The riveting true story of Lord Lucan- the British aristocrat who killed his maid and disappeared..

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The riveting true story of Lord Lucan- the British aristocrat who killed his maid and disappeared..

Post by clutchcargo » Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:59 pm

There have been unconfirmed reports that Lord Lucan (aka Richard John Bingham) may be in Cambodia.. :whip: :shock:

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In 1974, Britain was captivated by the brutal murder of a nanny, named Sandra Rivett, and the disappearance of the main suspect, Lord Lucan. He was never seen again but was formally found guilty a year later. In the years since, he’s been spotted more than 70 times, but none of the sightings have held up under scrutiny. In January, Rivett’s son claimed he found Lord Lucan in an unnamed city in Australia.

Lucan was, according to The New York Times, a “dashing British aristocrat and army officer, known for his prowess at backgammon and bridge and his fondness for vodka martinis, powerboats, and Aston Martin cars.”

Here’s the full story, in photos.

At 9 p.m., on November 7, 1974, a 29-year-old nanny named Sandra Rivettt descended into the dark basement of an apartment in Belgravia, London. She never walked out.
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At about 10 p.m. a different bleeding woman burst into a nearby pub, called The Plumbers Arms, screaming for help.
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“Help, help me,” she said. “I have just escaped from a murderer. He’s in my house. He’s murdered the nanny.”

The bleeding woman was Veronica Lucan. She had gone down into the basement, looking for Rivett, wondering why her cup of tea was taking so long.
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The man she called a murderer was her estranged husband, born Richard John Bingham, but known as Lord Lucan, or the seventh earl of Lucan. Image

Veronica and Lucan’s relationship started out happily. In 1963, 11 years before the murder, Veronica and Lucan met at a golfing event. By the end of the year, they were married.
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But things didn’t work out in the intervening years.
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Lucan first worked as a banker, but after he won 10 times his salary in an evening of baccarat, he became a professional gambler. Every night, Lucan gambled at the Clermont Club, while Veronica was expected to sit in a women’s area called the “widow’s bench.” His big win had earned him the nickname “Lucky,” but money was a problem. His luck didn’t last, and by the time of the murder, he owed about $US60,000.

Veronica also resented the evening routine and suffered from depression.
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According to The Guardian, she told ITV that he beat her with a cane to get the “mad ideas out of your head.” But they were measured blows, she said, and spiced up their love life.

By 1972, Lucan had moved out. But he was worried he would lose access to his children. Image

Veronica maintained Lucan had meant to kill her, and accidentally killed Rivett in the dark. Image
Down in the basement, she, too, had been bludgeoned over the head with a lead pipe. But she escaped by grabbing his testicles and squeezing.

Even though Lucan wasn’t found, an official inquest in 1975 confirmed he had killed Rivett. Image

What kept this true-crime mystery in the international psyche for decades were the theories of what happened to Lucan. Many suspected he was still alive, but no one could be sure.
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Full story: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/lord ... ett-2020-2
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Re: The riveting true story of Lord Lucan- the British aristocrat who killed his maid and disappeared..

Post by bossho » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:19 pm

interesting piece Mr Clutch, anything substantial re: the unconfirmed reports of this fella here in the KOW?
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Re: The riveting true story of Lord Lucan- the British aristocrat who killed his maid and disappeared..

Post by clutchcargo » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:25 pm

bossho wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:19 pm
interesting piece Mr Clutch, anything substantial re: the unconfirmed reports of this fella here in the KOW?
Well, now that you ask, there's a certain member here that uses his handle and pic but what would I know? hehe :hattip:
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Post by bossho » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:40 pm

that's good humor Mr Clutch, I always thought he was using that name from this guy here who appears to have contributed a lot to the KOW: https://www.iom.int/jahia/webdav/shared ... ingham.htm
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Re: The riveting true story of Lord Lucan- the British aristocrat who killed his maid and disappeared..

Post by Alex » Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:29 pm

In reality, Veronica killed them both for having an affair, disposed of his body and framed him for murder. Seems to have worked well, people are still out looking for him.
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Re: The riveting true story of Lord Lucan- the British aristocrat who killed his maid and disappeared..

Post by Spigzy » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:47 am

Alex wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:29 pm
In reality, Veronica killed them both for having an affair, disposed of his body and framed him for murder. Seems to have worked well, people are still out looking for him.
Not so elementary my dear Watson.
Ranson, Roy; Strange, Robert (1994), Looking for Lucan, Smith Gryphon Limited, ISBN 978-1-85685-069-8 - Wikipedia, must be true wrote:Lucan drove the Ford Corsair 42 miles (68 km) to Uckfield, in East Sussex, to visit his friends, the Maxwell-Scotts. Susan Maxwell-Scott's meeting with Lucan was his last confirmed sighting
Quite hard to drive 42 miles when you've been murdered. Or are you suggesting Susan Maxwell-Scott was "in on it" with Veronica?! :shock:
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Re: The riveting true story of Lord Lucan- the British aristocrat who killed his maid and disappeared..

Post by Spigzy » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:49 am

Almost forgot - the latest is that he's in Australia; I thought the OP kicked off this thread on the back of this recent news, but didn't see it linked ...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ralia.html
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Re: The riveting true story of Lord Lucan- the British aristocrat who killed his maid and disappeared..

Post by clutchcargo » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:05 am

^^^^^^^^^^^^
Those developments were in the original OP post link. Full story: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/lord ... ett-2020-2

I gave an abridged version for the sake of brevity as the post was already quite long :hattip:

Will be interesting to hear the outcome of the latest investigation..
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