'Sunny' von Bülow dies after 28 years in a coma
From The Times:
Claus von Bülow, who was accused of trying to kill his heiress wife with insulin overdoses, feels that his own private battle with cancer reinforced his belief that she could recover from her 28-year coma.
Mr von Bülow’s trials were among the most dramatic court cases of the past century. The case was made into the Oscar-winning film Reversal of Fortune, starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close.
But any chance of solving the mystery of exactly how his wife was left in a permanent vegetative state ended on Saturday when she died aged 77 at a New York nursing home.
Yesterday Mr von Bülow said prayers for her at the Brompton Oratory, West London, before returning alone to his £4 million South Kensington home.
Legally constrained from talking about the case, he toldThe Times:“My daughter and I are both very sad.”
“Whatever the doctors said at the time, and that was pretty definitive within three weeks of admission to hospital, he always felt there are breakthroughs in medicine,” the friend said yesterday.
The friend said: “He told me ‘No one could not say for sure there was no chance of recovery. But I knew for sure that she was not suffering. Therefore the issue of allowing her life to fade away did not arise’.
“Claus was diagnosed with cancer of the prostate three years ago, and if it had been 10 years ago he would be now be dead. But medical advances are such that he is alive.”
Although cleared at the second trial, without the witness testimony of Mrs von Bülow the innuendo and suspicion has remained.
A close friend said: “Everything else, the fact she had a great deal more money then him and the fact that he had a mistress, was totally irrelevant.”
The friend added: “It was tragedy rather than a thriller because the accusers were innocent, the accused was innocent and they had just managed to ruin a family.”