Michael Mansfield??? Jesus h christ
I didnt know that and you make a great point about family not being there as they were dead, horrible as it is, but surely he had friends, maybe not that close though to go through that kind of thing
The other thing is, how comes so many posters on tbis forum and others are so convinced of his guilt, its not exactly a nutters paradise
I am sure JB did have friends and acquaintances but in many respects his life history was a little different compared to the majority:
1. He was adopted into the Bamber family. If you read the witness statements of JB's extended family they seem to have spent very little time with the Bamber family other than business meetings and occasional family get togethers at Christmas and family do's eg weddings.
2. He grew up on an isolated farm. Roger Wilkes book does make ref to JB having friends on neighbouring farms but I guess by the time he could play out unsupervised he was off to boarding school in Norfolk and these friendships would have been restricted to school hols only.
3. From the age of 5 - 8 he attended a Maldon Court Prep in Maldon which is some 6 miles from WHF.
4. From the age of 8 - 16 he attended Gresham school in Norfolk some 80 miles from WHF. Again Roger Wilkes book makes ref to friends at school but I guess come term time he was back at WHF.
5. At the age of 17 he returned to WHF and attended Colchester college for 1 year. Followed by overseas travel.
6. He then started working at WHF but obviously this environment does not provide opportunity to work with lots of people in a close knit working environment eg an office, shop, factory, hospital, mine, laboratory etc.
7. From the age of 17 his friends seem to have been drawn from the night scene around Essex and also working in restaurants within the area.
I do tend to ramble somewhat
but what I'm trying to say is growing up on WHF and attending schools some distance from WHF was not conducive to enduring friendships.
With regard to so many posters on this forum and elsewhere being convinced of JB's guilt you can't include me in that as I am very much in the innocent camp. I don't think those that post on this forum and other forums are necessarily representative of the population at large. I guess also the media have a lot to answer for in how JB was portrayed in 1985/86 eg money hungry, womanising, psychopath. Also it cant help when you are found guilty in a court of law and the trial judge describes you as "warped and evil beyond belief"!? All a bit of a PR nightmare!