- Inside The Honeymoon Cruise Murder
By Joan Lownds
Printed: September 1, 2011
Lyons Press; Original edition
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Man Overboard tells the inside story of one of America’s most notorious murder cases in decades, providing unprecedented insight into the death of Greenwich native George Allen Smith IV on his honeymoon. He married Jennifer Hagel in June 2005. Both of them were young and beautiful. He came from an old-line Greenwich family; she, from blue-collar Cromwell and with a reputation for being a flirt.
Just eight days after their wedding, their new life together disintegrated on their Royal Caribbean honeymoon cruise. The morning after several booze-fueled melees, a gruesome blood stain traced the awning below their cabin, and George had vanished. After four years of bitter legal wrangling with both families, Royal Caribbean recently handed over its files to he FBI, which announced that Smith’s murder is "very active and open.". ..
Our Review: Man Overboard: Inside The Honeymoon Cruise Murder was written before the FBI closed the case, reopened it and closed it again, with the cause of death being ruled "accidental" Still, it's an interesting read for a small paperback.
Amazon Author Biography: Joan Lownds, an award-winning reporter for the Greenwich Post and other Connecticut newspapers and magazines, has covered the honeymoon cruise murder since it broke. She was a reporter for the Greenwich Citizen when George Smith was murdered in July, 2005, and his homicide led her to investigate the unregulated, $40-billion a year cruise industry in a series of newspaper articles. These formed the basis of her book. Ms. Lownds has also worked for the New Haven Advocate and other Connecticut newspapers. She was the first woman ever published in Baseball Digest, with a profile of legendary pitcher, Smokey Joe Wood, in 1981.
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