Case 284

Widden Hill Farm

*** Content warnings: Animal cruelty, gun violence ***

43-year-old Graham Backhouse lived a peaceful life with his wife and children on Widden Hill Farm in Horton, England. But in 1984, a campaign of harassment directed at Graham left him fearing for his safety. 

When his wife Margaret Backhouse becomes the victim of a targeted attack, investigators consider who could have a motive to hurt the loving couple. The focus soon turns on a neighbour, Colyn Beadle-Taylor, but all is not what it seems.



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Farmer’s wife hurt in car blast drama – Birmingham Mail 

Vendetta bomb rocks a village – Western Daily Press 

Secrecy rules in village of fear – Sunday Times 

Neighbour is found shot dead at farm – Leicester Daily Mercury 

The Curse of Bomb Feud Farm – Daily Mirror

Police guard farm couple – Bristol Evening Post 

Scarred face of bomb feud victim – Daily Mirror 

Feud farm girl quizzed: I’m no car bomber – Sunday Mirror

Debt ridden farmer tried to blow up wife – Daily Mirror 

Farmer ‘blew up wife to collect insurance cash’ – Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh Edition) 

Shot man ‘may have been lying on floor’ – Leicester Daily Mercury

Letters deceit of ‘car bomb’ farmer – Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh Edition) 

Farmer trial told: there was no feud – Leicester Daily Mercury 

Neighbour’s fatal visit – Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh Edition) 

My secret love for blonde shepherdess – Daily Mirror 

The farmer’s fling – LIverpool Echo 

Man predicted own murder, court told – Liverpool Echo 

Neighbour was shot in self-defence’ – Leicester Mercury 

How the perfect murder went wrong – Newcastle Evening Chronicle 

Evil Farmer jailed – Newcastle Journal 

Life sentence for farmer… – The Times 

The village left stunned by murder – Western Daily Press 

Jail for a wicked farmer – Evening Post 

The evil of Graham Backhouse – Western Daily Press



Countryside Killing: Graham Backhouse – Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence, Season 2, Episode 4

The blood trail – Forensic Files, Season 2, Episode 6

Hate Campaign – Indelible Evidence, Season 1, Episode 1, BBC

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