7 people who faked their own death and almost got away with it
Perhaps we have all thought about how nice it would be to get out of debt or avoid a boring party by faking our own deaths, but, for obvious reasons, very few of us ever actually go through with it.
Well, these 7 people tried to fake their own deaths and actually almost got away with it:
1. John Darwin
In 2002, Darwin tried to outwit police not just once, but twice. The first time, Darwin actually faked his death quite successfully. He timed weather patterns and took his canoe out on a particularly rainy day. The police found his oar and his canoe and assumed Darwin had drowned in the rough water. Darwin’s debt was forgiven, his wife received a hefty insurance payout and Darwin went on living hidden in his own house for five years until he got sick of it and hatched another plan. One day he walked to a police station faking amnesia. That didn’t go over well and the whole scandal unfolded. Nice try, John.
2. Marcus Schrenker
In 2009, Schrenker thought faking an airplane crash and death was the best way to stay out of jail. On a flight course from Indiana to Florida, Schrenker called in a fake distress signal to air traffic controllers and jumped from the plane. He parachuted to an area where he left his hidden motorcycle and rode to Florida. There he hid in a campground for a few days until he was found and arrested. His plan may have worked if authorities actually believed he had died in the crash, but it was a very worthy effort, Marcus.
3. Bennie Wint
In 1989, Wint feigned drowning to avoid a supposed jail sentence. While on vacation in Florida with his fiance and daughter, he went for a swim and never came back. Wint’s body wasn’t found until when he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop 20 years later. When police couldn’t find any record of a William Sweet they took Wint in for questioning and he spilled the truth. Apparently, when Wint “drowned” he simply swam down the beach in knee-high water, got to shore and walked away. He hitchhiked to Alabama and made a new ife for himself with a new name, a new wife and a son. 20 years is a long time to lead a double life and Wint almost got away with it forever.
4. William Grothe
In 2009, Grothe staged his own murder and even claimed to be the murderer. One day, for no apparent reason, he abandoned his car in a Nashville park, left his belongings littered around the town and ran away. Later, he disguised his voice and called the police claiming to be his own killer, but the police weren’t fooled. They found him hiding in a motel in Montana a few weeks later. No one really knows why Grothe faked his own death, but his one-million dollar life insurance policy could have been the motivating factor. Too bad he never saw any of that money.