Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lord Lucan Has Been Dead for Years, His Wife Insists; DETECTIVE'S CLAIM THAT PEER FLED TO LIVE HIPPY LIFE IN GOA 'UTTERLY ABSURD'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lord Lucan Has Been Dead for Years, His Wife Insists; DETECTIVE'S CLAIM THAT PEER FLED TO LIVE HIPPY LIFE IN GOA 'UTTERLY ABSURD'

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Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA

THE WIFE of Lord Lucan has denounced as "utterly absurd" claims by a former Scotland Yard detective that he has unearthed proof that the missing peer lived his last 20 years in India.

Lady Lucan, whose husband's disappearance in 1974 after the murder of their children's nanny sparked a massive police search, dismissed photographs said to be of the runaway earl in his dotage.

The latest claims in the saga of the missing aristocrat, who was declared dead in 1999, come in a new book, published today by a former drug squad detective.

Duncan MacLaughlin claims he was alerted to the fate of Lord Lucan by a small-time former drug dealer who claimed to have met the peer in the resort of Goa on India's west coast.

But Lady Lucan insists that her husband had been dead for years. "It is just absurd," she told the Standard. "There is no way there is any truth in this.

"I am saying this for free because I want to inform people of the facts.

Other people say things to make a fast buck."

Lady Lucan, now in her sixties, is certain her husband committed suicide shortly after he disappeared.

"Mr MacLaughlin emailed me months ago," she said. "He's been trying to flog this for a long time. I told him if he would send me the photographs, I could give my considered opinion but he refused.

"But now that I have seen them, I can tell you it is not my husband. It is utterly absurd."

Lady Lucan also denied Mr MacLaughlin's claim that her husband had no earlobes - and pointed out that no forensic expert had yet offered positive proof that the man pictured was her husband.

Mr MacLaughlin's book, Dead Lucky - Lord Lucan: The Final Truth, alleges that the peer settled in 1975 in a hippy commune in the Goan shanty town of Ximera, where he lived until his death in 1996. He was known as Jungle Barry because of his frequent expeditions into the local jungle.

Pictures of the supposed Lucan in his later years show a heavily bearded man with beetling brows.

According to Mr MacLaughlin, many Goans who knew him were stunned when shown pictures of Lucan in his youth. …

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