Killer’s widow fell for young con­man in her fi­nal days

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Alexis Parr

A FRIEND of the for­mer Lady Lu­can claims she ended her days deeply de­pressed af­ter fall­ing vic­tim to a charm­ing con­man nearly half her age.

Au­thor Tyne O’Con­nell, a con­fi­dante of Lady Lu­can, told The Mail on Sun­day that, al­though she was known for lead­ing a soli­tary ex­is­tence in her Bel­gravia mews home, the countess had en­tered an il­lad­vised ro­mance with a man who would even­tu­ally steal some of Lord Lu­can’s pos­ses­sions.

‘This par­tic­u­lar man was a charmer in his 40s and clearly with this endgame in sight. Veron­ica thought he might be on ben­e­fits but she wasn’t a snob. She said they had a con­nec­tion and he was a born-again Chris­tian.’ But the man, who has never been named, asked to bor­row the keys to her lock-up to store some of his goods.

He then dis­ap­peared and Lady Lu­can dis­cov­ered that some items, such as suits worn by her late hus­band, were miss­ing.

‘She was to­tally hu­mil­i­ated and mor­ti­fied at be­ing taken in by this chap,’ said Ms O’Con­nell.

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