Since 1974, there have been very few clues - whatsoever - about what happened to Lord Lucan. But the very few clues there have been all indicate that Lord Lucan did indeed manage to flee the country... And started up a new life in Africa or perhaps India... And could quite easily be celebrating his 80th birthday this week...
In the past four decades, there have been any number of theories as to what might have happened to this raffish, good-looking gambler. Did he escape to South Africa, to South America, or even to Alaska? Or did he take his own life after realising that his final throw of the dice had - yet again - ended in abject failure.
There are many obscure and bizarre theories floating around out there about what might have happened to Lord Lucan after he disappeared in 1974. That is why this incredible mystery has turned into such a fantastical myth. But even so... the weird ending of ITV's latest Lord Lucan two-parter - Lucan - was, well, one hell of a stretch.
Has there ever been a murder mystery story quite so compelling as the Lord Lucan scandal? The reason this mystery continues to fascinate is not so much because of the tragic murder, but because we are still captivated by one single dominant question: what on earth happened to the Seventh Earl of Lucan?