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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:09 AM

'Kai The Hitchhiker' Murder Trial: Internet Sensation Found Guilty In Beating Death

Source: International Business Times

By Suman Varandani @suman09
04/25/19 AT 1:33 AM

A 30-year-old man, who became an internet sensation in 2013 as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker,” was found guilty Wednesday in the beating death of a New Jersey attorney. Homeless drifter Caleb “Kai” McGillvary was convicted of first-degree murder for killing a 73-year-old Joseph Galfy.

McGillvary became a viral star in February 2013 when a reporter in Fresno, California, interviewed him after he saved a person from a would-be attacker while hitchhiking. The fatal beating occurred just three months after McGillvary became a viral sensation.

"Due to not being able to fully present his case, Kai has been found guilty of murder. We will be filing an appeal as soon as possible and will keep you updated," a post on Kai the Hitchhiker Legal Support Page on Facebook read.

McGillvary was in jail since the attack and was awaiting trial since he was arrested in New Jersey in 2013, according to NJ.com.


Read more: https://www.ibtimes.com/kai-hitchhiker-murder-trial-internet-sensation-found-guilty-beating-death-2787799





Caleb McGillivary and Joseph Galfy



'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker' convicted of killing elderly N.J. man



Younger, "hero" Kai:



Hitchhiker's hatchet stops crazed driver
When the man giving him a ride went nuts, Kai the 'Hitchhiking Hero' sprang into action and saved lives with his hatchet.

Video at link:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2013/02/06/pkg-hitchhiker-hero-saves-lives-with-hatchet.kmph

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Reply 'Kai The Hitchhiker' Murder Trial: Internet Sensation Found Guilty In Beating Death (Original post)
Judi Lynn Apr 2019 OP
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2019 #1
marble falls Apr 2019 #2
Ron Obvious Apr 2019 #3
bluedigger Apr 2019 #4
Javaman Apr 2019 #5
snort Apr 2019 #6
Moostache Apr 2019 #7
forgotmylogin Apr 2019 #8
Moostache Apr 2019 #9
marble falls Apr 2019 #14
Archae Apr 2019 #10
marble falls Apr 2019 #13
Name removed Apr 2019 #11
BumRushDaShow Apr 2019 #12

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:35 AM

1. I remember watching his Jimmy Kimmel appearance, he was quite a sensation!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:34 AM

2. He still is. Different reason.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:12 AM

3. No specific comments, but six years between arrest and trial?

Our system is deeply broken.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:11 AM

4. My first thought as well.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:52 AM

5. This is the first I heard of this...

he helped someone then 3 months later he killed someone?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:53 AM

6. Nice tatt.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:13 PM

7. Smash...smash....SUH-MASH indeed...

I thought I read something a few years back that he was trying to use a variation of the gay panic defense for the killing (might have been a different case)...

Have to admit, the whole story of him being a "hero" seemed a little weird to begin with...I mean whose first instinct is to start hitting another person with a HATCHET? Pulling him off? Punching him to get him to release the woman? Hell even kicking him or something else to break up the attack....but a HATCHET?

Seems like he is at the end of a long road towards eventual conviction and incarceration. Nice face ink too...sure fire winning move there.

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Response to Moostache (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:48 PM

8. If he's hitchhiking and drifting, he was likely carrying a camping hatchet.

"Survival hatchets" are multi-use and fit in a backpack - handy for people on multi-day hikes or camping trips.



Not saying that excuses any crime, but I certainly would want to carry one of these for camping. I can't imagine anyone who would hitchhike extensively and not carry some kind of potential defense weapon, especially if it has multiple uses.

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Response to forgotmylogin (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:00 PM

9. Food for thought...

My first thought was more "how would I get someone off of a woman if they grabbed them in front of me" and my thoughts were more along the line of breaking them apart instead of smashing a human with an axe...but then again, I have never roamed free camping and hitching across country either, so not a familiar mindset at all for me.

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Response to forgotmylogin (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:03 PM

14. Nice tool for separating joints. Alegedly, so I've been told.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:09 PM

10. Whatever happened to the guy he hit with the hatchet?

Sounds like that guy was clearly off his nut.

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Response to Archae (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:02 PM

13. He had a splitting headache?

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Response to Name removed (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:12 PM

12. He was found guilty

per the OP headline.

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