An artistocratic murder mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes has been resolved after 40 years by Aamna Mohdin

In 1974, Richard John Bingham, also known as Lord Lucan, vanished shortly after Sandra Rivett, nanny to his three children, was bludgeoned to death in ritzy Mayfair in London. Her attacker had also beat Lucan’s estranged wife, Lady Lucan, but she managed to escape. She reportedly ran to a local pub, covered in blood, screaming:

Help me, help me. I have just escaped from a murderer. He’s in my house. He’s murdered the nanny.

Lucan is thought to have driven to a friend’s house in a borrowed car. The car was found abandoned days later, with bloodstains. Lady Lucan named her husband as the attacker at an inquest into Rivett’s death in 1975. At the time of her husband’s disappearance, Lady Lucan claimed her husband admitted to committing the crime. The inquest concluded that Lord Lucan was, in fact, the killer.

Is it right that Lord Lucan has been declared dead just so his son can inherit his title? #r2vine pic.twitter.com/SUJZ37XX0u

— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) February 4, 2016

It still remains unclear as to why Lucan might have murdered Rivett. Many assume hemistook her for wife in the unlit basement. No one is sure what happened to him. There’s been no confirmed sighting of Lord Lucan for over 40 years.

But the mystery of the accused murderer whereabouts still captures the imagination of the British people—there are sightings of the man all the time.

The mystery has finally been put to bed—in a way.

A British judge finally issued a death certificate for the lord. George Bingham, his only son, is now able inherit the family title. Rivett’s son, 49-year-old Neil Berriman, is now good friends with Lucan’s son, who said outside the court after the ruling: “It has been a very long time coming.”

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