Jeremy Bamber Biography
Jeremy Nevill Bamber (born 13 January 1961) is an English convicted murderer. He was found guilty in October 1986 of the murders of his parents, his sister and her six-year-old twin sons. The shooting of the family on August 1985, in the parents’ farmhouse in Essex, England, came to be known as the White House Farm murders
Jeremy Bamber Age
Jeremy Bamber is 58 years old.
Jeremy Bamber Killing Family Member
Bamber, 58, is serving a full life tariff for killing adoptive parents Nevill and June, schizophrenic model sister Sheila ‘Bambi’ Caffell and her twin sons Daniel and Nicholas, aged six, at White House Farm in Essex.
Jeremy Bamber was convicted of murdering his family to claim a £436,000 inheritance by a 10-2 majority.
Jeremy Bamber Early life
Bamber was born Jeremy Paul Marsham at St Mary Abbot’s Hospital, Kensington, London, of Juliet Dorothy Wheeler (born 1938 in Leicester)], the daughter of a vicar who had an affair with Army Sergeant Leslie Brian Marsham (born 1931 in Tendring, Essex)) A driver at Buckingham Palace.] She delivered the baby for adoption in 1961, the year of her birth, through the Children’s Society of the Church of England. Nevill and June Bamber adopted him when he was six months old. It was only after Bamber’s conviction that reporters told their biological parents that Bamber was their son. By then they were married and worked at Buckingham Palace.
The Bambers were wealthy farmers who lived in a large Georgian house at White House Farm, near Tolleshunt D’Arcy in Essex. Nevill was a local magistrate and former RAF pilot. Four years earlier, the couple had adopted a baby girl, Sheila.
Jeremy Bamber Education
Bamber attended St. Nicholas Elementary, followed by Maldon Court, a private prep school, after September 1970 Gresham’s School, a boarding school in Norfolk. Claire Powell writes that Nevill felt it would be inappropriate to send the child to a local school for the children of the town when one day he would have to use them on the farm. This led, Powell writes, to a situation in which Bamber felt increasingly remote from his family and his life in the countryside, as did his sister, who was also sent to a boarding school.
Jeremy Bamber Work
After school, Bamber’s father funded a trip to Australia and New Zealand and a diving course. While in New Zealand, Bamber broke into a jewelry store and stole two expensive watches, one of which he gave to a girlfriend in Britain. He also boasted, according to Claire Powell, that he had been involved in smuggling heroin abroad. One of his cousins said Bamber ended up leaving New Zealand in a hurry because his friends had been involved in an armed robbery.
He returned to the United Kingdom to work in restaurants and bars, which included working as a waiter in a Little Chef on the A12, but then agreed to return home and work on his father’s farm. Although he was reportedly bothered by low wages, he was given a car and lived without paying rent in a cabin his father had at 9 Head Street, Goldhanger, 3 and a half miles from his family’s farm at White House Farm. He also owned eight percent of his family’s caravan site, Osea Road Camp Sites Ltd., in Maldon, Essex.
A few weeks before the murders Bamber trashed and robbed the family business at Osea Road Caravan Park. This was only revealed after the murders when he was forced to admit to the robbery after girlfriend Julie Mugford came forward as a witness against him.
Jeremy Bamber Lawsuits Against extended family
Bamber launched two failed claims while he was in prison to recover a portion of his family’s assets. Grandma had cut Bamber from her will when he was arrested, and most of the inheritance went to June Bamber’s sister. In 2004, Bamber went back to the High Court to claim a portion of the proceeds from the Bambers caravan site in Maldon. He had withheld his actions after his conviction but had sold them to pay the legal costs derived from his claim on his grandmother’s estate. The court ruled that he was not entitled to any benefits from the site due to his conviction.
White House Farm murders
Bamber alerted police to the shootings at around 3:30 am on 7 August 1985. He told them that Nevill telephoned him to say that Bamber’s sister, Sheila Caffell, had gone “berserk” with Nevill’s rifle. Caffell was found dead on the floor of her parents’ bedroom, with the rifle up against her throat. June Bamber was found in the same room. Caffell’s six-year-old twin sons, Nicholas and Daniel, were found in their beds in another upstairs room, while Nevill was found in the kitchen downstairs. The family had been shot 25 times, mostly at close range.
Caffell had spent time in a psychiatric hospital being treated for schizophrenia months before the murders. The police believed she was responsible until Bamber’s girlfriend told them she had implicated herself. The indictment case included that there was no evidence that Bamber’s father had phoned him. They argued that the father was too hurt to have talked to someone; that there was no blood on the kitchen phone; and that he would have called the police, not Bamber. They also argued that the silencer was in the weapon when the shots were fired and that Caffell’s range was not long enough to hold the weapon and the silencer in his throat and press the trigger. Moreover, they were not strong enough, they said, to have surpassed their father in what appeared to have been a violent struggle in the kitchen. They also argued that the fact that Sheila had shot twice in her apparent suicide attempt was evidence that she was not the murderer.
Bamber’s defense team unsuccessfully challenged the evidence over the years. They alleged that a police log suggested that Bamber’s father had indeed called the police that night and that the silencer may not have been on the gun during the attacks. The silencer evidence was unreliable, they argued because the silencer was found in a farmhouse cupboard by one of Bamber’s cousins 3 days after the murders.