Rachael Hilton – The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

Rachael features in Story Films’ The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, currently available to watch in full on ITV Hub.

Starring Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan, it tells the real-life story of the disappearance and reappearance of former teacher and prison officer John Darwin.

After running into substantial debts after purchasing two houses as part of his bedsit renting business alongside his wife Anne, John decides to solve their financial problems by faking his death and claiming the life insurance. 

In March 2002 in Seaton Carew in County Durham, John paddled out to sea in his canoe and vanished. In reality, John was perfectly fine and actually living in a bedsit next door to his family home.

What follows next is a story of deception, close shaves, false identities and an attempt at starting a Panamanian property empire that brings it all crashing down.

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