The Russian Connection Cruise Ship Overboard Mystery

David Svyatetskiy, 22, a Russian-American cruise ship passenger who lived in Castle Rock, Colorado, was traveling with his family aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Escape, when he died aboard the cruise ship in the middle of night on the second night of the cruise.

The cause of death, depends on who you ask. Two government agencies, so far, are calling it a “suicide”.  Though, there is no word if the FBI are or will investigate. The family calls it an “accident” on their Gofundme  page. But, is there a third possibility?

Svyatetskiy spoke Russian as his first language, but also spoke fluent English as well. He was a graduate of Legend High School in Parker, Colorado. He then attended college at Colorado School of Mines, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. He was on track to graduate in 2018, with a goal of becoming an engineer. He reportedly was an excellent student, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Questions remain, such as why would a Russian-American student with a 4.0 grade point average, quite suddenly would decide to take his own life in the middle of the night? If suicide was the intent, why not just jump into the sea, as many others have in the past? Instead, he falls to his death, landing several decks below.


Google warning notice on God Will Provide Russian church website, where credit card and banking information is given online by visitors.

Was a toxicology report performed in Miami when the cruise ship returned?Were there alcohol and/or drugs in the blood of this honor student?

If substance abuse  was a possibility, how would a student with a 4.0 GPA, suffer as his brother had with abuse,  and still excel in his studies?

If  he had a substance abuse problem, then why wasn’t he getting treatment, at the same treatment program his brother is affiliated with, the Russian church treatment program, God Will Provide,  as seen in the video below?


Recently, we posted an article titled, Cruise and Travel Excursion Selfies Photo Deaths and Injuries Extreme Daredevils. Could it be David Svyatetskiy, was a daredevil as well?

The article includes dozens of young people who died while filming extreme selfies. One of them was  Russian Andre Retrovesky, 17, who died on September, 24, 2015 .  Andrey Retrovesky, from Vologda, Russia, addicted to daredevil selfies, calling himself Drewsssick online, died during a selfie stunt. He climbed to the top of a nine-story building with a friend in an effort to capture a photo that would make him appear to be falling from the roof. The rope used to secure him snapped and he plunged to the ground.

See the video below, then read more about this puzzling case on Cruise Bruise.

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Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths Produce Very Few Mysteries

In late 2005, I began tracking cruise ship deaths. That interest began with Cruise Bruise, the first of my 55 cruise industry websites, with some documenting incidents at sea during a cruise. The point of Cruise Bruise was, to gather data in order to identify trends and to alert passengers to potential dangers, so that they might protect themselves from events which might end badly. Information is power.

Early on, the numbers were increasingly growing, making it look like the cruise industry was by and large unsafe. But, after nearly eleven years of tracking events taking place on the high seas, in cruise ship ports, on cruise ship excursions and those incidents which take place during the course of the cruise vacation,  both on the way to the cruise, during the cruise and on the way home after the cruise, the statistics show a different trend.

With statistics, the larger the sampling is, the better trends can be properly identified.  On our Cruise Ship Deaths website, there are at least 128 cases of people who died from natural causes and it’s far from complete. Now, the lawyers who make their money filing lawsuits against the cruise industry, won’t tell the public, the natural causes comprise the largest percentage of deaths at sea. They make their money trying to prove someone was negligent and that “someone” is the more than fifty cruise lines which comprise the deep-pocket cruise industry.

We dig  especially hard for those natural causes cases, because, they happen nearly every day, often several during a single cruise.  They demonstrate, that deaths are not uncommon on cruises. But, for the most part, those death cases are not news worthy to mainstream media. It is difficult, if not nearly impossible to show negligence when a sober person dies during sleep,  while sailing on the high seas. That, however, does not prevent from the lawyers from trying their best to make the cruise line look negligent.

The trend in cruise ship deaths throughout the year is somewhat surprising. One might think the peak cruising season  from June to September would have the most amount of deaths at sea. This is not the case. January is the number one month for deaths at sea, which include death during the trip,  before and just after the cruise as well,

As a whole, if we were to name a cruise ship death season based on the numbers of deaths we have documented, it would be November through February. Somewhat surprising, is the lowest month of the year for deaths, is October with 33 deaths. October is known for fall foliage cruises which are popular with middle age adults and senior citizens. But, the college kids are back in school and there is far less silliness and hi-jinks which contribute in growing numbers to young adult cruise ship deaths.

A new feature on the Cruise Ship Deaths website as part of our 2017 upgrade is,  the “Faces of Cruise Ship Death” found on the main page.  As of this moment, there are 185 featured death cases. These are, for the most part, people who died doing something they loved and died from natural causes.

As a percentage, there are few mysteries to be found. The cruise ship deaths photographs  show a wide cross-section of society, indicating, the impossibility of identifying who  might not make it back to the home port alive. Though, clearly behavior can sometimes predict who might end up in the sea, or be found dead in their cabin.

We are not finished with the page yet. As we add the rest of our older cases they will be added to the bottom of the page, by date. As we add cases in the future, they will be added to the top of the page. However, if we get cases which are from the past, somewhere in the middle, we will attempt to place them within the list, more or less where they belong historically.

The purpose of the Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths is to put a human face to a statistic and to honor those who died doing something they loved.  We are drawing attention to the fact that, life is about being born, living a life worth living and then leaving lifetime memories for those loved ones, a person leaves behind. For some, living life is about making memories, participating in events which will be remembered by others long after their life has ended.

To that end, we celebrate natural causes cruise ship deaths at sea with our new Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths feature. We all have to die sometime; dying while doing something a person loves, is a much better memory for those we leave behind.  Though, we would be remiss not to honor those who contributed to the cruise industry with their talent and knowledge, which have had a positive impact on the cruise industry.  As well, Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths honors the lives of  those who  died at the hands of others .

Featured Suspicious Cruise Ship Deaths

In the Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths image above, there is a proven cruise ship murderer, suspected murderer, one person proven to have been murdered aboard, three negligent homicides, a collection of those who deliberately jumped overboard and those who died in port. The 185 featured cases (and growing) are a cross section from each type of cruise ship death.

Tammy Grogan, 35, from Ohio worked for a local Dentist in the West Toledo area of Ohio. She is described as being very nice and very pleasant by those who knew her. She was aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Imagination when she disappeared on September 10, 2006.

The missing cruise ship passenger, previously unidentified, was named on September 13, 2006. She was traveling with her 14 year old son, sister, and two friends, on a four-day cruise to Key West and Calica, which is the port for Playa del Carmen. The ship’s last port of call in Mexico was Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula. A family member reported Tammy missing, 32 hours after she was last seen. Not suspicious, not suspicious at all.  Read More

Annette Mizener, 37, from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was traveling with her parents Wally and Heidi Knerler and teenage daughter Danielle aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride. Mizener was in cabin #6169 on December 4, 2004. She was part of a group of 200 passengers from the Las Vegas Hilton.

On the last night of a West Coast cruise from Los Angeles, while off the coast of Mexico, Annette had left to go play bingo. She had won at bingo twice already on the cruise, and was supposed to meet her parents for the 10pm bingo. In fact, she said she wanted to arrive early to get a good seat.

When she didn’t show up, her parents became concerned and her father began to look for her. He searched for her in the casino. A witness said she was in the casino at 9:30pm. As he continued to search, he heard her name paged, and became very worried. The crew had found her handbag on deck, and had paged her to give it back. Read More

Neha Chhikara, 23, from India, worked as a crew member along with her husband Ankit Dalal who worked in a position of management aboard Monarch Of The Seas on January 1, 2010 when she went missing.

Neha, a former air hostess with Indigo Airlines, is reported to have jumped into the sea from Monarch Of The Seas while the cruise ship was in the Bahamas, as a result of physical and mental abuse from her husband and his family while she was working aboard the cruise ship.

Her family has accused Neha’s husband Ankit Dalal, father-in-law Doctor S. S. Dalal, who is also the chief medical officer at the Gurgaon Civil Hospital, mother-in-law Nirmal Dalal and her sister-in-law for harassing Neha for a dowry, soon after her marriage to Ankit Dalal. Read More

Cruise Ship Deaths is not a complete database of all deaths at sea. There is quite simply no reliable database for those statistics. At best, there are websites which pretend to be reliable sources. They are reliable sources of rumors, at best. We do our best to give a wide range of actual, verified deaths, to fairly represent the cruise industry deaths as a whole.

Did we miss case? Please contact us with verified details for new cases.

Suitcase With Body Inside Washes Ashore at Rimini Italy

Italian police are investigating if the remains of an Asian woman found in the Port of Rimini, Italy are those of missing cruise ship passenger Li Yinglei. Yinglei, 36,  has been missing since she disappeared from MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46.

The last time Li Yinglei was seen alive was in Genoa on February 10, just one day into the cruise.

Daniel Belling’s Chinese wife Li Yinglei (Xing Lei Li) also known as Angie, was a cruise and wedding planner who started Cinderella’s Wedding in 2015. The couple lived in Dublin, Ireland with their two children.

Belling was arrested when he attempting to embark on a flight to Ireland after the cruise ship docked. State prosecutor Maria Tamburelli, claims the couple were having financial problems and Mr Belling killed his wife on board on February 10 after the couple and their kids had supper together at the Four Winds restaurant on board but did not turn up for breakfast the next morning.

MSC Magnifica embarked on February 9 at Civitavecchia, Italy with port calls at Malta, Greece and Cyprus.

Mediterranean Sea hydrodynamics where Li Yinglei is thought to have gone overboard, have a southeastern flow of circulation, making it most likely if the orange suitcase washes ashore, it would be on a beach anywhere in the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Turkey or Bulgaria. It is highly unlikely the suitcase with Li Yinglei could wash ashore at Rimini, Italy.

According to local reports, the young “Asian woman” that was found in the blue suitcase,  was the body of an emaciated, naked Asian woman, wrapped up in plastic bags, believed to be aged 35 to 40-years-old. The color of the suitcase does not match the color of the suitcase which is missing along with Li Yinglei.

As well, the body  is described as being 1.7 metres tall, which investigators say is too tall to be missing Li Yinglei, who is described as being 1.5 metres tall.

Belling attorney Luigi Conti said he has heard the body that has been recovered does not match the description of Ms Li. “The body in the suitcase is 170cm in height, but Daniel Belling’s wife is smaller than that,” he said. “I am also told it is a different type of body than that of Mr Belling’s wife.”

There is a video on our case page, which shows a body of an Asian woman of Li Yinglei’s  size being hidden into a suitcase on  our missing cruise ship passenger alleged murder case page.


Cruise Book Readers Club – The Woman in Cabin 10 By Ruth Ware

From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

Editorial Reviews

“A classic “paranoid woman” story with a modern twist in this tense, claustrophobic mystery…The cast of characters, their conversations, and the luxurious but confining setting all echo classic Agatha Christie; in fact, the structure of the mystery itself is an old one: a woman insists murder has occurred,everyone else says she’s crazy. But Lo is no wallflower; she is a strong and determined modern heroine who refuses to doubt the evidence of her own instincts.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Ware’s follow-up to her best-selling debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood, is a gripping maritime psychological thriller that will keep readers spellbound.  The intense final chapters just might induce heart palpitations.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)

“Ruth Ware is back with her second hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck-tingling tale.” (Marie Claire)

“[The Woman in Cabin 10] generate[s] a dark, desperate tension that will appeal to Ware’s and Gillian Flynn’s many fans. This is the perfect summer read for those seeking a shadowy counter to the sunshine.” (Booklist, Starred Review)

“A fantasy trip aboard a luxury liner turns nightmarish for a young journalist in The Woman in Cabin 10, the pulse-quickening new novel by Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark, Dark Wood.” (O Magazine)

“[A] snappy thriller set on the high seas… The first chapter will grab your attention, force it against a wall and hold it there until the end.” (Associated Press)

“Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 is an atmospheric thriller as twisty and tension-filled as her 2015 debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood… The novel’s tone is dark and claustrophobic as Lo continues her search for the woman even though someone is trying to stop her — maybe even kill her.” (The Washington Post)

“If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, get ready to curl up with this suspenseful mystery.” (Bustle)

“Haunting and absurdly suspenseful.” (PureWow)

“A great modern whodunit!” (New York Post)

“Ruth Ware’s thrilling suspense novel captivates.” (US Weekly)

The Woman in Cabin 10 bucks the trend of disappointing follow-ups, and is every bit as taut and provocative as the earlier book.” (Independent)

“With a flawed but likeable heroine, and a fast moving plot, it makes for a stylish thriller.” (Sunday Mirror)

“A twisted and suspenseful mystery that entangles friendship, identity and memory with a possible murder…. Subtly tips its hat to authors such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers” (Metro)

“With a churning plot worthy of Agatha Christie, and fresh on the heels of her bestselling thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware twists the wire on readers’ nerves once again. “Cabin 10” just may do to cruise vacations what “Jaws” did to ocean swimming. You’ll be afraid to go out on the water.”  (StarTribune)

“This beach read thriller has sun, suspense, and goes well with SPF.” (TheSkimm)

“Ware does something more than write the next Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, even if she writes in that wheelhouse. Ware puts her own stamp on the genre… The Woman in Cabin 10 is good: it’s creepy, it’s frustrating, and it’s interesting. It brings elements of our current fixations into the realm of the thriller/mystery in the best possible way.” (Electric Literature)

“With a churning plot worthy of Agatha Christie, and fresh on the heels of her bestselling thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware twists the wire on readers’ nerves once again. “Cabin 10” just may do to cruise vacations what “Jaws” did to ocean swimming.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“Ware’s propulsive prose keeps readers on the hook and refuses to let anyone off until all has been revealed.” (Shelf Awareness)

Named by the Washington Post as “One of the best mystery books and thrillers of 2016”

“No one does spooky without the supernatural element better than Ruth Ware, and The Woman in Cabin 10 is proof for any who doubt it.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Lots of twists and surprises in an old-fashioned mystery.” (R.L. Stine Thrillist)

About the Author
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer, and is the internationally bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. She is married with two small children.

Read more about this book, The Woman in Cabin 10

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Reenactment Video Shows Missing Cruise Passenger Police Theory

Reenactment video shows police theory in a new video on our Cruise Bruise Investigates case page.

The Case History:

Cruise wedding planner and travel agent Li Yinglei, 38, embarked on a MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her Apple computer programer husband Daniel Belling, 46, and their two children ages six and four on February 9, 2017.

When the cruise ship returned to Civitavecchia, Italy, Belling disembarked with his children, but Li Yinglei was nowhere to be seen. Police say he murdered her and threw overboard in her suitcase.  See video on Cruise Bruise

Police Search For Suitcase With Cruise Passenger Inside

A lot of new information surfaces in the MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica cruise ship passenger missing case of Li Yinglei. So, now Cruise Bruise in investigating this missing person case.

Her husband Daniel Belling said his wife left the ship in a Mediterranean Sea port to go back home to their home in Dublin, Ireland because she was “bored with the cruise” . . . or maybe she went home to China to see her family. Her mother says differently. Her young children say differently.

Police are looking for Li Yinglei’s suitcase fearing she may be inside it. A photo of the orange suitcase is circulating on the internet in hope someone will see it and report the suitcase location.

Depending on ocean currents, if the suitcase went overboard with her in it,  the suitcase could wash ashore anywhere in the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Turkey or Bulgaria. With all the refugees coming ashore after boats capsize, it may be like looking for a needle in a haystack, searching thousands of miles of beach and islands which stretch along a war torn  region of beaches.

The last photo in our slider shows the suitcase from the Heather Mack suitcase murder case. It is not a stretch, to think Li Yinglei might be inside the orange suitcase in the photo shown in the case photo slider. Read more on Cruise Bruise

Missing Cruise Passenger Owned Cinderella Weddings Cruise Website

As previously posted, Li Yinglei, 36, embarked on a MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46, and their two children ages six and four on February 9, 2017. When the cruise ship returned to Civitavecchia, Italy, Belling disembarked with his children, but Li Yinglei was nowhere to be seen.

Daniel Belling’s Chinese wife Li Yinglei (Xing Lei Li) alsp know as Angie to her business clients, started Cinderella’s Wedding in 2015 which offered wedding packages, including wedding dress rentals, decor and photo album design. The couple were married in 2010.

The couple also had a range of podcasts on their website, which featured Angie’s narration on different travel destinations and festivals around Ireland, as well as cruises.

The about page on the website says, “Cinderella’s Wedding is Dublin’s emerging brand in the Wedding and Corporate industry. We pride ourselves on our innovative and trendy touches that make all the difference. Our high quality bespoke service is tailored to match your every requirement to ensure that your event is above and beyond your expectation.

We strive to create magnificent designs that reflect the persona and desires of our clients and couples, by listening to your ideas and finding out what makes you smile. From intimate to sophisticated to flamboyant and stylish, Cinderella’s Wedding will turn your dreams into reality.

Don’t let your choice of venue dictate your theme of your event, contact Cinderella’s Wedding Specialists and be assured we will work closely to achieve a night that you and your guests will cherish and remember for a life time.

Having transformed some of the most exquisite venues around the country, here at Cinderella’s Wedding we have what it takes to make your special occasion a Cinderella event. We aim to make your day a signature event, unique and reflective of your own vision.”

This case is still unfolding. Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths

Police Allege Woman Murdered Tossed Overboard

Li Yinglei, 36, embarked on a MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46, and their two children ages six and four on February 9, 2017. When the cruise ship returned to Civitavecchia, Italy, Belling disembarked with his children, but Li Yinglei was nowhere to be seen.

Li Yinglei, who by some reports had adopted the English name Angie, was of Chinese nationality but was living in Ireland with her German husband and their children.

The last time she was seen alive was in Genoa on February 10, just one day into the cruise, when the family went into a Genoa, Italy tourist souvenir shop.

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2015 Top 40 Cruise Events At Sea and Port

Cruise Bruise Investigates:  List of the top 40 cruise industry events both at sea and in port. We include cases that made cruise industry history in 2015 for typical or atypical reasons. These 40 cases paint a picture of odd things happening on cruises.

1. Bernardo Garcia Elbaz Filmed His Own Death Oasis of the Seas – November 6, 2015
His lawyer called it a protest, the story sounds more like a filmmaker publicity stunt gone wrong. With two cell phones filming the event from inside their cabin the stage for this even was set. A gay man sailing with his husband contends they were harassed by crew aboard the cruise ship for being gay and as a protest, the filmmaker jumped overboard. It’s not disputed he jumped over their balcony railing, but we think in his drunken state, he miscalculated the jump to land on a lifeboat, slipped on the wet boat and ending up hanging from it. His partner screamed for everyone to hear, “you murdered him, you murdered him”, at security officers who had arrived at their cabin. At that point, Elbaz was still clinging to the lifeboat with crew trying desperately to pull him back aboard the cruise ship.

2. Crew Member Killed Repairing Elevator
December 27, 2015, Crew member, Jose Sandoval Opazo, 66, an electrician working aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy was killed while repairing an elevator. A cruise passenger couple passing the the elevator observed a stream of blood raining down the outside to the elevator door and filmed the elevator with blood streaming down the door and pooling on the carpeting.

3. Darla Banner Cruise Ship Murder Suicide
Darla J Mellinger Banner cruise ship murder suicide aboard Holland America Line Ryndam on April 2, 2015 was as shocking as it could get this year. The newlywed murder of Darla Mellinger Banner by her husband, will go down in cruise ship history as the worst, verified cruise ship spousal murder of a newlywed in cruise industry history. After a failed attempt at murdering Darla by stabbing her in the chest two months after they were married, John Banner left Darla in a bloodied cruise ship cabin after killing her. He then killed himself exactly six months after their wedding day.

4. Baby Doe Verdict
After waiting for four years for a verdict in the murder of Baby Doe, an Indiana judge sentenced Alicia Keir to one day in prison for giving birth to a full term baby aboard aboard Carnival Dream. Keir who was unmarried, gave birth to a live, breathing baby, stuffed it under her cabin bed and continue to party on the ship as if nothing had happened. Her cabin mates had no idea a dead baby was in the cabin with them, until a cabin attendant servicing the stateroom found the dead baby. There was no public outrage even after it was learned Keir had gotten pregnant again, using the second child as a reason she should avoid prison time for the murder of child’s older sibling.

5. $21.5 Million Verdict
The jury award to James Hausman of $21.5 million for walking into a door aboard Holland America Line Amsterdam, hit the outer limits of outrageous lawsuits. Just like #3, Hausman continue to party after an event at sea, only this case was for a “traumatic brain injury”. This case will go down in history as the longest time a cruise ship passenger partied on a cruise ship after an injury where he sued the cruise line. Hausman was on a 270 day cruise which embarked on September 26, 2011 and he ran into the door 60 days later on November 26, 2011. For the next 210 days, Hausman continued to party, which was documented by the cruise line crew both aboard the cruise ship and in ports around the world. With a mountain of evidence challenging the severity of Hausman’s alleged head injury, the jury awarded an outrageous $21.5 million. An appeal is pending.

See the other 35 events at sea

Cruise Bruise Investigates – Black and Blue Report

Back by popular demand the Cruise Bruise Black and Blue Report, cruise industry investigations now include cruise lines bruised as well as crew and passengers. Lawsuits, deaths, suicides, drunks, dopers, brawls, arrests, fraud and more

Baby Doe Murder-Judge Gives 1 Day Sentence

Cruise Ship Deaths: NO JUSTICE FOR BABY DOE. Federal judge in Indiana gives  Alicia Keir one day in prison for #cruise ship murder of newborn infant while she was on a luxury cruise at sea.

This case started on October 8, 2011, when Alicia Keir, 20, of DeMotte, Indiana embarked on a Caribbean cruise. On October 10, 2011, Keir was cruising aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Dream to the Caribbean with a friend celebrating a birthday, when she gave birth to a baby while inside her cruise ship cabin.

Keir discarded the baby girl in the cabin, wrapping it in a towel, then hiding it under a cruise ship cabin bed. She then left the cabin and went on enjoying her cruise.

A cabin housekeeping crew member entering Alicia Keir’s cabin aboard Carnival Dream, discovered the dead body of the recently born infant, which we call “Baby Doe”, on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. For two days Keir and her cabin mates used the cabin, slept in their beds with the baby stuffed under the cabin bed. This story takes an unusual turn when a second baby is discovered.

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Ghosts at Sea – Cruise Ship Deaths Morbid Reality Tour

Cruise Ship Deaths Fans: Which cruise ships have had the most horrific deaths at sea? The  Cruise Ship Deaths Morbid Reality Tour of haunting cruise experiences.

Ghosts at Sea – Choose A Haunting Cruise Experience

With the number of cruise ship deaths each year, the question is posed, could ghosts be haunting these cruise ships and their cruise ship cabins. From brutal, bloody murders, to passengers and crew found hanging by their necks in their cabin or on deck, speculation of haunting is something a select group of fearful people consider when deciding to book a cruise and choose their cabin. Others seek to sail aboard a cruise ship which may present a spooky aura to their cabin or common areas of the cruise ship. This select group of morbid reality fans seek to discover if a cruise ship is haunted by those who have passed away aboard.

What is a Haunting? – Wikipedia defines haunted places as, “A place where ghosts are reported is described as haunted, and often seen as being inhabited by spirits of deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building’s past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past.”

If we apply this theory to Cruise Ship Deaths, we have actual events including deaths by drug and/or alcohol overdose, violent bloody murders aboard cruise ships, children murdered aboard cruise ships by their parent, those found hanging by neck aboard cruise ships, including those murdered aboard then tossed overboard and others who may be restless souls, walking the halls of the cruise ship at night.

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Terrorists Murdered Cruise Ship Passenger

October 8, 2015 – 30 years ago today, after terrorists hijacked the Star Lauro Line  Achille Lauro, they murdered wheelchair bound cruise ship passenger Leon Klinghoffer.

Leon Klinghoffer, 69, from New Jersey, born September 24, 1916, was on a cruise aboard Star Lauro’s Achille Lauro on October 7, 1985 with his wife Marilyn when the vessel was seized by terrorists at sea near Egypt. The terrorists took control of the cruise ship in the Mediterranean off Egypt as it was sailing from Alexandria to Port Said, Egypt

Hijackers, four armed Palestinian terrorists boarded the vessel and took the ship passengers and crew as hostages. The operation was mastermind by Mohammed Abul Abbas.

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Blueprint For Murder At Sea

Wife Overboard by Steve Colbourne is a brilliant cruise ship murder mystery and a blueprint for cruise ship murder at sea.

Wife Overboard by Steve Colbourne is a blueprint for cruise ship murder at sea. Set in the British seaside community of Brighton in southern England, Michael, 56, and his wife Sharon, 50, have a two-story apartment located on the marina waterfront, enduring 30 years of “mundane” marriage.

Somewhere along the way, they have fallen out of love as their verbal sparing indicates, with Michael continually feeling emasculated. Contributing factors may have been the fact that the couple have no children and no pets which would give the marriage a constant display of affection. As well, they both own their own businesses which have a mentally preoccupying effect on their marriage. Sharon owns a hair salon in town, and Michael has owned an electrical contracting business for 20 years.

While Sharon is bright and attractive, with long blond hair and green eyes, the pair have been sleeping separately for some time. In spite of their alienation, Sharon has no clue that Michael is having a hot, torrid extra-marital affair.

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Family Gets Cruise Ship Death Free Legal Aid

#Cruise ship crew member’s  body indicates foul play, free seamen legal aid gets $65,000 death settlement for family, with no legal fees.

Lemuel Lizada from Barangay Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines, had been a cruise ship crew member aboard Princess Cruises Star Princess for about a month when he died on June 14, 2014, shortly after speaking with family, who he called daily.

Lemuel Lizada got his job at Princess Cruises through Magsaysay Maritime Corp, who called the family on June 15, 2014, to tell them their son had died aboard the Star Princess. The cause of death was stated as “cardiopulmonary disease.”

July 28, 2014, Lemuel Lizada’s body arrived back in the Philippines and the family ordered an autopsy. The autopsy report stated that Lemuel had died from “traumatic injuries.” The family believes Lemuel Lizada was murdered. With no witnesses, the family was getting nowhere. They repeatedly requested a death certificate and were ignored.

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Cruise Ship Missing Passenger Case Not Overboard

The family of  cruise ship passenger reported overboard now thought to be held captive aboard the #cruise ship SuperStar Gemini.  Family says he didn’t have key card to enter room, couldn’t go overboard.

Numerous  reports are now saying the family believes Rajkumar Agarwal has been held captive aboard the cruise ship, after the “severe fight” he had with the cruise ship officer. They say Rajkumar didn’t have the key to the cabin and couldn’t possibly have accessed the cabin then jumped overboard.


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Cruise Ship Murder Cold Case Unsolved

U.S. Marshall’s wife, oldest #cruise ship murder cold case in history unsolved for 75 years now. Jessie Harper Mozee, 53, a resident of Nome, Alaska, who was a former teacher, boarded the steamship SS Seeandbee for a Great Lakes cruise to family in Cleveland. She was robbed, murdered and dumped overboard. Then, when her body washed ashore, police having no idea who she was, buried her in an unmarked grave.

Mozee had a large amount of cash with her and expensive jewelry including three diamond rings. She also had a maid, a woman who was a crew member aboard the ship, who tended to her while she was aboard the ship. The maid disappeared immediately after the cruise ended and so did the cash and jewelry. Cleveland police say the diamond rings were not found in Mrs. Mozee’s cabin, nor on her body when her body was recovered on July 31, 1940 at Geneva-On-The-Lake. The cash she brought with her on the cruise was also missing.

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Jessie Mozee’s body was found two days after she was last seen alive, she had two black eyes, as if she had been beaten. Coroner Charles Webster who examined Mozee’s body, said that he doubted the bruises around her eyes were post-mortem or from hitting the water.

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Micki Kanesaki Cruise Ship Murder

New charges filed against  Lonnie Kocontes, hiring a hit man to kill another wife, 9 year old #cruise cold case continues.

Authorities investigating Micki Kanesaki’s death had Lonnie Loren Kocontes’ his new wife, Amy Dao Nguyen, who he married in Nevada, testify before an Orange County grand jury, which helped to hinder the case against Kocontes. But her story changed when she testified for investigators again in 2013. Nguyen allegedly told investigators Kocontes coached her in what to say before her grand jury testimony and told her to lie.

Nguyen alleged that she knew Kocontes was going to kill Kanesaki, he told her before they left on the Royal Caribbean CruiseLines’ Island Escape cruise, but she didn’t alert authorities. She was given immunity from prosecution, because she lied to the grand jury and said knew of the murder plot but, did not alert anyone. Soon after, Kocontes was arrested in Florida and held for extradition to California.

May 2015, While still in jail, Kocontes allegedly drafted a letter in which his wife stated that her 2006 testimony was accurate and that she was forced to lie in 2013. Then, according to prosecutors, Kocontes hired two inmates to take the letter to Nguyen, have her sign it, then kill her. One of the two inmates told his lawyer about the alleged plot and new charges were filed. Kocontes now faces two counts of solicitation to commit murder and one count of solicitation to bribe a witness. Kocontes says he was set up.

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GUILTY! Heather Mack Murder Trial

Cruise Bruise: Heather Mack has been found guilty of the Bali “suitcase” murder of her mother, Sheila Von Weise-Mack.

On Aug. 13, 2014, Schaefer and Mack were arrested in Bali. In April 2015, an Indonesian court convicted Tommy Schaefer and Mack of charges related to Von Wiese’s murder.

Schaefer was sentenced to 18 years in an Indonesian prison, while Heather Mack was sentenced to 10 years.

Case History

Weiss-Mack was heard saying she had paid for Schaefer’s flight there and he should pay for the hotel. He was seen carrying the suitcase containing Von Weise-Mack’s body on his back down the back emergency exit hotel stairs; then loading the suitcase into the trunk of a taxi cab. Heather and Tommy left the taxi saying they were going to go get the rest of their luggage, but instead ordered another taxi and snuck out the back door to the hotel, arriving at another hotel near the airport, the four-star Risata Bali Resort.

Schaefer’s prints were found on the weapon allegedly used to murder Von Weise-Mack. Police say the murder was pre-meditated, with a mountain of evidence pointing to their guilt, including the fact Schaefer posted on Facebook before he left the U.S. that he was going to Indonesia and wasn’t sure when he was coming back, and then going to China.

He may have been running from the law in Indiana. Court records show an outstanding warrant for Schaefer’s arrest from February 2013 after he failed to appear in court on marijuana possession charge in Monroe County, Indiana.

Grab For RCCL Lawsuit Cash? On August 7, 2014, Heather Mack posted online “i refuse to let someone say what I can do, gettin (sic) money my attitude you know what it do #bali.”

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Murder-Suicide Darla J Mellinger Banner

Cruise Ship Deaths: Case now live, Darla J (Campbell) Mellinger Banner and John C Banner confirmed #cruise ship passengers in Ryndam murder-suicide

Cruise Ship Murder Suicide Ryndam April, 2 2015 On Thursday, April 2, 2015 aboard Holland America Line Ryndam, cruise ship cleaning crew found a couple dead in their cruise ship cabin.

The couple was found dead in their bloody cruise ship cabin, around 11:30 am, right before the Ryndam docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Pier 3. The couple Darla J Mellinger-Banner, 56 and John C Banner 56, resided in Salem, Ohio which is a suburb of Youngstown, Ohio.

Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert says his department was contacted by the FBI on April 2, 2015 to see what information was available on the couple. Talbert says the couple were known to Salem police from a December 21, 2014 incident where Darla Banner was injured in a knife accident at the couple’s home . . . Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths

Cruise Industry News Updates

#Cruise Ship Deaths – Darla Mellinger Banner Cruise Ship Missing – Dominic William O’Carroll  and Cruise Bruise:  Heather Mack Suitcase Murder Trial

Cruise Ship Chef Murders Cooks Wife

Cruise Ship Deaths: Cruise ship chef  Marcus Peter Volke murders, cooks, fellow cruise ship chef, transgender, shemale escort wife Mayang Prasetto.

Mayang Prasetyo, 27, from Lampung, Indonesia, a transgender woman born as a man, worked on a cruise ship when she met her cruise ship chef boyfriend from Australia, Marcus Peter Volke, 28, soon to be husband, when they both were employed aboard a cruise ship sailing in Europe back in 2013.

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Cruise Ship Lawsuit Leads To Murder

A RCCL lawsuit $1.5 million settlement leads to death in paradise, suitcase murder case. Court records for accused paint nasty image of their past.

In the summer of 2001 James L. Mack, his wife Sheila Von Weiss-Mack and their daughter Heather Mack, age 9, were on a Royal Caribbean Cruise in the Mediterranean when James Mack cut his foot in or around the cruise ship swimming pool. He sought medical assistance from the cruise ship doctor aboard.

They filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for medical malpractice. Of the 1.5 million dollars won from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the couple got $840,000 after attorney fees and costs. Sheila von Wiese-Mack immediately netted $340,667 after legal fees for her share of the settlement, according to court records. But another $500,000 went to James Mack’s estate. which his will stipulated was “only to provide for Heather Mack, my child, and for no other children.” June 2011, a judge authorized von Wiese-Mack, the executor of her husband’s estate, to pay herself the remaining $500,000 as the estate’s “sole beneficiary.” His first wife and other five children were excluded.

Fast forward to August 7, 2014, Heather Mack posted online “i refuse to let someone say what I can do, gettin (sic) money my attitude you know what it do #bali.”

Bali police are called to St. Regis Hotel in Depasar, Bali after two people leave a suitcase in the trunk and never come back.  The suitcase is bloody.

Denpasar police chief Djoko Hariutomo alleges Heather Mack initially told them she and Tommy Schaefer been taken captive at the St. Regis by an armed gang of three men who killed Mrs Mack.

Sheila A. Von Weise-Mack’s beaten body was found in the suitcase in the back of a taxi at the $650-a-night St. Regis Hotel in Depasar, Bali, in Indonesia. She was beaten to death in room 616. Police said hotel cameras show Von Weise-Mack arguing with Tommy Schaefer.

The couple did not return to the taxi, which sat at the hotel for hours. The driver and hotel employees then opened the trunk and saw blood on the outside of the three-foot-long suitcase, after which the driver went to the police station. “The body was wrapped in a hotel bedsheet covered with blood and tied up with duct tape, with the Mack’s body folded in half, with her feet near her head.

Police say they were told Heather and boyfriend Tommy had sex in the four-star Risata Bali Resort after Von Weise-Mack was murdered. Reports say after Von Weise-Mack’s beating death Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer tried to access Sheila Von Weiss-Mack’s safety deposit box, but hotel staff refused to open it.

Later, the couple approached police to report their passports stolen, which were not stolen, but locked in Weiss-Mack’s safety deposit box. The couple were told they had to go to the embassy to get new passports but instead disappeared.

Von Weise-Mack’s coffin was removed from Sanglah Hospital and flown back to Chicago, where she and her daughter had resided before going on their 10-day vacation. The trial goes on and on  and there is another incredible discovery. Read more  . . . 

Lonnie Kocontes Cruise Ship Murder Trial Continues

The case of cruise ship passenger Micki Kanesaki, who went missing on a cruise aboard Island Cruises’ cruise ship Island Escape,  while sailing with her ex-husband in the Mediterranean is now in court. Kanesaki went overboard nearly seven years ago on May 26, 2006.

Not long after she went overboard, her body was found and autopsy results confirmed she didn’t jump overboard, she’d been strangled to death prior to being dumped into the sea.

Kanesaki’s ex-husband was been arrested and charged with her strangulation murder in February 2013, nearly seven years after her murder.

The  cruise ship murder case of Micki Kanesaki will be updated after California lawyer Lonnie Loren Kocontes, who maintains his innocence, appears in court again.