U.K. court grants death certificate for notorious earl

LONDON -- The only son of a notorious earl, missing since 1974 when a woman was found dead in his home, has been granted a death certificate in his father's case.

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The certificate was granted Wednesday by Britain's High Court at the request of George Bingham. It means he can inherit his late father's title.

The disappearance of Lord Richard Lucan, the Seventh Earl of Lucan, has continued to fascinate Britons and cause endless media speculation.

He vanished after nanny Sandra Rivett was found dead at the family's London home on Nov. 7, 1974. Lucan's wife, Veronica, was hit in the head repeatedly when she ran downstairs to investigate. Lucan's bloodstained car was later found abandoned near England's south coast.

In 1975, an inquest jury declared him Rivett's killer.



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