Thursday, 24 March 2016

Jeremy's Easter Blog 2016

Easter at White House Farm was always a big family event, almost as huge as Christmas. Anthony and Jackie would visit every year bringing their current partners with them. In later years Colin used to come to celebrate Easter when he was with Sheila and after Nicholas and Daniel were born they would all come.

On Easter Sunday morning, mum and dad would go off to the Church service at St Nicholas Church, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, usually going on their own, although Sheila would occasionally go with them but me, Jackie and Anthony never joined them. Upon Mum and Dad’s return we would all sit down to enjoy a huge roast dinner, usually a big joint of lamb, after which we would exchange Easter eggs. Then it was time for the best part of the day.

Mum used to get about thirty tiny chocolate eggs and wrap them in shiny paper. She would go into the garden after dinner hiding these eggs all over in places like hedges and the rose bushes. We would all rush out to see how many eggs we could find. It was great when you did find one, taking it to mum to trade for one of the larger eggs she had placed in a basket.

By the evening we'd all sit in front of a roaring open fire dad had built in the sitting room roasting marshmallows in the flames. I used to love making toast in the fire and then melting chocolate from one of my eggs on to it—delicious.  We’d all get a bit tipsy apart from mum who would just have a sherry.

Dad enjoyed smoking and was a twenty a day man but he always gave up cigarettes for Lent. He could then be a bit grumpy for a couple of days but it soon wore off and when Lent was over he would start smoking again. I can remember dad sitting back with a contented smile on his face, watching his family gorging on chocolate like there was no tomorrow. After an evening filled with fun, silly games, great conversation and laughter, as well as bits of shiny paper everywhere and immense amounts of chocolate, it would be time for bed. We’d often feel sick from the amount of chocolate we had eaten but very happy too.

We don’t get Easter eggs in jail, but with my freedom just around the corner, I know that next year I will be enjoying Easter with friends, feasting on all the different eggs available these days.

Happy Easter to you all.


Friday, 4 March 2016

Mother's Day Sunday 6th March 2016

"Dear Mum and Dad 

I wish with all my heart that I could be there to read my letter to you myself but it won’t be long now before justice will be done and I will be able to visit you myself.

Dad, I know that you hated injustice and would have never let me suffer as I have done for the past 30 years for a crime I did not commit. It must be heartbreaking for you looking down seeing me being punished for no reason but that the British Justice system has failed me.

I am so very proud of you and I was lucky enough to get hold of your war records some time ago dad, and they are fascinating. I can picture you flying your mosquito, and imagine what a terrific pilot you must have been taking part in so many missions. And mum, well only last week I was astounded when I received your war records. I knew that you had served with the FANY’S but you never spoke to anyone very much about your time serving your country in India, Ceylon and the Far East and I was amazed when I read that you had been a part of the Special Operations Executive, which as far as I know is like a predecessor to the SAS. Wow! It made me cry to see your signature on the documents, as I didn’t have any idea that you were so accomplished and I feel so honoured to have had such brave parents.

There are many times when I feel overwhelmed with sadness because my fight for justice means that Sheila is put centre stage, which of course is right I suppose, but her mental health illness means that she was not culpable for her actions in a legal sense. You both know how close Sheila and I were and the happy times we shared together. I will always love my sister as I will always love you both. It saddens me every day that I did not have a greater understanding of the suffering Sheila endured with her schizophrenia, and how fragile she was needing so much more help than we ever realized. I vow though that when I achieve my freedom I will do all I can to honour not only Sheila’s memory and will do all that I can to help organisations which help with people who suffer from mental health issues. 

I will never stop fighting against the injustice of my wrongful conviction or to put the record straight about you and about Sheila. People have over the years said such cruel and untrue things about you when you were all caring, kind and gentle people who would do whatever you could to help others and this has deeply upset me. I miss you all every moment of every day but I hope you are proud of the man I am and the determination I have to continue fighting. I do have people who are there for me, friends who stand by me and help every day in my fight for both for my freedom and your honour. I am not on my own and I don’t want you to worry because it won’t be long now before I’ll be sitting in that little churchyard myself and will be able to visit your grave in person.

I Love you with all my heart.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Jeremy's 55th Birthday - 13th January

This week I will be turning 55 and I know I am lucky to have reached this age. I know my last thirty years have not seemed that great and to a point that’s true but to moan is so self-indulgent when I think of all those poor flood victims who didn’t deserve their lives to be turned upside down with events which may devastate their lives for years. Plus I’ve been watching the awful conflicts in Syria and Iraq and in so many Middle Eastern Countries, the awful deaths of civilians and troops; the displacement of peoples; the loss of everything, no one has done anything to deserve that, to suffer such dreadful loss, so here’s me moaning about my miscarriage of justice and I feel that so many others have equal and worse things to deal with.

However I do have a point and it’s maybe a little self-focused but justice around the world was and still is built on our so called “Great British Justice” but it’s got flaws and because the system takes so long to fix them it exports those flaws all around the world. Human Rights, our leader’s crow, have failed in this and that country, but they choose to be completely blind to the dreadful Human Rights failings in our own country. Not that it affects me too much right now, but the cuts in legal aid have really changed prison life in ways I’m not permitted to talk about in letters. Though these things are mild when compared to the Human Rights failings in our Criminal Justice System.

The State knows that my case is one that exposes a huge flaw in our Criminal Legal System, but in not fixing it, they continue to export and promote a system, which isn’t fit for purpose. In today’s terminology it has a bad program fault that seeps infection throughout the whole system.
My case if fixed, will improve the lives of many now and thousands in the future because it will make our Justice System better and almost honest, which it isn’t at the moment. If they don’t fix my case it proves the complete system is really corrupt because knowing and doing nothing is still corrupt.
So my birthday. Sure I’m almost old but I’m still fit and still fighting. The case is almost won and my freedom restored. I can’t say why or how but people involved in getting me convicted should be packing bags ready for some time in jail and it’s 100% fact this will happen, although I know in the coming weeks they will bluster and bleat many times, before as they have over the last 30 years. But, now we know that many just simply lied and lied and lied and disclosure has provided us with proof of that which cannot be denied.

So 2016 is the year where truth triumphs over all those mean and knowing lies. It sounds like I’m just saying this as some hollow bluster because I cannot say what we know. I’m “On advice” (a legal term) and allowed to say absolutely nothing but what I can say is that we now know the truth, almost the whole truth, almost, almost, and it won’t be too long before it is stated before the Lord Chief Justice and other Senior Appeal Judges. Those who have lied are soon to be exposed and brought to justice and that is going to be my belated birthday present of that I do feel sure.


Thursday, 31 December 2015

Looking Forward to 2016

On the dawn of this New Year I would like to share with you how I am looking forward to the future with anticipation and excitement. Firstly I do believe that I have a future that is not cell shaped with a steel door and bars on the window, although “Stone walls a prison do not make, nor iron bars a cage”, it’s that I actually feel that now we have finally uncovered the corruption within Essex Police, my 10:2 conviction will be overturned.

It’s a huge step to take, so many enquiries and a couple of appeals – no one has wanted to dig too deeply as just below the surface of this case is a quagmire of stinking Police corruption. Over the past thirty years I’ve watched as various enquiries have dug a little too deeply and caught a whiff of the rotten evidence of police corruption that lingers just below the surface and rather than move forward and expose it they step back quickly and move off elsewhere. Much of the evidence will continue to be exposed on my web site and also on the Bamber Vlog with Trudi Benjamin below. 

Now I can look forward to exposing all this. Not from jail – my conviction will be overturned before the whole truth is told and I look forward to being able to share my experience with the world. I hope that what I have to say is something that other people might want to listen to, not so much my story but how we managed to navigate our way to the truth and freedom.

The outside world has changed a lot in thirty years but not so much that I won’t be able to do all those normal things everyone else does every day. The only difference will be my enjoyment at doing all those routine things, from buying a coffee at Starbucks to sending an e-mail to a mate or organising having lunch somewhere. I’m simply looking forward to being given back my ability to choose to do it or not to do it, on all the everyday things that I’m sure everyone simply takes for granted – but within prison are denied to us.

This is the first time that I do actually feel positive about my freedom being a reality and that knowledge makes this New Year one I can enjoy.

Happy New Year

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Looking Back Over 2015

This has been a funny old year for me, the first six months spent in Full Sutton and the last six months back here in H.M.P. Wakefield. I have been here before in 1997, which made settling in a little easier as I sort of knew my way around although it had changed in so many small ways. It probably doesn’t sound like much to you but by coming here I was able to walk bare foot on some freshly mown grass, something I’d not been able to do for at least twelve years. It was a real treat too, to watch the clouds scud across the sky whilst we were all outside on our thirty minutes of daily exercise. The move has been okay and I’m hoping that my next move will be when I come home at long last.

I would also like to thank people for their support regarding the Bake-Off using my mum’s
recipes to make great cakes. It was good to see my mum being remembered in a positive way for being a really good baker. It’s not too late to join in and I would love to see your Christmas creations, which will also appear on my Instagram page.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to organize the petition and the thunderclap and all those people who’ve signed them. The issue of disclosure is one that seems to surprise so many people as they assume that all the evidence was handed over to the Defence before the Trial. The Crown Prosecution Service (C.P.S.), Essex Police and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (C.C.R.C), all state that everything was properly disclosed pre-trial. Of course it wasn’t, but by saying it was Essex Police, the C.P.S. and the C.C.R.C believe that makes it true but it’s really not true at all as you can see from the evidence presented in the disclosure booklet. 

I hoped to be able to state that Essex Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (C.P.S.) had now disclosed everything that we have asked for. I’m sorry to have to say that nothing has been disclosed as yet. 

Luckily for me the Supreme Court was able to change the law regarding how evidence gathered during Police disciplinary investigations should be treated[i]. Until 2006/2007, all the evidence gathered by the Police Complaints Authority (P.C.A) or the Independent Police Complaints Commission (I.P.C.C.) which replaced the P.C.A. in 2004, had to be treated confidentially, automatically attracting a Public Interest Immunity (PII) Order. Therefore in 2011 I was lucky enough to be given access to all the documents that had been created by three different Police Investigations into how Essex Police had acted in relation to my case (one in 1988, one in 1991, and one in 2001). It’s taken far too many years to put everything discovered during these three investigations into some sort of understandable order but it has now culminated in our petition for disclosure.

I have recently written to my MP, European MP’s, Essex Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner in an ‘Open Letter’ making official requests for disclosure of the material set out in the petition. I will let you know how I got on with my official requests for this information and the replies will be published on the web site.

The 30-year anniversary was a milestone I did not expect to pass in jail. To quote the Cat ‘A’ Committee from Thursday 27th June 1991: “The Committee noted that the offences had been narrowly targeted and there was no sign of mental illness of further evidence from the prison (after 6 years of custody) to suggest that Bamber would be a danger to the public at large.” Downgraded to Category ‘B’[ii]. On 12th September 1991 an article was published in the News of the World[iii], giving details of how I was not considered to be a danger to the public and that my category had been downgraded. This sparked my relatives, the beneficiaries of my late family's estate, into action and after Robert Boutflour complained to the Home Office, I was subsequently made Category ‘A’ again[iv]. I have remained a Category ‘A’ prisoner ever since despite there being no grounds for keeping me as such. 

It is not just Essex Police – the whole system can be unfair when it wants to be. Thanks to you, all disclosure may happen and I won’t have to endure any more.

Merry Christmas 

Some of the pictures of cakes on our Instagram account

[i] Taylor v Anderton (Police Complaints Authority Interviewing), Ante, at Pg. 465 (Archibald, 2006 Pg. 1356)
[ii] Letter Lifer management Unit dated 20.09.91 PDF
[iii] News of World Article 12.09.91 PDF 
[iv] Letter Home office to The Royal Courts of Justice dated 30.07.92: “He was held as a Category ‘A’ from 1985 until, in September 1991, following the annual review of his security status, he was downgraded to category ‘B’ . The change was reported in the press, and there followed immediate representations from the remaining members of BAMBER’s family, and from the police to the effect that the family would still be at grave risk from BAMBER if he was to escape  be released. One of those members of his family was Mr. Robert Boutflour who I understand is also a defendant at the Civil case in August. In the light of those representations, BAMBER’s security category was again reviewed, and it was decided that he should be reclassified back to a ‘A’ category prisoner.”

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Jeremy's Plea for Disclosure: On the 29th Anniversary of His Conviction

I thought I’d talk a little bit about what will happen next with the issue regarding the disclosure of the case documents. This shouldn’t be contentious but Essex Police have spent the last thirty years inventing spurious reasons why certain things cannot be disclosed to the defence. Much material generated before the trial including Sheila's medical records and statements by foster carers for the twins as well as audio's and logs of my dad's call to the police were not disclosed to the trial court or subsequent appeals in 1988 and 2002. 

In a letter to the Chief Constable of Essex from the C.P.S. dated 07.03.91 it states[1]:

“It is clear from his previous letters that Bamber is looking for every opportunity to make complaints about the handling of his case and the evidence presented by officers of the Essex Police. The state of those statements as lodged with the Crown Court at Trial, were to authorise the handing over of these statements to DCI Ellis. I fear that it would simply be providing Bamber with another opportunity to make allegations of a similar nature in the future”.

This has meant that since 1991 essential information generated or obtained as a result of the City of London Police investigation has not been disclosed either to my lawyers or to myself. Where disclosure has taken place, there are always pages missing from the documents, or paragraphs of text blanked out. Neither Essex Police nor the C.P.S. have made complete disclosure of any evidence since 1991, even when ordered to make full disclosure of certain documents by a Judge, what was disclosed was never what should have been; as to do so would prove my innocence.

After thirty years of research, I now know what the material is that I want disclosed. I’ve directly requested this case material from Essex Police myself and instructed my lawyers to request this material from Essex Police. I have also asked the Police Complaints Authority to request this evidence from Essex Police and I’ve asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission to use their section17 powers to obtain this un-disclosed evidence and in every case, Essex Police have refused to hand over the evidence being asked for. In total between my lawyers and myself at least fifty requests have been made seeking disclosure of case evidence being held by Essex Police, all to no avail.

I now plan to ask my M.P. The Rt. Hon. Mary Creagh, and two M.E.P’s, Linda McAvan and Richard Corbett, to ask Essex Police for disclosure of the material set out in my petition. I am hoping that Essex Police concede that they can no longer withhold the evidence that’s being requested from them by my M.E.P’s and my M.P. The open letter making the request will be published on my web site along with responses. 

With luck, requests made via my M.P. and M.E.P’s might help persuade Essex Police to fulfil their obligation to disclose. After thirty years of asking I do hope so especially as we have now reached the 29th anniversary of my conviction there is no reason for the evidence proving my innocence not to be disclosed.

To find out more about the evidence we still require from police check and sign our petition.


[1] AR-21-21) Letter Disclosure (07.03.91) PDF

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