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Kai ‘The Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker’ Charged With Murder

Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker, via

Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker, via

Fans of Caleb Lawrence “Kai” McGillvary, the self-proclaimed “home-free” hitchhiker that became an Internet sensation after saving two people in Fresno, California, with his handy hatchet, from ”a giant, epithet-spewing racist who claimed to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ,” are having trouble believing that the same young man is now being charged in a New Jersey murder.

None-the-less Philadelphia police arrested “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” on May 16, 2013, for the murder of Joseph Galfy Jr., 73, a lawyer in Clark, New Jersey, whose nearly naked severely beaten body was found in his home on May 13. Authorities have not speculated as to a motive in the murder, but said that recent texts between the two men and Facebook activity indicated that McGillvary had spent the night before the murder at Galfy’s, which led investigators to conclude the there was a sexual relationship between them.

McGillvary is being held on a $3 million bond in Philadelphia pending an upcoming court hearing. He awaits extradition to New Jersey.

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