Though their names may not mean much in America, Lord and Lady Lucan have an infamous place in British aristocracy. Born Richard John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan married Veronica Duncan in 1963, and it all went downhill from there. Like an upper class spin on Sid and Nancy, the couple's problems escalated from everyday arguments to their demise, all fueled by mental health issues and gambling debts.
Their volatile relationship culminated in the murder of the family's nanny on November 7, 1974. It was believed to be a case of mistaken identity. While attempting to kill his wife, Lord Lucan ended up beating their nanny, 29-year-old Sandra Rivett, to death. After the night of the crime, Lord Lucan was never seen again.
So, what happened to Lord Lucan? He remains one of the most mysterious missing person cases in the world over 40 years later, with no leads as to where he (or his body) might be. Lord Lucan sightings have been reported all over the world, from Africa to Peru, but we may never know what happened to the 7th Earl of Lucan. At least one thing is certain: his children and the child of the murdered nanny were left to pick up the pieces of two broken families.
The Lucans' Marriage Fell Apart Due To A Combination Of Gambling Debts And Depression
Lord Lucan Hatched A Plan To Kill His Wife, But Accidentally Killed Their Nanny Instead
Lord Lucan Disappeared The Night After The Murder Of Sandra Rivett
"Lucky Lucan" Was A Career Gambler
An Innocent Pet Was Allegedly A Casualty Of The Lucans' Custody Battle
Lord And Lady Lucan Had Very Different Versions Of What Happened On The Night Of The Murder