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Jeremy Bamber’s ex’s life now after her bombshell evidence put him behind bars

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Jeremy Bamber’s ex’s life now after her bombshell evidence put him behind bars

Julie Mugford was the prosecution’s key witness in the trial of Jeremy Bamber after he murdered his family at White House Farm in August 1985. The 2020 ITV series is now streaming on Netflix

By Kirsty McCormack Senior TV Reporter

07:00, 13 Feb 2021

Jeremy Bamber has been in prison since October 1986, but without the help of his former girlfriend Julie Mugford, that may never have happened.  Julie was the prosecution’s key witness in the trial after Jeremy murdered his family at White House Farm back in August 1985.  Her bombshell evidence pointed the finger firmly at Jeremy as the gunman responsible for killing his parents, Nevill and June, sister, Sheila, and young nephews, Nicholas and Daniel.  Despite being pictured comforting Jeremy at the funeral of his entire family, Julie decided to drastically change her statement which then led to the arrest of her boyfriend.  Julie told officers that he had been planning to kill his parents, Nevill and June, for some time and revealed the full details of the chilling phone call he made to her on the night of the murders at White House Farm in Essex.  In her revised statement, she told police Jeremy had said he had repeatedly told her he wished he could “get rid of them all”.

Julie told officers that he had been planning to kill his parents, Nevill and June, for some time and revealed the full details of the chilling phone call he made to her on the night of the murders at White House Farm in Essex.  In her revised statement, she told police Jeremy had said he had repeatedly told her he wished he could “get rid of them all”.

Julie is now 57 and goes by the name Julie Smerchanski and lives a life of suburban normality with her husband and grown up children in Winnipeg, Canada.  She met her husband, Canadian Glen, in 1990, and worked as a special needs teacher before being promoted to the deputy head of a primary school. Julie is now an education officer in Winnipeg.  One of her neighbours told the Mail On Sunday: “She’s rebuilt her life. She’s not the same person now and then. She and Glen are a lovely couple.”

Sadly, Julie is still haunted by the murders almost 35 years ago and suffers from nightmares.  Her husband Glen said: “Julie just wishes it would all go away and we could get on with our lives.  How would you feel if you did the right thing and your life continued to be ruined by it.”

But one thing that has never waivered for Julie is her conviction that Bamber is guilty of the five murders, as she once said: “As far as I’m concerned nothing has changed. I sincerely believe he is guilty.”

The story of the murders was told in a six-part drama entitled ‘White House Farm’ which was shown on ITV at the beginning of 2020, and is now streaming on Netflix.