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FBI: Husband Killed Wife Aboard Cruise Ship Because She Was Laughing at Him

Emerald Princess, via Wikipedia.

Emerald Princess, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Utah man accused of killing his wife aboard an Alaska cruise confided in an acquaintance that he did it because she laughed at him, according to FBI documents released Thursday.

Kenneth Manzanares has been charged with charged with the murder of his 39-year-old wife, Kristy Manzanares, after authorities found him and the couple’s room splattered in blood on the 3,400-passenger Emerald Princess, the Associated Press reports

An acquaintance who saw the blood-splattered room asked the husband what happened, and Manzanares allegedly responded, “She would not stop laughing at me.”

The acquaintance then stopped Manzanares from trying to drag his wife’s body to the balcony.

When the 39year-old suspect was searched by the FBI, Manzanares reportedly said, “My life is over.”

FBI Arrests Suspect in Cruise Ship Death of 39-Year-Old Utah Woman

Emerald Princess, via Wikipedia.

Emerald Princess, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has arrested a suspect in the cruise ship death of a 39-year-old Utah woman.

Time reports the suspect was taken into custody late Wednesday and is expected to be charged today in what federal authorities are calling a domestic dispute that led to the Tuesday night death of a woman aboard the Emerald Princess in U.S. waters off Alaska. 

At the time, the ship was carrying 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members during a weeklong trip that departed Seattle on Sunday.

Details of the death remain a mystery.

The FBI gets involved in deaths that occur in international or U.S. waters.

Florida Airport Shooter Told FBI He Had ‘Terroristic Thoughts’ 2 Months Ago

Esteban Santiago

Esteban Santiago

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Armed with a loaded handgun, Esteban Santiago walked into an FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska, two months ago and said he had “terroristic thoughts” and was being forced by the CIA to watch ISIS videos.

The FBI handed him to local police, and he was taken to a mental health facility and his handgun was seized, NBC News reports. 

Four days later, police returned his gun, and Santiago was a free man.

Last week, Santiago opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport, killing five people and wounding eight.

If the FBI took the threat more seriously, Santiago may have never carried out the shooting.

But FBI officials counter that Santiago’s interactions in Alaska were a routine reality for the bureau, occurring nearly every day.

“Guidelines governing the evaluation of potential terrorist threats need to be adjusted so that the FBI has greater flexibility when assessing the risk posed by someone who has been brought to their attention,” said John Cohen, a Rutgers University professor and former counter terrorism coordinator at the Department of Homeland. “Behavioral assessment protocols and threat management strategies have proven highly effective in preventing assassinations school shootings and other acts of violence, and those same tools should be available on a consistent basis to counter terrorism investigators.”

FBI Investigates Why Small Plane Crashed into Building in Anchorage


fbi-logBy Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating how a small plane ended up crashing through the third floor of a building in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday morning, BuzzFeed reports. 

The pilot, Lt. Doug Demarest, who was killed, was not authorized to fly the plane in Anchorage, the FBI said.

“What we’re trying to do is put those parts of the pieces together to see exactly how that happened and how the plane ended up where it is,” National Transportation Safety Board’s chief of aviation safety, Clint Johnson,told reporters. “We don’t know at this point.”

But federal authorities said they do not believe terrorism was a motive.

The Cessna 172S belonged to the Civil Air Patrol, which Demarest joined in 2010.

FBI Trained Alaskan Residents to Become Informants to FBI in Event of Invasion

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fearing the Soviet Union was planning to attack Alaska in the 1950s, the FBI trained Alaskan residents so become informant behind enemy lines, according to declassified documents, reports RT.com.

The initiative did not include women or native people, like the Native Americans.

At the time, the FBI feared that the Soviet would invade by plane and or drop paratroopers on more populated areas in Alaska.

The initiative to train citizens to provide intelligence was a highly classified project, code-named “Washtub.”

The FBI didn’t trust the native population .

“Eskimo, Indian and Aleut groups in the Territory should be avoided in view of their propensities to drink to excess and their fundamental indifference to constituted governments and political philosophies. It is pointed out that their prime concern is with survival and their allegiance would easily shift to any power in control,” insisted the founders of the program.

 

Border Patrol Agent Points Gun At Head of Boy Scout for Snapping Photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent pointed a gun at the head of a Boy Scout and threatened to arrest him for snapping a picture of an agent near the Canadian border, KCCI reports.

The Iowa Boy Scout troop was on a three-week trip to Alaska when the incident happened, Troop 111 leader Jim Fox said.

Fox said the Boy Scouts were detained for about four hours while they were questioned and their van searched.

During the search, one of the Boy Scouts underwent a horrifying experience.

“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox said.

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Most Dangerous States Are Not What You Might Expect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Think of the most dangerous states in the U.S. and you’re likely to name places like Michigan, New York, California and Texas.

They have large cities with reputations for violence.

But newly released FBI statistics show the most dangerous states are Tennessee, Nevada and Alaska, the USA Today reports.

You are more likely to be a victim of violence in those states than any other in the country, according to the stats.

FBI Says Alaska Serial Killer Murdered At Least 11 People Before Committing Suicide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Israel Keyes took the easy way out.

After the serial killer accused of murdering at least 11 people committed suicide in his Anchorage jail cell in early December, the FBI compiled a list of Keyes’ likely victims, Reuters reports.

Keyes was waiting trial for the murder of an Anchorage barista.

The FBI on Monday released more information about Keyes’ suspected murders, which investigators said began in 2001 and lasted until 2012.

“Right now, the best hope for solving these cases is going to come from information from the public,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis, who led the prosecution of Keyes, told Reuters.

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