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‘Canoe man’ who faked his own death serenaded by Filipino wife in weird video
Infamous Brit 'Canoe Man' John Darwin who faked his own death has appeared in a bizarre Facebook video being serenaded by his Filipino wife.
Ex-prison officer Darwin, 72, famously faked his own death off the North Sea coast in 2002 to trigger a huge insurance scam.
With the help of first wife Anne, he pretended to be ‘dead’ for five years – moving to Panama after living in a room hidden behind a wardrobe at the family home in Seaton Carew, County Durham – before he walked into a London police station in 2007 claiming amnesia.
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Both he and Anne were jailed for more than six years for fraud in 2008.
Now he lives in Asia with his much younger second wife Mercy Mae Avila Darwin, 48. And the pair appear to be loved up, if an awkward Facebook video is anything to go by.
In the clip, posted by Mercy, Darwin is seen awkwardly perched on a stool as she speaks her native tongue, before breaking into song in English.
The Mail Online reported that Mercy describes herself as a 'digital creator' on her profile and increasingly uses her husband as a co-star to bag likes.
It comes after the Mirror exclusively revealed that, in a series of bizarre messages Mercy claimed John would fight the Russians in Ukraine.
When asked about the danger, she added: “Yes, dangerous for the Russian when he shoot them (sic).
“He will have a bullet proof vest and good life insurance, good for me.”
Mum-of-three Mercy has lived in the Philippines with Darwin since meeting online. They wed in 2015.
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Darwin broke the terms of his parole in 2013 to see a young Ukrainian woman on a date. He met Anna Avramenko, then 25, through a foreign brides website for women seeking a rich husband.
He told her that hundreds of women wanted to meet him, and that he received 240 messages from admirers in one day. But she never wanted to see him again after their first date.
The crook walked into a London police station in 2007, claiming he had suffered a bad dose of amnesia.
The astonishing story about the deception and the couple’s secret new life in Panama will be told in a four-part primetime ITV dramatisation called The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe starring Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan as the Darwins.
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