Lord Lucan's wife found dead inside Belgravia house where missing aristocrat tried to murder her more than 40 years ...
The wife of Lord Lucan has been found dead inside the house where the missing aristocrat tried to kill her more than four decades ago.
The body of Lady Lucan, 80, was found by police who forced entry into the property in Belgravia, central London, yesterday after concerns were raised.
Veronica, the Dowager Countess of Lucan, had been reported missing by a friend after she failed to appear for her daily walk in Green Park.
Her death, which is being treated as unexplained, was confirmed by her son, George Bingham last night.
Bingham, who took his father's title last year, told the Daily Mail : "She passed away yesterday at home, alone and apparently peacefully.
"Police were alerted by a companion to a th ree-day absence and made entry today."
Lady Lucan spent half of her life at the heart of Britain's most gripping murder mystery.
The wife of John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, was one of the last people to see her husband alive before he disappeared on the night of November 7, 1974.
Lucan vanished after bludgeoning nanny Sandra Rivett to death in the mistaken belief that she was his wife.
Earlier this year, Lady Lucan revealed how she pleaded with her husband not to kill her after the murder of their children's nanny in the basement of their home.
In an electrifying new book, serialised in the Daily Mail , Lady Lucan recalled how she was hit on the head four times as she looked for Sandra on that fateful night.
She described how she had started to move towards the cloakroom when someone r ushed out and struck her. A voice then said "shut up".
"I just had time to register that the man was my husband when he thrust three gloved fingers down my throat," Lady Lucan revealed.Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
"At this point, I started fighting back in earnest, but he switched tactics â" trying to strangle me and then to gouge out my eyes. I gasped: 'Please don't kill me, John!'"
She added of the moments after the attack: "I remember looking at the front door â" and realising I'd never make it. 'I'm 37, too young to die,' I thought."
Sandra, 29, was beaten to dea th with a piece of lead piping.
She died after the Earl allegedly mistook her for the Countess - with whom he was locked in a custody battle over their three children.
Lady Lucan said she was only able to escape her own attack after she hooked one of her legs around the balustrade after falling into the basement doorway.
She 'clawed at his genitals', causing Lord Lucan to step back and leaving her sitting in between his legs.
In an attempt to calm herself, she then asked for some water.
The pair went into the downstairs cloakroom so she could have a drink, when she asked him about Sandra.
He allegedly replied that she was dead and not to look.
Lady Lucan revealed in A Moment in Time that she played along with it - even asking him what they should do with the body.
After moanin g that he'd go to the high-security Broadmoor Hospital for his attack, Lord Lucan reportedly asked if she had any sleeping pills and the pair retired to the bedroom.
But as her husband went into the bathroom to get a cloth to clean her wounds, a bloodied Lady Lucan managed to run to a nearby pub, crying for help and bellowing that she had escaped being murdered, according to the book.
Lord Lucan then vanished - and has not been seen since.
Theories put forward as to how Lord Lucan died have included that he was kidnapped by the IRA, or that he shot himself dead and was then fed to tigers in a zoo in Kent owned by his friend, the late John Aspinall.
Speaking in 2013, Lady Lucan said: âI believe my late husband committed suicide shortly after the murder of Sandra, most probably by bravely throwing himself on to the propellers of a ship in mid-Channel, hoping that his remains would be irrecoverable so that death duties would not be immediately payable as the childrenâs education had not been secured."
She added: âMy husband committed suicide because he was an honourable man. Of course, I have learned to forgive.â
After guarding her secrets for 40 years, Lady Lucan also opens up about her husband's reckless lifestyle, the debts he owed and the bitter custody battle they endured over their kids â" which he lost just days before the murder of Sandra.
The Mirror reported last year how Sandra's son believes she was murdered by a hitman - and has vowed to solve the mystery.
Neil Berriman claims his mother never recognised the person who battered her to death despite getting a good look at him.
Lord Lucan was pronou nced dead at the High Court last February.
- A Moment In Time by the Countess of Lucan will be published later this year
Theories surrounding Lord Lucan's disappearance