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With Robert Scott Wilson reprising his role of Ben Weston on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, some newer fans might find themselves wondering who this hunky guy is and why everyone seems to hate him so much. Well, that’s where we come in! We’ll explain his background and why he’s so despised by Salem (which could have something to do with all those people he killed…). Could he really be cured?
The character of Ben Weston was introduced in February of 2014 with Justin Gaston in the role, although he was quickly replaced with 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 provoked him by mentioning his romantic past with both Abigail and Ben’s sister, Jordan, Ben snapped and beat him up!
Ben got very possessive of Abigail (then Kate Mansi). (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
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 Ben was really the Necktie Killer!
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!
Ben tried to burn Abigail and Chad alive! (Photo Credit: JJohnson/jpistudios.com)
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 secure 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. However, now he’s back and claiming to be cured. But is he, really? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out as this unexpected storyline continues!
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