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A Plot to Kill: The notorious killing of Peter Farquhar, a story of deception and betrayal that shocked a quiet English town

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Field fed his older partner a psychoactive drug, BK2CB, at an event to launch one of Mr Farquhar’s own books at Stowe School. Smith had been staying at pensioner Liz Zettl's house. Zettl was friends with both Moore-Martin and Farquhar. Smith and Field were also accused of possessing a copy of a Zettl’s will, with the intention of finding out how much the pensioner was ‘worth’, and it is believed that she was intended to be Field’s third victim. At the trial, Zettl became the oldest court witness in British history when she testified aged 101. [9] Mr Earl, who having begun the investigation after the birth of his second child found out during the trial that he and his wife were expecting their third, felt ‘definite relief’ when the panel of 12 found Field guilty of Mr Farquhar’s murder – although he was acquitted of attempting to murder Miss Moore-Martin.

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From the witness box, Field accepted drugging Mr Farquhar, claiming that it was because the older man woke him up by being active around the house at night. Where is Ben Field – of new true crime series The Sixth Commandment – now?". Cosmopolitan. 17 January 2023. The Sixth Commandment, a four-part series, begins airing on 17 July, with Timothy Spall ( Mr. Turner, the Harry Potter series) starring. https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/23672697.sixth-commandment-killer-ben-field-launch-fresh-court-appeal/ The evidence was distilled into a timeline, pulling together hundreds of different strands into one place.On 9 August 2019, Field was convicted of Farquhar's murder. [10] He was acquitted of the attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin, who died of natural causes on 12 May 2017. [5] Smith was acquitted of all charges. [5] In April this year, six years after the initial report, Thames Valley Police’s chief constable Jason Hogg awarded official commendations to 16 officers and civilian investigators involved in bringing Field to justice.

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Television The Sixth Commandment is proof that true crime dramas don't have to exploit murder victims Read More Miss Moore-Martin, a retired Bicester headteacher with whom Field was in a romantic relationship within a month of Peter's death, lived at one end of the road. Mr Farquhar was at the other.a b c d " 'Evil' churchwarden guilty of murdering author". BBC News. 9 August 2019 . Retrieved 14 January 2020. Maids Moreton: Benjamin Field in second bid to overturn murder conviction". 28 January 2022 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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Mr Farquhar had a wide circle of friends, and had penned four novels after retiring from teaching at public school Stowe in 2004. The more they looked into his death in 2015, the stronger their suspicion became that he had been poisoned. Two years on from Peter Farquhar’s death, the major crime team detectives had no murder scene and the property where it happened had been extensively remodelled. It was what I’d call old-fashioned coppering; that laborious, painstaking analysis and review of written material and small pieces of evidence.” Field, who was given a mandatory life sentence in 2019, must serve at least 36 years in custody before he is eligible for release.

All episodes are available on BBC iPlayer, and the first episode will air on BBC One at 9pm on 17 July, with episode two at the same time on 18 July, and parts three and four on 24 and 25 July. We did such a good job on that he pleaded guilty to almost everything. He pleaded to all the frauds, the burglaries. What happened to Ben Field, the killer at the centre of The Sixth Commandment?". The Independent. 18 July 2023. Mr Field used to also write letters to Miss Moore-Martin and, while on holiday in France, Mr Smith delivered 10 of them to her for him. The letters were part of a ruse to seduce her and groom her to change her will. Craig, David. "Catching A Killer: Viewers react to 'truly frightening' C4 documentary on Peter Farquhar's murder". radiotimes.com. Radio Times . Retrieved 28 August 2023.

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Peter Farquhar was born in Edinburgh on 3 January 1946, the son of a physician. He was educated at Latymer Upper School in London and then Churchill College, Cambridge, where he achieved a first-class degree in English. [1] Career [ edit ] Stowe SchoolPrior to his arrest, and during his fake relationships with the manipulated pair, Mr Field was a village churchwarden and training to be a vicar. Due to this connection to the Church of England, the diocese of Oxford released a statement after his sentencing, calling it a “complex and disturbing case”. From those nine seconds, a member of the Thames Valley squad painstakingly recreated the room as it would have been on the date of Mr Farquhar’s death. I’d read all his written work, I’d been through his phones, his computer, everything,” said the detective, who was the 'officer in the case' during the trial at Oxford Crown Court in 2019 and who in the Sixth Commandment is played by Gangs of London actor James Harkness.

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