Wife Stole Identity to Start New Life as Cruise Ship Captain After Husband’s Murder
She was known as ‘Captain Christina’ to the revelers on her Houston-area yachts. But Cynthia Knox was her real name—and she’d fled east after her first husband’s fatal stabbing.
A cruise ship captain in Texas led a double life for two decades after the murder of her husband—only to have her identity exposed while renewing her mariner’s license.
California native Cynthia Lynn Knox, 53, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing the identity of a dead baby to obtain U.S. passports, mariner’s licenses, and TSA credentials for the operation of her party yachts.
Since 1994, Knox had lived as Christina White, or “Captain Christina” to the revelers on her Houston-area luxury yachts. But her reign aboard the Royal Princess party ship would end soon after she applied to renew her license with the U.S. Coast Guard.