Three cards from the murder mystery game Cluedo have been found in Lord Lucan’s abandoned car by police investigating the murder of his nanny, it has been claimed.
The Earl fled in 1974, after 29-year-old Sandra Rivett was found dead at his London home, after being bludgeoned with a lead pipe.
Rivett’s body was discovered in the basement kitchen of the Eton-educated aristocrat’s home in Belgravia, where his estranged wife Veronica also accused him of brutally attacking her in the same way.
The murder – and the whereabouts of British peer named Richard John Bingham – have been a matter of mystery ever since, with supposed sightings of him reported across the world for decades.
While Lord Lucan was declared legally dead in 1999, his body was never found and Scotland Yard is said to have conducted a cold examination into Rivett’s murder in 2004.
Now the Daily Mail reports that officers investigating the case discovered three Cluedo cards – depicting the character Colonel Mustard, a lead pipe gun and the fictional location of ‘the hall’ murder – in the trunk of Lord Lucan’s abandoned car in Newhaven, East Sussex.
Citing sources with knowledge of the Metropolitan Police examination in 2004, the newspaper claims all three cards were missing from a Cluedo set recovered from Lucan’s home.
According to a 2002 report given to Nanny Rivett’s son, Neil Berriman, quoted by the Mail.
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The allegations will fuel speculation over whether the cards were deliberately left as a boast, as clues for the police to follow, or were planted there in an attempt to frame him.
“If Lucan left the Cluedo cards, it makes me think everything was pre-planned,” a former investigator told the Mail, adding: “It’s interesting. It’s strange. The more you think about it, the more implications it has.
It is also claimed that during the 2004 review, during which hundreds of pieces of evidence were reassessed by detectives and forensic experts, police questioned a woman who claimed she had been introduced to Lord Lucan by members of his entourage in a villa in Portugal. Algarve after the murder.
However, Scotland Yard says it has ruled out following suit as it would be too expensive.
“She was adamant she was introduced to him within weeks or months of the murder,” a source told the newspaper. “Was it authentic, was it believable? It was definitely a potentially important lead that needed more work.
“Who invited her to the party?” Who else was there? Who could corroborate what she alleged?