If this guy was insane or on drugs or depressed that might be a reason why, but why his whole family and not just himself? Why do men do that?
But then why do the Andrea Yates and that woman in Texas kill their families?
My issue here is look at the Texas murder/suicide thread. Men railed on that woman for killing her kids, never offered an opinion as to why except when it was mean and had no consideration for drugs, hormones, depression etc. Now some guy does it and right away lets defend him? I spit on this guy. No matter how good of a wrestler he was or athlete, he did NOT have to murder two innocent defenseless people. He killed a helpless boy, HIS OWN SON for God sakes. I hope the hottest place in hell is reserved for this freak.
C'mon guys. Apply the same standards. If this was a woman who had killed her kid and her husband would we be posting about why this guy did it and "it was the drugs"? Either bring the hammer down on this guy or lighten up on the women who do this.
You're right, people should condemn Benoit's murderous actions. No matter what people say, his actions were and are unjustifiable
. However, I think it is important to understand the motivation behind his actions.
Here are three speculative theories that I have come up with:Theory 1:
A possible explanation is his wife -- a former ECW and WCW wrestler who used the stage name "Woman" -- may have been threatening to take his child and house away from him. There is evidence that she filed a restraining order against him in 2003, claiming he 'threatened' her. She tried to divorce him in the same year. Based on this, the restraining order she filed against him may have been a legal ploy to gain leverage during the divorce trial that she wanted. Theory 2:
Benoit may have been an abusive husband. His murderous actions may have entailed a web of domestic violence.Theory 3:
He may have been a religious extremist and a member of a cult. The fact he placed a bible beside his wife and son adds some weight to this theory.
Personally, I had a lot of respect for the man, and I still admire his ring skills and dedication to the wrestling business. A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about his dedication to the business and the discrimination he endured. He travelled the world in order to ply his trade. His contributions to the business were shunned by the WWF and WCW during the mid-1990's. Instead, novices such Bill Goldberg were brought in and given a reserved spot at the top of the industry -- even though they had never contributed anything to the business and were only looking out for themselves.
It always made me wonder whether this would have an effect on Benoit. The reason I say this is because the life of a pro wrestler is arduous, fatiguing and stressful. A full-time professional wrestler can be on the road for 2/3's of the year. During his spare time he has to spend the bulk of his time at the gym. In other words, professional wrestling isn't a job, it's a lifestyle.
When a wrestler's work ethic, contributions and talent is overlooked for money-hungry persons like Bill Goldberg, it must have some effect on his psyche. This does not justify Benoit's actions, however it might
explain why he went over the edge.
Andrea Yates wasn't a professional wrestler. She didn't make the sacrifices and take the risks that Benoit took. Nor was she in the spotlight and scrutinised like Benoit. Compared to Chris Benoit's life, Andrea Yates had it pretty easy. Therefore, it's understandable that people are less sympathetic towards her.
Also, Benoit punished himself by taking his own life. Yates didn't do this. Instead, she evaded responsibility by blaming her murderous actions on 'mental illness'. This is another reason that people are more sympathetic towards Chris Benoit; he had the guts to punish himself for the horrible things he did.