“He died in a car crash.” NOT!
| Moment of silence observed as he sat home playing video games
| USA TODAY – Team officials apologized Tuesday for faking the death of a player in an apparent attempt to avoid an upcoming game.
Ballybrack FC told the Leinster Senior Football League that one of its players had died in a “traffic accident.”
The Irish soccer league subsequently postponed Ballybrack’s game on Saturday and held a moment of silence for the player at its other games over the weekend.
Then the league discovered that the player, Fernando LaFuente, was in fact alive.
LaFuente said his employer had simply relocated him from Dublin to Galway.
“I was aware there was going to be some story but I thought it was going to be me breaking a leg or something,” LaFuente said.
“I was home playing video games. … (My colleagues) started sending me news articles. And that’s how I found out I was dead.”
Ballybrack announced that “the person in question has been relieved of all footballing duties.” Read more.
People who faked their own death
Anthony John Allen was a British man who, in a widely reported case, was convicted in 2002 of having murdered his wife and children in 1975. Moreover, he was a serial criminal and faked his own death in 1966 in order to escape prosecution for his crimes up to that point.
Lawrence Joseph Bader, also known as John “Fritz” Johnson, was a cookware salesman from Akron, Ohio, who disappeared on a fishing trip on Lake Erie on March 15, 1957. Declared dead in 1960, Bader was found alive five years later, as John “Fritz” Johnson, a local TV personality living in Omaha, Nebraska. The incident is described by author Jay Robert Nash as “… one of the most baffling amnesia disappearances on record, a weird story forever unanswered.”
Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus. A prolific writer, he published widely over the course of his life.
In April 1930, Crowley moved to Berlin, where he took Hanni Jaegar as his magical partner; the relationship was troubled. In September he went to Lisbon in Portugal to meet the poet Fernando Pessoa. There, he decided to fake his own death, doing so with Pessoa’s help at the Boca do Inferno rock formation. He then returned to Berlin, where he reappeared three weeks later at the opening of his art exhibition at the Gallery Neumann-Nierendorf.
Clement John (“Jack”) De Garis was an Australian entrepreneur and aviator. He worked in the dried fruits industry in the Sunraysia area around Mildura in the early 20th century, and was noted for his vibrant personality and colourful marketing style. De Garis later faced a number of financial failures within his empire. With mounting debts, he faked his own suicide by drowning in Port Phillip on 5 January 1925, having written almost seventy farewell letters.
Suspicions that De Garis was still alive soon surfaced and he became the subject of an eight-day nationwide search. He was apprehended the following week after arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, on the SS Maheno. On 17 August 1926, with debts of £420,000, De Garis committed suicide by gassing himself at his Mornington home.