CBS News aired an interesting program today where additional details of the incriminating statements by the "three Russians" about "missing honeymooner" George Smith were revealed.
CBS interviewed former Assistant FBI Director John Miller who explained that the day after Mr. Smith’s disappearance, the two Rozenberg men and "Rusty" Kofman were eating breakfast in the cruise ship’s dining room when they began filming each other. Miller explains that the men were recorded laughing about the situation and mocking Mr. Smith.
The camera then stops on one of the three men (who was not identified) who said: "We gave that guy a paragliding lesson without a parachute."
To my knowledge, these precise words have never been revealed to the public before. Although the release of the actual statement is new, the existence of the tape is not. The FBI has been in possession of the tape since 2005.
Obviously this statement is incriminating, considering Mr. Smith went over the railing of his balcony and the Royal Caribbean security report on the morning of the disappearance states that young men were seen leaving the area near the Smith’s cabin at around 4:30 AM.
With this statement as well as other evidence we are familiar with in the case (we represented Jennifer Hagel and hired forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee to investigate whether George was thrown overboard), it is disturbing that the FBI has not made an arrest.
It’s long overdue.
Video credit: CBS News
Last summer we wrote a series of articles about Mr. Smith’s disappearance: Disappearance of George Smith IV – Six Years Later.