Gayle interviews Jennifer.

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Oprah's best friend Gayle King, a former news anchor, is a total news junky! The cruise ship mystery has a hold on her because the newlyweds are from her hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut. Gayle went on special assignment to talk to Jennifer about the events leading up to her husband's disappearance.

Jennifer claims she remembers nothing from the time she and George arrived at the bar. "[That] sounds very suspicious," Gayle says. "Had you been drinking heavily?"

Jennifer says they had been drinking socially—not enough to cause a blackout. "People are going to slam me either way," she says, "If I say, 'Oh, maybe I was drinking too much,' I'll get slammed—I'm the drunk bride. If I say, 'Well, maybe I was drugged,' they'll say, 'Oh, she's just making excuses for herself.'"

What about reports the couple had a nasty argument? Some witnesses say they heard George swearing at his wife and saw Jennifer knee him in the groin. Jennifer, who has no memory of their time at the bar, says she cannot deny or confirm the alleged fight. "If that is the last encounter that I had with my husband ... then that is something I will have to carry for the rest of my life," she says, her eyes filling with tears. "I can't remember anything from a certain time period. We just aren't angry people. George would never call me names. And I would never do something like that out of anger to George."

Gayle has another question about Jennifer's behavior that morning—why didn't she think there was a problem when she woke up in her cabin without George? "At that point, I obviously wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer," she says. "I was just found unconscious four hours earlier; [I was] very groggy." Jennifer says she assumed her husband had spent the night in a friend's room. She didn't worry until cruise staff approached her at the spa after her massage, informing her that they were looking for George—and they had found blood.
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FROM: The Honeymoon Cruise Ship Mystery: The Bride Speaks Out
Published on January 18, 2006

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