Nancy Benoit's sister comments on the Benoit Family Tragedy, the WWE Wellness Policy, Daniel Benoit's medical history, whether she has forgiven Chris Benoit
Sandra Toffoloni spoke with The2count.com regarding the killing of her sister Nancy and her nephew Daniel at the hands of her brother-in-law Chris Benoit. The following are among the highlights of the interview.
-On Daniel Benoit's health prior to his death: "Daniel did not have Fragile X. I have his medical records. He was NOT sick... When my sister filed for divorce, we had a legal document created that gave me custody of Daniel if anything happened to Nancy and Chris simultaneously. So when Daniel died, I was his custodian. He did not have track marks on his arms and the District Attorney made a public statement apologizing for the mistake. As his custodian, I obtained his medical records and our lawyer, Rick Decker, made a statement to the public – the only one made – letting them know that that was 100% false information."
-On what went wrong with Chris Benoit: "First of all, at that time, the wellness policy program was ineffective. I’d like to think that it’s changed but I’m not sure it has. Everyone joked about it. There was no way Chris could have tested clean unless the sample wasn’t his. It is my understanding that 'roid rage' typically does not last an entire weekend. It is my belief although I was not there that he and Nancy got into a terrible argument that escalated to the point of serious violence. In spite of what the public has heard following the autopsy reports, let me tell you that my sister was brutalized.
"My sister’s death was a direct result of 'roid rage.' He completely lost it. The Chris Benoit I had known for a decade loved my sister so much that he would never – even in the worst episode of high spots – have hurt my sister this bad. I believe he totally blacked out. I also believe that, when he came out of it and realized what he had done, he went out of his mind. He probably couldn’t believe what he had done to Nancy. He realized what he had done and medicated even more and drank and wondered how he would explain this to Daniel. He probably became so grief stricken with his own actions that he didn’t want to live anymore.
"I can understand him taking his own life, especially knowing he would get capital punishment if he were tried and found guilty of my sister’s murder. However, I can’t put a reason on why Chris killed Daniel. I myself am unable to have children and my sister and Chris always made me feel better about this fact by sharing so much of my nephew’s life with me. I was very, very close to Daniel. Chris knew I would have taken care of and loved that child with everything I had. I would have kept David and Megan in his life as well and he knew all that."
-Whether she has forgiven Chris Benoit: "My parents are still very angry but they are in their 70s. I, on the other hand, have a lot longer to live with this than they do (God willing!). Holding on to this much hate towards someone will eventually hurt me more than anything else. I’m working toward it. I really am. I don’t want to be some old lady carrying hate and vengeance against someone for doing something, even for stealing my family from me. I just think it would be an unbearably huge weight to carry around for a lifetime. Hard to forget something that you can’t understand to begin with. Someday I’d like to at least find peace with it if I can’t even summon the forgiveness."
Powell's POV: The interview is a must read. Sandra also spoke diplomatically about WWE's decision to remove Chris Benoit's name and likeness from their programming, her belief that Chris wasn't close with is father Michael, the Nancy and Daniel Benoit Foundation, Paul Heyman encouraging her to write a book or make a documentary on Nancy's pro wrestling career, and much more. You can also learn more about the Nancy and Daniel Benoit Foundation at http://www.ndbfoundation.org
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