Nancy Benoit's sister, Sandra Toffoloni, will be appearing on Chris Jericho's podcast this Friday. The title of the episode is Inside The Benoit Family Tragedy. This is the first interview that she's done in several years.
"I lived in Atlanta and my sister asked me home almost every one of my days off. I want to be clear: Chris was not an abusive husband," Toffoloni said (h/t to Fight Game Blog for the transcription). "But there were, what we call in the industry, though don't often talk about, 'high spots'. She had been there, in that position before, and refused to put up with it at all, especially with Daniel in their home. So I went with her after one of these 'incidents' to file an order of protection."
She also spoke about Chris killing Nancy and Daniel, and attributed it to roid rage.
"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."