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Picking through a pile of books at an acquaintance's place the other day, I came across a paperback called Insulin Murders, published last year by the Royal Society of Medicine. In it was a postcard, addressed to my friend, commending the fourth chapter to his attention. As well it might, because the postcard's author was Claus von Bulow and Chapter 4 of this very authoritative book - by Professor Vincent Marks, a world expert on insulin, and the medical journalist Caroline Richmond - deals with von Bulow's notorious case, making it very clear that von Bulow was innocent of twice attempting to murder his wife, Sunny, by administering an insulin overdose; crimes with which he was charged, initially found guilty of and, at a second trial, finally acquitted of.

 

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Of more recent vintage is the story (allegedly concocted by his friend the late Lord Lambton) that von Bulow had murdered his mother and kept her in the deep freeze. 'Yes,' says one informant, 'that was absolutely all over the place. People said that's why he murdered Sunny, or rather didn't murder Sunny: people said he was reverting to type.'


There is, I have been told, an agreement that von Bulow will not talk publicly about the case and that, I gathered from an intermediary, was why he would prefer not to talk to me. But as can be gleaned from these tales, von Bulow makes a pretty good fist of coping with a very difficult past. And it's not just dark humour he displays: English friends variously describe him as very loyal, generous, intelligent, cultivated and kind.


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Just one last story, to put things into perspective. Von Bulow, it's said, once ran into the late Stavros Niarchos Sr, the rich shipping magnate who was once accused of having inflicted fatal injuries on one of his wives, Eugenie. (He was later exonerated.) 'So, Claus,' said the tycoon, 'how are you?' 'Oh,' said Claus, 'mustn't grumble. At least I haven't killed anyone.'

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Sunny's children by her first marriage always believed von Bulow to be guilty, and still do; Cosima stood by her father. ('To have your father accused of killing your mother is no joke,' Gully Wells points out. 'But she never wavered.') For this, she was disinherited by Sunny's mother. After his acquittal, von Bulow dropped his claim against Sunny's estate; in return, Cosima was again made a substantial (a reported $30 million) beneficiary of her grandmother's will. The saga was turned into a film, Reversal of Fortune, based on a book written by one of von Bulow's lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, and starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close (as Sunny, who narrates from her coma).

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Von Bulow, of course, was arrested, charged, found guilty on both counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 30 years in jail on 2 April, 1982. He appealed, and a year later had his conviction reversed. The court ordered a fresh trial; in June 1985, after a slew of expert witnesses testified that Sunny's comas were not consistent with an insulin overdose, von Bulow was found not guilty. By that point the trial had became a national obsession: it was the first such court case to be televised and more than 70 hours of it were broadcast by CNN.

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Post-1966, though, von Bulow was in no great need of money. He had married Sunny von Auersperg, née Crawford, the heiress to a great American fortune conservatively estimated in 1960 at $75 million. Sunny had first fallen for a handsome young Austrian prince called Alfie von Auersperg, married him in 1957 and had two children by him, Ala and Alexander. The couple grew apart, and Sunny met von Bulow. In 1966, they were married. In 1968, he gave up his job with Getty - something he always felt to be one of the biggest mistake of his life - and moved to the States. ('She didn't want him to work, he agreed reluctantly, and the rest is marital history,' I was told.) In America, he and Sunny led an intensely grand, but not necessarily fascinating life in New York and at Clarendon Court, Sunny's mansion at Newport, Rhode Island: 'Twenty-five years of Newport dinner parties must be enough to anaesthetise a brain, however acute,' says one acidulous British friend of von Bulow. 'Rich Americans are boring in a very special way.'