Chris Benoit's Wikipedia Page Mystery
Prior to his suicide last weekend, I had never heard of Chris Benoit. I was a big WWF fan in the 80s, and I knew the big names that have come since like The Rock and Steve Austin, but I'm so far removed from the silliness now I completely missed Benoit's career.
Investigators had not yet discovered the bodies of pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and their 7-year-old son when someone altered Benoit's Wikipedia entry to mention his wife's death, authorities said.
Authorities said Thursday they are trying to determine who altered the entry on the collaborative reference site 14 hours before authorities discovered the bodies of the couple and their son.
Benoit's Wikipedia entry was altered early Monday to say the wrestler had missed a match two days earlier because of his wife's death.
The entry was made by someone using an IP addy in Stamford, Conn. That's where the WWE is based. Did Chris Benoit kill his wife and text message someone at the WWE about it? If so, why would someone at the WWE add this detail to Benoit's Wikipedia page but not call the police?
Here's what's written about the incident on the Wikipedia page itself.
The phrase "stemming from the death of his wife Nancy" was added to the English Wikipedia's "Chris Benoit" article at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 25, whereas the Fayette County police reportedly discovered the bodies of the Benoit family at 2:30 p.m. EDT (14 hours, 29 minutes later).
In this cyber age of instant publishing, this Wikipedia mystery is but another wrinkle in a mind boggling episode.
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