Michael Anthony Panariello Notable Cruise Industry Death – Michael Anthony Panariello, 54, from Davie, Florida passed away Friday, July 20, 2018 at Memorial West Hospital in Pembroke Pines, Florida, from complications from recently diagnosed cancer.
Panariello joined the Davie Police Department as a community service aide in 1982 and then became a full time officer in 1986. He was Davie’s Police Officer of the Year in 1989. He retired in 2006 after 25 years of service to his community.
Panariello then joined Carnival Cruise Lines in 2007, becoming Director, Security Services at Carnival Corp.
Panariello was involved in the case of cruise ship passenger Shirley McGill, who was violently murdered in her Carnival Elation cabin by her husband Robert John McGill on July 14, 2009.
The defense attorney tried to get Mr. McGill off the charges on a technicality with a motion to suppress based on the incorrect defense claim that Panariello was acting on behalf of the government, after he called the FBI and reported that Carnival Elation crew had been told that a woman may have murdered in her cabin. The defense claimed when Panariello told crew to enter to verify, then seal the cabin and that he did so at the request of the FBI.
That was not the case. McGill changed his plea to guilty, was convicted of the crime and is currently serving a life sentence at Victorville, California high security federal penitentiary.