How did John Darwin fake his death?

JOHN Darwin's disappearance shocked rescuers because of how calm the North Sea is, it wasn't until five years later, the truth came out.

Darwin, 70, and his now ex-wife, Anne, were pictured by Panama property agent in 2007 which led to the three-month investigation into his 'death'.

How did John Darwin fake his death?

Ex-teacher and prison officer, Darwin, faked his own death after he was seen paddling out to sea in a canoe off the coast of Durham in March 2002.

Later the same day, he was reported missing after failing to show up for work, resulting in a large-scale sea search.

A paddle and the canoe were found but there was no sign of Darwin.

Instead, John had managed to get to shore and hid in a tent, away from the eyes of police, RNLI, coastguard and the RAF, as the world – even his two sons – believed he was dead.

And the story will now be told in a new ITV drama on Darwin's scam.

Why did he fake his death?

Darwin and his accomplice, Anne, decided to fake his death for a £679,000 insurance scam.

Once Darwin's death certificate was issued stating he died in March 2002, Anne was able to claim life insurance.

Where did John Darwin live during the years of his disappearance?

During the years Darwin was presumed dead, he took up occupancy in many places.

To begin with, he lived in a bedsit next door to his family home, before secretly moving back in with Anne 11 months later.

It is alleged someone staying in the bedsit recognised Darwin and questioned him, to which Darwin asked him not to say anything.

In 2004, the Darwins moved to Cyprus with John using a fake name for a passport.

The following year, he spent time in Cornwall, America, Gibraltar and El Puerto de Santa Maria, where it is said he bought a catamaran.

The last stop on Darwin's 'tour' was Panama in 2006, where he spent the remaining year before flying home and handing himself into the police, pleading amnesia.

How much money did John Darwin claim in insurance fraud?

Darwin claimed £679,000 in insurance fraud as well as receiving pension payouts.

He was ordered to pay £40,000 to the authorities.

In 2008, the couple were both convicted.

Darwin was sentenced to six years and three months in prison after admitting eight deception charges.

Anne Darwin was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for fraud and money-laundering.

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