Maybe not one of the safest destinations in the world?
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Oct 1, 2013 10:26 AM Last Post By: ttjpdo
Sep 26, 2013 1:52 PM
Maybe not one of the safest destinations in the world?As usual, not a peep from the Cub an govt. about this tragedy,have to wonder how much other stuff goes unreported?
Sep 26, 2013 3:35 PM
1This is very tragic, but I hope this doesn't put a dent on tourism down there. It sounds like an isolated incident, over the past 11 years I've been travelling down there, I've never read any articles on the murder of any tourist. I don't know the circumstances surrounding this crime but it's always advised to exercise caution when down there, despite it's reputation for being safe. But Cuba is still much safer than most Latin American countries, if not, all. I'm actually surprised they only gave him 22 years, I thought they were a lot harder on their nationals for inflicting any kind of harm on a tourist.
My heart goes out to those of whom she left behind.
Sep 26, 2013 7:10 PM
Sep 26, 2013 7:19 PM
Sep 26, 2013 7:32 PM
4Yup, agree guys. Something is missing from this story and it's generally called "motive". She was strangled, but no assault, rape, robbery. So why? The only way not to have a motive is if the security guard was in some way mentally disturbed. Lord knows there are enough crazy people in the world that snap and go on a shooting or killing spree. So is it possible that one guy snapped and ended up killing just one?
Likely we'll never know, but I sure wouldn't hold it against Cuba.
Sep 26, 2013 8:11 PM
Sep 27, 2013 6:42 AM
6There does appear to be much missing from this story. However, it isn't that hard to imagine the guard breaking into the room, perhaps thinking he was going to be welcome, then accidentally strangeling the woman to keep her from arousing other staff--then quickly leaving. Still, that is only one possibility, and I imagine court documents would supply accurate details that have not been reported.
I do think Cuba is safer than many other countries for tourists, but appears from numerous recent reports, that it isn't as safe as it was a few years ago.
Sep 27, 2013 7:42 AM
7While no place is perfectly safe, the fact that this event is so unique that it commands news time is an indication of how out of character it is.
I live in metro Orlando FL (Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, etc.) considered safe for tourists and this would have been page 3 news locally and a non-event to the rest of the state.
Sep 27, 2013 9:53 AM
8More to the story?She probably rejected this macho loser and his pride was hurt,so he killed her, if the British authorities didn't conduct this inquest no one would ever know this crime/murder took place,I live in NYC, this would've been on the front page of the local paper.It's Cuba, so no one will ever know what really happened because the govt. never reports on negative events taking place on the island
Sep 27, 2013 12:26 PM
9This is a senseless tragedy, a murder that makes no sense, not that other murders make sense either, but here we see no apparent motive. According the story, there was no sexual assault and no robbery. While reading this, what came to my mind is that the murderer could have been mentally ill, delusional or hearing voices. The intent here was to kill, but why? I also find it odd this guy was sentenced to only 22 years in prison. A life sentence would have been more appropriate.
Sep 27, 2013 3:27 PM
Sep 27, 2013 4:53 PM
Sep 27, 2013 5:25 PM
Sep 27, 2013 6:42 PM
13The guy got off lucky. I was in Cienfuegos in the late 90s and a 16 year old kid was walking home and made the mistake of asking a tourist for the time. The tourist was nasty to the kid and he went home to get a knife and came back to the Rápido Malecón and a fight broke out and the tourist was killed in the fight and the kid got a life sentence
Sep 30, 2013 4:42 PM
14Actually, Maximon, I'd expect life expectance in a Cuban prison to be reasonably good, for several reasons. First, they have a diet that is largely beans, rice, and vegetables raised on-site, with only occasional meat. Second, most of them are required to do physical work. Third, I have heard (all this, by the way, is just what I have heard from people who have spent time, but not life, in a Cuban prison), drugs are not widespread, except for tobacco, and even that can be hard to come by. Oh yeah, and they do get medical care. Nothing to suggest that life in a Cuban prison or any other is pleasant, but in Cuba it's not necessarily something that will send a person to an early grave.
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