Chris Benoit Double Murder-Suicide: Who Is To Blame?

Since we all know what happened in the Benoit tragedy, it leaves one question: who is to blame for it? Is it Benoit himself, Vince McMahon or Dr. Astin?

Background information:
June 25, 2007- the day Chris, Nancy, and Daniel Benoit were all found dead in the Lafayette, Georgia home. Coincidence? It has been ruled that over a three day period, Benoit killed his wife and son, and then himself.

*Nancy Benoit-On Friday, June 22, Benoit killed his wife. She was found in an upstairs family room with her limbs bound and her body wrapped in a towel. A Bible was left by her body. She had bruises on her back and stomach consistent with someone pressing a knee into the back while pulling on a cord around the neck, causing strangulation. Blood was also found under her head, suggesting she may have tried to fend off Benoit.
*Daniel Benoit-Daniel was suffocated and killed by his father in his own bedroom. A Bible was left by the boy's body. District Attorney Scott Ballard said, "the boy had internal injuries to the throat area, but showed no bruises", indicating that he may have been locked in the crook of Benoit's arm. Daniel's exact time of death is unknown. Daniel had needle marks in his arm, suggesting that he had been given growth hormones because Benoit and his family considered him undersized; which was theorized to be most likely the result of him suffering from Fragile X Syndrome. District Attorney Ballard, however, released a statement saying that a source having access to Daniel's medical files reviewed said files and found that they mention no pre-existing mental or physical ailments. Likewise, Daniel Benoit's educators report that Daniel was on par with other students and not about to be held back as previously thought. The reports also determine that Daniel was sedated with Xanax when he was killed. A large knife was also found underneath Daniel's bed, but was unused in either of the murders.
*Chris Benoit-The perpetrator, Chris Benoit, according to District Attorney Ballard, died of suicide by hanging. Benoit apparently used a cord, normally part of the weight machine, to hang himself by creating a noose from the end of the weight cord. When Benoit released the weights - approximately 240 pounds, which weighed more than he did - it caused his strangulation. Ballard said the pull-down bar had been removed and Benoit was hanging from a pulley.

Who is to blame? Studies show that during his career time, Benoit has suffered many blows to the head, and results have shown that "Benoit's brain was so severely damaged it resembled the brain of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient." Which brings the question: Why wasn't he given any time off? Wrestlers work 300 days out of the year, and do not have an off season. If they take time off, they suffer money wise. They get addicted to pain medications to numb the pain. The least common way of wrestlers dying seems to be old age, which the top reasons to be drug usage and large bodies (ahem, steriods).

Another person to take in consideration is Dr. Astin. Dr. Phil Astin was the personal doctor for Chris Benoit. It's been alleged that Astin gave Benoit steroids. Astin is currently in court. Attorneys for Dr. Astin have asked a judge to throw out evidence seized during a raid on Astin's office after the death of Benoit and his family. Astin's attorney, Manny Arora claims that the search exceeded authority granted in a search warrant and that authorities seized patients records other than Benoit as well as three years of bank records and computers. This information comes from Wrestling Observer, a newsletter dedicated to professional wrestling. According to the Associated Press on February 4, 2008, Dr. Astin is currently charged with overprescribing medication in a case not connected to Benoit.

With all of this to take under consideration, is it really fair to solely blame Chris Benoit?

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Posted on July 22nd, 2008 at 07:21pm


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