I spoke with ‘desperate’ White House Farm killer Jeremy Bamber in prison – his twisted letters made me sure he’s guilty – The Sun

JEREMY Bamber was jailed more than 30 years ago for shooting five members of his family in a cold-blooded massacre at White House Farm.

Now the murderer claims new evidence show's he's innocent — but an author who exchanged hundreds of letters with the "charming" beast has revealed exactly why she is certain of his guilt.


Bamber, 58, is serving life behind bars for killing three generations of his family in a horrifying murder spree at their remote Essex farmhouse in 1985.

His sister Sheila Caffell, his parents Nevill and June, and Sheila's six-year-old twins Nicholas and Daniel were all tragically killed in the bloodbath.

Bamber went from room to room, mercilessly shooting his closest family members.

Armed cops later discovered 61-year-old Neville beaten and shot eight times downstairs, before discovering Nicholas and Daniel dead in their own beds, apparently asleep at the time they were shot.

June and Sheila's bodies were found in the master bedroom, with the scene made to look like a murder suicide by sick Bamber.

He has always maintained his innocence and, in a fresh attempt to be pardoned, he now says he has "strong" alibi evidence that proves he didn't commit the devastating White House Farm murders.

Speaking from a top security prison cell in Wakefield, West Yorks., this week, he claimed someone was alive inside the house when he was stood outside with police — hours before his family were all discovered dead.


However, Yorkshire author Carol Ann Lee, 50, who penned the book Murders at White House Farm spent three years corresponding with Bamber by letter and has insisted she's in no doubt that he's guilty.

She tells the Sun Online: "Nothing I saw made me doubt his guilt. There really wasn’t anything, from my personal view point.

“I know there are plenty of other people who disagree. And that’s fine, as long as you can back up your reasons with material evidence, not just what his campaign team have said.

"From what I can see it’s absolutely not new evidence, I mean as far as someone being alive inside the house, they’ve tried that so many times over the years."

Bamber's legal team have also now claimed that a rifle was spotted in an upstairs window by two separate firearms officers at around 7AM on the morning of the murders.

However, Carol says: “That’s been around since the case first came to the attention of police.

“It’s not a new statement by any means and they have tried it before. I just presume he’s desperate, of course he is, I presume he’s trying whatever he can.

"But as far as new evidence is concerned, from the bit I’ve read, that’s not new."

Here Carol breaks down the chilling case against Bamber and the shocking evidence she claims has proven his guilt.

The horrifying photo that 'should never be released'

Police initially suspected Bamber's schizophrenic sister Sheila, a former model, had committed a murder-suicide before the horrifying truth was discovered – that her twisted sibling had murdered his family in a bid to inherit “considerable” sums of money.

And Carol has previously revealed in her book that she was left with little doubt that Sheila was innocent after seeing a photo from the crime scene that has never been released to the public.

She says: "The reason I’ve never gone into [the content of the photo] is because it concerns the children. That’s never been released and should never be released.

“I saw it when I was doing my research because the police officers who I interviewed were fantastically helpful. They gave me access to everything.

“The photo that I saw, without giving too much away, makes it clear that the person who used the gun knew what they were doing in that particular instance. Without any doubt.

“And they had a very steady hand. His sister didn’t have a steady hand, that’s a matter of record."

'She was completely out of it'

Bamber previously claimed he received a call from his father Neville, who told him that Sheila had "gone crazy" with a gun.

However, Carol insists she's heard several pieces of evidence backing up how "out of it" Sheila was at the time, appearing to prove she couldn't have held a gun steadily.

Carol recalls: “I interviewed Sheila’s best friend when I was working on the book and I always remember I was sitting with her in her house for several hours.

“She said, ‘the last time I saw Sheila she was sat exactly where you are now and she couldn’t get up without help. She was so knocked out by her meds."

The Bamber family's farm was just a short drive from the nearby town of Witham and Carol also recalls a testimony from a shop keeper there, who saw Joan and Sheila the day before they died.

She says: “There’s a witness statement from the day before the murders. It’s a shop owner in Witham and June and Sheila went into his shop to buy some jeans for the twins.

“He talks about how Sheila was then. He said she struck him as very strange because she was just out of it completely. She wasn’t engaging.


“Then he makes a very telling comment at the end. He says they all said goodbye except Sheila.

“She turned at the last minute, smiled at him and he saw that she had lipstick all over her teeth. He said he sort of recoiled because it made him jump a bit.

“So the idea of it being Sheila in that respect is nonsense.”

'He was charming and polite in his letters'

Carol received "hundreds" of neatly handwritten letters in total from Bamber — some up to 25 pages long — and says most of them were him repeatedly claiming his innocence.

She adds: “He did go into great depth on some issues which were always what he wanted to talk about — (what he claimed was) police corruption and withholding of evidence and so on — but when I tried to draw him out on anything more personal it was very brief.

“He did write in some depth about his relationship with June Bamber and some of that, if you take it on one level, reads very moving. But when you put it into context there wasn’t a lot there.

“I did approach it with an open mind to start with and there was even a point where I did think, is this going to add up? There are always issues with cases, no matter how straightforward, unless the person who committed the crimes is willing to say so.”

Carol says the convicted killer was largely "charming" to her when he wrote.

She says: “He was really friendly, very charming. He was always very polite and he’d talk about other things too from time to time.

“But it always went back to, I remember the phrase he always used was, ‘we now have the key to the door’, or ‘we now have the key to the gate’.

“That happened so many times in his letters. There was always something that he’d found.

“He obsesses about certain key points and he’ll do his best to find a loophole within a certain part of the case, for example the logs of the calls that night or the silencer issue.

“At one point they were talking about five or six silencers involved in the case. Then it was one or two. It just went on.”

Angry outbursts

Despite his charm towards her, Carol says that Bamber would often have angry outbursts towards the police however.

He claimed that mistakes had been made early on in the police investigation.

According to multiple reports, Essex Police did come under fire at the time as, believing that Sheila was responsible initially, they didn't preserve the crime scene well enough.

In fact, some media outlets claimed that blood stained bedding was burnt in the days that followed, while the rifle wasn't dusted for fingerprints until an officer had moved it without gloves on.

Carol recalls: “He was often very angry about the police. He wrote quite viciously about some of them.

"But he never said anything to me though and he never mentioned doing anyone any kind of violence.”

Asked if he spoke about the kids, she says: “No he didn’t. I did ask him in general about family and he said he wouldn’t talk about the children, he said he couldn’t and that was down to Colin to talk about them. He said absolutely nothing.

“There’s nowhere in the book that I say he’s guilty, I put across that scenario, but I do try to be fair. There was no doubt that mistakes were made in the investigation, it certainly did not get off to a good start.

“But I personally feel he’s guilty.”

Carol Ann Lee's book The Murders at White House Farm is available now.

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