Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Faking Death: Man Thought To Have Drowned While Fishing in Arkansas Arrested in Yankton, South Dakota for Fraud and Embezzlement

Man Thought To Have Drowned While Fishing in Arkansas Arrested in Yankton, South Dakota for Fraud and Embezzlement – http://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2008/082908b.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What proof of of “death” can one devise?
  • What are some of the relationship complications of pretending to be dead?
  • How can financial issues make someone want to fake their death?
  • What should you avoid if you’re intent on creating a new life?

Description:

Brief item from the US Marshalls about a man who got his wife to testify to his “drowning.” A search in a general search engine for Matthew Alan Shepard brought up a long interview in Wired at http://www.wired.com/vanish/2009/08/evans-interview-with-matthew-sheppard-about-disappearing-its-like-dying/ where he talks about his experience and what some of his perceived mistakes were.

Although the Wired interview isn’t government information by any stretch of the imagination, this US Marshall’s press release shows how a government document can be a good start to finding related information.

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