Claims Lord Lucan was 'killed by friends and buried in Switzerland'
A novelist has claimed that Lord Lucan was killed 'mafia-style' in Switzerland by his gambling circle, who feared they would be found out for helping him escape to the country.
The aristocrat disappeared in 1974 after allegedly murdering his children's nanny, Sandra Rivett and beating his wife Veronica Mary Duncan at their family home in England.
The Daily Mirror reports that novelist Peter James said Lucan's friends were concerned the debt-ridden peer would lead authorities straight to them as he repeatedly tried to contact his children.
James, who claims to have contact with the peer's former circle, says Lord Lucan, born Richard John Bingham in 1934, was hid in a chateau near Montreux.
According to the paper, Mr James told the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival that friends, including most likely the late John Aspinall, “panicked and thought they were done for.
They had him bumped off in Switzerland, Mafia-style, and the body buried."
In February 2016, Lucan's son, Lord Bingham, was able to inherit the title as 8th Earl asLord Lucan's death certificate was finally issued, 42 years after his disappearance.
Montreux Image: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger