From the outside, anyone would have been forgiven for thinking that John Bingham, the Seventh Earl of Lucan, had it all. He drove around in expensive cars, jetted out of town on private planes and gambled the nights away, after all. But beneath the surface, the father of three’s life was not as it seemed – and his perfect façade was about to come crashing down in the most horrifying of ways.
You see, on a cold November night in 1974, the simmering tensions masked by Bingham’s pretense of a happy life came to a bloody climax. Lord Lucan – as he was widely known – emerged from the shadows of his ex-wife’s home, having bludgeoned her new nanny to death. And while, thankfully, Bingham’s former spouse managed to escape the attack alive, her estranged husband had disappeared into the night by the time that the police arrived.
Richard John Bingham entered the world in December 1934 as the son of the Sixth Earl of Lucan, George Bingham. And the young Bingham would inherit his father’s title one day, although first he would have to survive World War Two. During the conflict, he and his oldest sister, Jane, found refuge in Wales before moving to North America with their younger siblings, Sally and Hugh.