Thursday, December 06, 2007

In the news...

I've been following the recent British news story about the canoeist who went missing over five years ago and went to a local police station and turned himself in as a missing person claiming he's suffering from amnesia... This story is unfolding like quite a soap opera:

Missing 5 years, he cites amnesia (Tues., Dec. 4, 2007)
'Dead' canoeist arrested for fraud: Pictured with wife in 2006 (Wed., Dec 5, 2007)
John Darwin's sons say they were 'victims of a scam' (Thurs., Dec 6, 2007)
Canoeist mystery: new twist as son disappears (Thurs., Dec 6, 2007)

I swear no news story has captivated my interest quite like this one since the Hans Island feud between Denmark and Canada back in 2005.

At any rate, I believe this whole story is proof positive that sometimes the truth truly is stranger than fiction.

UPDATES:

The plot thickens...
Canoe man used fake name 'John Jones' (Fri., Dec 7, 2007)

Like father, like sons...
John Darwin's sons in hiding (Fri. Dec 7, 2007)

Apparently the dude has been going all "Anne Frank" on us... although something tells me his diary wouldn't be/isn't as compelling as Anne Frank's was.
Police plea over missing canoeist (Mon. Dec. 10, 2007)

Oh and when I read about the police asking for photos of a "bearded Darwin" I thought to myself that would make for an interesting band name.... As in, "Did you hear the Amnesiac Dead Canoeists are opening for the Bearded Darwins this weekend?"

5 comments:

Dantallion said...

I hadn't seen that now that son has disappeared. Makes it look like the kids were part of this whole thing as well, doesn't it...

tornwordo said...

What a wacky story. And I still feel like there's going to be more to it.

Awareness said...

It just goes to show you that healthy coping mechanisms are learned and not inherent.....or perhaps they are inherent and not learned......perhaps their is an amnesiac running away from all nasty stuff gene. Whatever it is, this family has it in spades!

Yes, I have been following this story too with absurdist wonder, as I did the Canuck/Dane land dispute. :)

Susan as herself said...

That is TRULY a bizarre tale. One for the history books...

Larry Silverstein said...

A far better soap opera to watch is the anti-semite Ron Paul one.

I personally think it's all gonna end in tears for the old Nazi - either through assassination, or of course good old defeat.

He shouldn't even be allowed to run with his political beliefs.