Lord and Lady Lucan

Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, commonly known as Lord Lucan, was a British peer who disappeared after being suspected of the murder of the family nanny. He was an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, the eldest son of George Bingham, 6th Earl of Lucan by his mother Kaitlin Dawson.

In November of 1974, a 39-year-old Lord Lucan vanished. He had left behind the bloody, gruesome mess of his children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett.

People knew Lucan as this quiet man until Thursday, November 7, 1974. That same evening, after being at the gambling lounge, Sandra Rivett was bludgeoned to death with a lead pipe in Lucan’s basement. Lucan believed he had killed Lady Lucan, but he was mistaken when she went into the kitchen to get tea. After killing Rivett, he attacked Lady Lucan and escaped.

Fleeing his home, he went to Sussex to a friend’s home, sent some letters, and left again. The following day, his blood-stained car was found abandoned at the Newhaven, East Sussex port. From there, the trail went cold.

Lord Lucan and Nanny Sandra Rivett

The most successful detectives from Scotland Yard still had no idea where Lucan went; the mystery is still talked about today. With the body of Lucan still not found comes the countless conspiracy theories as to what may have happened to him.

Many believe he skipped the country and lived abroad undercover for the rest of his life. Even today, there have been many sightings of Richard John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, reported around the world. He’s apparently been seen in Africa, India, and New Zealand, however, none of those rumors of his sighting can be proven.

Two stockbrokers known as Stephen Raphael and Philippe Marcq knew Lord Lucan quite well from their Mayfair gaming club. Raphael was one of Lucan’s closest friends as well. Raphael has a different story to tell about how Lucan really disappeared.

Marcq claims Raphael told him that after Lucan committed the murder, he had traveled to a private zoo in Kent that was owned by his close friend John Aspinall, the founder of the Clermont Club.

At the zoo, he and other friends had discussed what would happen in the future for Lucan; they told him that what he did would mean he couldn’t talk to his children ever again. The reason Lucan had tried killing his wife was that he and his wife were in a constant custody battle, and he wanted full custody.

As a result, Lucan’s friends told him he ought to disappear for good. Without a body or even proof of death, the law and probate would not be able to grant his estate for at least seven years.

While Lucan thought that his friends meant hop a plane and skip the country, they had other plans in mind. They had given him a pistol and from there, Lucan went to another room and shot himself. Not wanting to have the body discovered, the friends had a solution. Marcq said that Lucan’s body was fed to one of Aspinall’s tigers. Although it was gruesome, it was an effective way to dispose of the corpse. Read More

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