If you are planning on faking your death and dont want to make the little mistake that John Darwin did by accidently walking into a police station and accidently saying I am a missing person... but i have erm... lost my memory, you should try the Piotr Kucy technique. What you need to do is get wrongly identified by authorities as a drowned man, then show up a few days after his own funeral. Despite pointing out the fact that he was alive to government officials, Kucy still remains dead in official records, stopping him from working and paying social insurance.
But on the bright side, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday, he no longer needs to pay taxes. 'We are nearly through January, and my documents still say I'm dead,' Kucy told Gazeta Wyborcza, adding: 'It's a bit of a joke.' But a registry office official was adamant about the situation. 'This citizen does not exist,' she told the paper.
Maybe John Darwin should have gone canoeing in Poland, then at least he would not have to go to court for fraud etc as he would be legally dead. Well in Poland anyway.