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30 EpisodesProduced by Matt JohnsonWebsite

EMMY award winning crime beat reporter Matt Johnson dusts off his reporter notebooks for this exciting podcast and gives you a first hand perspective on cold cases, homicides, mysteries & murders he has covered, followed and still haunt him today. Follow on social and


11 - MURDER: Shirley McGill & Tamara Tucker

A husband kills his wife on a cruise ship after drinking heavily and blames it on the scorpion inside the tequila bottle.

55 year old Robert McGill was celebrating his birthday with his wife of five years Shirley, and some friends on the Carnival Elation cruise to Mexico from San Diego.

Friends said that Robert McGill loved Shirley with "All his heart". He and Shirley were high school sweethearts who has reconnected and gotten married before their 30th Claremont High School reunion.

On July 14, 2009 McGill was drinking heavily in Cabo San Lucas. He reportedly drank half a bottle of tequila and a six pack of beer. After he boarded the ship passengers heard screaming coming from his stateroom.

We would later learn that McGill had beaten his wife and strangled her. As she lay dying on the bathroom floor he showered, cleaned up and went to the upper deck to smoke a cigar and drink a bucket of beer.

McGill was arrested and later convicted for the murder of his wife, sentenced to life in prison.

Years later, a boyfriend would be arrested for murdering his girlfriend during her birthday celebration cruise on the same ship. 

One month after that, a man would be arrested for rape of a woman on the same cruise ship.

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