Boatman ‘widow’ Anne Darwin dumped rogue husband John Darwin while she was in prison and has a glamorous makeover after being released from prison to start a new life
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Anne Darwin now looks completely different from the miserable figure we saw after the fake canoe scam was exposed.
Anne was unmistakable as she was led into court with her bright white bob, designer glasses and a rather loose cardigan.
The former soft-spoken doctor’s receptionist was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for fraud, longer than the six years her husband John Darwin received.
Back in 2002, Anne lied to the police and even her sons while playing the role of widow grieving after her husband’s alleged death in a tragic canoe accident at sea.
However, Anne was fully aware that her husband was still alive as he was secretly living next door to the family home and had shared a bed with her while she was receiving his £250,000 life insurance policy. he.
The former couple used their meager earnings to fly around the world to start a new life, eventually buying a £200,000 tropical property in a village in Panama. 2007.
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But the change in Panama’s visa law meant that John could not stay and return to the UK in a sensational way.
He went straight to the police station, said his real name, then tried to claim that he had suffered from amnesia for 5 years.
The pair stirred up when a photo of them in a real estate agent emerged during the time John was believed to be missing – as well as dirty emails between him and Anne.
Anne was released from prison in 2011 and using her degrees from prison, she found work with the RSPCA and moved to a village outside York.
The 70-year-old had a glamorous makeover, hair color changes and a more trendy set of specs.
She now lives a quiet life in a one-bedroom chalet in a village in North Yorkshire – where very few neighbors know her identity.
Anne had started hiking to clear her mind and started walking around the North Yorkshire Moors and Cleveland Hills.
Based on Daily mailshe has reverted to her maiden name and would not comment when asked about the new ITV drama.
A neighbor told them: “We simply know her as Anne. She is very quiet but friendly. She never mentioned what she did, but then why should she? so.
“I remember the whole story about the canoe. It’s interesting that she lives here, but I assume it’s been a long time and she’s getting on with her life.”
Anne recounted the scandal in her book, Out Of My Depth, billed as the “true story” of Anne’s journey from an ordinary housewife to “Canoe Widow, Panama and prison”. .
She explains that she wrote the book to help herself and as a love letter to her children, in an attempt to make them understand why she went with a bad plan – and donate her number. Proceeds go to charity.
Anne has been publicly rejected by her sons Mark and Anthony, who are furious at their parents’ deception and say they don’t want to see them again.
Anne explained to The Guardian: “After it was revealed that we were living together in Panama, I kept writing to Mark and Anthony to say, ‘I’m so sorry. I really love you guys”.
“But they refused to see or talk to me. The first time I laid eyes on them [afterwards] at my trial when Mark was the first to testify against me. After leaving the witness box, he only raised his eyes briefly to meet me. I was completely shocked by their darkness and anger. To see that it was absolutely terrible. “
After 9 long years of building the bridge, Anne has now been forgiven by her son Mark and begins to have a romantic relationship with Anthony.
Mark said: “It was a cruel act of betrayal that no parent can inflict on their children – the pain and suffering it caused me and my brother is indescribable. okay. is something that will affect my life forever.”
He added: “I have forgiven her, to some extent, but I will never understand, nor forget.”
It’s a very different story for John, who now lives in the Philippines with his new wife Mercy, 23 years his junior.
He now sells a market merchant’s wife’s underwear and t-shirts worth £4.35 a time in a giant indoor market and is said to still receive a UK state pension of around £134 a day. the week.
While Anne is still said to be single and enjoys spending time with her 4 grandchildren.
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