Double Murder: Ben Mullany, British Honeymooner Dies in Antigua from Gunshot … Catherine Mullany Shot Dead as Well

 

Don’t think that this heinous double murder will not leave a lasting blemish on Antigua. The double murder of Catherine and Ben Mullany is leave a lasting mark on Antigua’s tourism for many years to come. Is the Caribbean safe anymore?

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Honeymoon double murder on Antigua, from wedding to double funeral in three weeks for Catherine and Ben Mullany

I guess we can scratch Antigua off the list of places to honeymoon. On Sunday, A 31 year old Ben Mullany, a British man left in a coma after being shot in the head on his honeymoon in Antigua died at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, South Wales. His wife, 31 year old Catherine Mullany, was shot and died instantly after assailants entered their room last Sunday on the final day of the couple’s honeymoon.

British detectives have travelled to the Caribbean island at the request of Antigua’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer to help catch those behind the double shooting.

Antigua hotels and businesses have offered a 130,000-dollar (84,000-euro) reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. So far no arrests have been made although police are pursuing several leads.

Antigua honeymoon murder: ‘Brain-dead’ groom to be flown to UK within hours.

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Police on the Caribbean island of Antigua stated that shooting victim Ben Mullany would be transferred from the intensive care unit where he is being treated as soon as an air ambulance is available. Mullany was transfered back to Wales where doctors battled for 22 hours to save his life. Sadly, Ben Mullany has now died from his gun shot wounds.

It does not get any more tragic than this. Catherine and Benjamin Mullany were married on July 12, 2008 and planned on spending the rest of their lives together in wedded bliss. Who knew their lives would end so tragically less than three weeks later in a robbery gone horribly wrong. Now Catherine and Ben Mullany will be having joint funerals. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones.

It is believed that the Newlyweds’ shooting may be linked to another murder that took place on Antigua less than two months ago. It’s great to know that there is a killer or killers loose on the island of Antigua who are linked to previous homicides, yet people remain silent in turning these murderers into police. Sound familiar?

THE shootings of newlyweds Catherine and Ben Mullany may be linked to another murder in Antigua less than two months ago, the police chief leading the investigation revealed yesterday.

Police Commissioner Gary Nelson said the crime was similar to the previous case, but the Caribbean island’s troubled force was being hampered by a “code of silence”.

The Commissioner agreed that it was “probably not the first time” the killer or killers had struck and said he believed it was “linked to previous homicides”.

“There’s something wrong with this person,” he said.

He added: “There seems to be this code of silence or lack of trust of the police. People don’t want to tell the police [anything].”

UK Telegraph: Antigua honeymoon shooting: Bridegroom Ben Mullany dies
The bridegroom who was shot with his wife on their Caribbean honeymoon has died in hospital 

UPDATE I: Police Name Clarence James as Main suspect in Double Murders of British Honeymooners, Catherine and Ben Mullany

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Suspect: Clarence James



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    29 Responses to “Double Murder: Ben Mullany, British Honeymooner Dies in Antigua from Gunshot … Catherine Mullany Shot Dead as Well”

    1. richard on August 4th, 2008 7:06 am

      There was an article out saying that this resort had been targeted before.

      Of course, we won’t be hearing anything from the businesses that make money off tourism … just another ‘random event,’ I suppose.

    2. LilPuma on August 4th, 2008 9:43 am

      Kudos to Anitgua authorities for asking for help from the British. Aruba should have either accepted help from the FBI or requested help from the Netherlands.

    3. MissKatie on August 4th, 2008 10:04 am

      my thoughts exactly regarding aruba and the lack of asking for assistance.. but we all know the reason was they were too busy covering and removing evidence.. they would not have accepted anyones interference… they are dirty rubbish!!

    4. brenda on August 4th, 2008 10:47 am

      Good thing this didn’t happen in Aruba…otherwise…the family of the deceased may not have been able to have any closure EVER!

    5. Patti on August 4th, 2008 11:24 am

      Thank God they have a ‘main’ suspect. No doubt there are other people involved also. I agree with everyone regarding Aruba. It is corrupt to the core.

      Thank you, Scared Monkeys, for your trust and your willingness to investigate the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Like Kaye wrote a couple days ago… the truth shall be revealed. Our eyes will see through the darkness.

      Texas:

      You have the list along with the dates, no doubt. Google tao with the ‘C’ word and learn the truth. Joran is the bait and like he said, ‘his family is ALL he can think about’. There’s a reason for everything, so they say, as they sell their souls to the Devil, himself.

      Sounds alot like, ‘don’t worry, be happy’.

      .

      F*** Aruba!

      .

      Aruba:

      How’s keeping track of YOUR children?

      .

    6. Patti on August 4th, 2008 11:29 am

      LOL!!!

      .

      ARUBA!

      WHO’s keeping track of them?

      or

      Do you, EVEN, care?!?!|!

      .

      BOYCOTT, Aruba!

      .

    7. brie. on August 4th, 2008 11:30 am

      Well it didn’t take long for them to come up with a suspect probably brilliant work from the British, well at least Antigua admitted they needed help….

    8. brie. on August 4th, 2008 2:20 pm

      Now we have Vincent left to the investigation of Antigua…maybe his family can get some outside help….but as Barbara said, an American that lives on the island, the police cannot keep up with everything that is happening….so things must really be bad…imagine being robbed in the dentist office…you can’t walk down the street or even sleep in your hotel room….stay out of the Caribbean because you are a target…

    9. Nikki on August 4th, 2008 3:44 pm

      brie,

      I have lived in the Caribbean for 21 years and nothing has ever happened to me(knock wood)Antigua is a shady place-It has a big gang problem and is not anywhere as advanced as Aruba-Barbados-Cayman Islands–As far as “stay out of the Caribbean” I dont know about that as bandits can get you anywhere-you just have to use common sense and you should be fine–

    10. Maggie on August 4th, 2008 5:25 pm

      advanced as Aruba…? mmmm.. They let JVDSloot run around underage in casinos all the time.. and yet post on their site, noone under 18 allowed in casinos.. That put the whole night in play, rather than punish him, his father and the ones who run the casinos and allowed it, they have chose for 3 years to blame the victim. Noone can with any logic explain what we have seen for 3 years .. along with the conflicts of interest in the case.. Predators are always steps ahead of their victims.

      I applaud these people for asking the British detectives to join in.. Let’s hope indeed they allow them to help..and the suspect and his family isn’t a good friend of the lead cop. Shaving, eating frosted flakes, and coffee aren’t more important than a human life and they don’t send the victim’s father’s to a bar and tell them to watch out, they may be drugged.

    11. Patti on August 4th, 2008 6:07 pm

      Great comment Maggie!
      .

      Don’t be fooled by Nelson Oduber, the magician with his disappearing act… or Rudy Croes, the long arm of the Arawak Nation, having a feeding frenzy on the streets of Aruba to proove a point. While the bandits can get you, anywhere…

      The question in Aruba is:

      ‘Who’s going to get the BANDITS!

      .

    12. Patti on August 4th, 2008 6:17 pm

      Queen Bea… in all her glory!

      Is she going to keep feeding the killing machine?

      .

      {SOMEONE needs to b/rf in her face!}

      .

      Sorry…

      I’ve had a BAD day.

      Besides…

      A few bananas never hurt anyone.

      .

      MY hats off to the British!

      .

    13. Patti on August 4th, 2008 7:34 pm

      and…

      The Prime Minister of Antigua,

      who humbled himself

      and his country,

      to protect its’ tourists!

      .

      Kudos :)

    14. abe on August 4th, 2008 8:41 pm

      LOUIS KESTENBAUM aka Lezer kestenbaum,ODA , A SATMAR Chasid is being accused. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP)

      A teenage girl has filed a $50 million lawsuit against a New York billionaire, saying he sexually abused her when she was 14. Louis Kestenbaum”s attorney says the allegations are false and motivated by money. (Kestenbaum left in photo)

      Kestenbaum is also the CEO of Fortis properties and the ODA a goverment funded organisation in the williamsburg section of Brooklyn NY The girl, now 17, claims Louis Kestenbaum invited her to his Florida mansion in 2005 to perform a massage for $300.

      The lawsuit, filed in federal court, claims he demanded she remove her clothes, then sexually assaulted her.The girl, her father and stepmother are seeking more than $50 million.Joel kestenbaum the son of Louis kestenabum had no comments

    15. richard on August 4th, 2008 9:32 pm

      Nikki (#9) … Can I ask where in the Caribbean you live? Don’t worry, I’m not planning to visit; I’m wondering if you are anywhere near Curacao.

      And we should all remember, Aruba came up with suspects very early in the investigation … two of them, in fact.

      Two black security guards.

      But in this case, as far as I know, we don’t have three people last seen with the victim pointing fingers.

    16. Patti on August 4th, 2008 10:08 pm

      You’re right, Richard.

      Certainly, this man didn’t look like this when he was arrested. He’s depicted in the picture as a dread-locked farmer. No one looks like that in their mug-shot, do they?

      But, I do applaud the participation that is being allowed; or for a better word, requested of the tourists’ nation. This is what we have asked for in the Natalee Holloway case. If this is for real, it’s a success story. One that should be acknowledged; but, obviously, everyone is innocent until PROVEN guilty.

      Any idea how their justice system works?

      .

    17. Vicki on August 5th, 2008 5:11 am

      When will all of this stop. How awful for these 2 ppl in love and now DEAD. What is wrong with these animals that just want to KILL and MAME ppl. HOW GOD AWFUL…Im so sorry for this couples family who just saw them so happy…

    18. Nikki on August 5th, 2008 6:04 am

      Richard, I live in Trinidad&Tobago.Unfortunately one of the more crime ridden islands.(not Tobago)Its about 90 minutes from Curacao by plane.As of yesterday there have been 310 murders this year.It is getting out of control and one has to stay away from certain areas just like anywhere.

      What I meant by Aruba being more advanced was the tourist infrastructure etc.I know I will get flamed, but fact of the matter is that you just feel safer walking around Aruba than you ever will in Antigua.(doesnt mean they did not bungle the NH investigation)Antigua has a crime
      problem just as bad as here.(per capita)we have 1.3 million people.Antigua has 80K just like Aruba but has a murder rate 10 times higher.

    19. richard on August 5th, 2008 6:46 am

      Nikki (#18) … Thanks for answering. For some years I’ve been working informally with the family of Amy Bradley, who in 1998 vanished from a cruise ship as it was docking in Curacao.

      There is strong reason to believe that she was kidnapped from the ship, and that she might still be alive. I assume that you know about this case, and if you lived in Curacao would have tried to get you to keep your eyes open, etc.

      I know that Trinidad & Tobago has a severe crime problem. My guess is that Aruba has more of the ‘nonviolent’ crimes … money laundering especially, and handling drug trafficker receipts.

      But as we’ve seen from the Pitbull and other cases, and the suppressed reports of assaults on Americans and other foreigners, Aruba is much like the rest of the Caribbean. Lots more crime than the money interests (airlines, hotels, travel agencies) care for you to know about.

      And all too often, people pay no heed … until something happens to them. Same on cruise ships.

    20. Vicki on August 5th, 2008 7:09 am

      Nikki-#18- Im sorry honey, but LIERUBA doesnt ADMIT to there MURDER rate. PPL wash up on shore and they swear that they fell off of a boat out in the ocean,,,someone gets killed they swaer it was a suicide…THEY ARE STUPID AND IGNORANT OVER THERE…at least Antiqua admits there is a problem..

    21. Susan on August 5th, 2008 10:56 am

      Was Urine, Paulass, Satan, and Deepuke on the island when the shootings occurred??? You know how they love to blame innocent blame men, then try to destroy all of the evidence, etc.

      BOYCOTT ARUBA AND THE NETHERLANDS TIL HELL FREEZES OVER!!

      JUSTICE FOR NATALEE and the honeymooners :-)

    22. MissKatie on August 5th, 2008 11:24 am

      amen vicky

    23. MissKatie on August 5th, 2008 2:36 pm

      LOL SUSAN TRUE

    24. Maggie on August 5th, 2008 6:16 pm

      Remember the story of this man, who died on a cruise ship and was taken to Aruba for an autopsy. He was from Trinidad and Tobago.

      Death aboard a ship seems to be a criminal act
      DIARIO Aruba
      3/20/2006

      ORANJESTAD (AAN): It seems that in Aruba, authorities immediately ‘guli manda abao’ [swallowed?] the story of the crew members of the ‘Rachel S’ ship, which arrived in Aruba the Sunday of Carnaval Grandi with a dead person on board.

      There is a big possibility that the crew members ‘played a comedy’ which apparently turned bad, to cover up a possible crime that was committed on board.

      The autopsy conducted in Aruba deduced that Bernard Ramsaran, 50 years of age, died of heart failure.

      But now, an autopsy conducted in his country of Trinidad & Tobago, has deduced that Bernard died of something more sinister, ‘traumatic asphyxia’, which indicates that was strangled and choked! His death is nothing natural! It is a crime which took place on the high seas and now Interpol is involved.

      The question is, how could Aruban authorities not discover this? The Trinidad & Tobago authorities discovered that Bernard’s body even had several marks of violence. Last Saturday, he was buried in his town of Rio Claro.

    25. richard on August 5th, 2008 8:56 pm

      We don’t seem to have heard anything more about that case, have we, Maggie? Wonder why not ….

      Then again, since Pitbull died of a cocaine overdose (after cutting off his arms, legs, and, according to some reports, other appendages), we can only conclude that on Aruba, as in the plays of Luigi Pirandello, truth is whatever you want it to be.

    26. Patti on August 6th, 2008 11:01 am

      Nikki:

      You’re not going to get any firing from me…

      This isn’t about winning.

      It’s not about blogging, fussing or argueing:

      It’s about people.

      .

      We have a problem with corruption in the Caribbean and as a result, people are dying and the guilty ones go free. There is no penalty in Aruba, only death.

      .

      Sad as it is…

      We, still, try to maintain a good sense of humor.

      .

      Welcome to Scared Monkeys :)

      .

    27. richard on August 6th, 2008 8:23 pm

      Nikki, you’re entirely right when you say that “the bandits can get you, anywhere.”

      The whole point is … and this is what Aruba keeps deliberately obscuring … while no place offers guaranteed safety, a government that tries to cover up a crime is lower than the pigs.

      That’s why we have been urging that people boycott Aruba. And we continue to do so.

      If you don’t think there is a cover-up on Aruba, fine. Then their inability to achieve anything demonstrates to all the world that it is no safe place for an outsider to visit, because it is clear that you will get no help.

      But most of us are convinced that there is a cover-up. And that in itself is enough reason to stay away, and to beat the tocsin trying to get others to do so as well.

      After all, nobody else will do it. Our government could have taken steps, but didn’t.

      Our casino, hotel, airline, tourism and other businesses could have taken steps, but their money flow is more important.

      That leaves we the people.

      Boycott Aruba … as if your life depended on it.

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