White House Farm: Who is DCI Taff Jones? What happened to him?
White House Farm, episode three, airs this Wednesday (January 22) at 9pm on ITV. In the upcoming episode, evidence pointing towards Jeremy Bamber (played by Freddie Fox) as the sole killer of his family begins to mount. However, DCI Taff Jones (Stephen Graham) is still pursuing the case a murder-suicide.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers about White House Farm on ITV
Who is DCI Taff Jones? What happened to him?
DCI Thomas ‘Taff’ Jones was the senior investigating officer on the White House Farm murder case.
He believed the deaths of Sheila Caffell (Cressinda Bonas), her six-year-old twin sons Daniel and Nicholas (Nate and Jude Barrowcliffe) and her adoptive parents Nevill (Nicholas Farrell) and June Bamber (Amanda Burton) were the results of a murder-suicide at the hands of Sheila Caffell.
There was evidence from the scene that supported his judgement.
For example, the farmhouse appeared to be locked from the inside out and Sheila was found dead holding the murder weapon.
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Later, the coroner’s inquest ruled the deaths to be a result of a murder-suicide.
However, as seen in the series, a crime scene was not secured properly and most of the evidence was burned.
Questions also began to be raised over Bamber’s phone records and the use of a silencer on the murder weapon.
Despite evidence which suggested Sheila and her entire family were murdered by an outsider, Taff pressed ahead with the murder-suicide theory.
Fingers began to be pointed at 24-year-old Jeremy Bamber, the only surviving member of the immediate family.
His cousin Ann Eaton (Gemma Whelan) and girlfriend Julie Mugford (Alexa Davis) had both given statements to police and their testimony was later used in court against Bamber.
Bamber was convicted in October 1986 and is currently serving a life sentence in prison. He has always maintained his innocence.
According to the East Anglian Dialy Times, despite the mounting evidence, Taff believed Bamber was innocent.
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The Mirror reported Taff was later removed from the case due to “operational reasons.”
Sadly, Taff died as a result of a break accident at his home, before Bamber’s case went to trial in October 1986.
His accident book and originals documents have never been released to Bamber’s defence team.
In 1989, Home Secretary Douglas Hurd ordered a tightening of police investigations following the White Hosue Farm Murders.
Channel 4 reports Hurd said: “First, the senior investigating officer (DCI ‘Taff’ Jones), having assessed the scene of the crime and considered the information provided by Jeremy Bamber, wrongly concluded that Sheila Caffell had taken her own life and shooting her parents and twin sons.
“In consequence of this error of judgement, he did not follow normal procedures of potential murder cases and was reluctant to take account of information which challenged his original assessment.
“Secondly, there was inadequate supervision of the senior investigating officer to ensure that existing force practices were observed and that the inquiries took account of the information coming to light
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Who plays DCI Taff Jones in White House Farm?
Stephen Graham is an English actor, best known for Andrew ‘Combo’ Gascoigne in This Is England and its television sequels, This Is England 86, 88 and 90.
He has also starred in the film Snatch, Gangs of New York and Public Enemies.
Graham most recently appeared in the Martin Scorsese film The Irishman as Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano.
Viewers may also recognise him for playing John Corbett in BBC’s Line of Duty.
His other TV credits include Taboo, Boardwalk Empire and A Christmas Carol.
White House Farm airs Wednesdays on ITV
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