JUNEAU, AK — Authorities allege Kenneth Manzanares killed his wife, 39-year-old Kristy Manzanares, aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday night. The couple hailed from Utah.
Based on eyewitness accounts, passengers heard fighting in a cabin that evolved to screaming. The couple's three daughters burst out of the cabin and franticly uttered there was a fight as their father trailed to the hallway covered in blood, who tried to commit suicide by jumping off the ship but was stopped by security who put him in handcuffs.
"She would not stop laughing at me," Manzanares voiced after being caught. "My life is over," the search warrant affidavit read.
Obviously, the cruise could not go on and the FBI boarded the ship within 10 hours. The aura of the passengers swung from vacation to grim as news of the murder on deck inevitably spread.
Friends of the Utah couple told the media that they appeared to be the quintessential loving family, "high school sweethearts," in fact, shocking their community. Family and friends say they had never seen any acts of violence before and records show Manzanares had no criminal record.
According to the FBI, Manzanares is currently detained at a secured location in Juneau and awaits a video court conference for open murder.