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Faking Your Own Death Isn't as Easy as It Seems

Matt Young - News Limited
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April 18, 2017

When a man named Eduardo served a margarita to an “Asian-looking” man on a remote beach in the small surfer town of Sayulita, he had no idea the man he was serving was dead.

At least, officially.

For years, Patrick McDermott, the man most famous as Olivia Newton-John’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, is said to have been hiding out in the rural beach village on Mexico’s Pacific coast, 12 years after he is purported to have drowned after disappearing at sea in 2005.

McDermott’s story is full of twists and turns, of mystery and intrigue.

Newton-John had been dating McDermott for nine years when he disappeared during a fishing trip in San Pedro, California on 30 June, 2005. He was last seen on the fishing boat, Freedom, but not one of the 22 passengers saw him go overboard. His wallet and personal effects were found on board, but there was no body.

Red flags waved when McDermott’s outstanding financial problems were investigated — including owing child support fees and a bankruptcy in 2000 where he owed $31,000 to creditors — and rumors began to circulate McDermott had staged his death to cash in on a $100,000 lifetime insurance policy.

But then reports began to surface citing a bigger mystery than previously pondered. For over a decade, speculation has been rife as to the real story of McDermott’s “death” — and to this day, authorities have not yet ruled, or investigated the case thoroughly.

And here lies our point; faking your own death isn’t as easy as it seems.

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