I did a double-take when I read a newspaper headline today:  British Man Murdered in the Bahamas, American Arrested on Drug Charges.  

It wasn’t that the murder in the Bahamas surprised me. Murders in and around New Providence (Nassau) seem to be a daily occurrence in the Bahamas. Violent homicides and shootings are reported routinely by the Tribune, Nassau Guardian and Bahamas Weekly newspapers. Nassau is heading for a record number of gun related murders. The Bahamian legal system is broken and the society is frayed. The crime is so bad in the Bahamas that the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, and the Canadian government issued a record-number (six) crime warnings in Nassau Bahamas Crimejust the last 16 months. 

Today the murder stories in the Tribune newspaper in Nassau include Mystery Over 49th Murder Of The YearBritish Man Killed at Dive Centre, and this dreadful one – Mother Found Dead And Tied To A Tree

What surprised me today is that a newspaper decided to lump yet another unsolved murder of a British citizen with something as mundane as a U.S. cruise tourist getting busted for a joint or two on a cruise ship at the Prince George Wharf.   

The local police in the Bahamas are clueless in solving homicides. They seem to focus their efforts conducting warrant-less searches for marijuana at the port. They enter cruise ship cabins without a hint of probable cause and arrest tourists for small quantities of pot (which they call a "dangerous drug"). It’s an easy way to shake tourists down for a thousand or two dollars. They should be called revenue agents.  

One of the chief complaints we hear from cruise passengers sailing to Nassau is that they are constantly harassed by the local citizens to buy pot the second they step off the cruise ship. You can easily buy pot at the Straw Market and up and down Bay Street. The drug dealers, police and judges are all eating from the same trough. Meanwhile, the murderers in Nassau are running free in the streets. 

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  • Albany Jones

    It’s sad to see one of the world’s genuine paradises sink into a mire of crime.
    Not only are killers running free in Nassau, the judicial system is chaotic and untrustworthy. Foreigners with a legal grievance have no chance in the courts. They will always come out second best.
    The PLP government – in line with its track record to date since it first gained power nearly 50 years ago – is tainted, corrupt and incompetent with strong anti-white prejudices. Its moral laxity has been the major contributor to the nation’s current plight.
    The Hywel Jones hit man killing in 2009 has never been solved, yet everyone with any sense knows who arranged it. The circumstantial evidence is overwhelming.
    I believe the Mario Miller murder is also still ‘unsolved’ – mainly because the main suspect is son of a senior government law official.

  • R. Stubbs

    OMG! 50 murders including the one today, yes, another only today! It’s only May 5th and we’re already at 50 murders! All through out the night all you hear is guns been fired , where the hell are the police damn it, why the hell are they never around?! I don’t go out at night even if I’m starving and need something to eat, I’m going to have a nervous break down soon! I’m even afraid to sleep wondering if I’ll be murdered in my sleep to never awaken again, what kind of life is this damn it, where the fuck are the police?!

  • J. DeLucy
  • Eckstone Bradby

    I genuinely fear for the Bahamas after this latest horror.
    There was a time when expats and the Bahamian middle class kidded themselves that Nassau’s horrific murder rate affected only druggies and other villains.
    However, there have been many muggings, rapes and murders involving innocents of all shades. Nassau is an extremely dangerous place to live.
    This city of only 220,000 people is on course for 150 murders this year. That puts it right near the top of the world’s homicide league table.
    The country has nothing going for it except tourism. When that goes, the economy goes down the tube and the people will be left to fight it out among themselves.
    Before independence, the Bahamas was the best place on earth. Now it’s a hell-hole ruled by drug gangs.
    The government, the courts and law enforcement are all useless. It’s only a matter of time.

  • Yolanda

    I don’t care what Mr. Walker says, this is still da best place on Earth to live. Most of the things this man writes are fake, untrue, It is better in da Bahamas Mr. Walker. Tourist come and see for yourselves, one of the nicest people on Earth we are. So safe you can leave your doors unlocked, come see for yourselves, “It’s better in the Bahamas”, you’ll love it here. Mr. Walker I hope you burn in hell for lying to da people.

  • R.Nottage

    J.Delucy, I agree that there is indeed an ongoing issue of crime on the island of Nassau, one that the government needs to seriously work hard at combatting. However I do not agree with ignorant filled comments riddled with fear and stupidity! Your comments urging Caucasians to leave the Bahamas are not only ignorant but racist! There are white Bahamians and expats residing in the Bahamas that go everyday without being affected by crime, if you actually knew anything about the Bahamas and what’s happening in Nassau then you would know that 99% of the crime is taking place in the inner city/ less fortunate areas of Nassau. There are middle class and wealthy black and white Bahamians and expats that go about day today life without ever coming in contact with any sort of criminal element, so before you go around spreading shit like flies get your facts straight! Furthermore name one country where crime doesn’t exist! We have our social ills here in the Bahamas just like every other country in the world.

  • Thomas(UK)

    Mr. Nottage, it sounds to me like you are in denial; let me explain. Before I decided to make this comment I’ve been doing my search on the net about crime in the Bahamas, we were thinking of visiting. From what I’ve seen and read the Bahamas is definitely in some serious trouble considering crime. Their are about 226,000 people on Nassau alone, and the crime rate expected this year is going to be around 150 or so. Other countries have populations in the millions, hundred millions, China, billions, how can you say so lightly that every country has crime, yea, but not 150 to 226,000. Ever since Britain gave Independence, it’s been nothing but a landslide. And by the way, doing my research I did come across many articles about Bahamas worrying that the Yankees are tapping their communications systems. And to tell you the truth, I don’t blame them from what I have read.

  • J. DeLucy

    R. Nottage, you can go straight to hell. I will do whatever my government tells me to do to keep Americans safe. If you don’t like the true reality of what is happening in your country, that’s probably because you are one of the problem makers. Our people have become a target to others who see life in their own way, even if it’s the wrong way. Not you or any of your corrupt officials can say or do anything in keeping us from protecting our citizens. Why don’t you government thieves try doing the same, protect your people, not destroying them; we know everything at is occurring in the Bahamas, we have too, your so close to our homes.

  • Mrs. Green

    http://bahamaspress.com/2015/05/02/bahamians-must-learn-how-to pray-and-hold-their-tongue/ ……. Is this what makes it “It’s better in the Bahamas”, Yolanda? It seems to me every Bahamian is out to sell their so called paradise; far from it.

  • Greg

    Inner city/less fortunate areas of Nassau? I just saw the photo of the victims sail boat when you hit Mr. Walker’s blue letter’s above that say ” British Man Killed at Dive Centre”. Mr. Nottage, I wish I lived in such a nice port and sail boat. I’ll trade Yonkers, N.Y. for that less fortunate area any day.

  • Irene Cass

    I want to thank you so much for posting this web site Mr.James Walker, it is a true information Centre. I was just about to book a family trip on an (unnamed) cruise line until I came across your web site and read all about it’s first stop, Nassau. It is terrible that the cruise companies don’t tell it’s customers what is going on there. Isn’t it a liability on their part if something would have happened (We are not going, by the way) to me or a family member while visiting there since we were not informed of the dangers. I read in one of their newspapers that your site advertises on the top of this page, that they are expecting the murder rate this year to be the highest it has ever been in the history of the Bahamas, that is terrible. Thank you again for posting this wonderful site, may God bless you for the great work you do.

  • Polly Bowen

    Visited Grand Bahama last year on a business trip, won’t ever go back, told my boss I rather be unemployed. Sexually harassed from when I arrived till when I left. The men of this country need to be educated and taught what equal rights and respect towards women means. I couldn’t image what it must be to be born a woman and live there; I kissed the ground when I arrived back in the U.S. like the Pope does. I feel so sorry for the women of this country, my heart goes out to all of them.

  • Ken Ackmann

    Wow, we always wanted to visit, but reading and researching has changed our minds. Hope they solve their problems soon, the photo’s of the beaches look beautiful. Good luck Bahamas 🙁

  • Dunkin23

    Our church group were thinking of going to the opening of the newly built Baha Mar Hotel, which is suppose to compete with the Atlantis Hotel. But just found out the opening was once again changed for August. Now that this hotel can’t figure out when it’s going to open, we have made up our minds not to go. Why, not because of the opening date being changed God knows how many times. But, because I just read in the Tribune newspaper that four more people have been shot, one dead, others in serious condition. And at the Carnival this past weekend,a man was stubbed but the police have yet to report it. What in God’s name is going on in this country.

  • Diver

    Please don’t tell me this is the same dive center that has the famous shark dive, Stuart Cove Dive. I dove there in 1999,the crime was only in the Ghettos with the losers of that country. Who in bloody hell would rob a dive shop?

  • J. DeLucy
  • ER34

    What!? This is one of my favorite dive places to go. I’ve traveled everywhere in the world that has a famous dive site, and the shark dive at this place was one of them. Haven’t been back since 1988, but I don’t remember the crime being that bad; what a shame. This can’t be good for tourism, I’ve been everywhere, and for the life of me can’t ever remember a dive shop being held up; can you?

  • Gene

    ER34…..I moved to Nassau in Aug. 1990….crime has certainly increased many,many fold since then. I have to say that Mr. Walkers original post while accurate in numbers has been written in such a way as to engender the most fear in the reader. J.DeLucys comments are along the same lines. The facts are that things have gotten worse but the majority of crimes, probably 99%, includeing murders and armed robberies are taking place in inner city areas,of all economic levels of the island …in other words areas that tourists off of ships or from hotels don’t go to. Lets discuss crimes versus population….the population of the island is probably closer to 290,000 than 220,000 but lets not forget at any one time there are probably between 10k-20k people on the island….and lets not forget most of those people are packed into an area of 10 miles by 7 miles. We have roughly 3 million tourists passing through the country per year….how many of those 3 million have been murdered in the past 12 months? Robbed? Raped? How many people are murdered in a US city of 1 million??

  • Jacob Ecclestone

    Yolanda is either joking or on drugs. The Bahamas USED to be the best place on earth to live, but not anymore. When you’re forced to live in a gated compound or behind security bars, it’s no use saying it’s a great place to live because it isn’t. Bahamians are terrified to go out at night – the place is overrun with drug gangs. The courts are corrupt and the politicians are incompetent.

    Why and how did this transformation happen? It was down to a vile little man called Lynden Pindling, the so-called Father of the Nation, who died in 2000 and managed to accumulate a 50 million dollar fortune from drug barons. He led the nation into a life of corruption, routine dishonesty and unaccountability, and was even prepared to ‘sell’ Bahamian territory – the island of Norman’s Cay – to drug traffickers to use as a trans-shipment base.

    Delusional Bahamians still revere this gangster as ‘Father of the Nation’ but they are howling in the wind. Sensible Bahamians – and nearly all expats – point to Pindling as the architect of their woes, and with good reason.

    If the Bahamas is to have any chance of recovery, its people need to stop their hysterical God-bothering and face the facts. The place is in meltdown because of the moral collapse caused by Pindling and his criminal henchmen in the PLP, currently the governing party.

    In Nassau schools, ghetto kids will declare, without embarrassment, that their ambition is to be a drug dealer. Their only focus is money, which they use to buy trashy bling. There is easy access to firearms and the people’s meaningless religiosity is matched only by their greed.
    If this isn’t a formula for failure, I don’t know what is.

  • Srgt. Thomas

    Tell you what Gene, why don’t you try selling me the
    Brooklyn bridge here in North Carolina while your at it, because anyone can plainly see your trying to sell your country? I would bet my life that you work for the Bahamian PLP government, a perfect model of what Lynden Pindling created. You and your government have blood on your hands every time you proclaim the Bahamas as safe, you endanger peoples lives with your slander. If there is a God, I hope one day he will hold you accountable for the lives lost under your corrupt administration

  • Larry Fry

    I lived in the Bahamas (Eleuthera) as an American teenager in the 1970’s and remember being offered marijuana and other illicit drugs while in Nassau walking on Bay Street during the daytime. I was also physically accosted once by a man on Bay Street just because I did not “look” Bahamian. But several other Bahamians in the area came to my quick rescue, for which I am still very grateful! In any case, even back then there was a fairly large cadre of homeless people and aggressive beggars along Bay Street. But the use of aggressive force (e.g., guns, etc.) in committing robberies and raping woman was not even on the horizon back then. Having said that, it has always been known by those most familiar with this beautiful country that the Bahamian Out (or Family) islands is where the true jewels of the country reside! I have been back to the island of Eleuthera many times since the 1970s (most recently in May, 2014) and can attest that this is still the case. Per the Bahamian family islands, it is still “better in the Bahamas” on my humble opinion!

  • Peg

    Noticed that the very best bargain cruise rates were for the Bahamas, and no wonder! Read an account of Bahamas police boarding and searching an elderly woman’s room claiming passenger complaints of marijuana odor off balcony, then found all these horror stories. The people defending the Bahamas as typical likely are somehow in the tourism industry, and it’s not hard to see through their ‘it’s all lies and racism’ protests. I had hoped it was a place I could explore solo as a woman, sounds like that would be unwise, and that even just staying on the ship would not prevent an unpleasant experience. Sounds like I can can expect to be bothered by cigarette smoke outside, yet there could be a surprise room search and shakedown by Bahamian police even on the ship. Was just about to book a cruise, but now Bahamas is off the list.