Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why did Kai go back the second night?

    Kai believed himself to be in Asbury Park. He had been warned by Kim Conley who he was planning to meet there in New Jersey that the area was too dangerous to sleep in outside. In addition to that, the first night he had at first assumed that it was merely dried saliva residue he had found on his face that next morning. It wasn’t until waking up in the midst of being assaulted he put two and two together about what must have happened the night before. 

  • Was Kai a vigilante?

    The Prosecution pointed out that Kai had a list of sex offenders on him at the time. What was not mentioned by them was that he was in the midst of working with Sophie Thomas for a piece at Vice. Sophie had told him about a French man who date raped her. The plan was to confront child sex offenders who were in areas near schools or playgrounds where they were not allowed. 

  • What motive did the Union County Prosecutor’s Office offer to explain Kai killing Galfy?

    Actually the Union County Prosecutor’s Office pointed out in 2013 during the Grand Jury that they had no obligation to provide a motive. No motive was ever really developed until RAW TV Ltd released the documentary (with the help of a production company based in Union County where Galfy and his protectors are based) on Netflix putting forward the idea that Kai may have been acting in the manner of a vigilante. 

  • Where do I keep up with updates related to Kai online? 

    Kai has multiple official social media accounts. He releases videograms on YouTube and has a blog with updates at Facebook and a support group, Twitter and TikTok account and more. You can find all these links as well as links to his petitions and fundraiser at

  • How do I contact Kai?

    You can send letters directly to Kai at the following address: Caleb McGillvary, 
    #1222665, New Jersey State Prison, PO Box 861, Trenton, NJ 08625. You can also send videograms, letters and cards at by searching for account #000102317G.

  • Did Kai give permission or license use of his YouTube videos and other material in the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker documentary?

    No, Kai did not give permission for that material to be used and even worse, they didn’t bother using clips from his YouTube that do go into detail regarding conflicts of issues, destroyed evidence and the “conspiracy to deprive him of his due process” that Federal Judge Cox-Arleo ruled in July 28th, 2022. 

  • When did you start covering the Kai the Hitchhiker case?

    I’ve been covering this story since 2017. My first article for the Inquisitr was published in October 2017 following a period of research into the documents related to the case and a series of interviews with Kai. I have kept in contact with Kai throughout the years and continue to do so. 

  • What’s going on currently in Kai’s case?

    Kai is currently on petition for writ of habeas corpus in Federal court. As of July 28th, 2022 Federal Judge Madame Cox-Arleo ruled that Kai had “sufficiently alleged at this early stage … conspiracy to deprive him of his due process rights” but is barred from moving forward even though he’s proved in court not only that they knowingly deprived him of due process but that if they had not proceeded with their unconstitutional behavior the outcome of the verdict would have been different. Due to Heck v. Murphy though, proving that there was willful malice and a conspiracy and cover-up is not sufficient to reverse the initial disposition.
    He also has a petition for clemency.

  • How exactly did Galfy die and why were the injuries so severe?

    Dr. Junaid Shaikh made claims that Galfy was “bludgeoned” but no weapon or blunt object was ever recovered. Galfy’s ear being torn is consistent with an abrasion related to Kai’s torn jeans.

    Injuries came from kicking upwards. The injury to the ear was an abrasion from a horizontal kick (from his back on the floor he was kicking him away from him, Kai says).

    In the crime scene photos you can see the torn jeans and bare feet footprints tracked in blood down the hall. 

  • Did Kai go on the run and change his appearance after the night in Clark?

    Prosecution claims Kai changed his appearance and was “on the run.” They knew better considering the fact that the McNamara brothers were interviewed, pointed out that Kai appeared to be under the influence and noted that he immediately introduced himself, “Hi, I’m Kai the Hitchhiker.” Short hairs the same color as Kai’s were also found in Galfy’s car and are mashed into the vertical side of the mattress, consistent with Kai’s story of being assaulted on the ground by the bed where the urine stained carpet was never collected or tested for drug metabolites. 

    Kai says he cut his hair at the Rahway train station, but conveniently for the prosecution 4 hours of the CCTV footage of that train station conveniently “disappeared.” 

  • What evidence is there that Kai was drugged and raped?

    Much of the evidence that would corroborate Kai’s claims was either never collected, tampered with or destroyed or collected but never tested. By looking at what was not tested or destroyed (the blood and semen found in the vicinity of the alleged rapist’s genitals, the urine stained fibers that could have been tested for drugs, the rape kit run on the alleged rapist but not the person claiming to be raped, the mugs that could have been tested for drugs being run through a dishwasher at a time no investigators can account for, the mysterious bag of possible evidence being carried across the yellow crime scene tape and so much more). 

  • Why did the NJ court deny his appeals despite a federal judge saying he had “sufficiently alleged … a conpsiracy to deprive him of his due process right?” 

    Kai has a civil suit that could cost the state of New Jersey, Union County and some of the individuals involved in the alleged cover-up millions of dollars. It’s not surprising that a federal judge faced with the same evidence wouldn’t be as reticent to note the glaring inconsistencies and 1983 civil rights and due process violations. Unfortunately, due to the Heck v. Humphrey ruling, even if you can prove that evidence was tampered with or destroyed and had it not been a different disposition would have resulted, nothing can be done until the state case is vacated. Essentially a Catch-22 situation. 

  • Were the producers of the Netflix documentary aware of all the irregularities in the investigation, detention and trial? 

    I spoke with multiple producers from RAW TV LTD long before the documentary at Netflix was ever announced. I know for a fact they are aware of the many irregularities in this case. When I suggested some things that could be mentioned in the space of 2-3 minutes to lay out Kai’s self defense case they explained “that would be a very sort of documentary.” Indeed. 

  • Why didn’t the documentary reach out to the many people who Kai had visited with, stayed with and worked with during the time before the event in Fresno and New Jersey? 

    Another good question. I’ve spoken with family and friends of Kai that the documentary did not try to reach out to. Many of these people are upset at the way Kai was portrayed by people who had spent far less time with Kai than they had. 

  • After the second night, why didn’t Kai report Galfy to the police?

    There are ample reasons why a homeless, indigenous, illegal immigrant from Canada would choose not to turn himself into the crooked local cops that Galfy was tight with before he even knew he was dead. Kai did say he had considered trying to find a reporter to go with him to confront Galfy. If he had been aware that Galfy was dead though, he likely would not have left his name, contact information and phone number at Galfy’s house. Judge Robert Kirsch wanted to claim that Kai  was both “an explosive keg of rage” and “cold and calculating” but if he was so cold and calculating and “shrewd” as Kirsch claimed then he certainly wouldn’t leave a literal calling card after his supposedly “premeditated murder?” 

  • The Fresno detective Jeff Stricker claimed that Kai wasn’t innocent in the events that made him a viral hero. What evidence is there of this? 

    In fact, multiple witnesses at the scene, PG&E and IBEW themselves hailed Kai as a hero for jumping into the fray without concern for his own safety. McBride’s defense tried to claim at first that Kai veered into Rayshawn Neely, when that story fell apart the claim was that Kai drugged Jett making him flip out. The trial transcript itself makes it clear that Jett McBride was seriously delusional long before he ran into Kai. McBride claimed he had a concussion and was under the influence of Vicodin at the time Stricker interrogated him, but when asked how he was feeling at the time McBride simply replied “great.” 

  • Has Kai seen the documentary? How?

    Yes, Kai is able to receive letters and “videogram” messages so people were able to send him the documentary clip by clip that way. 

  • Why was a rape kit performed on Galfy, the alleged rapist but not on Kai?

    There were “signs of sexual assault” reported earlier by the UCPO investigators, but once they had Kai in custody the “sexual assault” investigation not only dissolved but any evidence that supported Kai’s claims was suppressed. Detective Johnny Ho even “admitted he had not recommended lab tests on items in Galfy’s house that might have supported McGillvary’s claims of assault.” 

  • Were Jett McBride’s actions a result of being drugged by Kai?

    Despite the claims of Gabriel Francisco in the Netflix documentary, there is no evidence to suggest that Jett McBride was given anything apart from cannabis by Kai. Not only did the tox screen come back negative on Kai, but Scott Baly, McBride’s lawyer abandoned the attempt to put the blame on Kai via intoxication. 

    In 2015, the American Jounral of Criminal Justice published a paper “Marketing a Panic: Media Coverage of Novel Psychoactive Drugs (NPDs) and its Relationship With Legal Changes.” The paper references the Jett McBride incident as a “drug panic.” Also, McBride’s fragile and deluded mental state is not challenged by family members of McBride who were concerned about his cross country trip “to stop the Illuminati from bombing the Super Bowl.”

  • Why were there no defensive wounds on Galfy?

    Kai claims to have woke up while Galfy was in the process of assaulting him. The room however was “tidy” according to crime scene photos and investigator reports. Considering Galfy’s weight (he was short but weighed well over 200 pounds) if both of them had been vertical the much larger, stronger Kai would have caused him to run into things, knock things over. Even the prosecution admits that whatever happened, it was over fairly quickly.