Claus von Bulow, socialite accused of murdering wife, dies

Claus von Bulow, the Danish socialite convicted and later acquitted of killing his wife, has died aged 92.

Mr Von Bulow was convicted in 1982 of attempting to murder his rich American wife Sunny by injecting her with insulin at their estate in Newport, Rhode Island.

The verdict was overturned three years later.

Photo taken on June 11, 1985 in New York shows British socialite Claus von Bülow, accused of the attempted murder of his wife Sunny von Bülow in 1979, during a press conference. / AFP PHOTO / Susan MAY TELL (Photo credit should read SUSAN MAY TELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Image: Mr von Bulow was convicted, them cleared, of murdering his wife

The story was dramatised in a film, Reversal Of Fortune, which starred Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons.

His son-in-law, Riccardo Pavoncelli, confirmed to the New York Times that Mr Von Bulow died at his home in London on Saturday.

Mrs Von Bulow spent 28 years in a coma after what prosecutors alleged were two murder attempts by her husband.

She remained in a vegetative state until her death in 2008.

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The trials, in Providence, Rhode Island, were among the most sensational of the 1980s.

At the first, in 1982, he was convicted of trying twice to kill her but that verdict was thrown out on appeal and he was acquitted at a second trial in 1985.

Prosecutors said Mr von Bulow wanted to get rid of his wife to inherit a large portion of her wealth – and be free to marry a mistress.

Image: A film was made about Mr von Bulow’s story

The defence depicted Mrs von Bulow as an alcoholic and drug abuser who drank herself into a coma.

The film, which saw Irons win an Oscar, was based on a book by Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz who handled the appeal and second trial.

Source: SKY NEWS

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