Faking your own death is no easy task, and while no one has any fail-safe methods of doing it, there are a few pieces of advice a person could follow, so as not to be found by the police in Mexico, six months later, peacefully sipping tequila. Over the years, many have tried to use this extreme measure to escape various faults, to elude justice or responsibility for their own actions. Here are a few example on how not to go about doing this.
In October 2006, a New Mexico citizen by the name of Steven Garcia went missing, after he was charged with beating and kidnapping his pregnant girlfriend. Senor Garcia decided it would be a good idea to fake his own death, so that the authorities would drop the charges on account of him no longer being a part of this world.
So he left, leaving behind a note that said that he was to commit suicide. In addition, he peacefully informed the cops that he already paid a man to bury him. The police lacked a sense of humor in this case, and went after him. They found the departed in Mexico, half a year later. He was arrested, and made to pay for his crimes.
Lance Hering, a former Marine, decided to die after he returned home to the US from Iraq. He had testified against some of his colleagues, and feared returning to the battle field. So, he went on a hike in the mountains, and instructed a friend to say that he had fallen and was seriously injured. When authorities arrived, they only found a trail of blood and some clothes. The idea was to make them assume that he had wondered off and died. He was, however, found in 2008 in Washington state, at an airport, and was arrested alongside his father.
Perhaps the most “innovative” way to go, while not going at all, belongs to a New Port Richey, Florida woman, who told everyone she knew that she had cancer and went to a hospice. She instructed the staff to tell her family that she had died, and then showed up at her own funeral. So far so good, but she also had the nerve to claim that she was her long-lost twin sister, which obviously no one fell for.
There is, of course, the recent case of Wall Street investor Marcus Schrenker
, who last week was assumed dead, after the plane he was flying crashed in Florida. However, his death was short-lived, so to speak, as he was apprehended just days later on a camping ground in the vicinity.