Ep. 30 Murder At Sea

The Murder of Kristy Manzanares

1.4 Million people take cruises to Alaska each year. And why not, Alaska is beautiful! Filled with glaciers, wildlife and the untamed beauty of the Last Frontier. All from the comfort of a state of the art cruise ship with endless activities to keep the kids out of your hair. For one family, the cruise that should have been the adventure of a lifetime turned into their worst nightmare.

Kristy Manzanares
Kristy Manzanares and her daughters Kalie, Kami and Kaiya
Kristy and her Husband Kenneth
The last picture of Kristy alive boarding the cruise ship
The Emerald Princess Cruise Ship
Sketch of Kenneth Manzanares in court


CBS News New York; “New Details In Cruise Ship Murder”

United States Department of Justice, District of Alaska; “Utah Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering his Wife on Cruise Ship in Southeast Alaska”

Brooke Wilkerson, The Mherder Podcast; “Mini-Episode | Kristy Manzanares”

Robyn Merrett, People Magazine; “Husband Pleads Guilty to Beating Wife Kristy Manzanares to Death on Cruise After Argument”

Gephardt Daily Staff, Gephardt Daily; “Southern Utah man to plead guilty to wife’s 2017 murder aboard Alaskan cruise ship”

Dan Rascon, KUTV; “Cruise ship victim’s family member said she never saw any signs of trouble”

Steve Helling, People Magazine; “PEOPLE Explains: Case of Utah Mom Allegedly Murdered by Husband on Alaska-Bound Cruise”

Mckenzie Stauffer, KJZZ; “Utah man to change plea in wife’s Alaskan cruise death”

Associated Press, CBS News; “Man pleads not guilty in wife’s slaying aboard cruise ship in Alaska”

Kimberly Scott, St George News; “St. George man pleads not guilty to murdering wife on Alaska cruise ship”

CBS AP, CBS News; “”She would not stop laughing at me”: Affidavit reveals new details in cruise ship killing”

Kiny Radio; “Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – COVID-19 has pushed back the sentencing hearing planned for Kenneth Manzanares until September 11.”

Emma Le Teace, Emma Cruises; “Cruise Ship Deaths – Annual Statistics, Causes and Real Examples”

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