Cops arrest hatchet-wielding hitchhiker, internet star for murder of NJ man

Posted at 10:51 PM, May 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-16 23:09:05-04

Mourners don’t want to talk about the details of the murder of 73-year-old attorney Joseph Galfy Jr., but they do want to remember him.

It didn’t take for authorities to arrest internet sensation turned murder suspect, Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, known to the world as Kai, the hatchet wielding hitchhiker.

Prosecutors said the two met near Times Square on Saturday night then went back to the victim’s home in Clark, New Jersey.

The next day, authorities believe the victim took McGillvary to a train heading to Asbury Park to visit a fan. He returned the same day.

Galfy Jr. was found dead less than 24 hours later.

On Thursday,  McGillvary was arrested at the Greyhound Bus terminal in Philadelphia. Authorities said he changed his hair to alter his appearance.

A Bistro restaurant manager in Clark saw the suspect Sunday night and called police when he noticed him acting strangely.

“The public became enamored of this guy, before he became a murderer,” said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Friends and family of the victim are relieved to hear of an arrest, but it won’t bring back their loved one.