If you were faking your own death...

If you were faking your own death...

surreptitious surreptitious
I read far too many mystery novels (and watch too much crime TV), but I'd like to know how you'd go about it.

Personally, I have several contingency plans in the event that I ever need to fake my own death. Will I ever use one of them? Extremely unlikely. But it gives my active imagination something to do.

What would you do? Fatal car crash into a river? Incinerated body with only a tooth left for identification? Publicly staged accident planned out so that you can survive? Mysterious puddle of blood? Bribe officials to fake it? I know that there are hundreds of possibilities, so spill, guys - how would you do it?
05/28/2013
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js250 js250
I am terrified of water over my kneecaps(running water) or thighs(swimming pools). I would secretly learn to swim and then 'drown' in the lake above the house. Of course I would do this with one or two people watching from the far bank.....Oh, there have been 5-6 drownings at this lake and they were able to recover one body due to the overgrowth of weeds around and on the lake.
05/28/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by js250
I am terrified of water over my kneecaps(running water) or thighs(swimming pools). I would secretly learn to swim and then 'drown' in the lake above the house. Of course I would do this with one or two people watching from the far ...
You have a perfect setup! And of course, everyone who knew you would corroborate your story. That's an excellent plan. You could like, plant scuba gear under the water or something, and pick it up when you went under.
05/28/2013
peachmarie peachmarie
I don't think I would fake my own death, I would just pack up and leave, tell no one i was going and just move away. It's unlikely things would ever get that bad but if they did that is my plan.
05/28/2013
Mr. John Mr. John
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I read far too many mystery novels (and watch too much crime TV), but I'd like to know how you'd go about it.

Personally, I have several contingency plans in the event that I ever need to fake my own death. Will I ever use one of them? ...
The tell tale signs:

It’s a Moonless rainy night. I’m driving North, around 3am in the morning. It is a particularly treacherous hairpin stretch along the Great Pacific Coast Highway of Northern California. This is rural land. It’s cold, wet, and windy, with not another soul to be seen. The only sound comes from the driving rain against the windshield, and the near silent screech of the tires, as they make each sliding turn. The ocean waters are crashing violently against the rocks 300 feet below, just as they have been doing for thousands of years.

Flash forward. It’s now a couple of days later, and friends are growing concerned about my absence. They were aware of my itinerary, which included an overnight stay at the TimberCove Lodge. An upscale hotel, located on the coast, overlooking the ocean.

The California Highway Patrol is notified that I am officially missing. They set-up a search route along the coastal highway, between the city of Jenner and the lodge. The officers who patrol this stretch, are quite familiar with just how dangerous it can be. That said, it does not take one of them long to find the unmistakable sign of an accident. The roadside railing of a fence is split right through. Because of the hairpin nature of the road, the officer cautiously places road flares for his own safety. Now, as the officer precariously leans over the roads edge, he can make out what appears to be a grey Porsche convertible, barely sticking out of the water. Using his binoculars, he now knows for certain. It is my Porsche. The visible license plate confirms it. But, he is unable to find me at the wheel. The top of the car is been sheared away.

It was not much of a mystery for the authorities. They were aware of the treacherous driving conditions. It’s an accident which has repeated itself too many times. If the shear drop doesn’t kill you, then the cold water will. The ocean waves are relentless, pulling any and all things out to sea. Finding remains is near impossible, now that the Great White sharks have staked claim to these waters, as their private feeding grounds.

The end, of my beginning.
05/28/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by Mr. John
The tell tale signs:

It’s a Moonless rainy night. I’m driving North, around 3am in the morning. It is a particularly treacherous hairpin stretch along the Great Pacific Coast Highway of Northern California. This is rural land. It’s cold, wet, ...
Thank you so much for getting so involved in your response! This post alone makes the thread completely worth having posted. I was worried that people would think I was a psycho, but now I officially don't care because I got story time!
05/28/2013
sunflower sunflower
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
I read far too many mystery novels (and watch too much crime TV), but I'd like to know how you'd go about it.

Personally, I have several contingency plans in the event that I ever need to fake my own death. Will I ever use one of them? ...
I would tell you but then the FBI would be on to my shit and it wouldn't work.
05/29/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. John
The tell tale signs:

It’s a Moonless rainy night. I’m driving North, around 3am in the morning. It is a particularly treacherous hairpin stretch along the Great Pacific Coast Highway of Northern California. This is rural land. It’s cold, wet, ...
Mr. John, that was EXCELLENT! That is one awesome setup & beautifully written, I might add! I agree with surreptitious, I loved the story & it is going to help the thread, no doubt.

Surreptitious, how is it you attract writers to your posts? I remember the great storyline you had going back & forth with KyotoAngel, (I think it was she), on your April Fools' review!

sunflower, I would wish them good luck, suckers, trying to figure out your mind & what you did!

js250, I'm a little scared you have it so well thought out! It sounds like a plot from a mystery thriller!
05/29/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
A kidnapping is easier to stage, with a better chance of being thought of as dead. The only way of life left afterwards is to go off the grid because of today's surveillance and identification methods.
05/29/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
Mr. John, that was EXCELLENT! That is one awesome setup & beautifully written, I might add! I agree with surreptitious, I loved the story & it is going to help the thread, no doubt.

Surreptitious, how is it you attract writers to your ...
I think it's partly because I have so many crazy stories in my head and base some of my threads off of those.

If /I'm/ coming up with crazy conspiracy theories and murder mystery novels, there has to be SOMEONE else on here doing the same.
05/29/2013
ViVix ViVix
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I read far too many mystery novels (and watch too much crime TV), but I'd like to know how you'd go about it.

Personally, I have several contingency plans in the event that I ever need to fake my own death. Will I ever use one of them? ...
I'd possibly just disappear without any of my belongings.
05/29/2013
Mr. John Mr. John
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
Thank you so much for getting so involved in your response! This post alone makes the thread completely worth having posted. I was worried that people would think I was a psycho, but now I officially don't care because I got story time!
Dear surreptitious,

Thank you for your kind comments. I think that "faking your own death" as a premise or basis for a story, offers many possibilities. I'm hopeful that other readers will offer their own short mystery story.
05/29/2013
Nezzie13 Nezzie13
My way isn't terribly dramatic, but it would stop anyone from looking for me. I'd simply fake a suicide. Everyone in my immediate family, including myself, has mental health issues, and I've been on the brink of self-harm several times. It'd be terribly cruel of me, but everyone that knows me would believe it, and in my town the authorities would be grateful for such an easy case.
05/29/2013
ImaGodiva ImaGodiva
This is so funny! I've never thought about it! Your plans are interesting. Maybe I need to be more prepared for the possibility...
05/29/2013
MrWill MrWill
I'd learn to draw my own blood, and save up enough that there is no doubt physiologically that for that much blood to be around I would have to have died.

Then, I would sling the blood everywhere in a room (probably a stone floored room... and a large room at that) and burn a body similar to mine with thermite.

there wouldn't be much left to identify (if anything) except for the blood and a human shaped pile of ash.
05/29/2013
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