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Think of the Bahamas and the visions that come to mind are gorgeous tropical islands, palm-fringed beaches and crystal-clear seas. And now you, too, could own a piece of this earthly paradise – if you happen to have the £46 million you’ll need to buy Darby Island. But beware – it has a sinister past that might be a little more than you bargained for.

That Darby Island is a secluded Bahamian idyll with the potential to be a tropical wonderland isn’t in doubt. But its derelict castle holds some secrets dating back to the Second World War that might put off even the most enthusiastic of prospective buyers. Moreover, the fate of the last man to live in the castle back in the 1940s is shrouded in mystery.

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