ESPN reports that investigators have discovered that Canadian pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his seven-year-old son, and hanged himself with the pulley of a weight machine. That information was released today after the announcement late yesterday that the three were found dead and last night’s now-somewhat-premature tribute to Benoit on USA Network’s Raw. No suicide note was found, but steroids may be a determining factor in the killings.
Benoit’s wife, 43, 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, [DA Scott] Ballard said. The son, Daniel, was probably killed late Saturday or early Sunday, the body found in his bed, Ballard said. Benoit, 40, apparently killed 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. 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.