Thieves hack U.S. tourist to death with machetes
August 11, 2008
GUATEMALA CITY -- Robbers armed with machetes hacked a U.S. tourist to death and seriously wounded his wife in an attack aboard the couple's sailboat in northeastern Guatemala, the woman said Sunday.
Nancy Dryden, 67, said her husband, Daniel Perry Dryden, 66, was killed by four men who boarded their boat late Saturday while it was anchored in Lake Izabal.
''They poked us and stabbed us with the machetes, and they were asking for money, specifically dollars,'' said Dryden.
The thieves were apparently unhappy with the take. ''We had a few quetzales [Guatemala's currency], but we had no dollars with us on the boat,'' Dryden recounted.
The Drydens, who are retired and live near Anchorage, Alaska, had bought the boat in February. They were equipping the vessel in preparation for a voyage into the Caribbean.