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As we noted before, a photo of Brian Christopher’s neck has been released and it’s looking like he didn’t hang himself (as originally noted).
Brian’s father, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler, has been saying from the get-go that he doesn’t believe his son committed suicide.
Below is the photo of Brian’s neck that was released:
Below is what Lawler said after seeing Brian’s neck:
“Just look at his neck and look at his hand. You can see the lines on his neck all the way around here to here and what would be the length of your hand as if he was trying to keep the pressure off. We’ve received literally countless calls, text messages from people, actual eyewitnesses, that were in the jail and saw things that happened on the actual day that Brian died that now has opened up a new can of worms. It just doesn’t seem like it was suicide.”
Below is what Jerry’s lawyer Ted Hansom said:
“I think the pictures indicate something other than someone hanging himself with a shoelace.”
Jerry discussed what exactly happened on the day Brian passed away:
“I talked to Brian Saturday morning 11 o’clock the day he died. He talked perfectly normal, perfectly rational. Lauryn (Jerry’s girlfriend) got a call about 2 in the afternoon that said Brian had been in a fight in the jail. An inmate was actually playing cards with Brian when the altercation happened when Brian got hit.”
Brian was bleeding from the head and was for medical help, but wasn’t given any. Brian was then put in a segregated cell after that fight. Jerry noted that 20 cameras in the jail weren’t working on that day.
Jerry then received a phone call 4-5 hours later that Brian hung himself.
During a recent edition of Dinner With The King podcast, Lawler revealed the following information (credit to Wrestlinginc for transcription):
“Since our last podcast, we’ve got a ton of information and a ton of contact and people reaching out about information about what really happened. I know everything that was reported said Brian committed suicide by hanging himself. Now since that time, at least I’m certain – in a lot of people’s minds and certainly in mine – we have serious doubts if that actually happened.
Right now we’re not at liberty to discuss, some of the things we’re not at liberty to discuss. The Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation is conducting their own investigation into what happened and it’s still an on-going investigation at this time. Once they finish that they will report to the Attorney General in Hardeman County, unfortunately, that’s the same place that the jail and the Sheriff and to me it all seems like a network. You know that’s what we’ve been hearing goes on in Hardeman County it’s just been very frustrating. The sad thing is nothing is going to bring Brian back.
Nobody who saw Brian in his last few moments is talking to us. But everybody who was in the jail with Brian that day swears – one of the guys he said to me, ‘Mr. Lawler I got $92 to my name, but if I had $9 million I would bet all of it that Brian didn’t hang himself.’ These aren’t any people who have anything to gain by talking to us. as a matter of fact, a lot of them are scared and are worried about their own safety after talking to us and telling us some of the things that went on in the jail that day.
It’s really frustrating to hear these things but we’re just really trying to find out what happened to Brian.
Once we see the results of that investigation, then we might have to launch an investigation of our own. This is not about a lawsuit or trying to sue the jail or sue the Sheriff or sue the county or anything. It’s not about that at all. It’s just about finding out what really happened here.
They said he was hanged by shoelaces and there are a couple pictures of Brian’s neck where it’s almost the bruising from what would be a shoelace apparently, and it goes around and it stops on the front of his neck. The bruising stops at what would be the distance of his hand. When you look at a picture of his hand, there’s bruising that looks like the side of his neck going along the inside of Brian’s hand.
To me, it looks like he had his hand trying to pull something off of his neck that may have been choking him. Those pictures aren’t consistent with somebody hanging themselves. So there’s just a lot of stuff that we have talked about a little but there’s still a lot of stuff we can’t talk about right now.
There’s even questions about the surveillance cameras at the jail. This is a fairly new jail with supposed upgrades. Some of the inmates said that cameras are everywhere and one of the inmates said you can walk over in the pod and start to pick up a piece of paper and a voice would come over the intercom — ‘Don’t pick up that piece of paper!’ — it’s like they were being watched at every step they made inside this jail.
So if that’s the case, then why haven’t they come forward with video of what took place. We have also heard – this is a rumor though that we have to substantiate – that twenty of their surveillance cameras were inoperable. So there’s a lot of things we have to find out from the jail and the correction officers. Every inmate’s movements should be tracked all day long so we’re just going to keep searching until we find out.”