Darwin Sons Reject Mum's Jail Appeal

The sons of jailed con-couple, John and Anne Darwin, have spoken of their anger over their parents' betrayal.

Anthony and Mark Darwin attacked their mother for putting them "through hell" describing their bitterness on their father's faked death.

The couple, jailed over their £250,000 life insurance con, after a staged 'disappearance" by John Darwin in an imagined canoe accident, are being snubbed by their sons.

In newspaper interviews the week after their parents were each jailed for more than six years for staging John Darwin's death, the brothers said they could not forgive them despite a pleading letter from their mother from jail.

Anthony, 29, an insurance broker and Mark, 32, a software engineer, described how their mother acted out her grief when their father went missing.

They also told how he had pretended to have amnesia when he handed himself in to police.

Anthony told the Mail on Sunday he felt as if his whole life had been "a lie".

"They have tarnished all the good times that came before. I can't ever forgive them for putting us through the torture of mourning.

"They were in it together and they deserve the sentences handed down by the judge.

"They’re as bad as each other," he added.

"Dad told one nasty lie and disappeared and said he was dead but she lied for six years, she was the face of the lies and she kept lying even when the evidence was so overwhelmingly against her.

"She dragged us through hell by forcing a court case."

His brother said his mother had been transformed by her actions into a "hideous lying bitch".

"I have 'been had' completely and I feel bitter about it. It will take a lot of time to come to terms with what they have done. At the moment I want nothing to do with them."

In her letter, their mother Anne pleads for forgiveness and apologises for the "anguish and pain" she caused.

The 56-year-old was jailed for six-and-a-half years and her husband, 57, for six years and three months at Teesside Crown Court last week.

The couple hoaxed insurers and pension schemes into believing he was dead to pay off their debts by faking his death near their home in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, in 2002.

Their scam was exposed when a picture emerged of the couple from 2006 together in Panama.


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