Chris Benoit's Wikipedia Page Mystery

wikipediaPrior 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.

As details emerge, it all becomes that much more puzzling. I'd like to know who updated Chris Benoit's Wikipedia page. The AP article has the details.

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,[98][1] 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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That is strange. But it could have been that Benoit emailed WWE saying he couldn't make a match due to his wife's death. While that news is tragic, that wouldn't have warranted a call to the police. The speed in which the news made it to Wikipedia is a testament to the power of the web 2.0 movement. Good, bad or indiferent, it is definitely in full swing and news will never be the same.

June 29, 2007 @ 11:43 AM

Toronto Mike

Apparently, this was a wild coincidence.

That's some coincidence. Even if he made up the part about Benoit's wife dying, how could he coincidentally live in Stamford, Conn?

June 29, 2007 @ 1:59 PM

Jason @ Get Your OJ

Easily. We're all shoked and specualting too much.

I also think the Sun cover today is distasteful.

For all we know, *technically speaking*, the wife could have killed the kid..

We need to step back and let the full facts come in

June 29, 2007 @ 2:17 PM


Except that people using SCIENCE (not speculation) put her death hours before the son's death, and then hours after that for Benoit's death.

June 29, 2007 @ 4:04 PM

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