The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe: How John Darwin’s lies were nearly discovered by his son
22 April 2022, 08:10
John Darwin's sons almost discovered that he had been lying before he returned to England.
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ITV drama The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe has gripped viewers this week.
The four part series tells the story of 'Canoe Man' John Darwin who faked his own death in a bid to claim on his life insurance.
His wife Anne was then left to convince the police, coroners and even her sons that her husband had died in a canoe accident.
But there was one moment in the drama that wasn’t shown, with Anthony almost uncovering his parent’s lies.
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In her 2016 memoir, Anne recalled that when she told her sons she was emigrating to Panama, they wanted to collect some of their dad's possessions to keep.
Anthony chose a book that had been printed in 2003, which was the year after his father had supposedly died.
Anne added that her son never noticed at the time, and only realised later on.
The moment Mark and Anthony went to look through their father’s things was seen in The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe.
Anne - played by Monica Dolan, is seen telling her sons: “Take whatever you want, or take nothing at all if it doesn't feel right. It is entirely up to you.”
With the camera turning to the table, viewers see three books, a tape recorder, a watch and Darwin's original passport.
This comes after it was revealed that the real Anne Darwin ‘isn’t enjoying’ her story being told again.
He explained that Anne often says she “doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about” and often asks why there is still so much interest.
“She obviously wishes this wasn’t happening but accepts she played a role in it and understands, to a degree, the fascination from the public,” he said.
“This story has been running now for 15 years and on it goes, so I think she’ll be happy when it’s over and she can get on with her life and spend time with the boys.”