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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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61.

chris benoit    

Chris was a great wrestler.

2564 days ago
62.

Fatima    


Wow, it's horrible, I can't understand that he had did that, I didn't find words to describ this, and the poor little son and his wife, frankly speaking this fact is really frightening, can "GOD" fogive him ?????

2563 days ago
63.

Fatima    


I'M very very sad especially for the little boy.

2563 days ago
64.

Lucas    

No mention of this fact on Larry King Live last night. All the " boys club" were on claiming he was a great husband and father and I thought " how do you know"/

Something struck me as odd when they were talking about Chris being the strong silent type - which was his eyes looked empty in every picture that Larry King showed of him.

2560 days ago
65.

grasshopper    

So many young men are dying in the entertainment business called Wrestling. Most are under 45, what does that tell you? Steriods play a huge role in their body building and they have to maintain that level of ingestion of the drug in order to keep the physique. Their's a price to pay for every choice you make....unfortunately in this case, it claimed the lives to two innocent people. I keep wondering who will be the next one to do the same or something similar. Trust me its going to happen...always does...RIP.

2560 days ago
66.

irishgirl    

Maggie : you siad "THEY" found a suicide note and he killed his son with a plastic bag???? where do you read any of this on the news there was no note according to police hence the toxicology reports leading to the possibility of a motive. the only thing found next to any of the bodies were copies of the "HOLY BIBLE" and thats the furthest thing possible from a suicide note. and as for the plastic bag it is reported that he used a wrestiling choke hold not a paper bag. try to get your facts straight. or at least research you information.

2560 days ago
67.

PAULLA    

WHEN SEEING THE SHOW IN OKC,, I & MY LITTLE 3 YR OLD LITTLE BOY WERE OUTSIDE WAITING FOR MY HUSBAND TO FINISH HIS JOB. WHEN ALL THE WRESTLERS WERE COMING OUT AND GOING TO THEIR PERSPECTIVE LIMOS ,, CHRIS WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAME UP TO US AND BEGAN A CONVERSATION. HE WAS CHARMING, POLITE,,,, JUST A SUPER NICE GUY! THE OTHER WRESTLERS ( BOOKER T & ORTON ESPECIALLY,) WERE KINDA TICKED OFF THAT WE WERE THERE. THEY DIDNT WANT TO BE "BOTHERED" BY THE PEOPLE WHO PAY TONS OF $ TO SEE THEIR SHOWS! SUCH STUCK UP BUTTHOLES! BUT NOT CHRIS! HE WAS VERY NICE. HE EVEN POSED FOR A PIC WITH MY LITTLE BOY! I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY HE DID WHAT HE DID, BUT I GUESS THATS WHY THEY CALL IT "DOPE"!!! SOME PEOPLE HAVE A " BREAKING POINT",,, SHOULDNT NANCY HAVE SEEN IT COMING? SHE WAS , AFTER ALL , HIS WIFE, AND CLOSEST TO HIM. RIGHT? JUST SOOOOO SAD! I LL ALWAYS THINK OF HIM AS A TROUBLED MAN WHO SAW NO WAY OUT. AND THE PHOTO OF HIM AND MY LITTLE BOY IS STILL , TO THIS DAY, HANGING ON HIS BEDROOM WALL. CONDOLENCES TO ALL FAMILIES ( EXCEPT VINCE ) ON THEIR LOSSES. AND YOU KNOW DAMN GOOD AND WELL, THAT VINCE MC MAHON KNEW AND PROBABLY ENCOURAGED THE USE OF THESE STEROIDS. NO NORMAL PERSON( EVEN THOSE WHO ARE HEALTH CONCIOUS AND WORK OUT EVERY DAY ) LOOKS LIKE THAT NATURALLY. ASK ANY HEALTH PROFESSIONAL . THAT S WHAT THEY LL TELL YOU. MAY THE LOVING ARMS OF JESUS CHRIST WELCOME THEM INTO HEAVEN . GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND THEIR FAMILIES !

2557 days ago
68.

PAULLA    

HEY " GET REAL ,, VKM,," JOHN CENA IS AN ATHIEST!! AND I MET CHRIS BENOIT AFTER A SHOW IN OKC. HE WAS THE ONLY WRESTLER WHO CAME UP TO ME AND MY LITTLE BOY (3 YRS OLD ) AND BEGAN A CONVERSATION. WAS A SUPER NICE GUY. FRIENDLY, POLITE, PLEASANT AND JUST REALLY FREINDLY. HE EVEN POSED FOR A PIC WITH MY LITTLE BOY. WHEN ALL THE OTHER WRESTLERS ( BOOKER T AND ORTON ESPECIALLY ) SEEM TICKED THAT WE WERE THERE AFTER SPENDING MUCHO $$$ FOR THEIR SHOW. SUCH BUTTHOLES! BUT NOT CHRIS. HE TOOK THE TIME TO SAY "HEY" TO HIS FANS. WHICH IS FAR BETTER THAN ANY OF THE OTHER STUCK UP BUTTHOLES WHO WERE SCRAMBLING TO THEIR PERSPECTIVE LIMOS. AND BY THE WAY,, WHO REGULATES THIS "SPORT" ANYWAY????? AND VINCE IS THE BIGGEST ONE ( BUTTHOLE ) OF ALL. THERE IS NO WAY THAT HE DOESNT KNOW THAT HIS "EMPLOYEES" ARE NOT ON STEROIDS. NO WAY! HE PROBABLY EVEN SUPPORTS IT. THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY THAT A NORMAL HUMAN BEING LOOKS LIKE THAT, EVEN IF THEY ARE HEALTH CONCIOUS AND WORK OUT EVERY SINGLE DAY! JUST NO WAY. ASK ANY HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. ( I DID !!! ) SO,,, I AM NOT ASKING YOU TO FORGIVE CHRIS,,, JUST HAVE A LITTLE COMPASSSION FOR ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY THIS HORRIBLE TRAGEDY! GOD BLESS THEM ALL.

2557 days ago
69.

Sue Lindley    

This is such a tragedy, to say the least, for all concerned! It's tragic that the man thought he needed to take drugs that can alter his normal behavior. It's tragic that the wife didn't get herself and her son out, and far away, at the first sign of physical abuse. People should never hang around thinking things are going to get better. Risking one's own life by staying with an abusive spouse is bad enough, but risking one's child's life by staying
and putting the child in harms' way makes her partly responsible for the childs death. I'm sure that wasn't what the mother intended, but it's as if she threw him in the front of an out of control freight train. The number one responsibility of a parent is to protect his/her child. Both failed their son miserably.

2556 days ago
70.

steve    

daammm

2549 days ago
71.

notasurprise    

As disturbing as this story is, it should be the wake up call that the WWF and their fans need.
Stop supporting this line of "sport/entertainment" until the WWF requires weekly drug testing for their wrestlers while making the findings public and coming down hard on the offenders.
All one has to do is look at them to know that they are NOT built like that by simply eating lots of protein, weight lifting and working out! Everyone who follows this line of entertainment/sport KNOWS full well that steroids are involved yet ONLY when something like this happens do people feel badly about it.
Seems hypocritical to me.....
Steroids are dangerous and in professional sports they are illegal. FOR A REASON.
Kids all across America watch these guys and want to be like them. Like it or not, they are viewed as hero's by the kids. All the while, taking steroids.
And the fans say and do nothing and show lack of concern.....as long as the entertainment continues. That is wrong.

2546 days ago
72.

Dawn Day    

Wow, this whole story is just freaky! I'm thinking long time use of steriods played a part in him going completely nuts!

2574 days ago
73.

pj    

these women....if you're scared of him today, you really need to STAY scared of him....he ain't changin', honey....and now you and your boy are one more sad, sorry statistic that didn't have to happen.

2574 days ago
74.

budweiser    

Speechless

2574 days ago
75.

Dawn Day    

This story is disturbing...more than what is usual for wrestling now a days! I hate that my teenage son idolizes these guys!

Steroids played a part in him going completely nuts is my guess!

2574 days ago
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