James Michael Burgess, 49 – Murdered, SunCruz Passenger, April 6, 2008, Time of Death 11:35.
James Michael Burgess, 49, from Satellite Beach, Florida was found bleeding from a head injury, lying face down in a pool of blood, aboard the 1,200 passenger, 308-foot-long SunCruz’s casino ship, Sun Cruz XXII off Port Canaveral, Florida.
A passenger aboard the ship alerted crew to Burgess lying unconscious on the restroom floor.
The ship had left the Port Of Canaveral at 1900 hours and was due to return at midnight, on a five hour gambling cruise.
Burgess was said to be alone on the ship.
After being found bleeding from his head, he was taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital. where he died and was pronounced dead at 2337 hours (11:37pm).
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says the death is an unsolved mystery at this point and have it listed as a suspicious death. Burgess had been drinking soft drinks aboard the vessel, was in good health, and wasn’t known to use illegal drugs.
An autopsy is planned for April 8, 2008, that hopefully will shed some light on his death.
In other Sun Cruz news, a man was beaten and robbed aboard a Sun Cruz ship July 10, 2007. James Yu was attacked by a man while sailing aboard the gambling ship. Yu took a trip to the restroom on board, and was followed by another man who beat and robbed him of his $1500 in casino winnings.
The Burgess case is being investigated, and Crime Stoppers is asking for any witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS
Sun Cruz has sailed ill waters since the assassination of former owner Gus Boulis in 2001 on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale. Since then, the purchasers of Sun Cruz, Jack Abramoff and Adam Kidan, have both been sent to prison for fraud in the sale from Boulis, and are possible suspects in the organizing of the hit.