‘Laughing’ wife killed, husband arrested
ANCHORAGE (Alaska): A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise ship and told an acquaintance who later walked into the couple’s blood-splattered room that he did it because she laughed at him, the FBI said in documents released yesterday.
Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, was charged with murder after he was found with blood on his hands and clothes, and with blood spread throughout the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship on Tuesday night, according to the FBI.
Kristy Manzanares, 39, had a severe head wound. The 3 400-passenger Emerald Princess left Seattle on Sunday.
A man and other people went into the room before medical workers and security officers had arrived and saw the woman on the floor covered in blood, according to court documents.
The man asked Manzanares what happened, and the suspect said, “She would not stop laughing at me,” according to the FBI complaint.
Manzanares then grabbed his wife’s body and tried to drag her to the balcony, but the man stopped him, the FBI said. A ship security officer handcuffed Manzanares, who was held in a nearby cabin, authorities said.
While the FBI searched him, Manzanares said, “My life is over,” the complaint states. Manzanares, 39, appeared in court yesterday. Bail has not been set and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 10.
Manzanares has no criminal history, according to online Utah court records. – ANA-AP