Kirby Logan Archer - Updated Jun 2024

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Miami, United States
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Miami, United States

Kirby Logan Archer

Kirby Logan Archer is an American murderer who was discovered adrift in a lifeboat on September 24, 2007, under suspicious circumstances. Kirby Logan Archer later pleaded guilty to hijacking the fishing charter vessel Joe Cool and murdering the vessel’s crew.

Early Life and Childhood

Kirby Logan Archer was born on October 24th, 1971 in Miami and he is 52 years old as of 2024. Archer is known to be an American by nationality and belongs to the Christian religion. His father’s name is William Archer and mother’s name is Lola Cook and his sibling is Jimmy Archer.

Kirby Logan Archer

Caption: Kirby Logan Archer with friends. Source: Alchetron.


Kirby Archer’s academic credentials are unavailable. Archer might have done his schooling at a local school in Miami. He was of a criminal mind so that’s why he might have skipped college.

Career and Professional Life

In the past, Archer worked in customer service at a Walmart in Arkansas. He was accused of robbing Walmart of $97,000. A fugitive warrant was issued for Archer’s arrest because he fled the state before Arkansas law enforcement could detain him for the alleged larceny.

The two-hour journey cost $4,000 in cash, and Archer, who was also dealing with claims of sexual assault against young boys in Arkansas (including his children), drove to Miami to book the charter boat.

After being detained, Archer was accused of killing the four crew members who were aboard the Joe Cool charter boat. Archer allegedly seized the vessel and fled to Cuba to evade child molestation and larceny investigations in Arkansas, according to the prosecution.

In July 2008, Archer entered a plea of guilty to first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping, and hijacking. By entering a guilty plea, Archer was spared the death penalty. On October 14, 2008, Archer received a sentence of five consecutive life terms in prison.

Guillermo Zarabozo, Archer’s co-defendant, was tried on the same murder, robbery, kidnapping, hijacking, and weapons charges, and was initially found guilty of firearms violations.

The jury, however, was deadlocked on the piracy and murder counts, with some jurors believing Zarabozo’s claims that the hijacking and murders were planned and initiated by Archer without Zarabozo’s knowledge. Zarabozo was found guilty on all four murder charges at his retrial and sentenced to life in prison. He was assigned BOP#79077-004 and is currently incarcerated at USP Lewisburg.

Kirby Logan Archer

Caption: Kirby Logan Archer murdered all the ship’s crew members. Source: Alchetron

Kirby Archer has never been a part of any famous organizations, won any honors, or been given any notable titles.

Net Worth 2024

Kirby Logan’s net worth is around $1 million and his salary is $60k per year. The majority of his income comes from his profession as a manager of customer service.

Kirby Logan Archer has not endorsed any brand till now and as he was a criminal, he has not promoted any products.

Relationship Status

On September 26, 1998, Kirby Archer married Michelle Archer. This marriage produced two children, T.J. Michael (DOB 9-4-1999) and (DOB 7-27-2000).

On March 8, 2005, Michelle Archer filed for divorce, and the divorce was finalized on June 9, 2005. On October 6, 2005, the trial court also granted Kirby Archer custody of the party’s children.

Michelle Archer has filed an appeal, claiming that the trial court erred in granting Kirby custody because the decision was based on Kirby’s support system rather than the best interests of the children.


Archer and Guillermo Zarabozo had chartered the Joe Cool, a 47-foot Miami-based fishing charter, on September 22, 2007, requesting transportation to Bimini. The Coast Guard launched a rescue operation after the ship missed its scheduled arrival in Miami, and the Joe Cool was later discovered drifting as an abandoned ghost ship.

The lifeboat containing the ship’s crew, which included Jake Branam, Kelley Branam, Scott Gamble, and Samuel Kairy, as well as Archer and Zarabozo’s luggage, was located nearby.

Archer claimed that once the ship was taken over, the hijackers released him and Zarabozo. Zarabozo initially provided a comparable account (though he later changed his story, claiming that he was never aboard the Joe Cool, and was charged with making a false statement to law enforcement officials as a result).

Investigators suspected Archer chartered the vessel to avoid an arrest warrant in Arkansas and seek asylum in Cuba, Zarabozo’s native country. Archer was a military police investigator for the US Army before being assigned to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

It was Guillermo’s idea, according to Archer, to kill the crew and dump their bodies in the sea. They set sail for Cuba but ran out of fuel, forcing them to rely on the life raft. Kirby claimed that they came up with the hijacking story while adrift.

Guillermo, on the other hand, insisted that Kirby was the one who killed all four crew members. Guillermo assumed they were going to Cuba to work on a security job that would eventually lead to him working for the CIA.

Kirby Logan Archer

Caption: Kirby Logan Archer’s friend Guillermo Zarabozo helps him in the murder of the ship crews. Source: The Cinemaholic.

Kirby Logan Archer – Body Measurements

Kirby Archer stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 65 kilograms. He has brown eyes and black hair. He has no tattoos on any part of his body because he does not see the need for so much ink.

Kirby Logan Archer – Social Media

Kirby Logan Archer is not active in social media, so he doesn’t use any social media sites.