In the video below, MSNBC interviews the editor of the Greenwich Magazine which published an article this weekend about the death of George Smith. We mentioned the new article, written by Timothy Dumas, last week in our blog: "New Information in the Unsolved Murder of Cruise Honeymooner George Smith."
You will recall that Mr. Smith disappeared off of the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas in July 2005. Although the cruise line tried to shrug the event off as a drunken accident, suspicions pointed to four men last seen in the early morning hours of July 5, 2005.
The "new" clues include a video of the men on the cruise ship. The men recorded themselves at some point on the cruise ship after George Smith’s disappearance and may have said something incriminating.
There is also mention that the criminal investigation may be transferred from the Connecticut FBI to the New York FBI where some of the men live.
The video below shows a number of old photographs associated with the case including a press conference I held in Miami in January 2006 (second photo, below right). Last summer I published a series of articles about the case: Disappearance of George Smith IV – Six Years Later.
Here is the transcript of the interview:
New details have surfaced in the disappearance of George Smith who vanished from his honeymoon cruise in 2005. Greenwich magazine’s Cristin Marandino discusses the case with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts.
"There is some new information about to talk about in the case of a Connecticut man lost at sea on his honeymoon. it happened seven years ago. you’ll probably remember that George Smith went overboard while on his honeymoon in 2005. The FBI investigation into his death is still open.
Greenwich Magazine has exclusive details about new evidence that may lead to an arrest. Explain to all of us — you said yourself this is a story with a lot of twists and turns. What’s the new evidence that may lead to an arrest?
Well, good morning. There is a bunch of new evidence going on here. One of the probably biggest and most exciting pieces that really is going to hopefully help push this case forward is the existence of a videotape that is in the possession of the FBI. On that videotape there are certain individuals that make very self incriminating statements following the death of George Smith.
Cristin, when you talk about videotape, this is not surveillance video from the actual ship. This is something shot after the event itself?
No, that is correct. This is a videotape that the gentlemen made of themselves. And in their room, sort of passing around a flip phone.
So lots of people remember this. This was a beautiful young couple on their honeymoon. This was such a horrific incident. there was, you know, correlations, though, or kind of scandalous questions brought up about what this couple was doing that night, how much both parties had been drinking, and things trying to make them look somehow as if he deserved this in some way, shape, or form. The family has disputed that. The wife has moved on. even gotten a settlement. How is the family responding to this new information that you’re working on?
The family is obviously thrilled about this new information, and they have been working very carefully with a Greenwich based attorney, Mike Jones, who in large part has been responsible for helping to push this forward and making sure that this evidence does get into the right hands, which now it has. and, yeah, there’s been a lot of misconceptions, a lot of in inconsistency with this case. And i think that’s what we tried to do and why we tried to get in the game at this point, put all of that stuff to rest, and really start talking about what did happen and helping to put the pieces of the puzzle together. And, you know, exonerate the people that should be exonerated and put a little bit of a light on people who maybe should be looked at more closely.
When you talk about the family, explain the relationship between George Smith ‘s parents and his wife.
At this point, I think everybody’s sort of moved on. I think it’s, you know, as you said, Jennifer has moved on. She is also living in Connecticut. I don’t — you know, i think they are just living their own lives.
if you were to guess, hazard a guess as to when we may hear of an arrest or arrests are made, what timetable would you suggest?
I really at this point don’t know. And the people that i have spoken with, the hope is that because of this tape, and because of the fact that they are trying to get the case transferred from the Connecticut FBI to the New York FBI, which is a good sign on a lot of levels. One, it shows that two of the targets that they are looking at do indeed live in New York. So it shows they are trying to push it forward in that way. And that this tape is out there, and the information is out there that this tape exists. so hopefully, you know, i would say hopefully soon.
It’s certainly a case that gripped the attention of the American people. And i can imagine for the Smith family, it will be nice if they can find some forward motion and see justice in all of this. But we’ll continue to watch. Cristin, thank you for your coverage this morning."
Watch the video below. If you don’t subscribe to Greenwich Magazine, read the first part of the article "Mystery at Sea" here.