A Utah man aboard a Princess Cruises ship headed towards in Alaska was arrested for the murder of his wife, federal court documents confirm.
According to court documents, Kenneth Manzanares reportedly killed his spouse, Kristy Manzanares, 39, while they were on a a seven-day cruise from Seattle to the Tracy Arm, near Juneau, Alaska. A witness aboard the ship asked the suspect what happened and he allegedly admitted that he attacked his wife after she laughed at him.
“She would not stop laughing at me.”
According to witnesses, Kenneth Manzanares grabbed his wife’s bloodied body and dragged her to the cabin’s balcony. He then grabbed her by the ankles and pulled her into their room.
“We don’t know what he intended to do once he got her out there,” acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska, Bryan Schroder, said, according to ABC News.
Official said the cabin area was a bloody mess, with “blood spattered throughout the cabin.” Authorities stated the victim was found a little after 9 p.m. with an acute head wound and blood pouring from the injury. At 9:20 p.m., officials pronounced her dead.
“It was an evening for us, so we came in and turned in. My wife was taking a shower and I heard terrible screaming,” a witness told KOMO. “I mean, you know it wasn’t normal.”
“A little girl from that room came running out calling for help … that her parents had been in a fight. She sounded pretty desperate,” another witness said.
Witnesses said that Kenneth Manzanares walked around with blood on his hands and shirt. There was enough evidence to arrest the suspect on probable cause of murder.
“Later, when Manzanares was being processed during a search by the FBI for physical evidence, he spontaneously stated, ‘My life is over,'” FBI Special Agent Michael Watson said in the affidavit.
Kristy Manzanares she worked as a realtor for Summit Sotheby’s International Realty in St. George, Utah. She had three children.
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