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How Did This Diverís Wife Die?

the computer and scuba gear make the husband look guilty as sin

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If you want to murder your spouse and get away with it, doing so while diving is one option. Of course, you have to make sure there are no witnesses. You need to create an alibi and a well-thoughtout story and stick to it. But keep in mind that dive gear and computers will always have their own tales to tell.

Murders done while diving have a checkered record of success. You may recall the infamous case of Gabe Watson, an Alabama diver accused of murdering his wife, Tina, while on their honeymoon in Australia in 2003 -- she died while diving the wreck of the SS Yongala in Queensland. An Australian court charged him with murder; Watson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and spent a year in jail there. Tina's family had him tried for her murder back in Alabama in 2011, but Watson was exonerated -- the judge ruled that he was incompetent but not a murderer.

There's also the case of David Swain, owner of a Rhode Island dive shop, who was accused of killing his wife, Shelley Tyre, in 1999 while diving in the British Virgin Islands. In that case, her tank was still two-thirds full of air and her weight belt was still in place, but her dive computer and mouthpiece were missing. Seven years later, Tyre's parents filed a wrongful death suit, which proved that her air supply has been shut off and her mask had been ripped off from behind, indicating a violent struggle....

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