It’s been more than 41 years since Lord Lucan disappeared in 1974 following the murder of the family nanny – Ms Sandra Rivett. But this week I have received many emails from readers about the news that Lord Lucan has finally been declared dead. Again, officially and – hopefully – finally. His eldest son, George Bingham, can now claim the title and take his place in the House of Lords.
As many of you know, my second novel The Butterfly Man was based on the disappearance of Lord Lucan and imagines the twenty years beyond that fateful night in November 1974 when the man who was once Lord Lucan has settled in Tasmania. It was shortlisted, longlisted and won things. Most importantly, it continues to find friends and fans and be studied in colleges – because the mystery of Lord Lucan, and the notion of coming to terms with a past you cannot change, somehow continues to fascinate.
For further information here are some links on the latest, and possibly the last time, the previous Lord Lucan will make headlines: