Anorak | Jeremy Bamber: The Silencer On The Mantel Mystery

Jeremy Bamber: The Silencer On The Mantel Mystery

by | 31st, January 2011

JEREMY Bamber was found guilty of murdering five members of his family. He wants to appeal. The Criminal Cases Review Commission is deliberating. Bamber is serving a whole life tariff. Unless he is freed he will die in jail.

In 1985, Bamber killed his mum, dad, sister and twin nephews. When the case went before the jury at the Old Bailey, they could only form a majority verdict. There was doubt as to his guilt. Bamber blamed his sister, a mentally ill model called Sheila Caffell. He says she killed the family and then took her own life.

Sheila was found lying next to a Bible with two gunshot wounds to her neck. The murder weapon, a .22 Anschutz semi-automatic rifle, was found in her hands

Bamber is in Full Sutton prison in York. His appeal relies on the work of photographic analyst Peter Sutherst. He’s a photography expert who provides ­technical advice to scenes of crime officers.

At the trial, the jury was shown photographs. Their attention was drawn towards scratch marks on the underside of a mantel shelf above the Aga in the kitchen at White House Farm, ­Tolleshunt D’Arcy. These marks, it was alleged, had been made by a silencer fitted on the gun that Bamber had used to kill with. The prosecution argued that

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