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    Fake your own death, could you do it??

    I couldnt do it, particularly the bit where he does not tell his kids? actually maybe i dont believe that bit, I suspect his boys knew, but this is a way of protecting them from charges....

    Wife reveals bizarre life of British canoeist


    Article from: Sunday Herald Sun
    Jack Lewis
    December 09, 2007 12:00am

    THE British man who faked his death and hid for five years turned himself in because he missed his sons, his wife has claimed.
    Anne Darwin said her husband John, 57, had staged his disappearance so she could claim on insurance policies and pay off their debts, but living secretly in England and Panama had worn him down and, eventually, he could not bear the separation from his children.
    She made the claims in an interview with British newspaper The Daily Mail as she prepared to return to England from Panama.
    She also revealed:
    DARWIN spent most of his time in hiding in the family home in northeast England. When family or friends came to stay, he would retreat to a bedsit he owned in the adjoining property, reaching it through a secret passage concealed behind a wardrobe.
    HE was in the bedsit when his grieving sons Mark and Anthony returned from the inquest into his "death".
    HE had a false passport and used it on trips to Spain and the US.
    WHEN he became bored with being cooped up, Darwin would walk along the beach in front of his house in disguise.
    SHE knew her husband was alive and well when she cashed in a life insurance policy for $60,000 and paid off a $300,000 mortgage with another life policy.
    Mrs Darwin, 55, said she genuinely believed her husband had died when he failed to return from a canoeing trip on March 21, 2002. His canoe was found washed up on the coast weeks later. But she admits that Darwin had talked about faking his death because of their debts.
    Mrs Darwin expects to be arrested on suspicion of fraud when she arrives in Britain.
    "I suppose it became a way of life," she told the newspaper. "It was very difficult, though, and I was always terrified that we would be found out."
    Mrs Darwin said at the time her husband devised his plan, they were heavily in debt, largely brought on by problems with their bedsit rental business.
    "We were struggling to make payments and there were late payment fees and bank charges that crippled us," she said. "At that time we had about 12 houses. They were rental investments but people were slow in paying us and it just became too much trying to look after the properties and keep full-time jobs as well."
    Darwin believed the only solution was for him to "die" so his wife could cash in the insurance.
    "I pleaded with him not to do it. I said it was wrong. I honestly didn't know what he'd planned or for when," she said.
    Darwin reappeared at the family home in February 2003.
    "He was an absolute mess, I didn't even recognise him at first," Mrs Darwin said. "He had a beard, he was dirty and thin, he looked like he'd been living rough. He smelled dreadful.
    "He had a bath, I fed him and he put some clean clothes on. I hadn't been able to part with his clothes.
    "Although I was pleased he was still alive, I think deep down a part of me was always angry."
    What she regrets most is not telling her sons their father was alive.
    "It was so hard not to tell the boys, but John was adamant I mustn't tell them," she said. "I suppose he didn't want them to turn him in. He told me just to go along with the story.
    "I absolutely hate myself for having done it. There were many times I was tempted to come clean, many times.
    "The boys missed their father and I know deep down he missed them as well and he always wanted to be reunited with them.
    "Sometimes the boys would ring up wanting to talk. John was sitting there next to me and I would put the phone on to loudspeaker so he could hear them. If I didn't have an answer to one of their questions, John would write it down."
    The Darwins decided they would be better off abroad in 2004.
    "John had always been restless, always talking about moving abroad," Mrs Darwin said.
    Darwin somehow managed to get a passport in the name of John Jones and, once the insurance money had been paid, he used the internet to research countries where they might be safe - and settled on Panama.
    "He would send emails in my name requesting particulars of properties. The idea was for us to make a fresh start."
    After a couple of visits to the country, the couple bought a two-bedroom apartment in a suburb of Panama City called El Dorado.
    Mrs Darwin returned to England in April to try to sell the house and tie up other loose ends, while her husband remained in Panama.
    In October the family house was sold for $650,000 (all the other properties had been sold during the past few years, with no profit, she said) and days later Mrs Darwin flew to Panama.
    "I spent the last weekend with the boys. Everyone was excited for me as I was about to embark on my new life. They all said they wanted to come and visit," she said.
    But the isolation ate away at Darwin and he returned to Britain and, a week ago, walked into a police station and announced that he thought he was a "missing person".
    He claimed he had amnesia and could remember nothing of the past five years. But police were immediately suspicious.
    His astonished sons were called in to the station for a reunion. They telephoned their mother to tell her the news and handed their father the receiver so he could speak to his wife.
    The couple had to fake astonishment and joy.
    "I suppose it was a bit stilted," Mrs Darwin said. "I didn't think John was convincing."
    Three days later, Darwin was arrested and remains in custody. After the arrest, the couple's story began to unravel and Mrs Darwin tearfully admitted her part in the fraud when a reporter confronted her in Panama with a photograph of her and her husband taken with a Panamanian real estate agent last year.
    Mrs Darwin has no idea what the future holds and her thoughts are for her sons.
    "I am so sorry and I hope they will realise what I did wasn't easy," she said. "Boys, please believe your Mam when I say I am truly sorry. I love you and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me."

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    A normal widow does not sell up and go live alone in Panama.
    She stays near her sons and family unless she finds a new husband.
    That is what caught them out

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    People are always faking their own death on Teak Door, then rising as somebody else.

    Not me - keep it real's what I say!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    A normal widow does not sell up and go live alone in Panama.
    She stays near her sons and family unless she finds a new husband.
    That is what caught them out
    Being photographed together a little while back did not help the cause

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    I think many people fake their own life

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    Lord Lucan where are you buddy ?

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    I think a lot of foreigners in Thailand have fake wives.

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    Nope.

    If I was in such dire straits, it wouldn't be faked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    A normal widow does not sell up and go live alone in Panama.
    She stays near her sons and family unless she finds a new husband.
    That is what caught them out
    Had that a few years ago, not sure of the details but as I recall a wealthy Indian visited home and died, insurance co wanted proof, widow provided a death certificate and a jar of ashes, collected the insurance and got on with her life with hubbie returning under another name...was so easy that they decided to do it again under their new identity, but this time investigators suspected she wasn't grieving or behaving within the known profile of recent widowhood, dug deeper and not sure of the outcome but one or both of the conspirators decided they would have a better life in the old country.

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    No, no reason to.
    Last edited by chitown; 09-12-2007 at 03:32 PM.

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    I agree with KW. I can't see the sons not knowing. To see your own sons grieving takes some nerve.No I think they were in on it.

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    This has happened a lot in the FBI witness protection program in the US, where informants testified against mobsters, etc., and had to disappear. Of course, they usually let them keep their immediate family, wife and kids with them, but have to disappear to any other family members AFAIK.

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    Faking your own death is far more difficult than Hollywood makes out, and though Lord Lucan appears to have got away with it this is superficial, because neither the authorities nor most people ever believed he was dead and many know he isn't, or at least wasn't at the time.

    As to being struck by amnesia, though the flimsy apology of amnesia is often accepted by the family of a disappearee, deep down everyone knows it is just a convenience that allows them to avoid having to face the embarrassing truth, in this case that Darwin was a fantasy fraudster.

    Genuine amnesia is not only extremely rare but the coincidence of this connecting with a long term disappearance is little more than a fiction-writer's tool for best sellers. It lacks credibility, especially if close others are going to benefit from the disappearance. A real amnesia victim is not able to function properly and cannot take care of himself. He is going to be terribly confused and disoriented, and will seek help from anyone nearby. Very soon he will come to the attention of those around him, and certainly the police or some other caring or investigative agency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Nope.

    If I was in such dire straits, it wouldn't be faked.
    damn i just greened ya 2 mins ago, so i cannae green this post which surely deserves it

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    I missed the bit where they explained why the guy gave himself up. The pair of them seemed to have got away with it and then what happened? The isolation ate away at him? Pull the other one. Its got bells on. He'd been living in isolation in the UK imprisoned in a hidden bedsit/room. Panama was a new country with anonymity so he could go out in public again. So then he flies back to the UK and walks into a police station? I'm sure he won't feel isolated sharing a cell with Bubba.

    Here is a squirrel faking its own death


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    I think the pair have had a big barney she told him to fock off so he came back to stitch her up, i'd like to know how much they were paid from insurance?

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    Sorry, I don't believe a word of it. It must be an invented story to sell more newspapers, or create sensation. Perhaps I am more naive than I care to admit.

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    If Elvis could do it, so can I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    missed the bit where they explained why the guy gave himself up
    They haven't explained that.

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    In answer to the OP, no I couldn't. When my Dad killed himself, my mum & sister couldn't accept it. Mum made them open his coffin before the cremation because she didn't believe he was in there (she didn't ID him, I did - after the cremation; BIB's finest moments - through photos). Even now, they both believe he was murdered, but I know he wasn't.
    I could never put anyone through that horror, by committing suicide myself, so to fake my own death (IMO) would be far worse. How could you put your loved ones through that for some small gain (financial or otherwise) of your own? No way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily View Post
    They haven't explained that
    His wife was shagging another bloke in Panama.

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    or he discovered that his wife was featured in DD's shorttime bargirls thread?

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    Beggar, Whiteshiva beat me to the Elvis line. How about Hitler?
    This reminds me of the movie "Double Jeopardy" -- the huz fakes his death, wife takes the murder rap, guy hides with their son and new wife, first wife gets outta jail and bam! I won't wreck the ending for you.

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    ^The funniest fake death was the one in the movie "Get Shorty." Remember Leo, the little dry cleaner who faked his death, and after his wife collected he ran off with the money to Vegas. Chili Palmer the gangster (Travolta) finds Leo, takes his cash, and invests in hollywood movie. Classic Elmore Leonard story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon View Post
    Beggar, Whiteshiva beat me to the Elvis line. How about Hitler?
    This reminds me of the movie "Double Jeopardy" -- the huz fakes his death, wife takes the murder rap, guy hides with their son and new wife, first wife gets outta jail and bam! I won't wreck the ending for you.
    i'v seen it, bladdy great movie!

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