Saturday, December 08, 2007

Sons Angry Father Have Faked Death

HARTLEPOOL, England - The wife of a man suspected of faking his death said she would return to Britain where police plan to question her for fraud, British newspapers reported Friday.

Anne Darwin told British media that she was in contact with her husband John Darwin, 57, during the five years when he was believed to be dead. She said she felt guilty for lying to her sons.

"I have been living my life as a lie, constantly looking over my shoulder, realizing something like this could happen at some stage," the 55-year-old Mrs. Darwin was quoted as telling The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail. "I was never relaxed -- always on edge and knowing the truth could come out at any time."

On Wednesday night, she left Panama, where the couple allegedly bought an apartment. An official at Panama's National Migration Department, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to talk publicly, said Mrs. Darwin had departed -- but did not say where she went.

A police officer in Britain who requested anonymity because an investigation is under way said she will be detained upon her return, but Darwin -- not his wife -- was the priority.

A court on Friday granted police 36 more hours to question and detain Darwin, who is being investigated as part of the fraud inquiry.

A former science teacher turned prison guard, Darwin was believed to have died in a canoe accident in the North Sea in 2002. But he appeared at a police station in London on Saturday claiming to have suffered amnesia.

The Mirror reported Darwin had been traveling on a fake passport under the name John Jones, and that his wife transferred money from her bank account in 2005 to help him buy a yacht in Gibraltar, but the sale fell through.

In comments published in newspapers Friday, Mrs. Darwin was quoted as saying it was her husband's idea to move to Panama and that he was there when she arrived six weeks ago.

Mrs. Darwin says she lied to her children for years. The couple's sons said Thursday they want no further contact with their parents.

"Who can blame them?" Mrs. Darwin was quoted as telling British tabloids. "I lied to them -- my own sons. What sort of mother am I?"

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