WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri May 17, 2013
Kai The 'Hatchet Hitchhiker' Is Accused Of Murder
Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 10:10 am
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, has been arrested and charged with murdering 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."
"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."