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Trial and Error

Wikipedia Faster Than Cops in Benoit Family Death

June 29, 2007 9:42 AM

My favorite line from Tony Kushner’s award-winning play “Angels in America” has always been when Prior Walter says “The world only spins forward.”

Now, more than a decade later, I find myself often thinking “The world only spins faster.”

Especially when it comes to the Web.

Fox News reported online yesterday that Wikipedia.org reported the death of pro wrestler Chris Benoit’s wife at least 13 hours before the authorities said they found her body and that of their seven-year-old son. The Fox report said the Wikipedia update was traced to Stamford. Conn, the home base for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Indeed, the release of details of the deaths of the wrestler and his family, found dead Monday afternoon, is odd. WWE even ran a tribute to the wrestler on USA on Monday evening, with WWE chairman Vince McMahon offering this lead-in.

But the following day when authorities said they believed that Mr. Benoit strangled his wife and suffocated his son before taking his own life, WWE backed off any mentions of the former wrestling star on-air.

That decision seems to the right one. After all, when you are suspected of killing your wife and your son, it has the effect of obviating everything else you have ever done, in or out of the ring.


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