American cereal heiress Nedenia Post Dye, age 46 was found dead in her room at the prominent Caribbean resort she owned. Dye had operated the the retreat for 15 years, and was known to be active, philanthropic member of the community. She made it her life's work to help the poor and disinfranchised. Now, one of those she sought to help is accused of her death.
The police have arrested Lenin Roberto Arana, a local area singer. Dye was thought to have been helping Arana rid himself of a drug problem. There is speculation that the two also enjoyed a romantic relationship. Arana was found allegedly soaked in Dye's blood as he tried to flee the scene in her car.
Dye was the great-granddaughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Post had inherited the Post Cereal fortune which would go on to become General Foods Inc. Dye was a native of California, who described herself as a "risk-taker". She and a business partner had settled on building a resort in Central America after initially thinking of Asia. They picked the island of Roatan.
Arana, who goes by the stage name "The Canary" protests any involvement in the crime. He does admit to knowing Dye well, but says he would never harm her -- let alone stab her multiple times in the back. Arana claims that Dye was "like a mother" to him. No motive is immediately known.
Has helping someone you know with a drug or alcohol problem ever put you in a scary situation?
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