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Old 09-30-2007, 07:48 PM
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the boat was also found to have run out of fuel?
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Yes. It was found drifting 100sumthing miles SOUTH of Bimini, when the gulf stream flows North.. It was dead in the water with the anchor hanging straight down (too deep to anchor) and out of fuel. The 2 scumbags were found nearby in one of the liferafts, drifting with their luggage.. CG has not reported finding any weapons on them at the time of resuce, my guess is they were hoping to hujack some poor soul who spotted them and came to their rescue, but when the CG came on them they ditched the wepons..

Changes my attitude towards anyone in a liferaft.. From now on a call to the CG, and then maintain a safe distance from them until help arrives.. Sad it has to come to that..
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:24 PM
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Leave it to the quick thinking Feds:

Feds tag 'survivors' of boating mystery as murder suspects
Bullet evidence link 2 to Joe Cool shooting, say prosecutors
By Robert Nolin |
3:10 PM EDT, October 2, 2007

MIAMI - Federal prosecutors for the first time said Tuesday that two survivors found near an abandoned Miami Beach fishing boat are suspects in the deaths of the vessel's captain and three-member crew.

"They are presently under investigation for murder," Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gilfarb said of Kirby Archer, 35, of Arkansas, and Guillermo Zarabozo, 19, of Hialeah.

Gilfarb told U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff that investigators have uncovered evidence connecting Archer and Zarabozo to the Sept. 22 deaths at sea of the captain of the Joe Cool, Jake Branam, 27; his wife, Kelley, 30; his half brother, Scott Gamble, 36; and crewman Samuel Kairy, 27. The four have been missing and presumed dead since Archer and Zarabozo chartered the Joe Cool for a one-way trip to Bimini.

The vessel was found two days later 160 miles from its destination and some 30 miles from Cuba. Archer and Zarabozo were rescued in the Joe Cool's life raft about 10 miles from the abandoned vessel.

Gilfarb said 9 mm shell casings in the boat's cabin indicate the crew was shot onboard. He said investigators have evidence that Archer and Zarabozo purchased 9 mm ammunition before chartering the Joe Cool, but no gun has been recovered.

Akso, one of the two men held in the possible quadruple slaying had blow gun darts and knives when found at sea, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Zarabozo had blow gun darts and knives on him when authorities found them. Federal investigators are awaiting the results of a DNA test on what appeared to be blood on the boat's stern.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Tsai said the men were found 35 miles from Cuba, a country that doesn't extradite people being sought by the United States, and had with them a ``large amount'' of clothes and personal belongings.

``Your honor, this is a one-way trip out of the country,'' Tsai told the judge.

Defense attorneys sought to discredit the charges currently facing their clients, and said no evidence has been presented to link them to the slayings.

But based on circumstantial evidence, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff ruled that they pose a flight risk and are a potential danger to the community.

Authorities don't believe Zarabozo's story about the boat being hijacked on its way from Miami to Bimini, Bahamas.

Zarabozo told the FBI that unknown pirates boarded the vessel and shot the captain and three crew members one by one, forcing him to throw the bodies into the sea.

The FBI affidavit does not quote either man as explaining why the supposed hijackers let them go, or why they had their luggage with them on the life raft.

Zarabozo was born in Cuba and Archer, who speaks Spanish, served there as a military police investigator at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay.

Turnoff ordered Archer and Zarabozo held without bond on charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and lying to federal agents respectively. Archer's charge stems from the January theft of $92,000 from a Wal-Mart where he worked as an assistant manager. Gilfarb said the former military policeman also was facing accusations in Arkansas of child sexual abuse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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[IMG[/IMG]nothing new here ,but a link to a past piracy
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MIAMI - Federal prosecutors prepared to file murder charges Wednesday against two men for the killings of the captain and three crew members of a charter fishing boat, The Associated Press has learned.

The charges were expected to be filed later in the day against Kirby Logan Archer, 35, and 19-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo, according to two federal law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity because the charging documents had not yet been filed.

The charges stem from the disappearance of the four people after Archer and Zarabozo last month chartered the ``Joe Cool'' fishing boat purportedly for a pleasure trip to Bimini, Bahamas. Both could get the death penalty or life in prison if convicted. They are already in custody.

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Attorneys for Archer and Zarabozo did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment. A hearing is scheduled Thursday in federal court for both men.

They were found floating in the boat's life raft with no sign of the captain and crew, with Zarabozo initially claiming that a group of pirates had attacked them at sea and fatally shot the crew. Their bodies have never been found, but investigators did recover four bullet shell casings and blood from the boat.

The boat started out on course for Bimini on Sept. 22 but then turned sharply south and was found abandoned and out of fuel north of Cuba, officials have said. Investigators say the two might have been attempting to reach Cuba.

Zarabozo, of Hialeah, is now being held on charges of lying to a federal agent for claiming he had never been aboard the ``Joe Cool.'' Archer is in custody as a fugitive from Arkansas charged with stealing more than $92,000 from a Wal-Mart where he had been a manager.

The four missing people are the boat's captain, Jake Branam, 27; his wife Kelley Branam, 30; his half brother Scott Gamble, 30; and Samuel Kairy, 27. All are from Miami Beach
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6:03 PM EDT, May 2, 2008

MIAMI - A defendant in the ``Joe Cool'' charter boat slayings in Miami says the other suspect killed the four crew members.

In a motion filed Thursday, lawyers for 20-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo say he believed Kirby Logan Archer was taking him to do security work in the Bahamas and had no idea the killings were to take place.

They say Zarabozo passed two lie-detector tests while making statements to that effect.

Prosecutors say the pair hired the boat for a trip last year and tried to divert it to Cuba, fatally shooting the boat's captain, his wife and two deckhands. They could face the death penalty if convicted of murder and other charges. Both have pleaded not guilty.
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find a tree , and a short piece of rope for them both !!!
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Hangings too good for them... I say go biblical on them....Anybody got a pile of rocks?
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