After Lucan hears his wife, Veronica, coming down the stairs he attacks her. With the body of Sandra Rivett in the kitchen, he attempts to persuade his wife to commit suicide but she makes a run for it and informs the police. Lucan goes on the run and hides out with Susie Maxwell-Scott in Sussex. He lies to her about what has happened and writes two letters. The following morning he leaves and is never seen again. Aspinall attempts to establish what has happened to Lucan and despatches Dominic Elwes to visit Veronica in hospital and make sure that she does not say anything against her husband to the police. A national manhunt ends up being launched by the police. Lucan is found guilty in absentia for Sandra's murder. John Pearson’s enquiries hit a dead end but fate intervenes after Susie contacts him. She is dying and has decided it is time to tell the truth about what she thinks happened.