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Kai 'The Hatchet Hitchhiker' Is Accused Of Murder

NPR | May 17, 2013 8:10 a.m.

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Mark Memmott

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary.

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary.

Union County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office, AP

Caleb “Kai” McGillvary, who became an Internet sensation in February with his colorful account of how he bashed a man with a hatchet to stop an attack on a utility worker in California, is now under arrest for the murder of a lawyer in New Jersey.

McGillvary, The Associated Press writes, is “charged with killing Joseph Galfy, Jr., a Clark, N.J., attorney found dead Monday.”

According to New Jersey’s Star-Ledger:

“They met, an unlikely pair, in Times Square last Saturday night.

“One, a 73-year-old partner in a Rahway law firm and member of his hometown’s Chamber of Commerce, the other a 24-year-old itinerant with long hair and a penchant for upturning convention that had landed him a minor internet presence.

“Their rendezvous, most of it later spent in and around Joseph Galfy Jr.’s ranch-style house on Starlite Drive in Clark, would last about 24 hours, until sometime Sunday evening when, authorities said, their encounter turned violent after a sexual tryst.”

The Fresno Bee reminds readers that:

“McGillvary, or Kai, became a household name on Feb. 1 after hitchhiking through Fresno in a car driven by 6-foot-4, 290 pound Jett Simmons McBride. McBride slammed into two PG&E workers and then reportedly got out of the vehicle and assaulted one of the workers, Rayshawn Neely.

” ‘I am Jesus and I am here to take you home,’ McBride reportedly said. … Enter Kai, who said he ran to the aid of Neely and a woman who was trying to stop the attack and then struck McBride several times with a hatchet.

” ‘Smash, smash, Sa—MASH!” as McGillvary described it in a YouTube video that has nearly 4 million views.”

That video, with McGillvary’s many profanities, is here. KMPH-TV’s on-air report, which includes “bleeped” clips of McGillvary’s account, is here and we’ll embed it below.

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