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Fans of 'Kai the Hitchhiker' Want to Raise $3M in Bail Money

One man is hoping fans will open their wallets to fund the defense of an Internet celeb accused in the murder of Clark resident Joseph Galfy.


Will fans of 'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitcher' stand by him now that the Internet celeb has been arrested for the murder of Clark's Joseph Galfy?

At least one fan is, and he's asking other supporters of Kai (whose real name is Caleb Lawrence McGillvary) to open their wallets to fund his $3 million bail and the cost of his legal defense.

Galfy, 73, was found in his Clark home on Monday morning after hosting McGillvary, 24, overnight on Saturday and Sunday. Police say that McGillvary murdered Galfy, who was found in his underwear and socks, severely beaten. McGillvary was arrested in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

For his part, in a Tuesday post on his Facebook page, McGillvary alleges that he was drugged and raped, and asks readers, "what would you do?"

On the "Kai the Hitchhiker Legal Support Page," the fundraiser's creator, Terry Ratliff, writes, "We all know that [McGillvary] allegedly went through an unfortunate event before taking unfortunate actions. Close your eyes and ask yourself this... What would you do if you woke up in a similar situation?"

When posed the question on McGillvary's Facebook page, Ratliff suggested that he use his hatchet, to which McGillvary eerily replied "i like your idea terry."

(Ratliff now claims that McGillvary was coming to see him in Georgia to work on his music, and that his "i like your idea" response was actually regarding Ratliff's idea about a song remix, not the suggestion that he make use of his hatchet.)

"Whatever the truth is, he's the only one who knows...and if the situation he stated is correct, then I'm all for helping him get a FAIR chance at the battle ahead," writes Ratliff on the Facebook page.

The going is slow for day one of fundraising: As of press time, Ratliff had only raised $186 from nine donors.

One donor wrote, "I just want to make sure Kai's side of this is heard and well represented."

On the fundraiser Facebook page, another Kai-defender writes,"Everyone wants to think he is insane. I think he did it in self-defense or it was manslaughter done in the heat of passion because he was angry at what had been done to him. He did not just murder this guy for the hell of it. Maybe if the media would give a fair representation of what happened and check into the murdered attorney's past, a good reputable attorney would stand up and defend him pro bono."

Those who aren't fans of Kai are also chiming in on the site. One writes, "I wonder how many more bodies kai has left behind."

McGillvary became an Internet sensation in February: After saving a Fresno woman by smashing her attacker in the head with his hatchet, McGillvary’s offbeat personality in an interview made for a YouTube video that garnered nearly 4 million views (see it here - warning, contains profanity). He also recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In a May 10 Facebook post, McGillvary described an abusive childhood, writing that he was confined, beaten and sexually abused before being put into treatment. He also discussed it in an interview following the Fresno incident. (View it in our gallery, above right.)

In another Facebook post, the drifter, who calls himself happily "homefree" not homeless, thanks those who have hosted him, writing "ive spent time squattin, couchsurfing, guesting, camping, in hotels, motels, and even the holiday inn. im so happy that you invited me into your lives and even put up with my scandalous sleep deprived or drunk ass self when my ego showed up. i could write a book about all these adventures."

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CAUGHT: 'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker' Arrested in Philadelphia

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Matt Casey May 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM
So let me get this straight Ms. Mears: Kai has no use for, or faith in our legal system, unless it supports his side of the story? Is that how it works? He MURDERED that man, and will be appropriately punished by the law. Period.
Barney Oldfield May 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM
If he truly had millions of fans, he would have made bail already. He has a few psychotic fans. Reminds me of the delusional women who want to marry the cute serial killer.
Debbie Sedita-Kosiarski May 20, 2013 at 01:10 PM
When it comes down to it, Kai killed a man. Kai returned to the place of his supposed drugging and raping, after he was far away from there, to kill him. What the hell is so innocent about that? Let the investigation peel away the truth, but in the mean time, this man needs to stay behind bars. Heck, once he's out, where will he go? At least you have society paying for his room and board... You people should be happy about that irony. I am reminded of that recent story of the guy who held those girls for 10 years in his house. To the neighbors he appeared to be a nice guy. He was even seen making comments to the press. Nobody knew the monster he was, then everyone was shocked. This could be the lawyer, and it could also be Kai. Remember what you project to the internet could be real or it could be a sham, fake.
S.G. May 20, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Jessica, I noticed in your comment that the phrse "uses other people's" was repeated and realized that you are correct: He uses other people and is good at it. Most con men are good at that.
S.G. May 20, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Ms. Mears, you are apparently too young to remember Charles Manson and his followers. He had serious psychiatric problems and committed heinous crimes, yet he was able to convince his followers to support him. He used people and their belongings and convinced them that he was right.
LuAnn May 20, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I do not think Kai is a moron, I think YOU are delusional. This was no innocent sitting on the side of the road and picked up by a big bad man. He was picked up in Times Square and brought to Clark. I don't think he thought it was for just dinner and a movie. Also he left after one night and was picked up again the next day for more. If he was so insulted he could have refused. I don't think it's a coincidence that he beat the other guy with the back of his hatchet and this murder was done the same way. Find another cause to get behind because this one is not worth it.
Wade Gustafson May 20, 2013 at 02:29 PM
The only monster in this blunder was the one who sodomized Kai. Our world has no place for low life rapists and Kai made the world a safer place by getting rid of one. Kai, i don't know if you can read this buddy but if you have computer access in jail: the truth will set you free!
CAMERON May 20, 2013 at 04:04 PM
You want a killer to walk? Needs to go to prison
NoPityFor Kai May 20, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Kai must Dai .....if convicted of murder...
Patooty the Internet Weilding Poster May 20, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Debbie Sedita said " Kai returned to the place of his supposed drugging and raping, after he was far away from there, to kill him." Why do we need a trial? Debbie just solved the crime. Hey Debbie, did you ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe Kai killed the man after being allegedly raped, upon his return to the house? How do you know which day the old man was killed? How do you know whether it was the first or second encounter and how do you know whether or not Kai was allegedly rapes the first or second day? The only indication that it happened on the first day was from a Facebook posting stating Kai woke up to the realization he was drugged and raped.
NoPityFor Kai May 20, 2013 at 04:59 PM
The hatchet basher deserves a fair trial as well as the "alleged" molester or sodomizer.....Oh wait, he's dead? It will be very hard to get his side of the story now. You cannot say "Not" to judge the hatchet basher and then totally condemn the poor guy who is dead. "Both" are innocent until convicted in a court of law......and "Wade"....begging this kid to use the internet in prison to share his story is totally ridiculous! He only has the right to an attorney right now......
NoPityFor Kai May 20, 2013 at 05:00 PM
He does also have a right to "be an attorney"....if he cannot afford one.
lets wait for the facts May 20, 2013 at 05:36 PM
delusional people kai supporters, do not think you know Kai, just because you followed him on facebook. Please google or bing the articles/news from KFSN-TV ABC 30 in Fresno, CA, as they investigated him when he was a witness for the case he is famous for, and they interviewed his aunt who reported he has been wielding the ax as a weapon since he was 8. Also look at his own facebook posts prior to the times square meet, in which he admitted to several psychiatric hospitalizations. One does not get committed easily by either their parents or others to psychiatric institutes. One usually has to be suicidal or homicidal, a harm to them self or others. IF you do not not want Kai to be judged without all the facts, then give the victum who was murdered that same benefit of the doubt re guilt
John May 20, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Let's all not be hasty in passing judgement on these "Kai Followers". After all, some of them may be destined to become some of our future leaders in America! My only hope is, that I can retire, enjoy my elder years, and die happy and comfortably long before that day comes to pass!
S.G. May 20, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Mr. Gustafson, as you apparently have personal knowledge about this case that could exonerate the accused, you should immediately contact the public defender's office and let them know.
Jessica Mears May 20, 2013 at 09:13 PM
S.G., PLEASE, read that article on the link you posted and tell me what exactly you are talking about. The fact that you are trying to connect the two would be laughable if it weren't so stupid. Charlie Manson has more in common with the guy Kai smashed in the head with a hatchet. Kai is not a racist and he does not drug people. He does not solicit people to commit violence. He doesn't ask or want people to follow him. Are you saying they are similar because they both made music? I suppose all musicians must be serial killers then
Jessica Mears May 20, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Kai does not have me. He does not have or want followers. He doesn't solicit others to act in any way. He doesn't ask for anything and he doesn't take anything that is not offered to him. A lot of times, he doesn't take things that are offered to him either because he has no value in material goods.
Jessica Mears May 20, 2013 at 09:27 PM
LuAnn, Kai is a hitchhiker. A famous hitchhiker. People contact him on the internet and say they like what he is about and offer him a place to stay and a ride somewhere. That is how he has traveled all over the country. That is most likely how he came in contact with Galfy. It is totally normal that he would be picked up somewhere and taken back to the home of whoever picked him up to stay the night. It in no way means that he wanted a sexual relationship with that person.
John Q. Public May 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Because the legislature that wrote the law on bail says so. I don't like it either but we're stuck with the laws the idiots in Trenton came up with.
John Q. Public May 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM
To protest what? He was charged with murder based on probable cause, bail was set, he was arrested and will be brought back to NJ to face the charges. What is there to "protest"? Also, I find rather pathetic your prior comment about the accused not having any "faith in, or use for, the police" as an excuse for him not reporting the alleged sexual assault. He's no Jean Valjean and such self-serving logic serves the guilty as much as the innocent and doesn't appear to have any justifiable basis in this situation.
Donald May 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I wish there was this much concern for the thousands of service men and women who are sexually and physically brutalized every year by their superiors, with little or no practical recourse, even though the Tailhook scandal occurred in 1991. Or for the many thousands of military troops who contemplate, attempt or succeed at suicide every year. Or for the hundreds of thousands of American and foreign citizens who needlessly died or were seriously injured -- in body and in mind -- in America's ill-conceived wars in our time. A Retired Veteran
Danny May 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Danny Save our Troops!! Bring back the Draft. Take all the violent Murders, Rapists, and Child abusers and ship them out to fight our wars in other Countries. The tax payers will be spared the money waste of supporting the Criminals behind bars, and our troops will be spared their life and limbs. What do you think?
Michele May 21, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Jessica, it's great to have faith in a person but beware of BLIND faith. This man has taken you and many naive and gullible people like you. People like Kai are extremely street & people saavy. They can spot an easy mark or an innocent, gullible person such as yourself a mile away. They become EXACTLY what you want them to become. I just bet Kai knew that Mr. Galfy was gay and looking to hookup. Kai met his victim in Times Square. He spent the night at his victims home and the next day was taken by Mr. Galfy to the bus depot. Seems Kai then called Galfy and asked if Galfy would come and get him, and if he could spend a 2nd night at Galfy's home. No matter what transpired after that (and personally I think Kai saw an easy target with money) instead of slaughtering the man - and yes that is what he did - he should have contacted police and given them his version of the story. Kai can lay that story on you all he wants about his fear of the police but he's a liar. He didn't want to go to the police because he had just BRUTALLY cut a man to pieces. Your love and admiration is very sadly misplaced.
Michele May 21, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Stacy, Kai has avoided the law not because he cannot rely on them but because there are THREE arrest warrants out for him in Canada. Nice guy.
Johnny Maniac May 21, 2013 at 05:45 PM
What planet are you from? Stupiter?? Come on Jessica......Kai is known as a "hustler"....basically a straight guy, that uses gay men for their money, and provides basic "services"....this old queen, was hosting him, and Kai knew exactly what the deal was.....he is known to have approached men before here in Humboldt for the same "services".......and if you don't think Kai was strong enough to push off an old man....you really need your head examined. I think this was a basic hate crime....and the old queen was killed after Kai, felt some type of "quilt", after the act.....sorry, you may be a fan of this creep...but he beat a man to death.
Johnny Maniac May 21, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Jessica, do you really think Kai is so dumb, he did not realize what the deal was with this old queen? Please, you are making excuses for a cold blooded murder.....Kai was, and is a hustler..to use his past experience as an excuse for this murder, is a shame...
Johnny Maniac May 21, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Stacy, the old man is known as a "John"...and Kai is known as a "trick"......they we both of legal age.....do you really blindly believe Kai's story? He was and is a hustler....a funny personality....but that old man......is the one that was beaten to death.....
mills16 May 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM
so let me get this straight...Kai is innocent because you say he is, but the man he murdered he is a rapist because Kai says so? You want a fair trial and justice for the murderer, yet you are accusing the man that was murdered of rape?
Debbie Sedita-Kosiarski May 22, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Patooty... Hey, maybe you have something here... No one really knows anything for sure, so why don't we all just wait for the trial...
joan smith May 23, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Kai supporters, how would you feel if he murdered someone you know and love because he thought he had been wronged by your loved one? Somehow, I think your sense of pity would vanish. FAST

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