“Canoe Man” John Darwin “on his way” to fight in Ukraine according to his wife

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As a new ITV drama based on the life of 71-year-old fraudster ‘Canoe Man’ John Darwin hits our screens, Mercy Mae Avila Darwin, 48, says her presence in Ukraine would be “dangerous for the Russian when he shot them.” ‘

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Here is a development that will make Vladimir Putin tremble… The canoe man John Darwin went to fight in Ukraine against Russia.

According to the 71-year-old fraudster’s much younger second wife, he is “on his way” to take up arms and fight the dictator’s forces.

This is a new ITV drama based on his life and crimes about to hit our screens.

In a series of bizarre posts, his second wife Mercy Mae Avila Darwin, 48, claimed that John, who faked his own death at sea in 2002, would fight the Russians in Ukraine.

Asked about the danger, she added: “Yes, dangerous for the Russian when he shoots them (sic).

“He’ll have a bulletproof vest and good life insurance, good for me.”

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Mercy, a mother of three, has lived in the Philippines with Darwin since she met online. They got married in 2015.

Former prison officer Darwin, 71, faked his own death off the North Sea coast in 2002 to trigger a massive insurance scam.

With the help of his first wife Anne, he pretended to be ‘dead’ for five years – moving to Panama after living in a room hidden behind a wardrobe in the family home in Seaton Carew, Co Durham – before dying. enter a London police station. in 2007.

He and Anne were jailed for more than six years for fraud in 2008. He broke his parole conditions in 2013 to see a Ukrainian girl on a date. He met Anna Avramenko, then 25, through a foreign brides website for women looking for a wealthy husband.







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He told her that hundreds of women wanted to meet him and that he had received 240 fan messages in one day. But she never wanted to see him again after their first date.

The scammer walked into a London police station in 2007 claiming he had suffered from a bad dose of amnesia.

The stunning story of the couple’s deception and secret new life in Panama will be told in a four-part ITV drama called The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe starring Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan as the Darwins.

It was inspired by a book by former Mirror reporter David Leigh, who tracked Anne down in Panama.






Ukrainian Anna met a scammer for a date






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Mercy, a mother of three, has lived in the Philippines with Darwin since she met online and then married him in 2015. Anne and John Darwin separated while still serving time for fraud.

They divorced after 38 years of marriage. John came back from the dead nearly six years after he disappeared, claiming a bad dose of amnesia.

As Anne, 69, a former doctor’s receptionist, rebuilt her relationship with Mark and Anthony, the two sons she so cruelly cheated on over her fake death at sea, John was disowned by one of his boys .

The stunning story of the deception and how the couple secretly started a new life in Panama will be told in a four-part primetime ITV dramatization starring Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan as John and Anna Darwin.

‘The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe’ was inspired by a book by former Mirror reporter David Leigh, who tracked Anne Darwin down in Panama, where the couple had started a secret new life with the proceeds of their claims fraudulent insurance.

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