June 29, 2007
A bizarre new twist in the murder suicide case of WWE star Chris Benoit and his family.
Investigators had not yet discovered the bodies of Benoit's wife and son when someone altered a Wikipedia entry of the wrestler mentioning his wife's death, said authorities.
An anonymous user with the same IP address as the person who made the edits confessed Friday on an online discussion forum that the changes were made to the website based on rumors and speculation and not hard facts.
"I just can't believe what I wrote was actually the case, I've remained stunned and saddened over it," the user wrote.
Benoit's page on Wikipedia, a reference site that allows users to update and edit information, was updated at 12:01 a.m. Monday, about 14 hours before authorities found the bodies of Benoit's wife and son.
Wikipedia confirmed the authenticity of the time stamp and said that the entry was made by someone with an IP address from Stamford, Connecticut where World Wrestling Entertainment is based.
The anonymous user admitted from being from Stamford but claimed no connection to the WWE. According to an attorney for the WWE no one from the company knew that Benoit's wife was dead before officials found her Monday afternoon.