The sister of a woman believed to have been murdered by Lord Lucan has told how she still cries herself to sleep at night 41 years on from the crime.
Teresa Hill’s family was left heartbroken when her younger sister Sandra Rivett was murdered inside the peer’s central London home.
Now, the trauma has all been brought back for the 74-year-old after a High Court judge officially declared Lucan dead last week.
‘I just couldn’t sleep. I kept seeing her face all the time because it was on the TV,’ said Teresa, of Torrington Road, North End.
‘I was awake most of the night – it was awful. It dragged back all the memories I have.’
Sandra, who was a nanny for Lucan’s three children, was found bludgeoned to death at the aristocrat’s home in Belgravia on November 7, 1974.
Sandra, 29, was making a cup of tea in the basement when she was killed.
The peer disappeared, with detectives from Scotland Yard naming him as the prime suspect for the murder which rocked Teresa’s family.
Teresa added: ‘Sandra was beaten up because he thought she was Lady Lucan. She was bashed to a pulp.
‘Just to see her face on the TV was so hard, it was terrible.’
The news came just days after Teresa was released from hospital following major surgery on her stomach which left her bed-bound for a month.
The grandmother of 14 said her sister had told her she loved her job and enjoyed working with Lucan’s children, not long before she was murdered.
She added that hearing the grizzly details of Sandra’s murder had left her mother distraught.
‘My mother died of a broken heart,’ she said. ‘It killed my mother. It just broke my mother’s heart in the end. It was terrible on the whole family.
‘To hear how it happened was the terrible thing about it; how he bashed her up and beat her, trying to get her in a sack.’
The mother-of-three had a loving relationship with her sister, describing her as ‘kind and thoughtful’.
She added: ‘I always thought of her. She was a good sister. She was fun-loving and always game for a laugh and quite happy-going.
‘That’s why she always got on well with people.’
Lucan’s death certificate was applied for by his son, George Bingham, 49.
Lucan was initially suspected of committing suicide in 1974. But reports claimed he could have been alive as recently as 2002.