By Laura Thompson
On 7 November 1974, a nanny named Sandra Rivett was once bludgeoned to loss of life in a Belgravia basement. A moment lady, Veronica, Countess of Lucan, used to be additionally attacked. the fellow named in court docket as wrongdoer of those crimes, Richard John Bingham, seventh Earl of Lucan, disappeared within the early hours of the subsequent morning. The case, solved within the eyes of the legislation, has retained its fascination ever since.
Laura Thompson, acclaimed biographer of Agatha Christie, narrates the tale that led as much as that cataclysmic occasion, and attracts on her substantial forensic abilities to re-evaluate the prospective truths in the back of one among postwar Britain's such a lot infamous murders. a distinct classification OF homicide is a portrait of an period, of a rare solid of characters, of a secret, of a contemporary fable. half social heritage, half detective tale, it tells in masterly kind one of many nice stories of our collective residing memory.
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Berkeley Square, where the club stands, belongs to a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund. , which handled the Lucan family trust, is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, whose hapless fiddlings in the global financial markets were revealed in 2008. By 1974, the year of the Lucan murder case, it was perfectly clear that Britain no longer belonged to the aristocracy. It had been clear for years, in fact, but now the signs were positively blazing, to those who wished to see them. 6 Crockfords gambling club established an ‘Arab Room’, for the people who were actually spending proper money.
1 Two weeks after the murder, this letter was published in a newspaper: The ordinary people of this country are accustomed to being told how lazy and greedy they have become and how they must make greater sacrifices. 2 Them and Us, that great British theme, had found in the Lucan case a perfect conduit for its own expression. From the first, therefore, it has been almost impossible to question the Lucan myth without questioning the political orthodoxy that lay behind it. To suggest that the case might be a more nuanced business than it was perceived to be, that an earl is not evil merely because he is an earl, is a dangerous business.
Bingham had paid his addresses to her Ladyship before Mr. Howard had, that she was extremely attached to Mr. , and that a considerable time after her marriage with Mr. H. this unhappy attachment was again revived’. Lord Howard was awarded £1,000 in damages, but of course the defence could afford to pay. Bingham’s family owned thousands of acres in Mayo; Elizabeth brought to the marriage an estate in Macclesfield. They could also afford to brazen out the shame. It was not forgotten, but it was absorbed into the sheer scale on which they lived.