From the Editor: A Search For The Truth



When a lawyer approaches you with a great idea that “you’re going to love,” your first inclination should be to head for the hills. Chances are there is more in it for the lawyer than there is for you. But there are always exceptions, and this month we bring you a story that’s a perfect example of just such an exception.

In 2005 honeymooner George Smith of Greenwich was lost at sea, having gone overboard in the dark of night. Accusations and rumors swirled around Smith’s new bride and a cruise-ship employee. But once those individuals were exonerated, the case seemed to go cold. Enter Michael Jones, the attorney who represented the Smith family in the settlement of George’s estate with the Royal Caribbean cruise line. Though more accustomed to white-collar contract negotiations than sinister homicide investigations, Jones was intrigued by the wending tale of murder, deceit and injustice that was unfolding in front of him. He found himself digging deeper. Now seven years later, he’s at the center of the battle to see that justice is served.

That brings us to the “you’re going to love it” conversation. When Jones approached us about this story, being slightly cynical, I figured that it was an ego thing and he was just looking for media attention. It didn’t take long to see that wasn’t what was happening. Jones’ level of dedication to this case goes well beyond that of a regular attorney. He has spent hundreds of hours pouring over cruise-ship files, analyzing passkey records, conducting depositions, talking to FBI investigators. He is consumed by this case. (Just try getting a word in edgewise when he’s discussing the intricacies.) He wants this story in the public eye not for personal glory but to make sure it doesn’t fade into the proverbial night. Mystery at Sea (starting on page 62) is not a rehashing of what you think you know happened.

There are new and very key facts being reported here for the first time. Writer Timothy Dumas, who literally wrote the book on the Martha Moxley murder (he authored Greentown: Murder and Mystery in Greenwich, America’s Wealthiest Community), takes on the enormous task of recounting what occurred aboard the Brilliance of the Seas and the course of events that have taken place since that fateful night.

This is a story that we are honored the Smith family has entrusted us with, and one that needs to be told until there is true finality.

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