the A.M. Costa Rica staff
A popular Nicoya Peninsula hotel owner died when robbers
caught him in his home.
The victim was Percy Lee Wilhelm, known to thousands of
expats as Lucky. A spokesperson for the Judicial
Investigating Organization said that the man, a U.S.
citizen, died from a knife
However, informal sources said the man was beaten
and then strangled.
The scene was the Hotel Oasis del Pacifico in
Playa Naranjo on the east coast of the Nicoya
ran the hotel with his Singapore-born wife, Aggie. Both
were well known in San José... they were associated with
Lucky’s Piano Bar in the Balmoral Hotel for years...
...His wife was working at the hotel when Wilhelm was
killed, sources said. She found the body. The door to the
home appeared to have been forced. Investigators suspect
that robbery was the motive because some household
appliances were taken by the murderers.
...Wilhelm ran the Piano Bar at a time where
there only were about four so-called Gringo bars in the
downtown. So nearly all tourists here met him at one time or