the 7th Earl was not presumed deceased in 1981 - seven years
after his disappearance in November 1974
It was decided very early on in 1975
between the then Official Solicitor and the trustees of the Lucan family
trusts (under the umbrella of the Official Solicitor - guardian ad litem
of the three Lucan children) to treat the 7th Earl as having died, unofficially
of course, in financial terms.
I consider my late husband's income
should have been still treated as his and distributed to me as his wife
for the maintenance of myself and our three children but it was not.
In The Times obituary
of Sir Stanley Rees on 18th January 2001 (he was the judge appointed
to hear the full custody proceedings in June 1973) they did not mention
possibly the most important part of the Judge's Order which was that
my late husband should produce his proposals for financing the education
of the three Lucan wards within eighteen months.
Seventeen months had passed by the
time Mrs Rivett had been killed and my late husband had vanished but
no proposals had been forthcoming from the 7th Earl. It was the Official
Solicitor's responsibility as guardian ad litem of the three Lucan wards
to ensure that this was done.
I have had to suffer for his failure
to insist that the 7th Earl complied with the Judge's Order. The vexed
question of financing our children's education was one of the main reasons
I consulted solicitors during December 1972 and this had eventually
led to the custody case proceedings.
The 7th Earl of Lucan was unnecessarily
bankrupted in 1975 when he had the assets to pay off all his debts.
This proved to be enormously expensive and his bankruptcy was not discharged
It became apparent that the difficulties
surrounding the valuation of the gravel land at Laleham which formed
a major asset of the English Estate and at such time as Messrs Coutts
(the trustees) became in a position to agree appropriate figures with
a gravel company, it was unlikely that significant progress would be
made. The trusts were experiencing a liquidity problem.
I was in a position after seven years
had elapsed following my late husband's disappearance to seek a decree
of presumption of death or to apply for leave to swear to the death
of the 7th Earl of Lucan which would in effect have engulfed the Lucan
It also became apparent to the trustees
and others that I was devoted to my family and it's best interests and
was unlikely to want to remarry or indeed to behave in an inappropriate
It was then that a criminal conspiracy
to attempt to take away my rights began. There is a device used by the
medical profession to simulate nervous breakdown and they do it to men
as well as women.
My G.P. had a pharmacy attached to
his practice and he prescribed the benzodiazepine
drug Flurazepam, a sleeping pill to which he added among other things,
Steroids given to
anyone in high enough dose will cause problems which include fattening
of the face, hair on the face, changes in skin and bone, weakness, changes
mentally, weight gain, obesity of the trunk, fatigue and most
terrifyingly, muscle weakness in the legs causing one to fall to one's
As I was such a healthy person and
have always been very thin, I noticed these changes and became rightly
suspicious and stopped taking the drug. One is supposed to be weaned
off steroids and not to stop taking them abruptly as I did. However,
I survived this but to shocking effect on my general health.
The efficient working of one's endocrine
glands as I have discovered is most vital to our mental and physical
My health deteriorated to a great extent
aided by the inappropriate use of other drugs in order to cover up a
botched job and I became involuntarily addicted to benzodiazepines.
I was admitted to Banstead Hospital
in December 1983 and stayed for seven months. It was planned by social
workers to place me in a hostel for mentally ill persons locally. Although
there was a conflict of interest as he was guardian ad litem of the
wards, the Official Solicitor appointed himself my receiver while I
was at the hospital and no doubt had a hand in this decision.
I managed to escape from the hospital
and returned to 5 Eaton Row. My children who knew of the medical abuse
remained silent and my son looted my house in my absence removing both
property and documents.
Some items were returned in 1987 but
my documents, custody case papers, transcripts of my custody case, photographs
and personal correspondence have not been returned despite repeated
This is an abuse of my human rights.
ARTICLE 8: PRIVATE LIFE AND FAMILY 3.68 "You have the right to respect
for your private and family life, your home and your correspondence."
I reported these thefts to the police
- Crime Book Entry E492 on Saturday 19th September 1987 and visited
Gerald Road Police Station on 7th December 1987 when I saw a detective
inspector and another police officer.
The whole interview was most unsatisfactory.
No-one could have any claim to my documents (or indeed my property)
but no action was taken by the police to retrieve it.
I visited my M.P., Peter Brooke on
14th June 1991 at a surgery and described the looting of my property
and documents and told him of my deep concern that hostile persons were
I did not hear from Mr Brooke again
until 21st June 1993 when he said he felt the matter did not appear
to fall within ordinary parliamentary responsibilities.
Taken as a whole, what I have described
shows how in a so-called civilised society an individual can be subjected
to horrifying abuse but it seems as Mike Dickin says frequently on TALK
SPORT "you don't get justice in this country, you get law' - and if
you can't afford justice you don't even get a hearing!
My late husband planned to physically
murder me, later there were attempts to spiritually and psychologically
murder me. What is the reason why ?
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photographs of Lord and Lady Lucan