Wife of 'Dead' Canoeist Behind Bars

Awaiting trial for insurance fraud, mom pleads for reconciliation with her sons
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 4:37 AM CST
Anne Darwin, the wife of John Darwin, the canoeist who turned up after being presumed dead leaves the police station at Manchester Airport, Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, after being arrested...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The wife of back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin was sent to prison yesterday shortly after she issued a plea through her attorney for a reconciliation with her sons, who publicly disowned their parents after the scandal broke. Anne Darwin is charged with dishonestly obtaining life insurance benefits and a mortgage policy. Her husband is in jail facing similar charges.

Anne Darwin is hoping that her sons, who thought their father was dead for the past five years, would change their minds about speaking to her. "If her sons would like to see her, she would like to see them," said her lawyer. John Darwin also issued a message to his wife, saying he was "anxious" about her well-being and disappointed they would spend their wedding anniversary next week apart.