Monday, August 8, 2011

The Death of Bruiser Brody

If you're reading this there's a good chance that you already know quite a bit about this tragic and scandalous event in pro-wrestling history. Obviously, I'm not a reporter, but what I want to accomplish with this is share some of the links/multimedia I have seen over the years as it relates to Frank Goodish's untimely demise.

If you know anything about Brody's death then you're probably aware that Tony Atlas was there with him that night.  Below is his account of Brody's killing:

There are a couple of things that stood out about Tony's account to me:

  1. The idea that Brody had no real friends
  2. The whole deal with the picture of Brody's son
  3. The allegation that someone forced the doctors to stop the procedure
Dutch Mantell shares his story over at Brody's Death: A Cover Up?

Dutch starts with a chilling fact about the trial:

It is already known that Jose Gonzalez was the man that stabbed and killed Bruiser Brody. He pleaded self defense, and partly due to a weak justice system in Puerto Rico, and partly due to the fact that nobody was at Gonzalez' trial on behalf of Brody, Gonzalez was acquitted. The controversy surrounds why the men that were subpoenaed never got to Puerto Rico to testify. Yes, it is true that certain wrestlers would not talk. But there were many who were very willing to talk. Unfortunately, they never got their chance.

The whole account is chilling to be honest. In some ways, the handling of the trial is more disturbing than the murder of the man himself.  I even recall PWI, The Wrestler or one of those magazines touching on this with a cover story about Tony Atlas' refusal to talk.

At this point, I should say that I've heard it both ways.  Some will tell you that the crooked Puerto Rican system did not allow the American wrestlers to give their testimony.  Others have said that Tony Atlas specifically refused to testify.  Typically, in the latter case they tie his unwillingness to testify to fear of Gonzalez' connections.  What's the truth? I have no idea, but keep it in mind when you read these accounts.
Jose Gonzalez was charged with first degree murder and spent one night in jail.  Gonzalez was acquitted in a trial later that year.  The murder weapon mysteriously disappeared from the police department before the trial.  Not one of the American wrstlers who were in the locker room at the time of the stabbing testified at the trial.  One of the reasons given for the wrestlers not testifying was they had no idea when the trial date was.  Tony Atlas was said to be in fear his life would be taken if he testified.

The professional wrestling industry is certainly a twisted, often scandalous place.  With that in mind, what better way than to wrap this all up with a match between Brody and Invader I?

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