The following subject is not for the faint-hearted, so I politely ask you to skip the article if it’s upsetting. I have researched the facts over the years, and I decided to write this after losing my previous article. Eight years (2007) have passed since the tragedy occurred, and when I research I find new information. I will explain the facts with conclusive evidence including quotes, sources and videos. I shall give my personal opinions in the conclusion.
I know it will be a monumental task to bring you all the information I can while remaining unbiased. I am here to display facts, seek the truth, and paint the entire picture to allow you to be judge and jury. All I ask is you read through all the evidence before formulating your own judgments, and to remain respectful to others opinions in the comments section.
- Tuesday 19th June – Chris Benoit worked his last wrestling match, defeating Elijah Burke on an episode of ECW. He was scheduled to wrestle CM Punk for the ECW Championship at the Vengeance PPV. Benoit touched the vacant ECW Championship on display following the victory, signalling his desire to become champion.
- Friday 22nd June – Reports on Saturday claimed Benoit rushed home on Friday due to a family emergency. Benoit did not work the Smackdown House Show. Benoit was still scheduled to wrestle for the ECW Championship at the Vengeance PPV. Autopsies revealed Nancy Benoit died at an undisclosed time on Friday by strangulation. She was found wrapped in a towel with her limbs bound with a bible left beside her. Injuries indicated Benoit pressed a knee into her back while pulling on a cord around her neck. Blood was found under her head, suggesting she attempted to fend him off, however officials saw no sign of immediate struggle. Decomposition made it difficult for the medical examiner to determine the levels of hydrocodone and alprazolam in her system, however he found nothing which would sedate her.
- Saturday 23rd June – On Sunday, it was reported Benoit did not work the Vengeance PPV and was replaced by Johnny Nitro. Tazz noted on commentary his absence was due to “personal reasons”. Daniel Benoit was suffocated in his bedroom by his father on Saturday, the exact time is unknown. Daniel was sedated with Xanax, and likely unconscious when he was killed. Daniel had internal injuries to his throat area, showing no bruises. A copy of the bible was left by his body.
- At an unknown time between Friday and Saturday, Benoit called and left a voicemail for an unknown friend. Benoit later called WWE’s talent relations office stating that his son was vomiting and that he and Nancy were at the hospital with him. He also stated that he would be taking a later flight into Houston where he was scheduled to face CM Punk for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship at Vengeance: Night of Champions, but would not make the live event in Beaumont.
- Saturday 23rd June – At about 3:30 p.m. EDT, fellow wrestler Chavo Guerrero received a voicemail message from Benoit’s phone stating that he overslept and missed his flight and would be late for that night’s house show in Beaumont, Texas. Guerrero called Benoit back and Benoit sounded tired and groggy as he confirmed everything that he had said in his voice message. Guerrero, who was “concerned about Benoit’s tone and demeanor”, called him back twelve minutes later. Benoit did not answer the call and Guerrero left a message asking Benoit to call back.
- At 3:44 p.m. EDT, Benoit called Guerrero back, stating that he did not answer the call because he was on the phone with Delta Air Lines changing his flight. Benoit stated that he had a stressful day due to Nancy and Daniel “being sick of food poisoning”. A co-worker who often traveled with Benoit called him from outside the Houston airport and Benoit answered. Benoit told the coworker that Nancy was vomiting blood and that Daniel was also vomiting. Benoit called Guerrero back again asking for advice but Guerrero didn’t know what to do.
- Sunday 24th June – Five text messages were sent to co-workers between 3:51 a.m. and 3:58 a.m. using both Chris Benoit’s and Nancy Benoit’s cell phones. Four of them were the Benoits’ address and the fifth said that the family’s dogs were in the enclosed pool area also noting a garage side door was left open. At an unknown time, Chris Benoit used a weight machine to hang himself by creating a noose from the end of the cord. The medical examiner found Xanax, hydrocodone, and an elevated level of testosterone in his system. There was no indication that anything in his system contributed to his violent behavior and roid-rage was ruled out.
- Monday 25th June – WWE received the text messages sent to Chavo Guerrero and Scott Armstrong, and forwarded their concerns to the Fayette County Sheriff. At 2.30 p.m, officers discovered the bodies of the Benoit family. At 4.15 p.m. the police notified WWE of the situation and the house was now ruled as a major crime scene. The investigation determined no additional suspects for the murders as there was no evidence of intruders. WWE cancelled their planned Raw show in favor of a tribute show to Chris Benoit and his career.
Monday Night Raw – Remembering Chris Benoit
The show represents how upset WWE and its wrestlers were over the shocking news. WWE dedicated a full episode of Raw to his life and career, and it included comments from wrestlers coming to terms with the news and saying their goodbyes. WWE issued the following statement before the show.
“World Wrestling Entertainment is deeply saddened to report that today Chris Benoit and his family were found dead in their home. There are no further details at this time, other than the Benoit family residence is currently being investigated by local authorities. Tonight’s Raw on USA Network will serve as a tribute to Chris Benoit and his family. WWE extends its sincerest thoughts and prayers to the Benoit family’s relatives and loved ones in this time of tragedy”
As the show neared its end, reports surfaced about the police working under the belief that Chris Benoit was responsible for the deaths. The next day, WWE released a statement before the following ECW broadcast. You can watch the show and the announcement in the videos section.
The media had a field day with the story as they grasped at straws over the possible motives behind the murders. As the wrestling business was known for abusing steroids in the 80’s, the media blew the story out of proportion after finding out that steroids were found in Benoit’s home. The media jumped to conclusions before any toxicology results were reported, and used previous steroid scandals as validation for their claims of “roid-rage”. Despite the police stating Benoit did not commit the murders in an out-of-control rage, the media ignored the facts and claimed Benoit had killed his family in a psychopathic rage.