Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem.

Mystery of Lord Lucan and the murder of his childrens´nanny.

Having heard so much about the fighting in Lybia and the whereabouts of colonel Gadaffi on almost every news bulettin of every day for weeks, l was surprised when suddenly the news became more concerned with World Economy.

Gadaffi had still not been found , which caused me to be rather flippant and ask,,,, Is gadaffi holed up with Lord Lucan?.

Very funny to some, till l realised you really need to be British and of a certain age to even know WHO Lord Lucan is or was.

Although the handsome, debonair, gambler, was accused of murder in 1974 and declared dead in 1999, there have been as many sightings of him around the world as there have of Elvis Presley since he died.

In the 1970s it was commonplace to see cartoons in newspapers, such as 2 men standing at a bar, drinking beer, and talking about where on earth could Lord Lucan be?. Closer inspection of the cartoon would reveal the huge white smile of Lucan behind the bar serving drinks, or wearing a chef´s hat walking out of the kitchen. very funny at the time, but not so funny were the incidents that caused him to disappear.

The evening of 7th November 1974 was one of Horror for anyone at 46, Lower Belgrave Street.

Known as ´Lucky Lord Lucan´ because of his winnings and narrow escapes withserious gambling, he had been having difficulties with his marriage to Veronica, the Lady Lucan

So , leaving the fabulous 5 story house in Belgravia. (One of the most expensive districts to live in London) He moved into his own apartment. His wife, 3 children and the childrens´nanny, remained at the big house., despite the fact that Lord Lucan was fighting for custody of his 3 children.

Lady Lucan had been suffering from post natal(post partum) depression, so Lucan used this to exaggerate her mental state as being one of complete inability to take care of their children.

This was obviously not going to be a divorce without serious battles.

On the evening of 7th November, 1974, a battered, bleeding, Lady Lucan, stumbled into a bar, begging for help, as she said she had escaped from her husband who was trying to murder her.

When the police arrived at the house, there was no sign of Lord Lucan, the children, thankfully had been 2 or 3 floors higher up in the house asleep. ....But.......

The police noticed a large sack left on the floor and on opening it they beheld the ghastly sight of the battered, bloody, dead body of the childrens´nanny..

Nearby , they found a large piece of lead pipe with tape wrapped around it. This piping matched the description that Lady Lucan had given of how the object felt as it reigned blows down on her head.

It had been dark, she said and the man came from behind but she swore that the words ´´shut up!´´ came from the voice of her husband.

Could there have been any reason for the murder of the nanny?. It certainly was dark, since the police had to use flashlights being unable to find a light in the room. Also, the childrens nanny was 5ft 2 ins exactly the same height as Lady Lucan and only one dress size different.

Lord Lucan could easily have mistaken the young woman for his wife, especially when you find out that Thursday was always the nannys´night off.

Lord Lucan was not expecting the nanny to be at home, just his wife........

Logic then implies that Lucan had intended to kill his wife. He must have been in shock when Veronica appeared after he´d bagged up what he thought was her dead body.!!!!!

Lord and Lady Lucan with one of their little girls at home, in their garden.
Lord and Lady Lucan with one of their little girls at home, in their garden.

The stories of what happened next, vary greatly, from rumours that he´d committed suicide, though no body or suicide note were ever found......to rumoursof friends helping him to get out of the country , where he has managed to live out his life in disguise.. Who Knows???

Only one good thing struck me about this case back in the 1970s, there were never any pictures of the children or interviews asking them what they saw or heard etc.,

The poor things would have been traumatised at the knowledge of their dad attemting to kill their mum , plus small British children of wealth and privelage always have a beautiful closeness and love for their nannies..

Therefore it seemed to me at the time, that far from being mentally ill, Lady Lucan was a good mother , who protected her children from unwanted publicity. They grew up with a loving extended family.

As for Lucan , himself, it is still a mystery. Where did he go?

If he is alive today he would be 77 years old. (born 18th December 1934)

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jperry106 5 years ago from Castle Hayne NC

Very interesting


jenubouka 5 years ago

That IS very interesting, I have not heard of this story before, where are the mother and children now? It would be interesting to hear what they think happened to him


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hello lperry106. Thank you for reading.

l´m glad you found it interesting.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi jenubouka.!!!!!

It was a fascinating story for years and years , here in Britain.

You can google a site called The official site of the Countess of Lucan which is up to date.

Thank you for reading my own memories of the mystery/tragedy...


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

If planned right, I truly believe criminals can hide from justice for years upon years, they may eventually get caught or wind up dead themselves somewhere. But honestly, it wouldn't surprise me at all if Lord Lucan successfully beat the odds of capture and being charged for that brutal murder and is enjoying his life in disguise still in the lap of luxury but carefully hiding his true identity.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

funny you should say that, Saddlerider.

He was a member of the titled British Aristocracy.

There would have been an abundance of people in high places who may have helped him.

At the time there was at least one friend who admitted he had visited her on the night in question and she believed his story of an intruder ...........????????


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LuxmiH 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

Hmmm very interesting mystery and nicely written. A good read. Thanks


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

yes it was an interesting event. Thank you for reading.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Dim, the Lord Lucan mystery is certainly a fasinating one, he could well be out there somewhere...

Well written, I thorougly enjoyed reading and voting up.

Thank you for sharing.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you , Movie Master. l guess we´ll never know now. It was so long ago.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Dim, I don't remember this case from the 70's. A 60 minutes program last Sunday, told of an American convicted escaped prisoner, remained at large for forty years. Very interesting tale.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Amazing isn´t it, how people with the right connections can literally get away with murder.!!!!!!

Lady Lucan or The Countess of Lucan as she is known now, has her own website, if you want to read more.


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singlmomat52 5 years ago

Wow I never knew this Dim!! Very interesting hub, and yes you are right it is funny how people have and will get away with murder. BUT, it will catch with them in the end as you and I well know!! Thank you for sharing!! Blessings!! xxxxxxx


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks for reading, singlmom.....

Hope you are well theses days.

Take care. God bless.


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scarytaff 5 years ago from South Wales

Another great mystery. I love them. I remember the case very well, Dim. Thanks for reminding me.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hello scarytaff, Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

l can´t help wondering for your nom de plume has anything to do with being Welsh. My husband can sometimes appear to be a scary taffy but he´s a big softy really.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Even the high and mighty are occasionally brought to grief through domestic disturbances that become public knowledge. Lord Lucan appears like he was still affecting the Victorian look with the attitude and 'stache. Yep, the press n such still had some ethics as concerns children back then. My guess Dim? Lord Lucans' just fine and dandy.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Alastar.,

l´ve also always thought he´d have managed to find a cosy mansion or two till he decided on the safest place to ejoy his old age.

Thank you for commenting.


Lady_Tenaz 5 years ago

This was absolutely captivating from the beginning to end. You told it well and what a story it was. What a piece of "you know what!" this guy was...I hope that if he is really out there somewhere alive, you and I both know that one day he will have to account for all he has done with GOD and that will be a judgment he cannot evade. HUGS to you...you awesome writer you!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Wow!!!! Thank you for such high praise.

I remember the story so well, He´s mostly forgotten now, except perhaps by the people who´ve been hiding him all these years. he´d be 77 yrs old now if still around.

Glad you enjoyed reading it.

Take care. x


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TToombs08 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Awesome work! Without works like yours, some cases would just slowly fade and be forgotten. Excellent presentation, captivating read. :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Very kind of you to comment in this way. Glad you enjoyed the story. l often wonder about him.????


Joskin 4 years ago

I personally came face to face with Lord Lucan in 1982. My book comes out early next year. Thev whole of my experience with the situation is now ready for publication. I did find him but was warned to drop it until certain people had made their transition.

Interested? I may be contacted via rayjones14@hotmail.com who will forward details to me.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Wow! l look forward to your book...!!!!!

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


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Diana Grant 4 years ago from London

I knew this story well, and started writing an article about it, on Squidoo, about mysteries, but then dropped the idea, so I was pleased to see your article.

By the way, did you know that under English law, if someone has been missing for six years or more (or less in certain circumstances), the heirs can apply to Court for a Declaration that the person is Missing, Declared Dead. This enables the person's heirs to claim the estate, and I believe Lord Lucan's son obtained such a declaration, in order to become the next Lord Lucan.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Yes, you´re right. I remember Lady Lucan going to court to make sure her son could officially be the present Lord Lucan.

Thank you for reading and leaving me a comment.

Take care.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well we all love a good mystery and a good story - so my dear friend , without further adieu, I will post this madly and gladly to our new FB group Let's just talk music or cinema - with a direct link back here - because this reads like a good movie in the making and your hubs are always music to my ears anyway - sending you warm wishes and good energy - lake erie time 2:08pm


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

hello epi man,

Hope you are well today. Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for reading and leaving a great comment.

Take care.

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