However, the claims have not been verified and it is unclear whether the police would rely on the photo analysis. A separate company specializing in facial recognition performed the same tests and came to the same conclusion, the mirror reported.
The Supreme Court declared Lucan dead for probate purposes in 1999, but there have been dozens of sightings around the world, in countries such as Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand.
Berriman, who has spent years trying to determine the whereabouts of his mother’s killer, told the paper: “I’ve spent nine years trying to prove that this man is Lucan. Now, with this new scientific information, the police must act.
“This is not an emotion. It is a fact.”
It’s the mystery’s second revelation in the past week, with The daily email that Friday, detectives reported that three Cluedo cards had been found in the missing Earl’s car, suggesting that his nanny’s infamous murder was pre-planned.
Debt-ridden Lucan had been fighting a bitter battle with his estranged wife Veronica for custody of their three children at the time of the murder. Late in the evening of November 7, distraught and covered in blood, Veronica appeared in a pub near their home in central London.
Their nanny had been beaten to death in the basement kitchen of the house; Lady Lucan went to investigate and was herself attacked by a man she identified as her husband.
The Lucans had three children, Frances, George and Camilla. Veronica committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 80 after misdiagnosing herself with Parkinson’s disease.
The latest Australian connection was first revealed two years ago, when Berriman claimed to have found Lucan. He said the pear had originally settled in Perth upon arrival in Australia, but had moved to another part of the country after a series of disagreements with friends.
He said the man was living with a new group of friends, including two young Englishmen and an Australian whom he first met 11 years ago at a Buddhist retreat. They all participate in daily meditation sessions. The mystery man needed a part-time caretaker and often sat on the porch listening to trains in the distance.
George Bingham, who became the 8th Earl of Lucan after his father was formally declared dead, was skeptical, saying in 2020: “My father has been found wrong many times over the years.”
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