Multiple murderer Jeremy Bamber is “sneering from his cell” 35 years on from the brutal White House Farm slaughters of his family, despite being the subject of a whole-life order.
The killer, who is banged up behind bars at HM Prison Wakefield in Yorkshire, plotted to take the lives of five relatives for financial gain, believing his wealthy parents’ farm estate would fall to him alone if he got rid of all the other people who could make a claim on his inheritance.
Bamber murdered his adoptive parents Nevill and June Bamber with his father’s own rifle, also turning the gun on his adoptive sister Sheila Caffell and her twin sons Daniel and Nicholas, who were sleeping in their beds.
He used a silencer fixed to the end of the weapon to muffle the sound of gunshots, unloading 25 bullets into the bodies of his relatives as he made his grisly way through their Essex farmhouse.
Experts who have studied the case believe Bamber is a narcissist who still maintains his innocence as he gears up to launch a third appeal against his conviction .
He even tried to frame Sheila, who had been treated for schizophrenia in the weeks before her death, by placing the rifle across her corpse and lying to police about Nevill ringing him on the night of the slaughters.
Psychologist Dr Jane McCartney told Closer magazine: “Bamber loved attention and the twins and his sister took a lot of that away from him. It would have made him jealous and his feelings of resentment built up over time. He may have wanted all the inheritance to himself.
“Those weeks when people believed Sheila was responsible would have emboldened him… From his cell, he is sneering at everybody. He’s never going to let this go and he will never tell the truth.”
She added: “He believes he’s superior to the people who put him behind bars – he thinks he’s more intelligent than the police officers, judge and jury who found him guilty.
“He genuinely believes he can convince people of his innocence. He will enjoy the renewed attention the television show will bring.”
Among those taken in by Bamber’s original story – that dad Nevill had called him at 3.30am on the night of the murders and told him Sheila had gone ‘berserk’ – where Essex Police, whose detectives thought his sister had indeed gone on the killing spree.
But the discovery of the silencer in a cupboard inside the farmhouse provided the first real lead in the case, meaning Sheila couldn’t have killed herself at all.
It was when Bamber’s ex-girlfriend Julie Mugford came forward that the cops were able to crack the case.
She told them Bamber was resentful that the £436,000 inheritance would have to be split between him and Sheila when their parents died, adding that he told her “if he was going to get rid of them it would have to be all of them”.
Julie, a crucial witness in the trail, also said Bamber had spoken for 18 months of killing his family and talked of hiring a hitman to do the job.
He was convicted in October 1986 and has spent every moment since behind bars.
*White House Farm starts tonight at 9pm on ITV