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A teenage passenger named Emilie took this photo of the bloodied awning outside Jennifer and George's room. The cruise line's handling of this stain and other evidence has left Jennifer with lots of questions.

In her first public confrontation with a Royal Caribbean representative, she wants an explanation for the company's conduct during the Turkish government's investigation.

Jennifer believes the crime scene on the cruise ship was not adequately secured. She also says that a "premature" decision by the ship's captain and others to treat George's death as an accident now makes discovery of truth impossible. "That is what this comes down to," she says. "Not this 'he-said-she-said' ... That's not the point. The bottom line is we may have known what happened to George before he fell if that bloodstain was secured."

According to Jennifer, an independent forensics expert named Dr. Henry Lee says that, had the scene been properly secured, evidence there could have either proved or disproved the hypothesis that George died accidentally.

Goldstein defends Royal Caribbean's methods, saying, "We enabled the investigation to take place by notifying all the relevant authorities immediately. They came on board and they did their forensics while the cabin was sealed, while the bloodstain was sealed down below. They did the forensics and they were in constant consultation with the FBI. The U.S. Consulate was there. ... All of the relevant authorities were involved in determining how the investigation should be carried out."

Though the ship was cleared—twice—to leave port in Turkey, Jennifer still wonders, "If there's a doubt, why not just keep the ship in Turkey? Why not just keep it there? Why not keep the passengers on? Why not talk to all of them?"
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FROM: The Honeymoon Cruise Ship Mystery: The Bride Speaks Out
Published on January 18, 2006

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