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Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from Daily Star - Daily News Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Jeremy Bamber's biological dad said he wanted nothing to do with his "horrible son" who "abused lovely people who gave him the best start in life". In a damning interview from 2004, Major Leslie Marsham dashed the hopes of his convicted killer son by angrily dismissing any chance of a reunion with him or his natural mum Juliet. Bamber was jailed for life in October 1985 for massacring five members of his adoptive family at their home in Essex. The killer has always denied the slayings but a jury convicted him after prosecutors claimed he carried out the murders to secure a £500,000 inheritance. (Image: Collect Unknown) Jeremy Bamber and the murders at White House Farm are the subject of a six-part ITV drama which airs tomorrow (Wednesday).
Little was known about Bamber's biological family until 2004 when Mr Marsham spoke out in an interview with the Daily Mirror. Mr Marsham, who is a former servant for the Queen at Buckingham Palace said there wasn't any chance of a reunion because he "abused" his adoptive parents. He said: "It was traumatic when we had to hand him over. He went to lovely people, who looked after him and gave him the best start in life." Retired Mr Marsham also dismissed any idea his son may be innocent as "most murderers complain to the bitter end". He said: "He abused them.
He's a murderer. It's well proven. He's as guilty as hell. "Most murderers complain to the bitter end they never did it. "We had no part in his upbringing whatsoever. "I don't know and don't wish to know whether he is our child or not. He has ruined our lives. He is a horrible man." (Image: Collect) The Daily Mirror also spoke to Bamber in 2004 from his cell at Whitemoor and discussed his relationship with his parents. He said: "I'd like their support, what son wouldn't? "I am sure my life would have been very different if I hadn't been adopted. "I would like to be acknowledged by my genetic parents." It is believed Bamber was born during an affair between Mr Marsham and his then lover Juliet Wheel in 1961. The couple eventually married put Jeremy up for adoption after his birth because of the stigma attached to having an illegitimate child at the time. RAF pilot Neville Bamber and his wife June then took him under their wing after they found out they couldn't have children. Bamber was just 25 at the time he was locked up for the murders and at first police believed his schizophrenic sister Sheila killed the family before turning the gun on herself. As the weeks progressed, police became suspicious of Bamber and he became the prime suspect in the case. Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from Mirror - celebs Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email ITV drama White House Farm recounts the chilling real life story of how Jeremy Bamber murdered his parents, sister and her six-year-old twin boys at their family farmhouse - and attempted to get away with it. Last week's premiere opened with Bamber telephoning police, claiming his father had called to say sister Shiela had gone 'bezerk with a gun' before the call was caught off. Police descended on the house before discovering the Bamber family - with the exception of son Jeremy - had all been shot dead at close range. DCI Taff Jones (played by Stephen Graham) accepted the theory of a murder-suicide on the part of Shiela, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. As a 16-year-old girl, Carol Ann Lee, felt pained for Jeremy Bamber who had lost his entire family in one night. Little did she know that a year later he would be accused and convicted of the murders - and that one day she would exchange letters with him. Author and biographer Carol began working on her book about the killings in 2012. She reached out to friends and families of the victims to find out more, before putting pen to paper to write to the convicted murderer himself. (Image: ITV) Carol claims to have seen photos that very few people have laid eyes on, and there is one she will never forget. After seeing the tragic and horrific bloodbath that police were met with when they first discovered the bodies, she told Essex Live: "One picture that I saw said to me that the person who did it was very good with a gun. "This person was not at all shaky and knew how and where to shoot. "This case got to me like nothing else has. "I cannot get the pictures of the crime scene out of my head." Carol said she got so involved with the story she would have chilling dreams about the bloody events. Despite her nightmares, Carol continued to exchange correspondence with Bamber as she worked on her book. "He comes across as very charming, but manipulative. "He is very much in control of the information he wants to discuss." The author claimed Bamber would not reply to questions about certain subjects, particularly his adoptive sister Sheila's personal life, who was initially blamed for the case in a murder-suicide theory. "What once was very frequent contact started to slow down," she said. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now "He wanted to be able to tell his story of innocence, and convince the world that he did not kill his family." Carol said that she always tried to keep an open mind on Bamber's guilt, but found his behaviour was hard to ignore. She said: "He could be very personable, and would ask how I was, but he was very aware of his life. "He offered to proofread my book, and point out any mistakes that I had made. "I told him that that wasn't going to work." (Image: PA) Carol says the when New Pictures began working on a new TV drama about the 1985 crimes they called her to be a consultant on production. "It was very strange to see the actors as the characters. "They worked so hard to make sure that they portrayed the true characters," she said. Carol was even asked to be an extra in a courtroom scene. The fictional version of Bamber's trial in the TV drama was filmed at Chelmsford Court Court, in the very next room to where the actual trial happened. ITV's White House Farm continues Wednesday at 9pm on ITV.