Starved of Everything but Luxury!

Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner includes the line "Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink!" to evoke the torment of Tantalus that was visited on the eponymous anti-hero for killing an albatross. It seems a similar punishment may have befallen two fugitives from justice after they starved to death on board the luxury yacht they stole to escape in.

Peter Clarke and Sharon Arthurs-Chegini went on the run in the last weeks of 2005 after being charged and bailed for theft and fraud. Dubbed a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde", the pair had previously enjoyed a "champagne and cocaine lifestyle", according to Ms Chegini's step-daughter, before one of Clarke's schemes, claiming to be refurbishing a Devon hotel - to include a heliport among other extravagances - so as to serve the celebrity elite, came crashing down. Clarke and Chegini had thrown lavish parties to separate potential investors from hundreds of thousands of pounds, but were caught trying to sneak out of their hotel without settling the £1000 bill and placed under arrest. When Clarke was unable to settle the debt, he and Sharon jumped bail and stole a yacht, only to sail it a scant 25 miles round the coast of England before being caught and charged with its theft. This time when the ran, they made a better job of it, finally making their way to Portugal in May 2006, where they stole another yacht and sailed it out to sea.

They were not seen again until September of that year, when the yacht was spotted drifting off the coast of Senegal, storm-damaged and with a torn sail. On board were the badly decomposed bodies of Clarke and Chegini, along with Chegini's diary, in which she detailed how they had not eaten for weeks and had only urine mixed with sea-water to drink. In her entry for June 19th, Sharon wrote "I dream of my mum’s steak and kidney pie, steak pie and sausage and mash" (Telegraph).
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Thu Jul 23, 2009
     Category: Boats | Crime | Death | Frauds, Cons and Scams | Body Fluids

wow that's a truely horrible way to die. great lede in dumbfounded, i didn't know the origin of that saying. they weren't as bad of people as they could have been. otherwise rescuers would have found one survivor and one stripped corpse like the movie 'alive' or the donner party. :sick:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/23/09 at 08:08 PM
hey, just noticed, her dad called him 'an absolute rotter' and by the end i guess he was!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/23/09 at 08:18 PM
if they were that smart perhaps they could have made a living some other way rather than stealing. then they woukd not have ended up there at all. 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/26/09 at 04:41 PM
Well that was tastefully done, 'julianna'. :roll:
Posted by Dumbfounded on 08/14/09 at 11:36 AM
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