George Allen Smith: The Newlywed Who Vanished On His Honeymoon
For George and Jennifer Smith, their 2005 cruise was supposed to be a joyous occasion. After three years together, the two had married and decided to take a Mediterranean cruise for their honeymoon. But less than a week into their trip, George disappeared.
On the night of July 5, George and Jennifer spent the evening in their cruise ship’s casino. According to witness statements reported by Vanity Fair, the newlyweds had an argument. Jennifer stormed out; George stayed.
But while Jennifer allegedly passed out in a hallway — she claims she has no memory after leaving the casino — George went back to their cabin with four young men that he’d befriended. What happened in the Smiths’ cabin, however, remains a mystery.
As witnesses on either side of the Smiths’ cabin later recalled, it seemed that Smith and the others continued to party. Around 4:15 a.m., one witness heard what seemed to be an argument, and the party appeared to end. Five or ten minutes later, the witness heard “a horrific thud.”
A few hours later, passengers awoke to find a bloodstain on a canopy beneath the Smiths’ balcony — and George Allen Smith missing. The newlywed had apparently gone overboard somewhere between Greece and Turkey. But how?
According to Vanity Fair, George’s family thinks he fell victim to foul play. “My son was murdered on this cruise ship,” his mother told the publication. But it also seems possible that George, drunk after a long night, simply walked out on his balcony and fell into the ocean. To date, no one knows for sure.