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Woman's death on cruise ship thought to be murder

Many of the facts remain murky concerning the recent cruise ship death of a woman who allegedly was choked and then tossed over the topmost deck of the Royal Princess cruise liner.

The woman, 52, fell or was pushed off of the sixteenth deck of the cruise ship at approximately 4 a.m., while the ship was enroute from Curaçao to Aruba. She hit the lifeboat docked on the seventh deck. The impact severed the victim's leg. It's unclear whether the fall killed her or whether she died as a result of being strangled.

Reports indicate the woman was struggling with a "muscular'' man who was choking her. Perhaps not coincidentally, her husband has also been described as muscular.

While he was initially escorted from the ship in police custody, it should be noted that he has not been charged with any crime.

The couple initially boarded the ship in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 9.

One unnamed source quoted in another media publication stated that "two passengers . . . had a row in the casino that night."

The FBI is investigating the woman's death.

Not all cruises are full of romance and picturesque sunsets. One website is dedicated to publishing the details of the darker side of the cruise industry.

It's a side that few industry insiders want revealed, as the more the public focuses on the injuries and deaths of cruise passengers, the lower the profits reaped by the cruise ship owners. But those who board the ships for a relaxing cruise deserve to know the truth about the potential dangers they face onboard.

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