Sensational new claims have been made which may solve one of Britain’s longest running mysteries, the story behind Lord Lucan’s disappearance and the death of his children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett.
Made by an ex-Flying Squad officer working at the time of the death of Rivett, it is alleged that that the 7th Earl of Lucan, Richard Bingham, who vanished without trace in 1974 paid a hit man to kill his wife. It is alleged that the hit man was none other than one of the world’s best loved actors turned politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it is further alleged that Ms Rivett was killed in error in the bungled murder attempt.
Police investigating at the time ruled out a professional ‘hit’ due to the fact the nanny was bludgeoned to death by an iron bar wrapped in surgical tape. Investigating officers felt that such a weapon would be unlikely to have been used by a professional killer. But for ultra- strong body builder Schwarzenegger it was the obvious weapon of choice.
It was also a weapon he used to terrify London gamblers who owed debts from unlucky nights at casinos whilst working in London as a debt collector. He wrapped the iron bar in surgical tape to get more traction when using it as a cosh and sometimes put a sock over it to use it as a truncheon. The weapon was found in the hall of Lucan’s swanky home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street where pretty nanny 29 year-old Sandra Rivett was found murdered with appalling head wounds and stuffed in a US mailbag on the night of 14th November 1974.
Schwarzenegger first came to London in the early Seventies to work on perfecting his physique. He has revealed he had taken steroids from a young age.The Forest Hill area of London was where he chose to live due to the close proximity of the many gyms used by body builders. He was also known to carry his toiletries and weight training gear in a US mailbag.
In November 1974 Lucan was in a desperate state. An obsessive gambler, he owed many thousands of pounds in gaming debts. He was also going through a messy divorce and was becoming increasingly worried about his children, the custody of which had been given to his wife.
He had also been having an affair with the wife of an old chum, Ian Maxwell -Scott, and was very much in love with Susan. It seemed the only answer to all the problems would be to get rid of his wife permanently.This would allow his relationship with Susan Maxwell- Scott to flourish and for him to regain custody of his children and the house in Lower Belgrave Street, which he had plans to sell to enable him to become solvent once more.
The thought of bankruptcy was, to the Eton educated peer, not an option, due to the public humiliation it would bring on him.
The current holder of the Mr Universe title, Schwarzenegger, was also strapped for cash. He wanted to promote his career in the United States but this required a Green Card to be able to reside and work there and they were not easy to come by.
Both Lucan and Schwarzenegger knew each of each other through gambling circles and the perfect solution seemed to be that in return for the Earl sorting him out a Green Card through his contacts he would kill Lady Lucan.
The plan went horribly wrong. Sandra Rivett was not expected to be on duty and was allegedly killed in error. Lucan emerged from hiding in the house to face his wife who was coming down the stairs to investigate the commotion. In blind panic he tried to kill her and despite being covered in blood, she escaped and raised the alarm stating that her husband had tried to kill her.
Schwarzenegger was waiting in the car they planned to set alight after Lady Lucan’s death thus eradicating all evidence of the murder and they drove to the Maxwell-Scott’s house in Uckfield in East Sussex.
The only witness to the attack on Rivett was Lucan, and the muscle bound weight lifter couldn’t afford to allow the real story to come out. His career would be destroyed and he could look forward to a long time detained at her Majesty’s pleasure. Lucan was near hysterical and could not be trusted to keep quiet.
Susan Maxwell-Scott was the last person to see and speak to the distressed Earl.
In a cold and callous attack Schwarzenegger allegedly drove away from Uckfield and then murdered Lucan and dumped his body in the site chosen to hide the remains of Lady Lucan after her murder. The terrified muscle man then drove the car to Whitehaven to catch a ferry out of the country.
The car was finally found by police near to the ferry terminal and Schwarzenegger went on to prosper both as a Hollywood actor and later as the Governor of California.
Lord Lucan has never been found despite unverified sightings around the world. He was presumed dead on 11th December 1992 and pronounced legally dead in October 1999.
In September 2010, Giovanni Di Stefano,known as the ‘Devil’s Advocate’, wrote to the Metropolitan Police askingif a Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger was ever interviewed or considered a suspect or mentioned in any of the enquiry papers.
The Met replied in January 2011: “The Metropolitan Police neither confirms nor denies that the Metropolitan Police holds the information that you have requested.”
Di Stefano comments “A denial to the allegations was expected but the inability to deny or confirm the information by the Metropolitan Police was most revealing and may lead to certain presumptions. We are after-all, talking about the ex-Governor of California and a rich and famous movie star being involved in murder.”
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