Playing Dead




Playing Dead is a case compilation book of fake suicide tales.

Sourced from all over the world, Aussie author Wendy Lewis presents these fascinating stories of people who have pretended to be dead.

I mean, it’s the most extreme way to opt out of life as you know it, besides the actual act of taking your own life.

The stories Lewis has chosen range from fake suicides for financial gain, murderers on the run, people facing financial ruin who need to get out of town…

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a book that you can dip in and out of, which is perfect for me as I have little kids and don’t get as much time as I used to to read. The beauty of case compilation books is that you can snatch 10 minutes at a time to read a chapter.

Some of the cases are:

– Patrick McDermott who was Olivia Newton John’s boyfriend of almost a decade who failed to return from a Californian fishing trip.

– Stephen and Nelle Kelleway, psychologists who escaped fraud charges in England by escaping to Russia.

– British MP John Stonehouse who was once touted as a future prime minister. Stonehouse “drowned” at a Miami and was arrested in St Kilda, Melbourne. Dodgy business dealings were the cause of his fake suicide.

Playing Dead is published by The Five Mile Press

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