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Florida Keys has a ‘deadly’ reputation

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MIAMI — Some people come to the Florida Keys to dive the coral reefs or fish for tarpon. Others come to party in Key West. And then there are a desperate few who come to the subtropical island chain for a more sinister activity: faking their own deaths.

“We’ve had so many over the years,” Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said. “The underlying reason usually is a bankruptcy, a divorce, an imminent arrest or the feds coming down on them.”

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