GUILTY CA - Shirley McGill, 55, beaten & strangled on cruise ship, 14 July 2009

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  1. MissieMt

    MissieMt New Member

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    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/AP/story/1144619.html

     
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    A cruise should be a time to get away from all the daily problems and have a relaxing, fun time. It seems that isn't the way it happens for some people. They take their problems with them wherever they go. This woman probably should have gotten away from him instead of going on a cruise with him.
     
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    This is so sad. I hope the autopsy and investigation give LE the answers they need to "solve" the case.

    RIP Shirley McGill.
     
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    It's just creepy, imo. What was he planning on doing with the body?!
     
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    I'd like to see a picture of the husband. She looks like she might have been the victim of abuse, just judging from her posture/facial expression on that picture. Then again, it's a DMV picture, which could explain it.

    I don't understand why people just don't get divorced when they can't get along. Wait..yes I do. Greed. People don't want to lose possessions, have to pay alimony, etc. Just walk away. I did, with *nothing*. Best decision I ever made.
     
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    I know what you mean oh_gal. My ex put me through hell but at least he didn't kill me.

    I'm wondering if this isn't what's happening to a lot of people that go missing on cruises. Instead of a cruise being thought of as a way to relax and maybe mend problems with your marriage, it's a way to get rid of your "problem". Do the deed, push them overboard and then you're thought of as the grieving spouse instead of a murderer.
     
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    I wondered the same thing. I am really glad they found her and arrested him before he had the chance to do more.
     
  9. bogeygal

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    I wonder if this murder was premeditated or if the husband just snapped during an argument or whatever with his wife.

    Strange how he just left the room...what was his next plan and how did he think he would get away with this?
     
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    http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/301230



    Woman dies on cruise; husband is arrested


    Slotter would not provide details about a possible motive or how Shirley McGill was killed. James Ramirez, an investigator with the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, said an autopsy would be performed today. He did not know when the results would be made public.






    http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.co...urder-on-carnival-cruise-ship.php?ref=reccafe


    FBI agents, ferried by a Coast Guard cutter, boarded the Elation and this morning FBI evidence technicians searched the 2,052-passenger ship when it docked in San Diego.
    The FBI has authority in the case under federal maritime law.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jrDKyncxDHiWSP8ouX46OX_TWY8wD99FSUG80

    McGill will likely make a first appearance in U.S. District Court in San Diego on Friday, said Debra Hartman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office.

    It wasn't immediately known if McGill had an attorney.
     
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    [​IMG]

    An FBI agent escorted Robert McGill of Los Angeles from a Carnival cruise ship

    Here you go, oh gal, a pic of Mr McGill.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Shirley McGill
     
  13. bogeygal

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    Thanks Paintr,

    The second news link does say that the couple had a dispute in the cabin. So maybe this wasn't premeditated.
     
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    You are very welcome, bogeygal. I wonder, since this is under the jurisdiction of the FBI and he has been brought up on federal charges, if he will be facing the death penalty?

    BTW read one article that said that Shirley was stabbed but since it has not been confirmed, I didn't post it.
     
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    http://www.cbs8.com/Global/story.asp?S=10743542

    A man is expected to make his first appearance in federal court Friday accused of killing his wife aboard a cruise ship as it headed back to San Diego from a five-day trip to Cabo San Lucas.

    .....

    Robert McGill is expected to be charged with murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or murder on the high seas.
     
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    The couple just married in 2003? I wonder if he has a previous criminal record?
     
  18. bogeygal

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    HLN just had a quick audio interview with one of the investigators on this case.

    Investigator said that a passenger reported there may have been "foul play" in that cabin. So, they went to check it out.
     
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    http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.asp?S=10743722

    FBI agent Keith Slotter hasn't said how she died, and says he won't comment until he has the results of an autopsy. Slotter says several hours may have passed between the woman's death and the discovery of her body.

    But I understood that the crew responded to a disturbance in their cabin. :waitasec: Why wasn't she found till later?
     
  20. bogeygal

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    I don't know either, but maybe the passenger who reported this was hesitant at first to report whatever dispute he may have overheard. Plus the husband may have been still in the room for awhile and the passenger waited for the right time to make that call. JMO
     
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    Good thinking. Several articles mentioned that the reporting passenger thought the woman might be dead or suspected foul play. If you were overhearing a domestic dispute why would your mind jump to she might be dead. A scream cut off suddenly? loud threats by one person to another? Thumps and bangs then silence?:waitasec:
     

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