Murder Mystery on the High Seas

by  Anna Carey | Jul 24, 2009
Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation / Photo courtesy of the cruise line

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Amidst the five-day cruise to Cabo San Lucas on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation, sombreros were stashed and the glow of relaxation quickly turned grey when worry-free waters were intercepted by FBI agents who were notified about a suspicious death onboard the “Fun Ship.” 

Robert McGill was celebrating his 55th birthday when on July 14, he allegedly engaged in a domestic dispute in the confines of his cabin resulting in the death of his wife and high school sweetheart, Shirley McGill, also 55. Although McGill was not in the cabin when his wife’s body was found, he was taken into custody later that evening after a fellow passenger alerted the ship's security of their suspicions. 

The alleged murderer was revealed when McGill confessed to the FBI, but his motives remain a mystery. The latest details suggest that financial troubles could have been among the reasons for the couple’s argument, but have not been confirmed at this time. McGill was arrested on July 16 while the Elation was docked in San Diego, and disembarked the ship in handcuffs alongside FBI agents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 30, but until then friends and family are left wondering why such a tragedy could take place.


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