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NFT: Any guess as to what's going on in DR?

DanMetroMan : 6/12/2019 4:24 pm
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The brother of real estate maven Barbara Corcoran was found dead in his Dominican Republic hotel room under the same mysterious circumstances as a number of other US tourists, the “Shark Tank” star has revealed.

Corcoran, 70, told TMZ on Tuesday that her brother John, 60, was on vacation in April with a friend when he reportedly died suddenly of a heart attack.

His death shares disturbing similarities to six other American tourists who have all passed away under mysterious circumstances on the island in the past year.

A Florida man who fell sick with a mystery illness during a Dominican Republic vacation is warning other travelers to avoid the country altogether, according to reports.

“Don’t go,” said Jerry Martin, who went with his wife to Caribe Club Princess Beach Resort & Spa in Punta Cana last month for their 40th wedding anniversary — before reports surfaced of American tourists dying at other hotels on the island, according to news station WTVT. “Just don’t go.”

Within days of arriving on May 17, Martin reportedly became severely sick with stomach pain while swimming in the pool.

“Fire in the bottom of my stomach. Pain, excruciating pain,” Martin told WTVT. “We were down at the pool when it hit, and I had to go up and just lay down and hold my stomach. It was on fire.”
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My guess  
ron mexico : 6/12/2019 5:08 pm : link
cheap and dangerous pesticides are being used.
Basically have to wait to see what toxicology comes back with...  
UAGiant : 6/12/2019 5:20 pm : link
The fact there were deaths at Hard Rock throw a kink in the commonality being all Bahia resorts, but given the circumstances of the deaths it is pretty obvious some kind of poisoning occurred.

It also sounds like the one common thing in all stories were the victims having a drink from the minibar - so could be anything from an industrial cleaner used inappropriately in an ice machine to something being off with the fridges themselves or anything else like that. Pure speculation on my part, but there are millions of people going to DR each year and we have only a handful of deaths. More may have gotten seriously sick, but you would think it'd be more widespread if it was something airborne or not localized to something specific in those rooms or scenarios.

The problem is all the outlets are looking for stories, so people that got a bad case of diarrhea while on vacation are going to come out of the woodwork to get their 5 minutes. The fact that Jerry Martin almost took a dump in the resort pool does not really have relevancy to people getting poisoned and dying of pulmonary edema - but we are going to get a lot of people sharing their vacation bowel habits with us in the coming days.

The story on the attack of the tourist seems...inconsistent. I don't want to speculate or fashion a hat out of tin foil, but that incident makes no sense from what has been released.

The Ortiz thing is irrelevant to the actual story here - though clearly does not speak well to the overall safety outside the tourist areas in the DR.

Problem is the actual story doesn't speak well to the overall safety inside the tourist areas, either.
It seems  
larryinnewhaven : 6/12/2019 8:35 pm : link
weird just Americans are dying though. Makes you wonder if its something more sinister. I'm sure people travel from all over to go there.
RE: It seems  
justafan : 6/12/2019 8:38 pm : link
In comment 14470714 larryinnewhaven said:
weird just Americans are dying though. Makes you wonder if its something more sinister. I'm sure people travel from all over to go there.

Americans are the biggest chunk of tourism so not that odd.

I wonder if it's serial killer.
giantsFC : 6/12/2019 9:39 pm : link
organo - phosphate poisoning. most available in pesticides. Paralysis  
plato : 6/13/2019 12:44 am : link
of diaphragm quickly, apnea (non breathing), hypoxia, and death.

Cheap easy and apparently in open liquor bottles in minibar.

Motive? Random thrills, terrorism, hate Americans, hate tourist resorts.
Who knows, we live in a crazy world.

Autopsy results: need toxicology if still detectable.

Sad business , like the Tylenol freak or other.
I also read several American women  
Canton : 6/13/2019 3:22 am : link
All seperate cases, we're nearly beaten to death, at their hotels. Another couple disappeared.

Just Google 'women beaten at hotel' and all the Dominican hotels pop up. Absolutely brutal stories.
Yea not sure how you are missing anything about that poor  
bhill410 : 6/13/2019 5:40 am : link
Delaware woman. Hotels and police are desperately trying to cover it up apparently too as opposed to trying to prevent. Check out the statement from hotel regarding minor face lacerations and the pictures of her from the hospital.

Regarding pesticides it wouldn’t shock me if this was related to zikka and the depths they are going to get rid of that due to impact on tourism.

I went once when my wife was pregnant and just remember them spraying pesticides in the middle of the ending day in front of everyone walking by. Insane really, and thankfully my kid and wife are fine. Scary stuff and an island I will never be setting foot in again.
RE: ManBearPig  
Karl Hungus : 6/13/2019 6:34 am : link
In comment 14470764 giantsFC said:

RE: RE: It seems  
ron mexico : 6/13/2019 7:39 am : link
In comment 14470719 justafan said:
In comment 14470714 larryinnewhaven said:


weird just Americans are dying though. Makes you wonder if its something more sinister. I'm sure people travel from all over to go there.

Americans are the biggest chunk of tourism so not that odd.

I wonder if it's serial killer.

Canadians hit those places a lot as well
I just heard  
I Love Clams Casino : 6/13/2019 9:08 am : link
that Ortiz was apparently sleeping with a drug lord's wife....probably not true, but ya know
News is coming out..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 6/13/2019 9:11 am : link
that it was a "well coordinated" hit on Ortiz. Well, other than the fact the shooter only put one bullet in him and he survived. While the gunman was tracked down and beaten to a pulp.

Doesn't sound that coordinated to me.

The poisoning on the other hand.....
i was at the Hard Rock Easter Week.I would never go back  
GMAN4LIFE : 6/13/2019 9:19 am : link
first the freaking computer systems were down for 2 weeks. 2 WEEKS. They couldnt find my reservation and everything was done by hand.

The pool bar service was great but the restaurant service was pathetic. Its almost as if they didn't care. At one restaurant, no joke, the guy just threw the menu at me and said "what do you want?" in the most snarky remark.

my kids loved it because obviously the pool and slide but the fucking service was so bad.

I would take cartel issues in Mexico over DR. Its not even a contest.

So with all these issues happening, i am certainly not surprised.
I don't understand what's  
Gman11 : 6/13/2019 10:10 am : link
so attractive about the Dominican Republic in the first place.

As for the deaths, I believe the alcohol in the mini-bar has been tainted somehow. How else would you explain husband and wife dying of the same thing? Whether it was done on purpose or not is the bigger question.
DanMetroMan : 6/13/2019 10:56 am : link
An Atlanta couple says they were struck by a “very intense” mystery illness while vacationing at the embattled Dominican Republic resort chain where four American tourists have died.

Vanessa McNelley-Neal and her husband, James Neal, stayed last November at the Bahia Principe hotels where they both became violently ill, news station WXIA reported.

“We had a good couple of days and then started feeling ill, started having really bad abdominal cramps,” McNelley-Neal told the news station.

McNelley-Neal — who has come down with food poisoning before — said the symptoms were like nothing she’d ever experienced.

“I had food poisoning years ago in Tahiti so I know what that feels like and it did not feel like that,” she said. “The stomach cramping was very different. It was very intense. It was not the normal stomach pains.”
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Another American woman from Staten Island found dead in DR  
Canton : 7:25 am : link
Whomever ever is behind this....

knows it's going to cripple the tourism industry there.
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