The Mirror describes Anne and her former husband and amateur canoeist as being engaged in "the most outrageous fraud of modern times". I suspect that when such a list is produced the likes of Allen Stamford and Bernie Madoff might pip the Darwins to that prize.
However this fraud remains a brilliant story and demonstrates a common trait of so many frauds that in it was detected by chance - the publication of a photo of them on signing contracts in Panama; what are the chances of that?
I understand that any profits from the sale of the book will go to charity (including the most appropriate RNLI) as there is a prohibition in English law from convicted criminals from profiting from their crimes.
Let's hope the book will be followed by a film; Toby Jones to play John Darwin? Any contenders to play Anne Darwin?
The cell door slammed, the heavy bolts clanged and Anne Darwin found herself in prison alongside violent crooks and murderers. Ahead of the middle-class mum was a six-and-a-half year sentence for the most outrageous fraud of modern times, the faking of husband John Darwin ’s death at sea in a kayak. As part of the Canoe Man trial, Anne’s sons Anthony and Mark gave evidence against her as she tried to prove her innocence using the rarely used defence of marital coercion. The case exposed her shameful lies to those closest to her. She convinced her sons for more than five years that their father was dead. During that time she cleared debts of £700,000 with insurance, mortgage and pension pay outs.