Bamber shot the rest of his family, five people in all.
He claimed that his sister must
have flipped, as she was prone to doing. All the family
were shot with a semi automatic .22 rifle, dying of
Neville Bamber, a farmer and a local magistrate, lived
in a farmhouse in the small village of Tolleshunt
d'Arcy, in Essex, with his wife June. They were unable
to have children and had adopted Sheila, and her
Jeremy lived in a cottage of his own in Goldhanger, a
Sheila, was a model known as
She lived in London, she married Colin Caffell and gave
birth to twin sons in June 1979.
Sheila had a history of serious psychiatric problems. as
a consequence she and Caffell divorced in 1982 and the
children were looked after by their father.
Sunday 4th August 1985 , Colin Caffell drove the
children and their mother to Tolleshunt d'Arcy and
dropped them off to spend a week at the farm.
Wednesday 7th August
1985, Neville, June, Sheila, and her sons were
all shot dead.
about the case.
Bamber claims that he had been at White House farm the
evening before the murders, when a heated discussion
between his parents and sister Sheila had started. This
was about whether Sheila's twins should be fostered or
not, Sheila was schizophrenic and having problems
looking after the children.
Bamber further claims that
he had a call from his father at about 3:30am saying
that Sheila had gone mad, the phone then went dead,
Bamber called the police and met them at the house, all
5 were dead.
The Police claim Bamber killed them, went home then
called them, the motive being money, there was a family
fortune of nearly £500,000.
discovered that all doors and windows were locked from
the inside, thus they initially believed Bamber's claim
that his sister was the murderer. And over the next few
days police were in and out of the farm house with
little regard for the integrity of any forensic
evidence, as they believed it was an open and shut case.
extended family were not happy, and did some, 'private
Investigations' of their own.
things they discovered, that even though one of
the small windows in the kitchen appeared locked, that
it could still be opened from the outside.
interesting fact surrounds the gun. It was revealed that
the silence was in the gun cupboard, it was family that
initially fond this, the police missed it.
tests confirmed blood on the silencer was that belonging
was a very fit farmer, he was 6ft 4in tall.
On the night
of the murder Bamber had phoned his girlfriend, Julie
Mugford, and said "Tonight's the Night".
October 1986, Bamber's trial starts at Chelmsford
28th October 1986 Jeremy Bamber is found guilty
by the jury, with a majority 10 --2 verdict.
sentenced to 5 life sentences.
Bamber was told by the trial judge, Mr. Justice Drake,
that he was "warped and evil" and recommended that he
should serve at least 25 years before being considered
1989, Bamber launches his first appeal, this was
12th December 2002.
Bamber's second appeal to the High court was also turned
2004; Bamber was rushed to a hospital after he
was attacked by another inmate while making a telephone
call from Full Sutton Prison, where he is serving his
sentence. He suffered deep cuts to his neck but made a
Jeremy Bamber has always protested his innocence,
claiming he was set up by his extended family.
He has even taken a lie detector test in prison, which
The defence team claim they now have new evidence,
obtained under the freedom of information act.
Information that will show that Jeremy Bamber has served
22 years in prison as an innocent man. The criminal
cases review commission is examining this new evidence.
7th April 2008, The high court has ruled that
Bamber must remain classed as a highly dangerous
"category A" prisoner.
16th May 2008. The high court in London has made
Mr Justice Tugendhat said there was no reason for him to
depart from recommendations made both by the Lord Chief
Justice and the Home Secretary that Bamber must serve a
"whole life" tariff.
He said Bamber "continues to deny that he committed the
murders" and had not shown a shred of remorse.
Bamber was put on the home office list of whole
life tariff prisoners, see list
17th January 2012, Bamber loses his appeal to the
European Court. His case, together with two other life
prisoners was that, being sentenced to a whole life
tariff was 'inhuman and degrading treatment'.
26th April 2012, The Criminal Case Review
Commission (CCRC) has announced that it will not be
refereeing the case for appeal.
Bamber's supporters have created a website, with full
coverage of the case, find it
19th July 2012, it has been announced that Bamber
can go to the European Court of Human Rights grand
chamber to have his case heard. he claims it is against
human right to keep him in prison on a whole life
August 2015, it is
claimed that Bamber is going to submit another appeal
ageist his conviction.