White House Farm: Who is Barbara Wilson? Why was she important?January 25, 2020
White House Farm continues next Wednesday (January 29) on ITV. In the latest episode, suspicions began to be raised by family and friends about Jeremy Bamber’s (played by Freddie Fox) involvement in the deaths of, Sheila Caffell (played by Cressida Bonas), her twin six-year-old sons, Daniel and Nicholas, and her parents, Nevill (Nicholas Farrell) and June Bamber (Amanda Burton). Bamber is currently serving life in prison but has denied any involvement in the killings.
Who is Barbara Wilson?
In the latest episode of White House Farm, DS Stan Jones (Mark Addy) met with Barbara Wilson (Amanda Lawrence) to discuss the Bamber family.
In the episode, Mrs Wilson suggested Ann Eaton (Gemma Whelan) and Jeremy had a strained relationship, following a disagreement over land.
Barbara Wilson was the secretary of the late Nevill Bamber from 1979 until his death in August 1985.
On the evening of August 6, 1985, Barbara called Nevill at around 9.30 pm and said she felt she interrupted an argument at the home.
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In Carol Ann Lee’s book, The Murders at White House Farm Lee described how Barbara felt Nevill was short with her and hung up in irritation, which had never happened before.
Following the murders, Wilson spoke to journalists about Bamber’s relationship with his parents.
She also gave approximately 14 statements to the police in 1985 following the killings.
In her pre-trial witness statements, Wilson gave no incriminating evidence against Bamber, nor did she criticise his character.
According to court documents, During the 1986 Dickinson Enquiry one month after Bamber’s trial and conviction, Wilson was asked about Jeremy once again.
She described him as “very pleasant” and a “likeable jovial fellow.”
She added: “[I] probably got on better with him than my own son.”
Wilson also said Bamber had not said anything “nasty” about his family and was never violent towards them.
She explained the only criticisms he made were about the farm itself.
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Wilson said: “Main criticism was against father about the farm. Never heard him say anything bad at all.”
Following the trial and incarceration of Bamber, Wilson has spoken out about the Bamber and his family.
In a TV interview on Channel 5’s Slaughter at the Farm: Countdown to Murder in 2013, Wilson said Bamber would provoke his parents and every time he visited the farm, there would be arguments.
She said Bamber would torment his mother by riding his bicycle around her in circles and angered his father by wearing make-up.
Barbara revealed tension had increased on the farm and said Nevill had told her he could foresee a “shooting accident.”
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She said: “For some weeks he [Nevill] looked really drawn and ill.
“He seemed to stoop and seemed to have the worries of the world on his shoulders.
“I thought he might have cancer … He said he hadn’t got anything like that but he had got great problems.
“I asked him to elaborate and he said that he thought that he might die. I said ‘What makes you think that?’ and he said there might be a serious shooting accident …
“Knowing what had been going on, [I] thought that he knew that Jeremy was going to perhaps shoot him.”
Wilson worked for Bamber when he took over the farm after the deaths.
She told Channel 5: “Never once when I was there did he grieve. I wanted to shout out to him ‘I know what you’ve done’ but I didn’t have the guts to do it.
“I think I might have ended up the same way as Mr and Mrs Bamber.”
Jeremy Bamber denies any involvement in the White House Farm murders.
White House Farm airs Wednesdays on ITV
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