Wikipedia as exhibit A?

An anonymous edit to Wikipedia could provide a clue about the deaths of pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and 7-year-old son. Or it could simply be random Wikipedia pranksterism by a University of Connecticut undergraduate. The changes were made to the Wikipedia article on Benoit, an internationally recognized athlete who participated in World Wrestling Entertainment, hours before police discovered the bodies in the family’s suburban Atlanta home. At 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday, the entry was changed to say he missed a championship match because of personal issues “stemming from the death of his wife Nancy.” After a Wikipedia editor rejected the change, saying a reliable source was needed to back up that claim, the entry was changed again to say Benoit’s absence “according to several pro wrestling Web sites is attributed to the passing of Benoit’s wife, Nancy.” Police found the bodies, in what they now say was a murder-suicide, around 2:30 p.m. EDT. That’s more than 14 hours after the mention of his wife’s death.

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