The son of a nanny killed by Lord Lucan claims he has found the peer in Australia where he is housebound and awaiting a major operation.
Neil Berriman’s mother Sandra Rivett was murdered by Richard John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, in November 1974.
Lord Lucan’s blood-stained car was later found abandoned in Newhaven, East Sussex, but he was never successfully traced.
The 52-year-old thinks he has located Lucan, who is now a Buddhist, lives in a shared house in Perth, is seriously ill and in his 80s.
Mr Berriman said the peer originally lived in Perth after escaping to Australia, but moved to another part of the country after falling out with friends.
Neil Berriman’s mother Sandra Rivett was murdered by Richard John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, in November 1974
Pictured: Sandra Rivett, who was murdered in November 1974
He told the Daily Mirror: ‘I believe I have tracked down the man, Lord Lucan, who murdered my mother.’
Mr Berriman has already taken his extraordinary findings to Scotland Yard’s Cold Case Unit and hopes officers will now investigate.
After telling officers his new information about the man he believes is Lucan, he said: ‘I know he’s still alive.’
His new friendship group – two young Englishmen and an Australian – confirmed to the Mirror that an elderly Englishman who looks like Lord Lucan does live at the house.
The quartet all take part in daily meditation sessions, while Lord Lucan himself, who has a carer, often sits on the veranda listening to distant trains pass.
The man was said to know of claims he is Lord Lucan. The newspaper said it has chosen not to reveal his identity.
Mr Berriman was born Gary Roger Hensby (Sandra Rivett’s maiden name) in Southsea, Hampshire, in 1967 and was immediately put up for adoption.
Aged six months, he was placed with Audrey and Ivan Berriman, and grew up in Petersfield, Hampshire.
The father-of-two would later find out he was Sandra Rivett’s son, and 12 years ago began searching for the truth.
After killing Ms Rivett (right) Lord Lucan’s (left) blood-stained car was later found abandoned in Newhaven, East Sussex, but he was never successfully traced
His mother, Ms Rivett. was brutally murdered in the darkened basement kitchen of the Lucan’s Belgravia home in November 1974.
Detectives believe the aristocrat – an abusive husband and heavy gambler nicknamed ‘Lucky Lucan’ – intended to murder his wife and killed the nanny by mistake.
Lucan was never seen in public again, and his body was never found, leading to decades of fevered speculation about his whereabouts.
Father-of-two Mr Berriman, who lives in West Sussex, with his wife Kim, said: ‘ He has been alive all this time. Lying about who he is. Lying about it to his new friends.
‘They are fully aware he is a mystery elderly Englishman and not who he is claiming to be.
John Bingham, Lord Lucan is pictured with his wife Veronica Duncan in October 1963
‘The people he lives with know he has a mystery past and what he tells them does not add up. They have had their suspicions for many years.
‘Lucan is a deceitful conman and he is the man who murdered my mother.’
In 1975, an inquest jury declared Lucan to have been Ms Rivett’s killer.
The High Court declared him dead for probate purposes in 1999, but there have been scores of reported sightings around the world, in countries including Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand.
In an ITV documentary in 2017, Lady Lucan said she believed Lord Lucan had jumped off a ferry shortly after the killing.
‘I would say he got on the ferry and jumped off in the middle of the Channel in the way of the propellers so that his remains wouldn’t be found,’ she said, calling what she believed to be his final act ‘brave.’
In 2016 a court issued a ‘presumption of death’ certificate for Lord Lucan, a ruling that cleared the way for the couple’s son, George Bingham, to become the 8th Earl of Lucan.
Lady Lucan was found dead in September 2017 at her home in Belgravia where her husband Lord Lucan famously disappeared.