Viewers of The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe have been eager to know about Anne Darwin’s bestselling book, Out Of My Depth, in which she opens up about the ‘runaway train of deception and sin’ that she feels’
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Shy and retired Anne Darwin decided to showcase her dirty laundry in a tell-all book.
The soft-spoken former doctor’s receptionist, who is married to serial fraudster John Darwin, decides to reveal all about the fake death scam that landed them both in prison.
While John sails out to sea and pretends to be dead in 2002, Anne plays a grieving widow who lies to the police and even their son so she can get a life insurance policy. husband’s £250,000 life expectancy.
The former couple used the proceeds to fly around the world in an attempt to start a new life, eventually buying a £200,000 tropical property in a village in Panama in 2007. , but failed after a photo was taken of them in a real estate agent.
After changing Panama visa laws, John sensationally returned to the UK and walked into the police station claiming he had amnesia, but they were quickly rumored.
John was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for admitting to deception by faking her own death, while Anne received six and a half years behind bars – with both serving half the sentence.
In 2016, Anne decided it was time to unleash the ‘runaway train of deception and guilt she feels’ in her book, Out Of My Depth.
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It is the “true story” of Anne’s journey from an ordinary housewife to “The widow of a canoe, Panama and a prison”.
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. “
Anne 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.
Synopsis: “Now, for the first time, Anne opens up about an extraordinary sequence of events: how she got involved in her husband’s barbaric scheme, her life and marriage, hard times her scarf behind bars, and the runaway train of deception and guilt that follows her scheme to defraud insurance companies with the aid of a canoe.”
Many would be appalled if Anne profited from the book, but the actual fee goes directly to the RSPCA and RNLI.
Using the qualifications she earned in prison, she found work with the RSPCA and moved to a village outside York, thus becoming affiliated with the charity.
It was co-written by former Mirror journalist David Leigh, who had flown to Panama while Anne was living there when the scammer was discovered.
“She was rejected by everyone and she was taken care of by me. I don’t want anything to happen to her,” he said on This Morning this week.
“It’s unusual to have a friendship with someone you’ve written a story about, but I wrote to her, gave her all the encouragement I could, and visited her. “
David explains that Anne often says she “doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about”, asking why there is still “all this interest” in the story.
He continued: “She clearly wishes this hadn’t happened but accepts that she played a role in it and understands to some extent, the fascination from the public.
“This story is 15 years old and still going, so I think she’ll be happy when it’s over and she can move on with her life and spend time with the boys.”
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.”
Last month, Anne was tracked to a village near Middlesbrough, where very few of her neighbors know about her controversial past.
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 she did it. must do.
“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.”
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 one-time £4.35 market trader wife’s underwear and t-shirts in a giant indoor market and is said to still receive a UK state pension of around £4.35. £134 a week.
* The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe on ITV at 9pm from Easter Sunday to Wednesday April 20
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