“Death Hotel” in the Dominican Republic

“Death Hotel” in the Dominican Republic 2

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Three American tourists died in suspicious circumstances in the Dominican Republic. All were accommodated at the same hotel and died at a 5-day interval.

While authorities are now trying to elucidate the case, other people who stayed in the same place make stunning statements about what happened while they were on vacation. A series of mysterious deaths scared Marcos Rojo, a Manchester United defender, so much that he ran away from a luxury resort in Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, where he was on vacation with his wife and two daughters. The Argentine had chosen the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Resort in Punta Cana to spend his summer vacation with the family, but he hadn’t come to terms with a succession of events worthy of an Agatha Christie novel. Six have died since April 14, all of them supposed natural causes.

THE MYSTERY – Robert Ben Wallace, a 77-year-old Californian, died after drinking whiskey from the minibar in his room. He started to feel sick, he had blood in his urine and in his feces immediately afterwards, ” said the man’s niece, who died 3 days after feeling sick. In the same hotel David Harrison also died a few months earlier, as did Miranda Schaup-Werner, also found dead on May 25th, after drinking a drink from the minibar. Not only them: a couple from Maryland were found dead in their room on May 30th. According to the Dominican authorities, the deaths were all due to natural causes, but the explanation did not convince the families of the victims.

INVESTIGATION AND ESCAPE – As reported by Fox , the series of mysterious deaths of American tourists has prompted the FBI to launch an investigation to try to understand what is behind it. Rojo, obviously frightened by the turn the events were taking, after the last disturbing death (of Robert Ben Wallace), which took place while he was engaged in a fishing expedition, decided to anticipate his departure and escape from the Dominican Republic.

Rosa Flores, CNN Correspondent: We have learned from the general prosecutor that the preliminary findings of the autopsy reveal the following: Miranda Scaup-Werner, who died on May 25th, suffered a heart attack. The couple in Maryland, Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day, had internal bleeding in the pancreas and excess fluid in the lungs.

Victims did not know each other. They shared only the same hotel in the Dominican Republic where they spent their holiday. After the overseas press announced their mysterious death, other voices began to be heard.

Awilda Montes, tourist accommodated at the same hotel: There was no acid in the juice box, but I thought maybe it was done by the company in the Dominican Republic. But when I started drinking, I kept him in my mouth for a while, when I felt my mouth burn. I ran to the bathroom and kicked him out. Then I saw blood, my mouth burned, my gums … everything blew me.

Kaylynn Knull, tourist staying at the same hotel: I woke up with a headache one morning. We went to breakfast to see if I could drink some water or juice, try to eat something to make me feel better. But when we returned to the room, a smell touched us even stronger. I smelled of chemicals.

The two people say they have been getting worse: they were sweating intense, feeling dizzy and feeling sick.

Kaylynn Knull, tourist at the same hotel: I saw one of the housekeepers in the hall and I called her to see what was going on. He took only a few steps in the room, then turned back, saying, “I do not do that.” Then he announced the reception that something was wrong in our room.

However, they did not receive any explanation from the hotel management. When they arrived home they went to a doctor and learned that they might have been exposed to organophosphates, chemicals found in pesticides.

So they sued the hotel, noting that the plants in front of their room were often sprayed. The Dominican authorities refused to comment on the couple’s claims because the trial is still ongoing.

Paola Rainieri, employed by the Ministry of Tourism: The Dominican Republic is a safe place to visit. We work together with the embassy to clarify the whole situation.

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