A woman has shared the bizarre tale of how her ex-boyfriend faked his own death.
It sounds like a plot straight out of an Agatha Christie novel.
A woman is told her ex-boyfriend has died and grieves the loss, only to come across him a few years later, very much alive and working in a local restaurant.
This utterly unbelievable scenario is one that an Australian woman known only as Rachel is said to have found herself in.
The young woman recently opened up to ABC.net.au about the bizarre situation she experienced with her former flame.
Rachel was just 18-years-old when she started dating a chef from her local pub.
The relationship seemed like any other teenage romance and she described him as being “really nice”.
However things took a bit of a turn when her boyfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lost his job and asked to borrow hundreds of pounds from her to live on.
He paid some of the money back, but when they broke up a few months later, she claims he refused to pay the rest and stopped replying to her messages.
Things got stranger when his friends informed her that furniture had started going missing from his houseshare.
“Furniture was gone, bed was gone, everything was gone,” explains Rachel. “The initial story was he’d gone to rehab in Queensland.”
She wasn’t completely convinced by this, but before she had time to investigate, her ex’s mum messaged her to say her son had died.
“It sounds stupid in retrospect, but you don’t have any reason to question it. If I called you and told you my mum had died, you wouldn’t be like, ‘give me a death certificate’.”
Rachel grieved the loss “in her own way” and eventually moved on.
Then two years later, the whole story unravelled.
While back in her home town with a friend, she stopped by a restaurant where she was stunned to discover her ex-boyfriend, very much alive and working there.
“I just went into shock,” she recalls.
But before she could confront him about it all, Rachel was asked to leave the restaurant.
Unsure of the best course of action, she decided to talk to the police.
However they weren’t able to help as they said it was “her word against his”.
Later that same night, her ex’s mother got in contact once again, this time to complain that Rachel had caused a scene at the restaurant and gotten her son fired.
The whole saga left the poor woman reeling and to this day there’s still so much she doesn’t understand about it all.
Her biggest wish is that she could have had a chance to sit down with him properly and talk it through.
“I would have had questions,” she adds. “One or two.”