Man Allegedly Killed Wife on Cruise Because of Laughing

Kenneth Manzanares was arrested after wife's body found in bloody cabin
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 27, 2017 1:59 PM CDT
Updated Jul 28, 2017 12:30 AM CDT
The Emerald Princess cruise ship is docked in Juneau, Alaska, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The FBI is investigating the domestic dispute death of a Utah woman on board the ship, which was traveling in U.S....   (Becky Bohrer)
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(Newser) – A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the blood-splattered cabin that he did it because she would not stop laughing at him, the FBI said in documents released Thursday. Kenneth Manzanares was found in the couple's room on the Princess Cruises ship Tuesday night with blood on his hands and clothes and blood spread throughout the cabin, according to a criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Michael L. Watson. The agency said the 39-year-old woman, identified only as KM, had a severe head wound but didn't reveal any other details about her death. Manzanares was arrested aboard the 3,400-passenger Emerald Princess that had left Sunday from Seattle, reports the AP.

Before medical workers and security officers responded, a man and others went into the cabin and saw the woman on the floor covered in blood, according to court documents. Manzanares grabbed his wife's body and dragged her to the balcony before the man stopped him, Watson wrote. The ship was diverted because of the investigation, which the FBI is leading because the death occurred in US waters. The ship docked in Juneau on Wednesday morning, and passengers were kept on board for hours before the cruise departed late that night for the southeast Alaska town of Skagway. Princess Cruises said in a statement Thursday that passengers will receive $150 onboard credit because of the effect on their vacations. (Read more cruise ships stories.)

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