Kai (real name: Caleb Lawrence McGillvary) took the world by storm on February 2nd 2013, when his interview by Jessob Reisbeck from a local Fox affiliate in Fresno, California KMPH aired on TV in the USA. In the interview, Kai explained how he smashed the head of a deranged man who claimed to be Jesus, minutes before the man rammed his car into a PG&E worker (Rayshawn Neely), just because the PG&E worker was black. The attacker was later identified as Jett Simmons McBride, a 54-year-old man from Tacoma, Washington. McBride got out of his car to continue attacking Neely, when a eyewitness (Tanya Baker) walked over to get in between. When it looked like McBride was going to attack the woman, Kai (who had hitched a ride with McBride) intervened by clubbing him on the head with the blunt side of a hatchet he carried with him in his bag. The PG&E worker was taken to the hospital with two broken legs. Jessob Reisbeck uploaded the entire (unedited) video on YouTube.
Kai turned into an overnight hero and jokingly received the nickname “Kai the hatchet wielding hitchhiker”. The video went viral and turned Kai into an internet sensation. Shortly after another KMPH interview (video here) with Kai followed and he even made an appearance on the popular Jimmy Kimmel Live show (video here). Kai reluctantly appeared in court to testify about what happened (video here). Like what happens to be a trend when it comes to internet sensations, his interview was also put to music with a bit of help of autotune.
Kai’s story got a bit of an unexpected twist when law enforcement authorities in Union County, New Jersey issued a warrant for his arrest on March 16th 2013. He was arrested in Philadelphia and charged with homicide of a 73-year-old New Jersey lawyer Joseph Galfy, Jr. According to the local news station WABC, the 73-year-old Galfy was found bludgeoned to death in his home in Clark, New Jersey on May 13th.
According to an article on the website of the Examiner: “Kai “The Hitchhiker” McGillvary and attorney Joseph Galfy, exchanged text messages about meeting each other days prior to the murder.” “Although the texting between McGillvary and Galfy did not reveal “anything of a personal nature, there is some speculation that a sexual relationship between the two was likely due to some statements posted on Kai McGillvary’s Facebook page following the homicide.” On May 14th Kai posted this status update on his Facebook page, which adds to the evidence against him.
Looks like we haven’t heard the last about Kai yet. To be continued..