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Date: 2007-12-05 22:09
Subject: sometimes they come back...
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Years and years ago I saw a film called The Running Man. No, not that one. The 1963 one with Laurence Harvey and a rather scrummy Lee Remick. It's about a chap who fakes his own death and gets his wife to collect on the life insurance, but an insurance investigator figures out the scam. I can't remember a great deal of detail about the film, but at the end, trying to escape from justice, Harvey makes a run for it in a light aircraft and the aircraft crashes, killing him for real this time.

This weekend, John Darwin walked into a police station in London and said he couldn't remember anything that had happened to him for the past five and a half years. This could be explained by the fact that for the past four years or so, he's been dead. He was last seen paddling his canoe in the North Sea in March 2002, shortly before the smashed remains of the canoe were found washed up. A year later, he was declared legally dead and, I presume, his wife collected the insurance.

That was on Saturday, and the story keeps getting more interesting. There have been rumours of financial difficulties around the time he disappeared; someone who bought a house which once belonged to him kept getting bailiffs coming around demanding to see him. His wife appears to have upped stakes rather suddenly and moved to Panama only recently. And now John Darwin has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
The Mirror has found a photograph from what seems to be a Panamanian letting agency which appears to show Mr and Mrs Darwin standing side by side in a Panamanian apartment last year.
The police are now saying they launched an investigation into the Darwin disappearance three months ago, although at that time they didn't know he was alive.

All of which made me think of an old Laurence Harvey film this evening. I'm fascinated.

Developing, as Drudge says.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-05 23:10 (UTC)
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What I can't understand about the whole story is why John Darwin should choose to give himself up. Why not just stay in Panama?
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User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-05 23:23 (UTC)
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This is what intrigues me. The wife moved out - in some hurry, according to the people who bought her house - and left for Panama just a few weeks ago. It can't be coincidence that Mr Darwin reappeared shortly afterward, can it? And why isn't Mrs Darwin here right now to see her miraculously-reappeared husband?
There's a colossal amount of backstory here, although Mr Darwin is still - according to the last news reports I read - claiming amnesia. If there is something dodgy going on, Mrs Darwin - who says she claimed on her husband's life insurance in good faith - could find that Panama, with whom we have an extradition treaty, might not have been the best place to settle.

Edited at 2007-12-05 11:24 pm (UTC)
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