Margaret Cooper had met her husband, Alex, many years ago, and they had been married for 35 years.
Everything was fine until one day Mr. Cooper didn’t come home from work. The search for him ended in vain.
When the woman decided to reclaim her previous last name, it was discovered that the name Alex Cooper was fictitious.
Behind it all, there was a completely different person hidden for all these years.
Alex had gone to work with his car, and the next day, the car was found outside of town.
He had left all his belongings in the car, but there were no traces of a person nearby.
There was a rather turbulent river flowing nearby, and there were fishing tools in the car.
Authorities speculated that the man might have been swept away by the current and canceled the search.
A year had passed since the event, and Margaret decided to revert to her previous name in the documents.
Gradually, the puzzle started to clear up for Margaret. The unknown man had assumed a false name and surname,
after which he produced documents for a new identity. With this name, he met Margaret and then lived with her for 35 years.
The story of the disappearance and the attempt to uncover the true identity of Alex Cooper was featured by a Canadian national channel in 1991.
The day after the broadcast, a man called the newsroom and claimed to have recognized his neighbor.
The man who pretended to be Mr. Cooper was found at the specified address. His real name was Albin Arsene Arsenault.
He had been accused of robbing a bank in 1948, after which he had fled and created new documents.
Under the new name, Albin had married Margaret. But then it was time to renew his driver’s license.
That’s when everything would have been revealed. So, the man decided to disappear again.
Eventually, Albin returned to Margaret, and after some time, his wife forgave him.
“Alex’s” children still tell this story in numerous interviews and TV programs to this day.