It”s always nice to turn over a new leaf and do something different with your life. Whether this means getting a new job or taking a different route to get to your job, new changes will keep you feeling refreshed and alive.
Then there are people that feel they need to have an entirely new life to change things for the better. Their solution? Faking the death of their former selves. Here are some of the craziest cases where people faked their deaths.
Though he was one of the twentieth century”s most respected piano players, Gulda once felt he had to fake his own death to prove how popular he was. He sent out a press release for a concert saying that he had died and there was to be a tribute concert in his honor. Many people attended and were surprised that Gulda himself played a number.
Philip Sessarago was a British soldier who led his family and the British government to believe he had died due to a car bomb explosion. It turns out Sessarago changed his name, started another life in another part of England, and even wrote a book about Jihad that almost made it to the New York Times Best Seller”s List.
John Stonehouse was a British politician who decided to fake his own death after some bad finance decisions got him in trouble. He threw some old clothes in the ocean and the British government presumed he had drowned. He was discovered in Australia months later when a banker noticed he was moving money around with two different names. Originally, the British police thought John was another man who faked his death around the same time to dodge jail time for a murder.
Darwin and his wife Anne were plagued with debt, so he decided to fake his own death so she could collect the insurance money. In 2002, he purposefully wrecked his canoe and the British government pronounced him dead. Later in 2007, the Darwins, now living in Panama, came across new immigration laws in their new home that required Darwin to get the permission of the government to prove he was who he said he was. Darwin decided to turn himself in, claiming to the London police that he had forgotten the last five years of his life due to amnesia. The police didn”t buy it.
Famous Massachusetts weirdo Timothy Dexter was known to do odd things. He published a book with no punctuation and sold wool mittens to the West Indies. The oddest thing he did was fake his own death just to see people react. During the wake, he felt his wife wasn”t mourning hard enough for him and beat her with a cane.
David Friedland was a democratic senator from New Jersey who faked his own death after charges of racketeering. Friedland dove from a boat off the coast of Grand Bahama and never surfaced. Apparently, he was wearing scuba gear and escaped. Marshals saw evidence of Friedland in Kenya, Paris, Singapore, Venice, and Hong Kong before he was finally caught in the island nation of Maldives.
The author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo”s Nest once faked his own death to get out of jail time after being arrested for the possession of marijuana. He got his friends to leave his truck over a cliff along with a suicide note and helped him sneak into Mexico. He lived there for eight months. When he returned to America, the police found him and he served five months in jail.
“Dangerous Dave” was once a soldier for the Australian army, but joined the Karen of Burma for a time. He went on a crime spree and became responsible for one of the biggest explosions in Australian history while raising money for liberation force. While awaiting trial, he faked his own death using a .22 rifle, but was caught after a 12 month manhunt.
While faking your death might seem easy, keeping all the lies straight in your new life would probably drive a person insane. Although I do like the idea of attending my own wake…