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Rape And Murder Of American Tourist On Deserted Grenada Beach Leaves Many On Edge

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ST. GEORGE’S – An American tourist was brutally stabbed to death at a deserted beach on the Caribbean island of Grenada Saturday, according to police who say the suspect quickly turned himself in.

The 39-year-old woman had been walking in the sand with her husband when the attacker stabbed her with a cutlass, a short sword, The Telegraph reports.

Her husband escaped the attack, police said, and the woman’s body turned up near the water. Neither the victim nor her husband was identified.

The couple was staying at La Sagesse, a resort southeast of Grenada’s capital, St. George’s. They’d apparently come across a beach that other travelers described as “totally deserted.”

Journalist and witness Sue Hardy told the Mirror, “No one can see you there – but of course nobody can see if anyone attacks you there.”

“I wouldn’t venture on to that other, hidden, beach again,” Hardy said.

Ex-convict David Martin Benjamin admitted to the crime, according to Yahoo Travel. He recently got out of prison, according to reports, and walked to the police station to turn himself in.

The slaying comes just over a week after American news producer Anne Swaney was strangled while visiting Belize.

“We’re on our sixth trip to Grenada and the beach at La Sagesse is our favorite on the island,” Hardy added. “It’s a world-famous beach, in lots of guide books and tourist reviews – it’s absolutely fabulous. But I wouldn’t venture on to that other, hidden, beach again. It seems a man – or men – jumped out and attacked them.”

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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