UK expat denies that he is notorious Lord Lucan
- 9th August 2007
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Roger Woodgate, living in New Zealand, is the latest to be accused of being the infamous elusive Lord.
Neighbours believed that the homeless man was Lord Lucan because of his "upper-class" English accent and "military bearing".
Neighbour Margaret Harris said she became convinced he was Lord Lucan after seeing a picture of the peer in an old magazine.
But Mr Woodgate insists that he is a former photographer who happened to move to New Zealand in the same year Lord Lucan went missing. But he left the UK five months before Lord Lucan went missing.
The 7th Earl of Lucan disappeared in 1974 after the murder of his children's nanny in Belgravia, London.
She told TVNZ: "I spotted this piece and I thought 'oh my God, don't tell me that's who he is?'
"I'm sure that is who he is because he is trying to make out he's a very poor man; poor my foot."
Local journalists who believed they were on the verge of solving the 33-year-old mystery, hurried to interview Mr Woodgate.
Since his vanishing there have been more than 70 alleged sightings of Lord Lucan in various countries across the world including the Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, and South Africa.
The peer, born Richard Bingham in 1934, has not been seen since the day his children’s nanny, after Sandra Rivett, was found murdered at the Earl's central London home in 1974. His blood stained car was discovered abandoned in Newhaven, East Sussex.
Lord Lucan was officially declared dead by the High Court in 1999.
Casino owner and conservationist John Aspinall - one of the last people to see Lord Lucan alive - said in a 2000 interview that he probably committed suicide by scuttling his boat in the English Channel.
I thought 'oh my God, don't tell me that's who he is?'
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