'Dead' for 6 years, man returns

'Dead' for 6 years, man returns

There are 10 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 6, 2007, titled 'Dead' for 6 years, man returns. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

John Darwin was declared dead some four and a half years ago, so it was a surprise when he walked into a police station here on Saturday, claiming to have no idea what he had been doing all this time.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 6, 2007
Just like Jesus...
Sacks Romana

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 6, 2007
The police force there needs to consult with a cognitive psychologist or neurologist. This type of retrograde amnesia or "soap opera" amnesia is so rare as to not really even exist. The only people that have such severe retrograde amnesia also have dehabilitating anterograde amnesia (the inability to form new memories a la the movie Memento or that fish from Finding Nemo). For him to claim seven years of amnesia with no current brain damage or cognitive impairment is basically biologically impossible.

Oh yeah, and that internet photo also blows the entire case wide open. Obvious obvious fraud.

The only thing I don't understand why the guy returned to England and told this tall tale. It sounds like he, his wife, and kids had already made a clean getaway to Panama.

Arlington Heights, IL

#3 Dec 6, 2007
Something stinks here...

The only reason I can think for his resurfacing is in the event that someone recognized him or it slipped out that he was still alive he would have had to answer to the authorities. Maybe he thought by coming forward with his amnesia story on his own would cover his tracks better. Didn't sound like he thought it out very well though.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#4 Dec 6, 2007
Nope. Nope. Nope. He got picked off and is attempting damage control. Wifey's in on it.

United States

#5 Dec 6, 2007
Someone should pop him off!

Quincy, IL

#6 Dec 6, 2007
Lisa Stebic and Stacey Peterson might come back in 6 years, too.

United States

#7 Dec 6, 2007
sowhat wrote:
Lisa Stebic and Stacey Peterson might come back in 6 years, too.
Uh, yeah right.

Springfield, IL

#8 Dec 6, 2007
What is the statute of limitations for fraud? maybe he knows it is past so he can come clean without having to worry or hide...

La Grange Park, IL

#9 Dec 6, 2007
This bastard is a fraud, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Tom Susala

United States

#10 Dec 6, 2007
He wasn't dead, he just smelled funny.....

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