I am glad you are so pro-active about getting to the truth. This stinks to high Heaven and Benton has answers. We will do whatever we can to help you in anyway we can. This is an awesome group of members!
I think both pictures are the same person, Chris Benton. Those creepy eyes are the same.
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Last edited by JBean; 05-08-2012 at 09:04 PM. Reason: removed picture from quoted post
Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
We are all just trying to make sense of an unimaginable crime.
Please take down the picture of Chris Benton, dressed in a blue base ball cap, eating shrimp and oysters. This is my son and his name is Chris Benton, but you have incorrectly identified him as being involved in the story about the death of a 25 year old Malibu women.
You have the wrong Chris Benton. I don't know how this site checks their facts, but you all have made a big mistake. The story about this girl ran again last night on KCBS and showed the picture of my son as "the" Chris Benton. That's his name and that's his picture, but everything else is incorrect. Its a BIG mistake.
N o !!
Is it another Chris Benton?
“Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn
I haven't made much headway. I am not even sure what it is I should focus on. However, with that said, I found that 'yes', The President of Pepperdine and his wife do live on the Pepperdine Campus in a residence called Brock House. It is up on the hill near the American flag. I have no indication if the son still lives there or not. An older sister, apparently lives elsewhere.
Here is an old bad picture of the view of the Pacific Ocean from the house. Pacific Coast Highway is at the foot of the hill, running across the picture. South is to the left, North is to the right.
Credit: lmonteros, on August 23, 2009, said:
The most spectacular view on the Pepperdine campus is from the President's house, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Benton's sister as it turns out, is a lawyer. Some kind of personnel or worker's comp kind of attorney, I think. But, she does seem to have some connection with The Renaissance Malibu Foundation, which has an office in Agoura Hills, and their alcohol and drug 'treatment' center is in Malibu at 30765 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA which is about 8.7 miles north of the Pepperdine Campus.
The Malibu McDonald's is south of the campus, maybe about 3 miles. Not so far from Pepperdine. Could probably hitchhike, or grab a ride with a friend.
I guess I am still trying to figure out where the car is.
Gosh, I started my post an hour ago and took a call in the middle of it, so as I just finished and posted, I see the entries about the photo of the young man with the oysters not being 'the' c. benton. I will alert a moderator to ask that the photo be removed.
Okay, so I sent an alert and hopefully, the photo will be removed asap.
I was notified that this picture was a big issue and I'm trying to get it taken down now.
I will ensure it's taken down, I believe a mod has been notified. Beyond that you may send me a PM to contact me personally, your son if he wishes, I will do what I can to make it right. I say this realizing it is too late, and for that please forgive me.
The edit button is not available after a post has been up a certain period of time. When I came here to resolve the mistake, the edit feature was not available, and a mod was required to take it down.
Last edited by Essense; 05-08-2012 at 08:50 PM.
I got the verification from three independent sources (majority of response here, and two other unrelated individuals) that the pictures were the same person before I granted its use in the news story. I am very sorry for this mistake.
The Chris Benton who is the son of Andy Benton (President of Pepperdine University) is the last person to be seen with my sister, the remaining picture in this thread is his DMV photo.
This is from a few years ago.
Last edited by Essense; 05-08-2012 at 10:03 PM.
I would have bet the DMV photo was the same person in the (now disputed) picture of the young man wearing a baseball cap & eating shellfish. What are the chances of different guys looking so much alike & having the same name?
I hope to read tomorrow that progress is being made in the investigation & Chris Benton has been interviewed or has been scheduled to address the obvious questions. Steve, my continuing thoughts for you & your parents as you try to unravel the details of your sister's death.
Last edited by noZme; 05-08-2012 at 11:41 PM.
This is an ongoing concern for me.Originally Posted by katydid23
We did get into her computer, nothing compelling regarding the case or her death at this time on it. Lots of work related endeavors.Originally Posted by BaileyandBella
Hard to keep up. Will do.Originally Posted by mikesmommom
My responses in bold for above quote.Originally Posted by terracotta
Txt message indicated Chris crashed his car as recently as the Friday he got into Katies car at the Mc Donalds. I believe Chris lived at home with his parents, this is unconfirmed but I am nearly certain of this.Originally Posted by i.b.nora
Car still missing, could be anywhere? Inclination is close to home.
It is important to me that he makes statements and reveals what he knows before the tox and fingerprint report come back. His current statement is "no comment".Originally Posted by noZme
Chris Benton and Katie txt'd numerous times to confirm meeting at Mc Donalds at 8:30PM on 4/27. Video confirms the meeting between just the two of them at 8:33PM when Chris enters Katie's car and Katie drives away. No more texts between them after this.
Chris chose to send the following txt to Katie after she died. His last known contact attempt to her or my family.
4/28 1:13PM PST
I don't have confirmation of Katie's time of death. It is certainly between the night of 4/27 and noon of 4/28. I believe it to be during the morning hours of 4/28. I arrived to the house and found her dead in the garage at ~6pm PST on 4/28. Car missing at that time.Wut happened? was that ur brother? Lemme kno that ur alrite. have a good day
Video tribute to Katie:
Last edited by Essense; 05-09-2012 at 01:57 AM.
Essence, I am so very sorry for your loss and extend my sincere condolences to you and your family.
I am very happy to know you're doing what you can to get some answers and I hope you're successful. I'm not a big fan of the Malibu PD after following the case of Mitrice Richardson. It doesn't surprise me to know they need some prodding and feel certain they'd be more than happy to sweep the whole thing under the rug. Particularly when there is the possibility of a member of a powerful and well-known family involved.
I will continue to follow Katie's story here and will pray you find the answers you seek.
I do want to add - do everything you can to use the press to help you. Mitrice's story got a lot of attention in the area - eventually. It took a long time, but the MPD was criticized and scrutinized pretty thoroughly. I don't think they'd welcome another highly publicized case. Squeaky wheel gets the oil!
Steve, as the father of the "other" Chris Benton, I wanted you and your family to know how sorry Chris and I are for your loss; and thank you for your help in correcting this mistake. KCBS ran a retraction and apology last night, so our ordeal is over.Our prayers are for your family to find the answers you seek.
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So I noticed that it appears that prisneyland was also persuaded to take down the picture of the "other" Christopher Benton, lest anyone else assume that he was "the real Christopher Benton", who was apparently the last to see Katie Wilkins alive, and who apparently stole her car.
Such a coincidence!
So, today, I am still thinking about that car. The car needs to be found. I think, if I had the means, I would be hiring a private detective right about now.
If "the real Christopher Benton" was truly a standup guy, he would meet with, accompanied by his lawyer of course, but he would meet with the Sheriff and the detectives to clear his name and to give the family some answers to what happened. That's if he was a real standup guy. A real "Christian", a real product of his growing up at Pepperdine and all it stands for. Maybe he can do that when he gets out of the rehab. This couldn't possibly be his first time in rehab, could it? Why else would his sister have hooked up with that rehab group a few years ago, unless of course her little brother was 'saved' by rehab.
I think Passages is another rehab place in Malibu. Most people could put their kids through a 4 year state college for what those rehab places in Malibu cost. Betcha.
Anyhow, the car. Maybe a private detective could find it. I personally don't think the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs have any plans to find it.
Car found. Location: culdesac of neighborood in Woodland Hills, CA. Significance of location not apparent yet. I believe car is fully intact.
Pro's will do there work. Not many details at this time.
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A summary of the case so far.
This thread is mentioned in the news story.
A new Los Angeles Times article today Thursday May 10, 2012
Detectives seek to question son of Pepperdine's president
Christopher Benton was probably the last person to see Katie Wilkins alive, sheriff's detectives say. The body of the 25-year-old Malibu woman was found in her parents' garage April 28.
By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
May 10, 2012
"Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are seeking to question Christopher A. Benton, the son of Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton, in connection with the death of a Malibu woman almost two weeks ago."
"O'Quinn said Benton had hired Ronald J. Lewis, a Woodland Hills attorney, and has so far declined to talk with investigators. Lewis did not return a call seeking comment.
"We are not actively looking at Chris Benton as a suspect," O'Quinn said. "We don't have a warrant out." But O'Quinn added that detectives would like to ask Benton such questions as: "Did you end up at her house? How did she end up dead?""
"Jerry Derloshon, a Pepperdine spokesman, said Wednesday that the school was "regarding this sad occasion as a personal matter." He confirmed, however, that Chris Benton was in a rehabilitation center "the last I knew.""
There is more but these are the points that stood out to me.
RONALD J. LEWIS, ESQ.
CRIMINAL TRIAL LAWYER
21800 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
"Mr. Lewis is a well known Criminal Trial Lawyer in Los Angeles with over 36 years of Criminal Jury Trial experience. He has handled a variety of serious felony trials from Murders to Drug Offenses. ..."
ronaldjlewisattorneyatlaw.com/Profile dot html
Lots of cul de sacs near this location. Could he have driven directly to the attorney's office? If he took Mulholland Hwy it would be about 14. 5 miles and take about 28 minutes, according to MapQuest.
Woodland Hills attorney, car found abandoned in Woodland Hills. hmmmmm. I would love to see a list of Friday & Saturday calls to & from Benton's phone.
I live on the other side of the country & I knew police were looking for that car. Are we to believe it was parked in a cul-de-sac for days & not reported? When did it get there? And who was driving? I bet it was wiped down to erase fingerprints.
Sounds like daddy stashed him in rehab pretty quickly...out of reach of LE?
Just my opinion, of course.