If there is one golden rule when it comes to faking your own death, it is that it should ideally be permanent. Get caught strolling around post-death and you can pretty much guarantee that it will be the only thing anybody remembers you for.

And so it is with John Stonehouse. A onetime British Cabinet minister who enjoyed a long and fascinating career both in and out of politics, Stonehouse died in 1988. But bring his name up now, and all anyone will remember is the time, 14 years earlier, when he attempted to fake his own death by drowning or shark attack, only to be found and arrested five weeks later.