Say it Ain’t So! Kai the Hitchhiker wanted for murder in New Jersey

Well, I kinda figured this story would eventually get really sad, but what could we do? It was fun at the time. The sad twist today brings us is that Internet sensation Kai the Homefree Hitchhiker, he of the “Smash smash suh-mash” hatchet incident in my hometown of Fresno and Jimmy Kimmel appearances, is now wanted for the murder of a 73-year-old attorney in New Jersey.

A man known on the internet as “Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker” is now being sought for the murder of a man in northern New Jersey, and police say he was last seen in the area of Haddonfield, Camden County.

The suspect is identified as Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, a 34-year-old who is well known on Facebook and YouTube.

An arrest warrant has been issued for McGillvary in the homicide of Joseph Galfy, Jr. in Clark, New Jersey, WABC-TV in New York reports.

The victim, Joseph Galfy, was found inside his home on Starlite Drive on May 13, 2013 after officers received a call to check on his well-being.

An autopsy performed the following day determined that Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Based on the investigation, authorities know that McGillvary has cut his hair in an attempt to alter his appearance.

He was last seen at a light rail station in Haddonfield, N.J. area, said Romankow. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The Union County Homicide Task Force is working with local, state, and Federal officials to locate McGillvary. He is charged with murder in Union County and bail has been set at $3 million by Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.

I’m still holding out hope that there’s more to this story than just Kai killing this guy in cold blood. During his first interview, he did reveal that in addition to bashing the psychopathic, racist, attempted car-murderer with a hatchet in the incident that made him famous, that he had previously knocked a guy’s teeth out in an orchard, but only because the guy was talking about raping women. I don’t know how to find a nice middle ground here between not disparaging the dead and hoping that Kai was just being a righteous vigilante again. He did describe bashing a guy in the head with a hatchet as ““f*ckin’ gnarly man. It was like the biggest wave I’ve ever ridden in my life,” so I hope he didn’t just get addicted to the thrill of it.

Is it really so much to ask that the charmingly insane don’t turn out to be just insane-insane? You’re a real downer, reality, you know that?

This obviously takes on a darker edge after today’s news:

The original interview: