Sandra Toffoloni is the sister of the late Nancy Benoit, and she appeared on the latest edition of Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast. On the subject of the horrific events inside the Benoit family home in June of 2007, Toffolini says she first started noticing changes in Chris as early as the Spring of 2004.
Toffoloni says she feels the pressure got to Benoit after winning the World Title at WrestleMania XX, and he became increasingly paranoid as he became more famous.
She previously said her sister was “brutalized” as a direct result of Chris’ “roid rage,” but she also doesn’t discount concussions playing a role in his mental state in the time leading up to the double-murder suicide. Toffoloni also feels that Benoit losing a series of close friends and neighbors in the years before the incident took a toll on him. Toffoloni and Jericho talk about how close Benoit was with Eddie Guerrero, Ray Traylor, and especially Johnny Grunge.
Sandra revealed several details that hadn’t be mentioned by the press before. She noted that prior to the murders Chris had done a Google search on the easiest way to break someone’s neck, and that Nancy had gotten a restraining order against him at one point. She says media reports that Daniel had Fragile X syndrome were false and he was healthy. On the subject of Benoit reportedly having the brain of an 80 year old alzheimers patient, she says he functioned fine in the sense that he could navigate roads and airports.
She clarified that Chris killed Nancy on a Friday, Daniel the following morning on Saturday, and then himself on Sunday night by rigging the pulldown machine in his gym to take his own life. She says Chris and Nancy were planning for his retirement after wrestling, and were going to open a Benoit Wrestling Academy in Atlanta.
You can listen to the entire podcast below.