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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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We did such a good job on that he pleaded guilty to almost everything. He pleaded to all the frauds, the burglaries. Text messages between Mr Field and Mr Smith show Mr Smith was aware of Mr Field’s mirror-writing campaign with Miss Moore-Martin. Farquhar was an evangelical Christian who was a lay minister and once considered seeking ordination. He worshipped and preached at Stowe Parish Church for 20 years. [1] Murder [ edit ] That hospital patient was Ann Moore-Martin, who Field would later admit defrauding out of thousands of pounds. Benjamin Luke Field is a British man who murdered retired teacher and author Peter Farquhar. [1] [2] [3] [4] Murder and conviction [ edit ]

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That was a real highlight of the investigation to get those guilty pleas because it just seemed so unbelievable.” We want our comments to be a lively and valuable part of our community - a place where readers can debate and engage with the most important local issues. The ability to comment on our stories is a privilege, not a right, however, and that privilege may be withdrawn if it is abused or misused. He was ultimately arrested and charged alongside Field for the murder of Peter Farquhar and of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore-Martin, as well as multiple counts of fraud and one count of burglary. However, he was found not guilty on all charges. a b c d " 'Evil' churchwarden guilty of murdering author". BBC News. 9 August 2019 . Retrieved 14 January 2020. Peter Farquhar and Ben Field at their betrothal ceremony Picture: TVP/PA Media (Image: Thames Valley Police/PA Media)

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While he was found guilty, Mr Field denied any involvement in either Mr Field or Miss Moore-Martin’s deaths. But during his trial, he did admit to the fake relationships as being part of a plot to get their wills changed in his favour. 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. Everything was Ben Field, Ben Field. Then when I finally got to charge him, [it was like] ‘is that all you’ve got?’” Mr Earl said: “It’s really hard to stress how big this investigation was and how much work went into it.

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A Diary From the Grave", a documentary about the murders, aired in January 2020 on Channel 4 as part of the Catching a Killer series. [21] Among them was what the prosecution said was a plan of how he would kill Mr Farquhar. “He said – incredibly – that he wrote it after Peter’s death, despite the fact it was dated before his death,” Mr Earl said.It was the last old-fashioned murder investigation. There was very little digital media, there wasn’t much phone work, there was no CCTV. Text messages between the two men also revealed that Smith was aware of Ben Field’s mirror-writing campaign in which he wrote messages around Ms Moore-Martin’s house in a bid to convince the highly religious woman they were from God and to leave her house to Field. The Sixth Commandment, a four-part series, begins airing on 17 July, with Timothy Spall ( Mr. Turner, the Harry Potter series) starring. It was only when you overlaid all the different pieces of evidence that you could put together a full picture of what was happening.

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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.

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During the trial, he admitted to duping Mr Field and Miss Moore-Martin into relationships as part of a plot to get their wills changed in his favour. He had also drugged Mr Field and wrote messages on Miss Moore-Martin’s mirror, pretending to be from God as she was deeply religious, as a form of manipulation. Before murdering Peter Farquhar in 2015, Mr Field had gaslit, manipulated, and steadily poisoned him. He’d also duped him into a fake relationship. Similar was done to Mr Farquhar’s neighbour, Ann Moore-Martin, 18 months later – Mr Field convinced them both to change their wills in his favour. Poison suspected after retired teachers die in village of Maids Moreton. Katie Gibbons and Fiona Hamilton, The Times, 18 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018. (subscription required) The evidence was distilled into a timeline, pulling together hundreds of different strands into one place.

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