In January, two men on a yacht named Maui, were shot to death off the coast of Los Angeles.
The murders remain unsolved.
They were the latest in a string of deadly crimes in which men have been killed on the water by the very men they were hired to protect.
“It’s a crime of opportunity,” said John Siegel, the head of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a nonprofit organization that tracks missing and exploited children.
“A lot of these things are done in the name of money.”
“This kind of thing happens to all kinds of people,” he said.
“This is a big reason why people don’t come forward.”
The problem is particularly acute in Maui.
The island has one of the world’s most affluent populations, and has become a haven for international drug traffickers.
But there’s also a large influx of wealthy foreigners who come to the island for the opportunity to work on the sea.
Siegel said he has been trying to get more money from the island to help protect the island from these kinds of crimes.
“It’s hard to put a price tag on what happens when someone is on the ocean and they are not protected by the law,” he told me.
“They have the luxury of not being in the law’s protection,” he added.
“If they’re in the ocean, they can do whatever they want, but they have to have the protection of the law.
There’s a lot of fear and distrust of the police.”
The first man to be killed in a similar manner was a father of four, James Molloy, 57.
He was shot to deaths on the shore of Maui’s famous Oahu beach in January, when a motorboat carrying his son, Scott Molloys, 28, and daughter, Jessica Mollots, 23, drove onto the beach.
The day after the killing, Scott’s father, James, spoke with reporters outside the Oahu Sheriff’s Office.
He said he was trying to explain the situation to the public because he was concerned that they might have killed their son, and the boat they were traveling in had been damaged.
Scott had told authorities that the boat had been “mowed down” and had a broken propeller.
James Mlloy said that his son had been a member of the local Boy Scouts and had not been involved in any criminal activity.
But Scott’s mother, Joanna, told the AP that the family was concerned about Scott’s mental state and did not want him to be taken to the hospital.
The day after his death, James was found on the beach, bleeding from his head.
According to police, Scott had been shot four times.
He was a member the local chapter of the Boy Scouts, which is why he was a part of the scouting club.
Joanna Mollot, Scott and Jessica Molls, were among the children who attended the camp that day.
In March, two years after the murders, a man named James Wray, 36, was shot and killed on Maui by an armed group of people.
Maui has a reputation for being a violent island, where violence and drugs are common.
Police in the United States have documented a spike in crimes related to drugs and the drug trade in recent years.
A 2009 study from the University of North Carolina found that about half of all U.S. murders occurred on Mauimaui, and more than a quarter of those were related to drug trafficking.
Siegel told me that a recent report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime found that more than 5,000 people were killed in the U., Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa last year.
That’s up from the 2,300 deaths in 2010.
Police have said that most of the murders in Mauimu were committed by men with “lone wolves” or gang members.
“The men that committed these crimes have very little experience in law enforcement and little experience of dealing with the police,” Siegel said.
There are a number of theories about what may have led to the murders.
Siegel told us that he doesn’t know whether Scott was killed by his own gang members or by someone with a grudge against the group.
“I have no idea,” he replied.
It’s unclear whether Scott’s killers are the same men who are believed to have killed two other men off the same beach in the same area last year, which were both found dead after being attacked.
They may have been lured to the beach by the “Mauimau” signs posted along the beach and shot from a distance.
But Siegel says that there’s a possibility that Scott was targeted because he is of Mexican descent.
“He was an African American, so it’s possible that his family was targeted