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Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, better known as Internet sensation "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker;" alleged on Facebook that he was drugged, raped.

Update, May 16, 7 p.m.

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


Original story, May 16, 2 p.m.

CLARK, NJ -- Police are on the hunt for an Internet celebrity identified as the suspect in the homicide of Clark attorney Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73.

Authorities are searching for Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, better known as Internet sensation "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" on YouTube and Facebook. (Video here - warning, contains profanity.)

McGillvary became an Internet sensation in February: After saving a 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. He also recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

UPDATE: At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow revealed new details about the alleged murder, explaining that Galfy picked up McGillvary in Times Square on Saturday, May 11, and that McGillvary stayed overnight at Galfy's home on Starlite Drive before leaving for Asbury Park on Sunday.

Romankow says McGillvary returned to Galfy's home later on Sunday and allegedly committed the murder. McGillvary then left and traveled to Asbury Park, Philadelphia and Glassboro, where he met up with two of his fans, who are providing information to police. For a full timeline of McGillvary's whereabouts and additional details from Thursday's press conference, read:

McGillvary was last seen in Haddonfield, where he boarded a train to Philly, and is believed to be heading south, possibly to Georgia. Based on the investigation, authorities know that McGillvary has cut his hair in an attempt to alter his appearance. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

In a Tuesday post on his Facebook page, McGillvary alleges that he was drugged, raped and ejaculated on and asks readers, "what would you do?" One commenter suggests that McGillvary use his hatchet, to which McGillvary replied "i like your idea."

McGillvary is homeless but considers himself “homefree,” and relies on the generosity of strangers for food, lodging and transportation, said Romankow. He is also known as Kai Lawrence, Caleb Kai Lawrence and Kai Nicodemus.

Galfy was found inside his home on Starlite Drive on May 13 after officers were called to the residence for a welfare check. An autopsy performed the following day determined that Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma. Galfy was found in his bedroom in underwear and socks, severely beaten.

Referring to Galfy, a neighbor said, "He was a real nice guy as far as I know. He would wave hi and goodbye and was very friendly. He has lived there at least 15 years, first with his partner, who died about five years ago. As far as I know, he was the only one living there now."

The Union County Homicide Task Force is working with local, state and federal officials to locate McGillvary, who has been charged with murder. Bail has been set at $3 million by state Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.

The Union County Crime Stoppers unit is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of McGillvary. All tips are kept anonymous and may be called into a special number related to this case: 908-219-6735 or the main line at (908) 654-TIPS (8477), www.uctip.org, or text UCTIP plus a message 274637.

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Rob Galgano May 16, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Galfy would still be alive had he run into "Kai The Profanity-Wielding Hitchhiker".
Ape Drape May 16, 2013 at 05:57 PM
It's too late for that. My tender ears have heard the words of curse and my soul is forevermore scarred.
ML May 16, 2013 at 05:59 PM
relax, people. No one said that "killing with a hatchet is cool". as long as they don't swear. I wouldn't want my kids hearing this nutjob's internet rants either.
Captain Pegleg May 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM
So how about a link to his facebook?
ML May 16, 2013 at 06:29 PM
ML May 16, 2013 at 06:33 PM
this is the post (good sumaritan edit): what would you do if you woke up with a groggy head, metallic taste in your mouth, in a strangers house... walked to the mirror and seen *** dripping from the side of your face from your mouth, and started wretching, realizing that someone had drugged, raped, and blown their ****** **** in you? what would you do?
ML May 16, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I put the odds of an all-out, national media circus surrounding a possible trial at about 42%...and rising fast.
erin bliss May 16, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I am shocked that some one who is a murderer uses profanity. Amazing!!
P. S. May 16, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Thank God that video was removed. Now the children will be safe...?
Gerard Ziobro Sr. May 16, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I wonder if this is the same person that killed the 76 year old man yesterday in Manahawkin? Kinda sounds the same. Hope thats being checked out.
Marina Reynolds May 16, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Seriously who are these parents who don't want their kids hearing profanity on this video? The same parents who let their kids even watch a video about murder. Hmmm.
Jerry Belle May 16, 2013 at 08:18 PM
P.S. - I think your hilarious sarcasm was lost on some...
Ed S May 16, 2013 at 08:26 PM
You don't want your kids hearing profanity??? Then watch what they are doing!!! Don't let them go on the internet without your supervision. Don't blame the Patch or anyone else--blame yourself. By the way, better not let them go to school and talk to any of the other kids, or play with the neighbor kids, or go to New York City or any other public place where there are people talking. Make sure you ban most books as well and not allow them to see any cable TV shows, particularly after 9:00 pm. Actually, you should just take your kids and move to a different planet, like Mars or Pluto.
jack mehoff May 16, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Did you all miss the "(contains profanity)" right after the video link? Grow the f*ck up. Bunch of whiners!
Al McDorman May 16, 2013 at 09:44 PM
When does the movie come out? Oh, this is the trailer. I guess it's almost finished. UNREAL!
Gerard Ziobro Sr. May 16, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Sorry not Manahawkin it was Manchester NJ
Linds May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Stop caving in to over sensitive cry babies. The real world has profanity in it. Don't force us to live in your little sheltered bubble b/c your ears are offended. Get off your high horse. Put the real video back b/c real people want to see real life and not live in fantasy happy land.
Linds May 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM
pathetic. your sensitivities take away my right to see the video as it is. Grow up!
Linds May 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM
put the original back. you have two poutting cry babies who dont mind hearing of a brutal murder and rape, but some words send them through the roof! Get serious! You have a larger public that is annoyed you took the video down. You cater to a minority while ignoring the non ignorant majority.
John Doe May 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM
What kind of sensible 73 year old lawyer picks up a deranged drifter 50 years younger than himself in Times Square for sex? This guy was a chicken hawk whose bad judgment brought a lot of unwanted attention and fear to our town. The wonder of it all would be if anyone were surprised at the outcome.
J. Edward CooperLevi May 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM
he wasn't a chicken hawk, the age difference is large but it happens all the time with out the older or younger person ended up murdered. if this is the perp, he saw joe as an easy target and he wouldn't be the first man on the planet thinking with the wrong head...so yeah, there's wonder and surprise to the outcome...this isn't the norm of hook ups, straight or gay; but when it does happen it goes directly to the ''what do you expect'' when the sex thing age thing and the gay thing come into play, because murder never happens anywhere else to anyone else. a poor decision only because of the outcome, not because of the agenda on joe's part. the man is dead for gods sake, so here we are, blaming the victim, not the psycho (if indeed this is the perp, which it seems like, but innocent until proven guilty is our law) so comments like this are of course your right to have, but think about it more deeply you may think differently, especially since the psycho was a ''hero'' in another situation..sociopaths don't play by rules and the facts that if this is true falls into the parameters of easy target more than anything else. Remember this guy was on tv and internet as a hero, so maybe we shouldn't be so eager to call anyone that kills another person a hero unless the person is stopping a crime at the time, which i don't think was the case when he killed the driver of the car that ran over the utility worker, it was after the act.
Al McDorman May 17, 2013 at 12:27 AM
He just got arrested at the Philly Greyhound station...apparently without incident. There are a bunch of Kai knockoffs on facebook now. What a world. Fear and violence sell.
Al McDorman May 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Regarding the psycho car driver, he lived and is looking at around 13 years in prison. The utility worker testified against him as did Kai. Now Kai is the alleged perpetrator.
J. Edward CooperLevi May 17, 2013 at 01:29 AM
my bad, i thought he killed the driver..i don't follow this kind of stuff but Joe was a good friend..regardless, my point is now this ''hero'' is a ''perp".. as for the alleged drugging and raping, um, cause this guy isn't st. smart whatsoever .. and you go back the next night...riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. psychokiller
rascal May 17, 2013 at 08:31 AM
really!!! what is more important here!!! i originally thought it was a joke! but seriously, profanity vs. murder? its ridiculous to even put that question out there!! i am the parent of a teenager. have any of you picked a kid up at kumpf school lately? ya wanna hear profanity! get the f out of your bubble and deal with reality!!! either way death trumps the F BOMB!!!
rascal May 17, 2013 at 08:45 AM
"our town" gets alot more unwanted attention than this!!!! and mite i add NOT good. not the 1st suspicious death in less than 5 years. bank robberies, car jackings, stolen cars...the list goes on & on. wait, do i live in clark? as a matter of fact i do!!! face it the surburbanville vision of this town is long gone!!!!
rascal May 17, 2013 at 08:58 AM
wow, thats all i can say to this statement!!! 1st of all why would you watch a video of this content with children present and 2nd how narrow minded are you to suggest not reposting regardless of the situation!!! ummmm we are talking death and murder r we not? not like a law & order episode that you can change the channel. again...wow! im actually dumbfounded at your dumbfoundedness!!!!
Lizard763 May 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM
J.Edward just because he seemed like a great guy to you does not mean he did not drug or rape....wait till the facts are gathered.....and because the guy was animated in the video does not make him a psycho......usually its the one that you least expect and are pillars of the community that turn out to be the psychos
Clare Kennedy May 18, 2013 at 06:08 AM
Kai's FB page spoke of doing drugs with people he met, therefore he probably took a drug himself that he obtained from someone he met along his travels. It is easy to blame a 73 year old man who was the victim rather than himself. To hell with Kai.
Al McDorman May 20, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I do feel pity for the deceased. The ignorant, homophobic rhetoric does keep emerging when these things happen. Kai appears to be a charming sociopath and I've seen them before. Anyone who can't see it should search: "sociopathology, borderline personality disorder". It's not a long way from there to unconscionable violence, and the perp as victim is a common portrayal after the fact.


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