Would you fake your own death? Well these 7 people below are all guilty of a faked death – from everything from fraud to just being too polite to tell a group you wanted to leave.
Here are the bizarre stories of 7 people who faked their own death:
Imagine being called as a witness to your own murder trial! Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? Well that’s exactly what happened after Connie Franklin faked his own death. In 1929 Connie Franklin and his girlfriend Tillar were supposedly kidnapped by thugs. Franklin was murdered and his body burned while his girlfriend was raped and let go. At least that’s the story Tillar told authorities. Five men were put on trial, however the was doubt when Franklin was spotted around town looking for work. He was brought to the stand and denied being Franklin. Tillar also denied it was him. Turns out Franklin was sort of telling the truth – he was actually an escaped patient from a mental hospital called Marion Franklin Rogers. The case was thrown out.
This faked death was for a rather amusing reason – Corey Taylor wanted out of his phone contract. Taylor was fed up of the rubbish phone reception he got while paying a fortune every month. On the basis that dead people don’t pay bills, Taylor got a friend to send a doctored death certificate to the company. They company weren’t falling for it and Taylor had to eventually pay his debt.
It’s bizarre to attend your own murder trial of your faked death, but even more bizarre is William Grothe who posed as his own murderer. Unfortunately the police were able to voice match the murderer’s confession to his own voicemail. He was charged $13,000 for wasting police time.
There are many reasons for a faked death – for Alison Matera it was because she was too nice. Matera wanted to escape her church community but couldn’t admit it to them. Instead she pretended to have cancer and even posed as a nurse phoning to say she had died.
She might have got away with it too, had she not gone to her own funeral.
Lord Timothy Dexter
Lord Timothy Dexter was a colourful character born in 1748 – he wasn’t even a lord either. He landed a fortune working in the export business and even write his own popular book. One day he wondered what it would be like to die so faked his own death. As astonishing 3000 people attended his funeral.
Gandaruban Subramaniam faked his own death after his Singapore car rental business went under. He decided to flee to Sri Lanka to obtain a fake death certificate which allowed his wife to collect $250,000 in insurance money. His wife even traveled to Sri Lanka to get married again and have another child. He was caught trying to enter Singapore and jailed for 3 years.
Bennie Wint is the man who faked his death for no reason at all. Wint was under the idea he was wanted by police so, on the night before his wedding in 1989, decided to make out he had drowned while away for a swim. He came clean years later after being stopped by police for a light bulb being out on his registration.