ON This Day In Photos – October 28 1984: Jeremy Bamber is sentenced to five life terms for killing five members of his family – his step-parents, sister and her two six-year-old sons – at White House Farm in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex. The judge Mr Justice Drake called Bamber “warped and evil beyond belief”. The judge noted:
“I find it difficult to foresee whether it will ever be safe to release someone who can shoot two little boys as they lie asleep in their beds.”
Bamber tried to frame his sister, who suffered from mild schizophrenia and had not been taking her medication. Bamber placed the gun on her chest to imply she had committed suicide after killing. Why did he do it? He was set to inherit £436,000. To this day he maintains his innocence. You can read about the case and his appeal here and here.
The Coffins of Neville and June Bamber and their daughter Sheila Caffell, three of the victims who were murdered at their home in Essex. Almost overcome with grief is the family's adopted son Jeremy Bamber (centre) at the funeral in St. Nicholas's Church in Essex. * 12/3/2001: Bamber, later jailed for killing five members of his family, is to be re-examined by the Court of Appeal it emerged. The thirty nine-year-old was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering his mother, father, sister and twin nephews at the family farmhouse in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex. The Criminal Cases Review Commission said it had referred the conviction to the appeal court after considering the evidence against Bamber. 17/10/02: Bamber - one of the most notorious killers of the past 20 years - starts his appeal at the High Court in London. He was jailed for life in 1986 after being convicted of shooting dead his mother, father, sister and twin nephews at the family farmhouse in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex. One of the strands of the hearing is expected to centre around new DNA evidence.