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Police Arrest John Darwin: ‘Widow’ Speaks From El Dorado:

by | 5th, December 2007

johndarwin.jpg ONE thing lacking from the story of John Darwin, the canoeist who paddled back from the dead, is his being mistaken for wayward peer Lord Lucan.

It is the way of all disappearances that the vanished British male should walk into a bank in some place other than Britain and be sized up against the missing peer.

However, the only thing Darwin was mistaken for was a corpse. And that includes by the credit card companies that, as the Star reports, six times denied his application for service. Given his billing as a canoeist, there may be irony in Darwin being denied a Goldfish credit card.

His wife Anne seems to see some humour in the story. In the Daily Mirror’s front-page “EXCLUSIVE SECRET LIFE OF MR CANOE”, Anne Darwin smiles for the cameras and says: “I can’t believe he’s back from the dead after five years.”

It’s the same exclusive on the Mail’s front page, where Anne Darwin’s picture illustrates the headline: “The Mail tracks down lost canoeist wife to Panama, where she insists: I thought he was dead (but I won’t be rushing back to see him) YES, I DID POCKET THE LIFE INSURANCE”.

It’s some piece of investigative journalism, as one hack follows the other to Panama and looks up the name “Anne Darwin”.

And there’s more stealthy work in the Sun, which declares on its front page:

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