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Benoit's History of Domestic Violence Exposed

6/26/2007 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Before her grisly death, Chris Benoit's wife once told a judge that she was, "intimidated by threats of violence" from her 220 lb. husband.

In divorce papers filed in 2003, Nancy Benoit included a petition for protection from domestic abuse against Chris. In the papers, Nancy claimed that Benoit, "lost his temper and threatened to strike the petitioner and cause extensive damage to the home and personal belongings of the parties, including furniture." Nancy added that she was, "in reasonable fear for petitioner's own safety and that of the minor child."

Three months later, Nancy filed to have the divorce papers and the restraining order dismissed. A short time later, a judge granted her wish.

As TMZ first reported, law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe Benoit strangled his wife on Saturday, smothered his son on Sunday and then hanged himself on Monday.


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This is the third tragedy within a short amount of time where the 'male' in the family murdered their wife/ex-wife and children. Most recently as we all talk about Chris Benoit please dont lose sight of the other two tragedies Bobby Cutts who murdered his ex wife and unborn child(Ohio killing), and finally Chris Vaughn who murdered his wife and children while out on a drive (Illinois). What has happened to society as a whole for this to happen time and time again?

There is no excuse that will ever be accepted when a parent kills thier children and spouse or partner. As previously stated walk away if you have that must hate within yourself. I dont think a 7 year old or an unborn child deserve to not live their life.

2677 days ago


Some of you may or may not know, if you are in this business this comes as no suprise to you. I grieve openly for Nancy and Daniel, my heart hopes that you are free of fear and pain in heaven. I remember when Liz died, thinking...that could have been me...or .. I won't name names, but you women know who you are. The bottom line....the industry supports roided out charaters who's human physiques can only survive so long.....It's time to look at the source.....RIP Nancy,Daniel and God forgive you Chris:

2677 days ago


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THANKS FOR SAYING THIS , I AM ON YOUR SIDE. WWE is as sleazy as this murderer

2677 days ago

big joe    

one big drug head gone thank god.

2677 days ago


I have been a huge chris benoit fan for years but the more I read today the sadder I get
what possess a 5 -11 220 pound man to take the life of a 43 year women life and a 7 year old boy's life and his own?
IT's clear to me chris had a problem far greater then any opponet he faced in the ring
may nancy aka women chris and daniel rest in peace.
And may we always remember chris benoit's in ring matches and ablity has we fans of chris benoit say goodbye Rip daniel and nancy

2677 days ago

just curious    


where are you getting your reports?

2677 days ago


Hi Hate Mexicans sounds like a jerk. The woman just died. Show a little respect. I bet you are a tranny, ass wipe.

2677 days ago


Jessie, I didn’t see the report that the son was killed first. That would be worse since it would be a way of torturing his wife. Can you think of anything worse to do to a mother?

2677 days ago

Jessie, breaking news at the top.

and HK, no, no worse fate for a mother. None.

2677 days ago


oh yes the wwe is so bad. If they are so bad then WHY did they take down all their Tribute stuff? yea thats what i thought. you know the actions of 200 wrestlers does not count for 1. Yes he did wrong but lets not forget that a personal life and a profesional life ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS! in his personal life he was a horrible human being. But in his professional lfe he was the greatest Wretler i have ever seen. To Chri Benoit he wrestler i will miss you greatly. To Chris Benoit the human being you can rot in hell.

2677 days ago


Omigosh. That guy obviously had 'roid rage and was one sick mo-fo. Poor wife. Poor little boy. Hope that sicko rots in hell.

2677 days ago


maaaan - we actually felt bad watching the show last night!! "poor chris, who could do this to the whole family" - BS!!! The guy should rot!!! How DARE he kill his wife and SON!!!

sick f**k!!! By the way - everyone who says "i dont think he did it" - if its proven he did - guess what - u never know what goes on behind closed doors!! Someone can be the sweetest person - but behind those doors - the truth comes out. what sicko!!!

2677 days ago


I can't belive that all of you people a condeming this man and we don't complety have the full story no one does. You people make me sick passing judgement and you don't even know anything that was going on in there personal lives its allways the mans fault and never the womans. For all we know someone elese could have done it or mabey even she killed the boy and then he killed her then him self. Point is the cops don't even know what hapened yet so there for we don't know what happened yet. It's tragic Both Chris Benoit and his wife were wrestling icons. I hope Chiris Did'nt do it for the sake of his other children and for the sake of his other CHILDREN please stop bashing their FATHER........

2677 days ago


I agree!! Sick bastard. He doesn't deserve any media coverage. He is a pathetic excuse for a human being. That little boy was betrayed by his own father who he thought he could trust; and thought his father would protect him. This is the ultimate betrayal.

2677 days ago


They said he left a long suicide note next to his body. So they do know the details in his own hand stop trying to blame the mother for killing her son.
What kind of a deranged man could take the breath out of his little boy's body with a plastic bag! What kind of a sick culture is wrestling that gives a tribute to such a man?

2677 days ago
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