Virginia Owen starved to death despite being a wealthy woman

October 29th, 2010 - 8:35 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Santo Domingo, Oct 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The grass is not always greener at the other side of the field. In the case of one woman, Virginia Owen that lesson came too late.

After the collapse of her marriage in 2006, Virginia decided to go to the Dominican Republic and meet her Mr. Right for a nice time in “paradise”. However it turned out not that way four years later. Virginia who left the United Kingdom in 2006 with £200,000 in her accounts died fours years later of starvation. Not only might that but the former Vodafone shop manageress has also died penniless.

Her family’s last minute attempt to save her failed. The family in their bid not to see another family experience the same loss decided to make the pictures of Virginia available on the Internet to warn “paradise” seeking people from falling into the same trap that Virginia fell in.

When Virginia arrived in the Dominican Republic in 2006, she was met by her Swedish lover Hans Michel Magnusson, 54 years. The couple then settled in a flat that Virginia rented. She was in constant touch with her family back in the United Kingdom until about five months ago when the mails from Virginia became offensive.

The family became alarmed and decided to look for Virginia. That was when she was found on the brink of death. When the family lodged a complaint against Hans in the Dominican Republic, he was briefly arrested and released without charge. The autopsy on her body revealed that the 48-year-old died of starvation. It also emerged that she had a liver cancer that the family did not know of.

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