He Swims with the Fishes off Grand Cayman Island. . . .
by Owen James Burke
This guy (or gal) was neither the first nor the last to go out like Luca Brasi, if someone was in fact attached to the handcuffs. How long they were down there is now more or less irrelevant, but it was long enough. One can only imagine how many of these jury-rigged deathtraps haunt the world’s seafloors–or the murky bed of the Hudson River alone, which dissects New York and New Jersey. Photo: AP.
Last week, while snorkeling off Grand Cayman Island’s famous 7-Mile-Beach in front of the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa (which, according to Google, has since closed), tourists made a gruesome discovery–a grim reminder of how the British overseas territory’s wanton luxury resorts and exorbitant offshore bank accounts came to be in the first place.
Apart from harboring some of the world’s grubbiest bank accounts, The Cayman Islands are also the epicenter of the hotbed of crime in the Caribbean–organized and otherwise–and a well-known rendezvous point for drug traffickers between South and North America. Whoever was deposited here was, in all likelihood, up to no good.
While authorities are in no position to publicly speculate, and have stated that “the purpose of the block and handcuffs is not clear at the moment,” the tackle was obviously used to either drown someone, or keep a bloated cadaver from floating to the surface.
Lo and behold–and, there’s a reason the mob has been employing this very tactic for at least a century–it worked. There are no remains of the individual that made this unfortunate grave, unless a forensics team can manage to scrape some microscopic particle of DNA from the rusted cuffs (not likely).
Still yet, it seems odd that anyone would dispose of a body in such shallow, clear depths off of a major resort. Then again, lazier, more egregious crimes have been committed.
Cayman 27, a local news outlet, spoke with one of the tourists, who declined to be filmed or named:
“We saw the block Saturday late afternoon when we were out snorkelling right here on Seven Mile beach. There was definitely handcuffs and a cement block but we…didn’t think anything of it.” He added, “it was in a worn condition. The edges of the block had been worn away. The handcuffs themselves look like they had been underwater for quite sometime. [It] looks like there was some rusting on them.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the George Town Police Station at (+1) 345-949-4222.
Watch Cayman 27’s report here. -OJB