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

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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.

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