BEN FIELD shocked the nation when his heinous crime was exposed years after the death of Peter Farquhar.
The former pallbearer and his evil deeds are set to be explored in an upcoming drama series.
Who is Ben Field?
Ben Field was a church leader who was found guilty of the 2019 murder of his elderly lover. Peter Farquhar.
The couple met when writer Peter was a visiting professor at the University of Buckingham.
Then, in 2014, Peter and Field exchanged knives at an engagement ceremony.
That same year, Farquhar amended his will, leaving Field half his house and a sum of money, and appointing him his literary agent.
Following Field’s conviction for Farquhar’s murder, The Sun revealed that he had up to 100 other potential victims.
In addition to the church, Field also worked in a nursing home.
Police officers who found his list of elderly “clients” fear he planned to kill them all – as well as his parents, grandparents and brother.
What did Ben Field do with Peter Farquhar?
On October 26, 2015, Farquhar died in Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire, aged 69.
His death was not initially considered suspicious and his friends and family believed he died in his sleep after a short illness.
However, when his neighbor Ann Moore-Martin, 83, died two years later under similar circumstances, it sparked a double murder investigation.
Then the police discovered Field’s terrible crime.
Evil Field had Farquhar killed after leading him to believe he was going mad to inherit his house and money.
He had laced Peter’s food with the hallucinogenic party drug 2-CB and tranquilizers, and taken disturbing footage of Peter to convince doctors he had dementia.
Peter suffered from severe hallucinations – including seeing “disgusting black insects” and being “attacked by beams of light”.
His drinks were also fortified with pure alcohol, leading friends to believe he was an alcoholic.
Field then choked Peter, trying to make it look like he drank himself to death.
Police branded Field a psychopath and said he would have posed a “permanent danger to society” had he not been stopped.
Where is Ben Field now?
As of 2023, Field is in prison.
In 2019 he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 36 years after being found guilty of murder by Oxford Crown Court.
Field’s co-defendant Martyn Smith, who received £10,000 from Peter’s will, was acquitted of Farquhar’s murder.
Field, meanwhile, had taken £20,000 from the will and a further £140,000 from the sale of his mistress’ house.
Field was accused of planning the murder of Moore-Martin, a former principal who lived three doors down from Peter, but was found not guilty.
He denied any involvement in the deaths of Farquhar and Moore-Martin but admitted to having tricked them into sham relationships in order to get them to change their will.
In sentencing Field, Judge Sweeney said: “The evidence before the court clearly demonstrated grandiosity, a sense of superiority over others, exploitation of others for personal gain, need to belittle and humiliate others, fixation on fantasies of power and success, Intelligence, a need for admiration from others, and a sense of entitlement coupled with an unwillingness to empathize with the feelings, needs, and desires of others.
In January 2022, Field launched a second attempt to have his conviction overturned.
An earlier challenge to his conviction had been dismissed in 2021.
In June 2023, the BBC released the first images of its four-part dramatization of Farquhar’s story.
Harry Potter star Timothy Spall plays the late lecturer, while Éanna Hardwicke was cast to play the evil Field.