Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Man Arrested in Wife's High-Seas Death

As reported on July 17th, 2009 By Gillina Flaccus,AP on

SAN DIEGO (July 16) - A Los Angeles man was arrested Thursday for allegedly murdering his wife three days into a five-day cruise to Mexico, turning the luxury oceanliner into a crime scene as it sailed through the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Robert McGill was taken into custody from the Carnival Elation cruise ship more than six hours after it returned to San Diego on Thursday. He will be charged with the murder of his wife, Shirley, who was found dead in the couple's cabin on Tuesday evening, said Keith Slotter, special agent in charge of the FBI's San Diego bureau.

Slotter said a passenger contacted ship's security Tuesday and expressed concern that Shirley McGill might be dead. Crew members went to the cabin and found her body, but Robert McGill was not in the room. Slotter wouldn't say why the passenger who notified security was concerned, but said several hours may have passed before the body's discovery. Both the suspect and victim were in their mid-50s, Slotter said.
The ship is the length of more than two football fields and carries more than 2,000 passengers and 900 crew members, according to Carnival's Web site. With 14 decks, passengers can spend their days at numerous restaurants, bars, clubs, a spa, a casino, a mini-golf course and three pools. The ship left Saturday, stopping in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Editor Rozek’s Notes
: These 14 deck cruise ships with “numerous restaurants, bars, clubs, mini-golf courses and three pools” could leave anyone feeling a little bit cooped up! I’m sure this is going to be a justifiable homicide. Here was this poor, unassuming man on a cruise with his wife as she started worrying about her hair and her mascara or what she was going to wear to the massive buffet that evening and he just snapped. These cruises are death traps! It does seem like it could’ve been planned a little more carefully though. With the entire ocean at his disposal, don’t you think he could’ve found a better place to hide the body than in his own room? Note to self: if I ever get married, don’t go on cruise with husband! It’s just asking for trouble!

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