooter’s Guilty Plea:

Kenny Bartley’s new attorney has made some changes about withdrawing his guilty plea.

Kenneth Bartley Jr.’s new attorney has taken the next step toward withdrawing his client’s guilty plea.

Bruce Poston has amended a motion filed by Bartley’s old attorney explaining why the plea should be withdrawn.

Included in the motion, arguments made previously that Bartley Jr.’s parents didn’t consent to the plea.

And new arguments that Bartley didn’t know lesser convictions could carry lesser punishments.

Poston also argues that Bartley Jr.’s former attorney Mike Hatmaker pressured Bartley Jr. to accept the last-minute deal without consulting with anyone, especially his parents.

What lesser charge? Jaywalking? Truancy? Leaving a flaming bag of dog crap on someones doorstep? He killed a man for crying out loud. And personally I don’t think his parents should be consulted as far as a plea agreement goes. He made the choice to shoot and kill Ken Bruce then he alone should make the choice of whether or not he wants to take a plea.

The way I see it either the sentence will stand or they’ll go back to trial and Bartley will be convicted and sentenced to even more time.

Benoit's text messages

WWE Releases Benoit Text Messages:

The content of Chris Benoit’s text messages have been made public. Two were sent from his cell phone and three were sent from Nancy’s. 4 of the messages just kept saying his street address and the fifth told the recipient where his attack dogs could be found. They were all sent between 3:53 AM and 3:58 AM on June 24th.

Thanks again to Mena for the link.