Tales of History and Imagination

Eccentric tales from History by Simone Whitlow

14: Lord Lucan

June 20th, 2021

Content warning, this Tale deals with a murder. Richard John Bingham, John to his friends, ‘Lucky' to others – officially titled the 7th Earl of Lucan, entered the history books on November 7th 1974 for the worst kind of reasons. He then captured the imagination of much of the English speaking world when he vanished without a trace.

This week, a You Choose topic chosen by the show's listeners and readers, Simone discusses the case.

I’ll get the first Patreon only release, a companion piece on John Stonehouse, up in the coming days.

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Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly.

Except the music under Lucan's time in America, I borrowed and rearranged Art Noel and Don Pelosi's ‘Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major', a popular drinking song amongst the British soldiers during World War Two.


Main texts: I referenced a load of online articles , but my main book was A Different Class of Murder by Laura Thompson – whose facts were solid, but whose opinions (she is something of a Lucan apologist) are often utterly repugnant to me. Still a recommended read.


About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician. Simone, like his Lordship, fled the United Kingdom – though admittedly I never murdered a nanny first.

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.     

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