Roids found at scene of Benoit murder-suicide

By Nature Boy · Jun 26, 2007 · ·
  1. Nature Boy

    [h2]WWE star killed family, self[/h2][h1]Police: 'Roids found at scene of Benoit murder-suicide[/h1]

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his 7-year-old son and placed a Bible next to their bodies before hanging himself with a weight-machine pulley, authorities said Tuesday.
    Investigators found anabolic steroids in the house and want to know whether the muscle man nicknamed "The Canadian Crippler" was unhinged by the bodybuilding drugs, which can cause paranoia, depression and explosive outbursts known as "roid rage."
    Authorities offered no motive for the killings, which were spread out over a weekend, and would not discuss Benoit's state of mind. No suicide note was found.
    "I'm baffled about why anybody would kill a 7-year-old," District Attorney Scott Ballard said. "I don't think we'll ever be able wrap our head around that."
    The Montreal-born Benoit was one of the stars of the WWE wrestling circuit and was known for his wholesome family-man image. His wife, Nancy, was a wrestling stage manager who worked under the name "Woman." They married in 2000.
    When he won the world heavyweight championship in 2004, Benoit (pronounced ben-WAH) hoisted the belt over his head and invited his wife and child into the ring to celebrate. Asked by the Calgary Sun that same year to name his worst vice: Benoit replied: "Quality time with my family is a big vice. It's something I'll fight for and crave."
    Nevertheless, Nancy Benoit filed for a divorce in 2003, saying the couple's three-year marriage was irrevocably broken and alleging "cruel treatment." She later dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she charged that the 5-foot-10, 220-pound Benoit had threatened her and had broken furniture in their home.
    In the divorce filing, she said Benoit made more than $500,000 a year as a professional wrestler and asked for permanent custody of Daniel and child support. In his response, Benoit sought joint custody.
    The bodies were found Monday afternoon in the house, situated off a gravel road in this suburb about 20 miles south of Atlanta.
    Benoit's 43-year-old wife was killed Friday in an upstairs family room, her feet and wrists were bound and there was blood under her head, indicating a possible struggle, Ballard said. Daniel was probably killed late Saturday or early Sunday, the body found in his bed, the district attorney said.
    Benoit, 40, apparently hanged himself several hours and as long as a day later, Ballard said. His body was found in a downstairs weight room, his body found hanging from the pulley of a piece of exercise equipment.
    A closed Bible was placed next to the bodies of the wife and son, authorities said.
    The prosecutor said he found it "bizarre" that the WWE wrestling star spread out the killings over a weekend and appeared to remain in the house for up to a day with the bodies.
    Toxicology test results may not be available for weeks or even months, Ballard said. As for whether steroids played a role in the crime, he said: "We don't know yet. That's one of the things we'll be looking at."
    Steroids have been linked to the deaths of several professional wrestlers in recent years. Eddie Guerrero, one of Benoit's best friends, died in 2005 from heart failure linked to long-term steroid use.
    The father of Curt "Mr. Pefect" Henning blamed steroids and painkillers for Henning's drug overdose death in 2003. Davey Boy Smith, the "British Bulldog," died in 2002 from heart failure that a coroner said was probably caused by steroids.
    Benoit was a quiet, roughhewn figure amid the glitz and bluster of pro wrestling. He performed under his real name, eschewed scripted personas and didn't bother to fix a gap where he had lost one of his front teeth. (According to the WWE Web site, he lost the tooth while roughhousing with his pet Rottweiler.)
    His signature move was the "Crippler Crossface," in which he would lock his hands around an opponent's face and stretch his neck.
    He met his wife in the 1990s when she was married to rival wrestler Kevin Sullivan. As part of the scripted rivalry, Benoit and Nancy were supposed to act as if they were having an affair. A real romance blossomed, and she left Sullivan for Benoit.
    Neighbors said the Benoits led a low-key lifestyle.
    "We would see Chris walking in his yard from time to time. He wasn't rude, but he wasn't really outwardly warm," said Alaina Jones, who lives across the street.
    Jimmy Baswell, who was Benoit's driver for more than five years, placed a white wreath at the Benoits' gate. "They always seemed like they were the happiest people," he said.
    World Wrestling Entertainment said on its Web site that it asked authorities to check on Benoit and his family after being alerted by friends who had received "several curious text messages sent by Benoit early Sunday morning."
    "He was like a family member to me, and everyone in my family is taking it real hard," said fellow Canadian Bret Hart, a five-time champion.
    The WWE canceled its live "Monday Night RAW" card in Corpus Christi, Texas, after the bodies were discovered.
    Monday's show was supposed to be a memorial service for WWE owner Vince McMahon. In a storyline concocted by the WWE, McMahon was supposedly "assassinated" in a limousine explosion two weeks earlier. McMahon appeared at the beginning of Monday's telecast and acknowledged the bombing was made up.
    The McMahon storyline has been dropped.

    ...has anyone ever heard of a "roids rage" incident going this badly?

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  1. tayo
    no, never. it can perpetuate already existing conditions but won't "cause depression, paranoia, or explosive outbursts"... if someone is given a reason to be paranoid, depressed, or to explode in someone's face they may be a little more likely to see "roid rage" effects. sounds like this man had some underlying issues, and they needed another way to say "drugs are bad" and their scapegoat this time to reinforce the idea was steroids.
  2. Nature Boy
    Benoit was regarded by many of his colleagues in the business as a hard man. He was something of a loner except for a few old friends, rarely expressed emotion and got over due to his athletic ability rather than as a charismatic TV persona. He was known to have a quick temper and his intensity was reknowned in the pro wrestling world. Whatever the motive for these murders, I have no doubt that this will lead to debate over the legal status of anabolic steroids, restrictions on the availability of prescriptions and a possible investigation into the drug culture in the WWE which could result in a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

    The "roid rage" issue is already being blown out of proportion by several media stations. Should be interesting to see where this leads.

    EDIT: Perhaps this should be moved to Drugs News.
  3. Motorhead
    Steriods or roid rage may have played a part, its still really early to tell. But he really lost it whatever happened. Staying in the house that long before hanging himself, and he sent a bunch of bizarre text messages as well. I cant remember them, just saw them on the news this morning, but they made no sense. It all can't be just the steriods.

    Regardless, there is a link and with all thats going on in all the other professional sports, especially baseball, I think nature boy is right-there will be a big clamp down on 'roids in the coming years.
  4. Motorhead
    [h3]Benoit's doctor charged in drug probe [/h3] Updated Mon. Jul. 2 2007 2:34 PM ET
    Associated Press
    ATLANTA -- The personal doctor of pro wrestler Chris Benoit was charged Monday with improperly dispensing painkillers and other drugs.
    The seven-count indictment said Dr. Phil Astin dispensed drugs including Percocet, Xanax, Lorcet and Vicoprofen between April 2004 and September 2005.
    The recipients were identified in the indictment by the initials O.G. and M.J. Benoit's initials were not listed.
    Astin was expected to make an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
    A criminal complaint was also filed, but was under seal. A law enforcement official close to the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the hearing, said the case involves steroids.
    Federal drug agents have taken over the probe into whether Astin improperly prescribed testosterone and other drugs to Benoit before the wrestler killed his wife and son and committed suicide in his suburban Atlanta home last month. State prosecutors and sheriff's officials are overseeing the death investigation.
    Federal prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of all property and proceeds Astin obtained through the illegal conduct if he's convicted.
    Investigators have conducted two raids at Astin's west Georgia office since last week.
    Astin prescribed testosterone for Benoit, a longtime friend, in the past but has not said what, if any, medications he prescribed when Benoit visited his office June 22, the day authorities believe Benoit killed his wife.
    Toxicology tests on Benoit's body have not yet been completed, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said.
    Anabolic steroids were found in Benoit's home, leading officials to wonder whether the drugs played a role in the killings. Some experts believe steroids can cause paranoia, depression and violent outbursts known as "roid rage."
    "We're still asking questions and searching for answers with regard to the death so we can tie up loose ends," Ballard said.
    Ballard said finding a motive in the case remains elusive.
    "I think it will always be undetermined as to 'Why?'" Ballard said. "I think it's because there can't be any satisfactory reason why you kill a 7-year-old."
    Authorities have said Benoit strangled his wife and son, placing Bibles next to their bodies, before hanging himself on the cable of a weight-machine in his home.
    Benoit's father, Michael, said Monday that "it's impossible to come up with a rational explanation for a very irrational act."
    "That's my feeling. Let the cards fall where they fall, we have no control over it at this point," he said. "It's just impossible to come up with a rational explanation for what happened."
  5. Nature Boy
    Reports also suggest that Benoit was injecting his son with Human Growth Hormone due to the fact that he suffered from Fragile X syndrome, a rare form of genetic retardation. The more news that breaks out about this the more it depicts Benoit as a disturbed individual. Clearly he wasn't satisfied having a feeble-bodied son incapable of defending himself. Benoit must have been extremely insecure. I think there was a lot more going on psychologically rather than just "roid rage".
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