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    Question Lord Lucan in NZ?

    Elusive British peer alive and well in Marton?
    Fairfax Media | Thursday, 9 August 2007

    A former Scotland Yard detective is leading a fresh attempt to solve one of Britain's most enduring mysteries - and the hunt for Lord Lucan is heading to the small North Island town of Marton.

    Lucan vanished after the 1974 killing of his children's nanny and mystery has swirled since about his whereabouts. Some believe he drowned himself in the English Channel, but there have been at least 70 supposed sightings in Australia, Holland, Ireland and South Africa.

    Now claims that the disgraced English peer is living rough in Marton in an old Land Rover with a cat and a pet possum have proved irresistible for former detective inspector Sidney Ball, who solved more than 150 murders for Scotland Yard before retiring to New Zealand.

    Mr Ball has been asked to check a claim that Lucan, who would now be 72, is living in Marton - population 6000. "I can't say more until I've completed my investigation," he said.

    A television production company is taking him to Marton, where he will be filmed for a programme about neighbours being at war.

    "This man's neighbours are convinced that the guy living rough in an old Land Rover with a cat and a pet possum is Lucan," Mr Ball said. Rangitikei Mayor Bob Buchanan thinks they may be right.

    "I wouldn't be surprised to learn he is Lucan. There's quite a resemblance. And although he lives only about 10 minutes out of Marton, his mail goes to a PO box in Palmerston North."

    Neighbours say the man has an upper-class English accent and a military bearing like Lord Lucan, who was educated at Eton before serving in the Coldstream Guards.

    He is said to have arrived in New Zealand about the time Lucan disappeared and is also understood to be receiving money from property he owns in Britain.

    "The rumours have simmered for ages, and Greenstone (film company) told me they wanted an expert to settle the matter once and for all," Mr Ball said. "That's why they called me in."

    Lucan's nanny, Sandra Rivett, was bludgeoned to death in London at the West End home of Lucan's estranged wife, multi-millionaire Lady Lucan. His blood-soaked car was found abandoned.

    Lucan wanted custody of his three children from Lady Lucan, who he said had mental problems. Mr Ball believes Lucan mistook the nanny for his wife.

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    This story was on the evening news today and it was reported that it had been confirmed he definitely was not Lord Lucan.

    Shame really ... the thought of a lord roughing it in an old landrover, with an outside dunny, and a cat and possum for company is quite a comedown!

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    Yes, bit disappointing it wasn't him. Would finally have put paid to all the supposed sightings around the world and the theories about where he's got to.

    This guy may not have been a lord, but they do say he had an upper-class English accent and a military bearing, so he may well have fallen from an upper-crust background, anyway.

    Bit like Sodin' Insane who was found in a hole in the ground in Iraq after all his high-living.
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    Sodin Insane ... have not heard that before!

    Pick it up from the Middle East?
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    It was a nickname that was developed out here by our group for Saddam Hussein, so the 'walls have ears' types wouldn't know who we were referring to. We were in the thick of it both in Kuwait and Syria and most conversations revolved around our neighbour, Iraq, and its 'esteemed' leader during the various wars there, so we had to be careful what we said or we'd be whisked off to a dank, dark hole somewhere or shot at dawn. (Sorry, Dawn! )

    Not to mention, of course, that the nickname was entirely appropriate - in our eyes, anyway.
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    Whew! The Scotland Yard man told me I'm not Lord Lucan
    5:00AM Friday August 10, 2007
    By Derek Cheng

    Roger Woodgate, the man accused of being Lord Lucan - the British peer who fled after his family's nanny was battered to death in 1974. Photo / Mark Mitchell

    If long-lost murder suspect Lord Lucan had escaped to New Zealand and reinvented himself as British expat Roger Woodgate, he would have had to lose 10 years in age, 12 centimetres in height and develop a distinctive gap in his teeth.

    He would have gone from the privileged life of an English peer mixing with aristocrats in London to sleeping in the back of a decrepit Land Rover on the outskirts of Marton, with nothing but a pet possum and a cat for company.

    It's possible to believe that a guilt-stricken Lucan - who vanished after the nanny of his children was killed more than 30 years ago - could have gone to such extremes. But that just isn't the case, says Mr Woodgate.

    And he's had it confirmed by former Scotland Yard detective inspector Sidney Ball, who was asked to check out a claim that Lucan was living as a recluse in Marton.

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