Latest Chris Benoit News: Under DEA Investigation, Mother Concerned About Prior Police Knowledge

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The mother of Chris Benoit mother said she wonders whether her son would still be alive if federal agents had been more aggressive when they discovered the professional wrestler was buying large quantities of steroids.

The Drug Enforcement Administration acknowledged this week that Benoit's name surfaced in an investigation before he killed his wife, son and himself. But Benoit wasn't charged, and his supply continued until at least May, a month before the murder-suicide, according to a review of records by The Associated Press.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said "it's ridiculous for anyone to think we could have known that anything like that could have happened."

But Benoit's mother said she is also concerned by another disclosure that police were previously aware Benoit's doctor, Phil Astin, may have been improperly prescribing medications.

Asked if quicker action by authorities could have helped her son, Margaret Benoit said in a telephone interview from her home in Alberta, Canada: "We would certainly hope so. We just don't know. We're dealing with so many things. It's incredible."

The case highlights the DEA's focus on drug traffickers rather than individual users, even when those users are star athletes and celebrities. The targets of the BALCO investigation in San Francisco, for instance, weren't the baseball players and runners who allegedly bought steroids but the distribution network that sold them.

Building those types of cases can take years.

"We can arrest and prosecute users, but they are not the target or focus of most investigations," Payne said.

Astin was charged Monday, more than a week after the killings, with improperly prescribing medications to two patients, but not this WWE star. More charges are possible later.

"You don't run out and arrest a doctor for making one prescription that is questionable," Payne said. "There's just not enough evidence to arrest or bring charges. We want to bring charges that are legitimate. Cases take time."

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I dont belive chris benoit did it. there is a possibilty that sullivan could be involved it just upsetts me to see that the police would acually choose this case to be lazy about.
sometimes i wish chris benoit will never be mentioned again because it helps not to remember the tradgety. RIP BENOIT AND FAMILY

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I think the police should really investigate this material as well, I mean if you have seen REASONABLEDOUBTHERE's youtube video, it is certainly a possibility that Kevin Sullivan either did the crime himself or had someone do it. I'm not saying he did;however, im saying it should be investigated because I do not believe that Chris Benoit should be held accountable for something unless they can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt he did it. I had been watching Chris Benoit on the screen since I have been 5 or 6, so I don't think you should just brand him without looking at ALL of the facts.

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I agree with Brady I think that some else was in the house or some else know want happened and I also think that they should look at Kevin Nancy ex husband.

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I think its all because Chris was gay and he got married to a woman... Gay men married to women feel depressed and do crazy things... I'm a 30 year old man and I know how it feels to be imprisoned like this... We miss you Chris...

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Kelly,,I guess we will never know....I can't even watch WWE anymore since this has happened.
I agree with what you're saying..Theres too much more that should have been looked into,,but never will be...Sad Shame !

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Why don't you people just leave Chris's mother alone...Don't you think she's going through enough without your negative comments??!
Anyways,,Maybe these lazy donut eating,girl watching cops should get more involved into their work then we would know what really happened ! And hmm,looks like Kevin Sullivan,Nancy's ex,has gotten away with M U R D E R ! He was making alot of threats,,and hasn't been looked into...Wow,,what a job these cops have...To just automatically put the blame on something that makes not much sense just to get the case closed as fast as they can ! Aren't we just so protected by our police officers? JOKE! And i thought they were just lazy here,ha,they are EVERYWHERE !!!!! As Far as Chris's mother,give her a break,,she doesnt know which way to turn or what to think..She wasnt there,,and you people are blaming her and crap...Leave the poor woman alone and let her grieve in peace !

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why is the mother saying these things like she know her son is a murder can someone stand up and say he did not do this,not enough evidence, this is not the chris, i know he loved his family......vince i can't believe you called him a monster you are just trying to cover your butt because you don't want no one to know you give them steroids.....you just don't want to be investigated. i believe chris did not do this and mom you need to stand up for your child and tell them to investigate more and stop just pointing the finger at your son....... if the investigators think about some of the things they could probably pin point this on someone else..........just think about it

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I THINK IF PEOPLE WOULD QUIT MAKING BAD COMMENTS AS IF NO ONE ELSE HAS ANYTHING THAT GOES ON IF THERE LIFE AS IF THEY ARE PERFECT THEY NEED NOT LEAVE ANY COMMENTS.AS FOR VINCE MCMACHON I THINK THAT CHRIS HAS MAD HIM A MUCH RICHER PERSON AND PUT HIM IN THE WWE. HALL OF FAME

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See I don't even think Benoit did this. If he loved his son so much, why would he have hurt him in the first place. Is the same thing about his wife. Steroids do make you violent but not up to the point that you will kill the people that you love the most.

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I feel the same way maybe if the DEA had arrested Chris than maybe he would be alive today and so would his wife and son

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