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    When he posed for this underwater holiday snap, the diver in the foreground thought he would merely have a souvenir for the family album.

    In fact, it is a key piece of evidence in a deep-sea murder mystery.


    Ringed on the right is the body of honeymooner Tina Watson, who police believe was killed while diving by the man she had just married.
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    The body (ringed): The tourist spotted it only after the picture was developed




    And on the left is a diving instructor swimming desperately towards her in the hope of saving her life.

    The unidentified tourist and his friend who took the picture did not realise the drama they had captured with their underwater camera.

    It was only after the picture was processed and they learned of 26-year-old Mrs Watson's death that they realised they had "frozen" a possible crime scene.

    Gabe Watson and his bride had travelled from their home in Hoover, Alabama; to Australia for their honeymoon.

    Ten days later she died 80ft below the surface of Queensland's Coral Sea after diving down to a wrecked boat off the city of Townsville.
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    Death at sea: Tina Watson died while diving on honeymoon




    Mr Watson, a certified rescue diver, raised the alarm when he surfaced, saying his wife had got into difficulty in strong currents and had panicked.

    Police have expressed concerns about his account of the incident in 2003 and have been investigating ever since.

    Mr Watson has not been charged in connection with his wife's death and will give evidence to the inquest in Townsville through a video link from the U.S.

    He has claimed hundreds of thousands of pounds compensation from a travel insurance company for the "mental anguish" he says he suffered after witnessing his wife's death.

    But U.S. police have sent a warning e-mail to insurers officially naming him as a murder suspect.

    When the FBI and two Queensland detectives raided his home in April this year, they seized his computer and other material.

    Detective Gary Campbell told coroner David Glasgow that there were "issues of concern" to investigating officers, which included the supposed malfunction of Mr Watson's dive computer.

    He had given several differing reasons why he could not rescue his wife, all of which were contradictory with his qualifications as a rescue diver.

    Police had also noted Mr Watson's "slow" rate of ascent when going for help, and his statement that he had tried to communicate his distress to other divers under water, including grabbing and shaking one of them - a claim not borne out by any of the many divers interviewed, including, it is believed, the one in this photo.

    There was also a claim - denied by Mr Watson - that he asked Tina days before their wedding to change her work insurance policy to make him the beneficiary.

    The inquest is expected to last for a fortnight and if the coroner delivers a verdict of "foul play", charges could follow.
    Newleyweds: Tina and her husband Gabe, a rescue diver



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    ewwwww omg WTF?!!!!!!!!! OMG, OMG , O.M.G.!

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    that is freaking creepy as hell

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    wonder why they didnt float?
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    ^^That's horrible but...
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    Yikes. I can't imagine how freaked out the diver who made the discovery was.

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    That picture is so haunting. It sent shivers down my spine. *shudder*
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    How sad. I wonder why he married her and then killed her days later?
    Look at how dirty that water is.

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    That's not horrific, i was expecting crabs to be crawling out of her mouth or sharks eating her or something. It just looks like she's skimming the bottom of the ocean, looking at stuff.

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    I agree that the title is just a tad misleading...

    I as well believed it would be a picture of fish and other sea critters eating at her or something...

    The picture is still disturbing none the less...very disturbing...

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    How sad. I wonder why he married her and then killed her days later?
    One word: insurance.
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    Try him..then Fry him.
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    Horrific picture = band outfit

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    I don't understand how the diver(s) taking the pictures only realised AFTERWARDS what was going on....surely they would have seen them take up the body and then any subsequent investigations and interviews??

    Seems weird to me.

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