April 29, 2003
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has ferreted out the passenger who, last
week, left threatening notes in a restroom on Royal Caribbean's Legend of
the Seas. The culprit? A 20-year old woman from Laguna Hills, California,
who, according to various reports, was sailing with her family -- and wanted
to go home to be with her boyfriend. Prosecutors say she had hoped that the
notes would force the ship to turn back.
Kelley Marie Ferguson admitted she wrote the notes when she was questioned
by the FBI agents who had boarded the ship to investigate the matter. The
first note, according to wire services, said, in all capital letters, "I
HAVE BEEN SENT ON A MISSION TO KILL ALL AMERICANOS ABORD LEGEND IF WE
PORT ON AMERICAN SOIL." In the second, she wrote "I MUST KILL ALL
In a statement, Hawaii's U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo says that "The defendant said
she never wanted to go on this cruise ship with her family to begin with and
that she wrote these notes hoping it would shorten her time on the cruise,
allowing her to return to her boyfriend."
Alas, the woman was arrested Saturday and was remanded to the federal
detention center in Honolulu. She is being charged with two counts of
violating terrorism laws -- each a felony and each carrying a maximum
penalty of ten years.