Man Kills Wife Aboard Cruise Ship Because “She Would Not Stop Laughing At Me”

Published July 28, 2017
Updated March 27, 2023

While on an anniversary cruise to Alaska with their three teenage daughters, Kristy and Kenneth Manzanares' fight turned fatal.

Kenneth Manzanares And Kristy Manzanares

Kristy Manzanares/FacebookKristy and Kenneth Manzanares

“She would not stop laughing at me,” Kenneth Mazanares reportedly told a witness after killing his wife while aboard a cruise ship earlier this week.

CNN reports that this Tuesday night, Kristy Manzanares of Utah was found dead in her cabin aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship in Alaska. Yesterday, Kenneth was charged with her murder.

The couple was celebrating their 18th anniversary with a cruise to Alaska alongside their three teenage daughters. The fatal encounter began as an argument between the couple, but turned violent when Kenneth attacked.

Other passengers noted that they heard a loud scream come from the Manzanares cabin. Passengers reportedly saw Kenneth dragging his wife’s body out of the cabin to a balcony, before bringing her back into the room. When the crew investigated the Manzanares’ cabin, they found Kristy dead from severe head wounds, and Kenneth’s hands covered in blood.

Witnesses say that Kenneth Mazanares stated, “she would not stop laughing at me” when they asked him what happened to his wife, according to the FBI.

The murder occurred at the same time that a “murder mystery”-themed dinner was being held on the cruise ship, CBS reports, leaving many passengers wondering whether the murder on the ship was real or not.

In fact, some participants of the theme dinner initially believed that the sounds of fighting and screams coming from the Manzanares’ cabin were part of the “murder mystery” experience.

Following the incident, the ship traveled directly to Juneau, Alaska, where Kenneth Mazanares was handed over to the FBI. He’s currently being held without bail, with a hearing set for August 10.

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Gabe Paoletti
Gabe Paoletti is a New York City-based writer and a former Editorial Intern at All That's Interesting. He holds a Bachelor's in English from Fordham University.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Paoletti, Gabe. "Man Kills Wife Aboard Cruise Ship Because “She Would Not Stop Laughing At Me”.", July 28, 2017, Accessed June 23, 2024.