Fake Kayak Death Man - John Darwin's life story to be turned into BBC drama

Friday, 27 March 2009
John Darwin - Kayak Death ManOver the past year and a half, I have been amazed at the huge amount of press this story has received. I guess it's because of the strange way that John Darwin faked his death via a sea kayak and the fact that he was hiding out in their house for 5 years before fleeing to Panama.

But really, does it really warrant the massive worldwide attention it's receiving a year and a half later? Common, even a business in the UK renamed their pub "The Seaton Canoe" in memory of John.

Now the BBC has jumped on the media hype bandwagon. They produced a one hour special to tell the story behind the story. It will include his staged drowning while out paddling as well as the massive rescue effort to try to find him when his abandoned kayak was found washed up on a beach.

Of course, the couple is back in the spot light this week after the court of appeals rejected their plea for lighter jail sentences for insurance fraud.

We covered this story before:
Kayaker Resurfaces Five Years Later
Missing kayaker arrested in UK
British Paddlers in the News
Back-from-the-dead kayaker set to make huge money from a new book
Bar named after back-from-dead kayaker John Darwin

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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