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Ben Weston on DAYS OF OUR LIVES has been trying to make a fresh start in Salem, but some newer fans might find themselves wondering who this hunky guy is and why so many people seem to dislike him so much. Well, that’s where we come in! We’ll explain his background and why redemption has been so difficult for him to achieve (may have something to do with all those folks he killed...). The character was introduced in February of 2014 with Justin Gaston in the role, although he was replaced with Robert Scott Wilson in April of that year. Wilson got his big break as the first male model on THE PRICE IS RIGHT and later played Peter Cortland in the online revival of ABC soap ALL MY CHILDREN before joining the cast of DAYS.
Shortly after his arrival in Salem, Ben became smitten with Abigail Deveraux, and comforted her after her cousin, Nick, was murdered. Despite everyone trying to keep them apart by revealing Abigail’s sordid past, Ben assured her he didn’t care. But when Chad DiMera provoked him by mentioning his romantic past with both Abigail and Ben’s sister, Jordan Ridgeway, Ben snapped and beat him up!
Although Abigail convinced Chad to drop the assault charges, that wasn’t the end of Ben’s legal troubles because the FBI wanted him for his past connection to a gambling ring in Florida. Luckily, his father, Clyde, had plenty of underworld connections and managed to get the club manager killed in prison before he could testify against Ben.
Although Ben resumed his romance with Abigail, he grew obsessively jealous and learned that she’d slept with Chad. But convinced that she had chosen him in the end, Ben proposed to his love and was thrilled to learn she was pregnant. Chad became a suspect in the murders of Serena and Paige, but the truth was that the Necktie Killer was actually Ben!
When Will Horton stumbled upon the truth, Ben was forced to strangle him as well. Confronted by Chad, Ben beat his rival into a coma, then claimed self-defense. To protect Abigail from Chad, Ben took her to a secluded cabin where she went into labor. After a midwife helped deliver the baby boy, Ben killed her and buried her in the woods. Chad arrived to rescue Abigail, so Ben tied them both to the bed and set it on fire before taking off with the baby!
Thankfully, Ben was captured and Chad and Abigail escaped and rescued her son, who was later revealed to be Chad’s baby, not Ben’s. Ben faked being incoherent and suffering from a breakdown, so he was put on a suicide watch and later sent to a mental hospital where he was locked up. Later, Abigail began to see hallucinations of Ben and was even more shocked when the real one showed up, having escaped the facility where he was imprisoned. Abigail seduced Ben until she could stab him with some scissors and tie him to a bed to set him on fire! Chad showed up in time to save the villain's life, but he was badly burned. Ben was convicted of his crimes and sent away.
In September of 2017, Ben escaped the mental hospital and crashed Chad and Abigail’s double wedding with Sonny and Paul to stun everybody with the news that Will is really alive! Unfortunately, when Will was brought back to Salem, he had amnesia, and Sami had the crazy idea that having Ben re-enact his murder of Will would help bring back her son’s memories! Naturally, it didn’t work, and Ben was locked away again.
But then Ben was released with a clean bill of health, and everyone was skeptical that he was genuinely cured. He found Ciara on the side of the road after she crashed her motorcycle, and nursed her back to health in an abandoned cabin. She was initially terrified of the killer but soon came to believe he was actually cured, even defending him when the cabin caught fire and he was suspected of nearly killing her. As Ciara and Ben grew closer, Hope grew more determined to protect her daughter from the psycho.
Ciara wasn't thrilled when he took a job working at the DiMera mansion for Stefan. And even though Ben and Ciara have tried to steer clear of each other, neither of them were able to resist their feelings and finally gave in and made their relationship official. Ben's sister, Jordan, returned to Salem and believing her brother to still be dangerous, kidnapped Ciara and tried to burn her alive herself! Jordan was diagnosed with a psychotic break and sent away for treatment. Claire Brady also tried setting Ben up for a series of crimes, but once exposed was also sent away to a mental hospital.
Jordan returned again, given a clean bill of health herself, but still believes Ben to be dangerous. However, Ben and Ciara aren't sure Jordan isn't the real danger here. Stay tuned to see how the storyline continues and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!