the strange case of chris benoit and the wikipedia

seth first alerted me to it in his comments on the post below and it was also reported in the ajc this morning and on the wikinews itself. an anonymous editor monday around midnight reported the death of chris benoit’s wife on the the wikipedia more than 14 hours before the bodies were found.

adding to the confusion, the post came from stamford, ct, which is home to the headquarters of benoit’s employer, the wwe.

this morning it is being reported on the wikinews that the author of the comment has confessed and claimed it a terrible coincidence. the confession was posted on the talk page of the wikinews article about the original posting, and according to wikinews came from the same ip address as the original post.

in the full text of his confession the poster expressed remorse but refuses to identify himself.

of course, by staying anonymous the original wikipedia editor is most likely only going to fuel even more controversy and speculation about who he really was and what his motives were. plus i am doubting the police are going to accept an anonymous posting to wikinews as the end of the matter.

someday this will all be an interesting case-study on the role of new media, the manner in which collaborative, amateur reporting operates, how the internet and crime intersect, etc., etc., etc., but for now it is just plain weird.

3 Comments so far

  1. Greg (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 10:01 am

    This thing gets more bizarre and twisted the deeper you delve. I’m sure there will be more shocking news to come from this sorry event

  2. james (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    yeah, i couldn’t agree more, greg. it has that feel to it, doesn’t it? that feeling that there is a whole lot more lurking under the surface that is about to come out.

  3. Annie (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    That is downright creepy.

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