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White House Farm originally aired on  ITV and has finally landed on Netflix. The six-part drama stars Freddie Fox as killer Jeremy Bamber but is White House Farm based on a true story? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers about White House Farm on ITV

White House Farm is a part-factual series that dramatises the mass shooting of an entire family in 1985.

To tell the story of The White House Farm Murders, show writer Kris Mrksa relied on extensive research, interviews and published accounts including, ‘The Murders at White House Farm’ by Carol Ann Lee with material from ‘In Search of The Rainbow’s End’ by Colin Caffell, husband of victim Sheila and the father to Daniel and Nicholas Caffell.

In a statement, Mrksa said: “This is an incredibly compelling true crime story, but it’s the human dimension of these events that gripped my imagination, particularly after reading Colin Caffell’s book.

“So much discussion of the case has focussed on contested legal details, but I wanted to tell this story in a way that did justice to the devastating emotional truth of what happened.”

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The series is based on the true story of events that took place on the night of August 6 to the early hours of August 7, 1985.

That evening, three generations of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse.

The victims were 24-year-old Sheila Caffell, her twin six-year-old sons Daniel and Nicholas, and her adoptive parents Nevill and June Bamber, both 61-years-old.

Initially, police suspected Sheila, who had mental health problems, had committed a murder-suicide.

However, Detective Sergeant Stan Jones doubted the version of events and turned his attention to Sheila’s brother, 24-year-old Jeremy Bamber.

Bamber was the only surviving member of the family. He insisted he had been at his home a few miles away when the shooting occurred.

Famously, the case had huge amounts of compelling evidence but there were also findings that cast doubt on the evidence at hand.

The prosecution in the court case argued Bamber had shot the family with his father’s semi-automatic rifle and framed his sister by placing the gun in her hand.

As the gun had a silencer attached, the rifle would have been too long for Sheila’s fingers to reach the trigger and take her own life.

Bamber had alerted Chelmsford Police Station from his home in the nearby village of Goldhanger claiming he had received a call from his father who told him Sheila had a gun.


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Bamber also argued Sheila had fired the final shot while he was outside of the house.

However, the prosecution argued his father did not make any call and the only reason Bamber reported the shootings was because he was the real killer.

Before his trial, Bamber’s girlfriend at the time, Julie Mugford, changed her statement which contradicted Bamber’s alibi.

She stood against him at Chelmsford Crown Court, where the trial was held, and recalled Bamber had expressed dislike for his family.

His defence team argued a silencer may not have been used during the killings and the crime scene could have been tampered with as the crime-scene photographs were taken weeks after the murders.

In October 1986, Bamber was convicted with the murder of Sheila, Daniel, Nicholas, Nevill and June.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years and in 1994, he was informed he would never be released.

Bamber is one of the few UK murders who is subject to a whole-life order.

To this day, Bamber still matins his innocence and is continuing to appeal his sentence.

White House Farm continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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