July 23rd, 2008


loose ends

Those of you with long memories and high boredom thresholds may remember that before Christmas I mentioned the story of John Darwin, who walked into a London police station claiming to have lost his memory, having spent the previous five years dead.
Mr Darwin went for a bit of a canoe out into the North Sea in 2002 and only the wreckage of his kayak came back; eventually he was pronounced dead, and his wife claimed the life insurance.
Was it a scam? Oh yes. Today Mrs Darwin was found guilty of fraud and jailed for six and a half years. Mr Darwin, who had already admitted deception, was jailed for six years and three months. The Guardian seems to have a fairly extensive report.
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