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Old 16-02-2011, 16:14   #1
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Alleged Murderer of Cruiser Arrested in Panama

From 'Lectronic Latitude-

Javier Martin is being held on suspicion of murdering American cruiser Don North and French sailor Jean-Pierre Bouahard in Panamanian waters.

Full article at Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude
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Old 16-02-2011, 16:22   #2
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Its a bad world.... pirates come in more forms than one...
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That's some scary sh*t!
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Old 16-02-2011, 16:53   #5
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Very Sad and sickening! In our insulated world it’s hard to believe people will kill you over ???-anything-
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Old 16-02-2011, 17:11   #7
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Spent quite a bit of time between Panama and Colombia, and it is an area not to be missed. Probably the jewel of the Caribbean basin IMHO. However, I won't go into details, but that area attracts folks who are sketchy in terms of legality due to the near total absence of police in the San Blas. You are basically on your own in that area. As long as you operate with a bit of care you should able to avoid trouble, but you still have to stay on your toes. 99% of the cruisers are great and so are the Kuna, but there are these folks floating around that you should be wary of.
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Its not just there.... Spain/Algarve has got its share... few years back an upturned tri was found.. when they righted it they found the skipper/owner chained to the mast... the young couple who'd joined as crew are now serving their time...
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sounds like there is an opening in the backpacker transportation industry down there...

and maybe some good deals on police auctions...



(sorry, couldnt resist.. very bad taste.. my heart and feelings go out to the families and I pray for my forgiveness and for you to find solice in knowing that your family went while living the life they wanted... and enjoyed.. too bad it was cut short)
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sounds like there is an opening in the backpacker transportation industry down there...
Berg, you're become an optimist.
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Sad, very, very sad.
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Another good reason for solo sairlors to be able to sail by themselves and not need crew.
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I think there is a tendancy of people cruising to have more faith (or at least less distrust) of fellow cruisers, or expats than of the locals. While that may in some cases be justifiable......

Certainly this is not the first time that cruisers have been killed by fellow cruisers, or by crew or people they have invited aboard their boats. We would all like to think that we could identify a psychopath (and I can virtually guarantee that as a serial killer, this guy would score HUGE on a psychopathy checklist); the reality is that most are not only brighter than average, they are also often superficially charming. Put another way, they generally do not stand out like the Billy Zane charcter in the movie Dead Calm.

In any event, a very sad situation: two men cut down in their prime while pursuing a dream that we all share.

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We knew Don North very well and are in shock about his murder. Rest in peace Don, I don't know what else to say...

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Upon reading the article, this doesn't look like the usual randon violence. The accused looks just like a regular guy, but they were in a position as competiters that there could have been some friction between the two. Not really piracy, but it sounds more like a personal vendetta.
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