BIG BAD Ben
If you’ve forgotten the details of psychopathic Ben Weston’s first stint in Salem and how he’s connected to current residents, here’s the rundown
Landing in Salem in February 2014, the handsome Ben (then-Justin Gaston) initially called himself Ben Rogers so he could get a waiter’s job at Club TBD.
His strange connection to Jordan Ridgeway (Chrishell Stause) soon aroused suspicions, forcing Jordan to admit to her boyfriend Rafe (Galen Gering) that Ben was her half-brother.
Targeted by Clyde Weston (James Read), Ben and Jordan came clean about Clyde being Ben’s father and Jordan’s sexually abusive stepfather when Clyde demanded the money they had stolen from him.
Protecting Jordan from Clyde, Ben soon grudgingly accepted his father’s nancial help.
Instantly falling in love with Abigail Deveraux (then-Kate Mansi), Ben was burning with jealousy when Abigail’s ex-lover Chad (Billy Flynn) interfered in the relationship to keep them apart. Taunting Ben about his own sexual history with Abigail and Jordan, Chad provoked Ben into severely beating him.
Arrested on assault charges, Ben faced further prosecution for his involvement in illegal gambling back in Florida. Chad had sought the DiMera family’s help to send Ben to prison but Abigail and Clyde ensured that both sets of charges were dropped, thus freeing Ben.
Increasingly paranoid with jealousy, Ben convinced himself that Chad wanted Abigail back and planted a tracking device on her phone to monitor her every move.
This led him to the DiMera mansion and the discovery that Abigail had slept with Chad. Nevertheless, Abigail accepted Ben’s subsequent proposal of marriage and wedding plans were made, amid Ben’s growing hatred for Chad.
To ensure that Chad stayed away from Abigail, Ben committed a string of serial killings and framed Chad for them.
He ritualistically strangled Serena Mason (Melissa Archer) and Paige Larson (True O’Brien) with red neckties and, after failing to kill Marlena (Deidre Hall) who was tracking the murderer, he apparently throttled Will Horton (then-Guy Wilson) to death when Will unmasked him as the maniac.
Finally realising that Ben was the killer, Chad fought back to expose him but landed in a coma, thanks to Ben’s brutal beating.
Kidnapping Abigail, who was now heavily pregnant, Ben stashed her in a secluded cabin where she went into labour. Convinced that the baby was his child, Ben forced Wendy (Denice Duff), a midwife, to deliver the baby before coldbloodedly shooting her to death to cover his tracks.
Soon, a recovering Chad appeared to save Abigail but Ben snatched the baby and, tying them to the bed, left them to burn to death after he set it on re!
As Chad and Abigail are rescued, Ben holes up in a motel room with the baby, deluding himself that they’re going to be together forever. However, a need for baby supplies was Ben’s undoing when the police caught up with him.
Apprehended after Chad and Abigail’s con rmation that he was the killer, Ben faked a breakdown and was put on suicide watch before being committed to Bayview Sanitarium.
Reunited with the baby, Chad and Abigail discovered that Chad was the boy’s biological father and they named him Thomas Jack DiMera.
By March 2016, Abigail and Chad were happily planning their wedding when Abigail was plagued by sightings of Ben, who had escaped custody.
Believing she was suffering from post-traumatic stress, everyone thought she was hallucinating about Ben after she saw him watching her marry Chad.
Determined to prove her sanity, Abigail set traps to catch Ben and she did, nally shackling him to a bed and relentlessly torturing him.
Unfortunately, she lost her mind in the process and after Ben was shipped back into custody, Chad committed his new wife to a psychiatric hospital where she struggled to recover.