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Friday, June 29, 2007

Chris Benoit mystery Wikipedia editor confesses to Wikinews: claims 'terrible coincidence'

Chris Benoit mystery editor confesses: claims "terrible coincidence"

As if things could not get any weirder for Wikinews.

The same anonymous IP address to make the edit of claiming Nancy Benoit's death 14 hours before police discovered the Benoit family dead, has confessed to the edit as being a "terrible coincidence."

After Wikinews broke the story first, the anonymous user was distraught and surprised at the incredible amount of attention that his edits received.

"Last weekend, I had heard about Chris Benoit no showing Vengeance because of a family emergency, and I had heard rumors about why that was. I was reading rumors and speculation about this matter online, and one of them included that his wife may have passed away, and I did the wrong thing by posting it on wikipedia to spite there being no evidence. I posted my speculation on the situation at the time and I am deeply sorry about this, and I was just as shocked as everyone when I heard that this actually would happen in real life. It is one of those things that just turned into a huge coincidence. That night I found out that what I posted, ended up actually happening, a 1 in 10,000 chance of happening, or so I thought. I was beyond wrong for posting wrongful information, and I am sorry to everyone for this. I just want everyone to know it was stupid of me, and I will never do anything like this again. I just posted something that was at that time a piece of wrong unsourced information that is typical on wikipedia, as it is done all the time," said the user who still wished to remain anonymous.

Read the full confession

The user has refused an interview
stating, "I would prefer not to do an interview, I really just want to put all this behind us. I made a mistake and I'm sorry, I know I've said that a million times but today has just been a bad day with this getting all this mainstream coverage even though it was just a huge coincidence."

The user goes on to say "I also want to clarify again that the comment wasn't meant to be a prank, but just speculation on my part from some rumors that I had heard on the internet about the family emergency that caused Chris to miss the pay per view Vengeance. It was stupid of me to post, and I regret it, but I did and that won't change, but as long as everyone knows that it was simply a coincidence and nothing more then we can move on from this."

Wikinews originally broke the story about the suspicious edit after receiving a tip from Wikipedia administrators. The fact the edit originated from a computer in Stamford, CT (the site of WWE headquarters) appears to be another coincidence.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

This "anonymous" user should provide his computer/web sites that were speculating that Nancy was dead to the authorities. Hopefully after all the trouble this person has caused (if in fact this is true) we can all learn a lesson about verifying information before posting it on public sites.

Anonymous said...

The anonymous writer said he/she wrote it after hearing rumors and speculation, perhaps the rumors came from someone who knows more about what happened then he/she is letting on to. Perhaps the entire Benoit family was murdered and the people that did it, made it look like Chris Benoit did it. Why does everyone believe Chris to be guilty, what happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty.

Patrick said...

To the first post, but what if it wasn't a website he, what if it's some rumor he picked up in a chat room or a discussion forum, I mean they aren't exactly reliable sources forums.

To the second post, oh come come, we're getting into the serious conspiracy theories already!? So what about the strange text messages he wrote, which may I mind you, are released and detailed fully on WWE.com and other websites, he kept sending his address and let them know that the dogs were outside.

Anonymous said...

It is an interesting conspiracy theory, but I doubt it is true,


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