The man who faked his death and failed

In December of 1974, Australian police forces were set to arrest Lord Lucan, a British Earl suspected of the murder of his wife’s nanny and the attempted murder of his wife.

Upon storming the house they instead found John Stonehouse, a British Member of Parliament who had faked his own death the previous year. In an attempt to escape the consequences of debts, deceptions, and an affair, Stonehouse faked his own drowning at a beach in Miami before escaping the Australia under an assumed identity.

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