'Dead' Boater's Sons Set to Disown Parents

Kids fear they're victims in a scam by mom and dad
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2007 3:30 PM CST
A car carrying John Darwin (right, under dark coat), the back-from-the-dead canoeist, leaves Basingstoke, England, police station tonight as he is taken to Cleveland Police area for questioning, Wednesday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The two adult sons of John Darwin—the man who returned after being thought drowned five years ago—say they're furious with their parents and want nothing to do with them if John's disappearance was part of a plot between them. "How could our Mam continue to let us believe our Dad had died when he was very much alive," they asked in a statement.

Anne Darwin has admitted that she had known for some time that John Darwin was alive, and was with him last year in Panama. "If the papers' allegations of a confession from our Mam are true, then we very much feel that we have been the victims in a large scam," say Anthony and Mark Darwin.