Post details: One man's "troubled" is another man's "monster".

06/27/07

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One man's "troubled" is another man's "monster".

For some, this is going to be the least popular post I've ever written... but it is cathartic.

Two men I have met before... both not well enough to truly call "friend" or even "good acquaintance" have come into my thoughts today.

The first is Chris Benoit.

Mr. Benoit was a professional wrestler considered by many to be the best in the business. He was considered a gentleman, a sportsman, and a genuinely nice fellow. He devoted a lot of time to charities and took time to thank his fans... he was also found dead at the age of forty on Monday in his home... dead with him was his wife and their seven year old son. I sadly will have to return to this part after the next introduction...

The second is Jeff Marek.

I first found out about Jeff from his radio show, Live Audio Wrestling which is a weekly broadcast about the comings and goings of professional wrestling and MMA. I don't know if this is still a compliment, but in wrestling journalism, there's one man that's considered the "king" of the hill... and that's Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer... and Mr. Meltzer once referred to Mr. Marek as the most knowledgeable man in wrestling which I saw, when I heard it as high praise... and indeed warranted. Marek left his wrestling show and really moved away from pro-wrestling and concentrated on his new program, "The Leaf's Lunch" which is hockey oriented.

Mr. Marek was a legitimate friend of Chris Benoit... and took his death very hard... but something from his broadcast, where he slipped from hockey back into wrestling to have a cathartic moment, made me think...

Right now, and I TRULY hope this is wrong, it looks as if Benoit went home on Saturday and took the life of his wife... on Sunday, he took the life of his young son... on Monday, he took his own life.

That's when the police found the bodies...

This is the "scuttlebut" as of writing this... and it could be wrong... but it sure doesn't look like it is.

The only certainty is that there were no guns involved and the police are openly saying that the facts, as they appear, will be "bizarre."

This is not good news.

Mr. Marek addressed this... and stood by his friend which is normal and laudable... but I couldn't help but wonder as I heard him talk about how this was, if true, a mistake... and how we all make "mistakes"... that no, thankfully, we don't all make this type of mistake. In fact, God bless, these types of "mistakes" are very rare.

As the truth comes out, people are saying the Benoit was obviously "troubled"... "confused"... "having serious problems"...

Here's the "HATE MATTHEW" bit...

If what is reckoned is true, how "troubled", "confused", and "having serious problems" is killing one's wife, one's young child, and then one's self?

Had this not been a "friend" to Marek, I'm sure he'd be denouncing him as a monster... instead, if one said that Benoit was a horrid killer, I'm sure they'd be told You didn't know the man.

I don't doubt this... I didn't know the man... and I'm sure, from what I've heard, this IS like a bolt of horrible, terrible lightning to those who knew him best.

...but one wonders, can the same be said about Ted Bundy to his friends? How about Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka? How about Clifford Olsen? Seung-hui Cho? Claus von Bülow? I could extend this list...

How many of these people had friends that said to others that they didn't know them.

Had Ted Bundy been a "good celebrity", would he have people simply saying he was "disturbed"?

Sadly, I think the answer is yes.

Is Chris Benoit a "monster" if he did do these terrible things?

What's weird is, I'd say not... we were fortunate enough to know of his life before the incident and all signs are that something "snapped"...

...but how many other people "snapped" and are not alloted the same courtesy of defence from the masses because, no, we didn't know them.

I really, REALLY hope I'll eat crow over this post and the truth will say that he was not as "involved" with this act... but if he was, he killed his young son... and as a parent (albeit a step-parent,) I cannot help but think this is a monstrous act...

...and how would you define a "monster"?


Addenda: 9:10pm Tuesday the 26th...

If you're wondering, I time stamped this... I wrote it yesterday at 7pm... and this was posted yesterday evening on the Figure Four Weekly website which I saw after I wrote my original post above...

By Bryan Alvarez;

ESPN.com is now reporting new horrifying details, including the manner of Nancy's death and the fact that there were needle marks in Daniel's arms, likely the result of the family injecting him with Human Growth Hormone.

The following are notes from this afternoon's Chris Benoit press conference. Thanks very much to Admin Tony for writing it up.

Around 2:30pm on Sunday welfare call from employers to police.

Autopsies, ruled as a double homicide/suicide. Possibly Friday murdered his wife, then shortly after killed his son. Then killed himself Saturday possibly early Sunday. No suicide note. Asphyxiation on all three as the cause of death. Son was in his bed. Wife was in an family room upstairs.

One arrest for DUI on Benoit. Cops did not have knowledge of domestic violence arrests at that time. A lot of perscription medication, believed to be legal. Did not disclose if there were steroids.

No motive discussed. Would not elaborate on the text message(s).

Wife was bound by her feet.

There was a bible near the body of her wife and one by her son.

It appears my segment on CBS was scrapped. It was taped before the press conference, so most likely most of what I said was outdated within 30 minutes.

I finally did the audio news update around two hours ago. It really did a number on the website as we had hundreds and hundreds of simultaneous downloads. If the site is slow or the download didn't finish, it'll probably be OK in a few hours. We're doing all we can, but we've never been hit like this before.

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