The Murders at White House Farm: The Podcast

The Murders at White House Farm: The Podcast

On the night of August 6th, 1985, just outside of the picturesque village of Tolleshunt D’Arcy in Essex, England, a shocking attack left five members – and three generations – of a family brutally murdered. At first, the police thought they were dealing with an open-and-shut case, suspecting that it was Sheila Caffell – diagnosed with schizophrenia – who had shot her adoptive parents and twin sons before turning the gun on herself. As one detective set out to prove, however, certain elements of that narrative that didn’t add up – and the spotlight turned to Sheila’s brother, Jeremy Bamber. In the new companion podcast to the HBO Max limited series The Murders at White House Farm, host Lauren Bright Pacheco speaks with the show’s creators, as well as with Carol Ann Lee -- author of the book The Murders at White House Farm -- and Colin Caffell, the father of the two young boys. Each episode of the podcast takes a deeper dive into one of six nuanced themes that contributed to the particularly disturbing nature of this surprisingly complicated case, providing further context and background for this horrific crime.

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September 15, 2020 2 min

On the night of August 6th, 1985 in Essex, England, a shocking attack left five members – and three generations – of a family brutally murdered. At first, the police thought they were dealing with an open-and-shut case of murder-suicide, suspecting that it was Sheila Caffell – diagnosed with schizophrenia – who had shot her adoptive parents and her twin sons before turning the gun on herself. As one detective set out to prove, howe...

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In this first episode of the companion podcast to HBO Max’s The Murders At White House Farm, host Lauren Bright Pacheco speaks with director Paul Whittington about how he set the stage for the limited series by working with those closest to the real life case. Providing American listeners with deeper context on mid-'80s Essex, England, Whittington describes how he authentically brought the past to life and shaped both the physi...

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October 1, 2020 44 min

In this second, highly emotional episode of the companion podcast to HBO Max’s The Murders At White House Farm, host Lauren Bright Pacheco speaks with Colin Caffell, father of the two youngest victims, and the ex-husband of initial suspect Sheila Caffell, whose body was discovered by police at the scene of the crime with the murder weapon. In what he has said will be his last ever public interview about that night and the drama to ...

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October 8, 2020 48 min

For the third episode of the companion podcast to HBO Max’s The Murders At White House Farm, host Lauren Bright Pacheco talks to Carol Ann Lee. As the author of the highly-researched book about that fatal night -- and upon which the series is based -- Carol shares her insight into the evidence found at the murder scene. She explains how that evidence initially seemed to suggest that what transpired was a murder-suicide rampage by S...

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October 15, 2020 36 min

In this fourth episode of the companion podcast to HBO Max’s The Murders At White House Farm, host Lauren Bright Pacheco again talks with Carol Ann Lee -- author of the highly-researched book upon which the series is based -- this time, to discuss the many missteps taken by the police in the way they handled the investigation of the murders. Carol explains how, as the investigation continued under the guidance of DCI Taff Jones, he...

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October 22, 2020 48 min

For this fifth episode of the companion podcast to HBO Max’s The Murders At White House Farm, host Lauren Bright Pacheco talks to series writer Kris Mrksa to dive into the psychology of the case, and the many personas involved. Kris discusses his processes for bringing the various different characters involved to life -- including Jeremy Bamber’s complex and confusing personality -- as well as his approach to depicting Sheila Caffe...

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October 29, 2020 41 min

For the sixth and final episode of the companion podcast to HBO Max’s The Murders At White House Farm, host Lauren Bright Pacheco talks to series Executive Producer Willow Grylls about the fallout of the case. Not only was it one of the most shocking events of the time, but the murders and their investigation had far-reaching and long-lasting consequences, the effects of which can still be seen and felt today. Among many other thin...

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