|Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston|
|Days of our Lives|
|Portrayed by|| Justin Gaston (2014)|
Robert Scott Wilson
|Current status||Present; Regular (Contract)|
|First appearance||February 26, 2014|
|Created by||Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday, Lisa de Cazotte and Greg Meng|
|Fullname|| Benjamin Weston|
Oliver Weston (birth name)
|Nickname(s)|| Ollie (by Clyde)|
Benny (by Chad)
Deranged serial killer of a son (by Kate)
Deranged Weston (by Victor)
Psycho (by J.J.)
Imbecile of a son (by Chad)
Lunatic (by Jennifer)
|Alias(es)|| The Necktie Killer|
|Born||March 13, 1989|
|Education||Salem University (formerly)|
|Occupation|| Mental Patient (formerly)|
Serial Killer (convicted, formerly)
Illegal Gambler (formerly)
|Residence|| Salem, Illinois, U.S.|
Bayview Sanitarium (formerly)
Statesville Prison (formerly)
Apt 623, Salem, Illinois, U.S. (formerly)
Miami, Florida, U.S. (formerly)
Houston, Texas, U.S. (formerly)
Poplar Bluff, Missouri, U.S. (formerly)
|Justin Gaston As Ben Weston|
In late 2015, he became an obsessive psychotic serial killer known as The Necktie Killer.
Created by head writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell, the character was introduced by co-executive producers Lisa de Cazotte and Greg Meng in February 2014 as the estranged brother Jordan Ridgeway (Chrishell Stause). Actor Justin Gaston originated the role and was quickly replaced by Wilson in April 2014. Ben's arrival upsets Jordan's new life in Salem. The character's most significant storylines include his romance with Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi), trying to live down his secret past threatened by the arrival of his abusive father Clyde Weston (James Read), his feud with Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn).
Ben is mostly known for being a serial killer known as the "Necktie Killer" and claiming four victims, most notably gay legacy character Will Horton (Guy Wilson). While killing off the character of Will proved to be quite controversial, Robert Scott Wilson received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ben's descent into an obsessive and crazed psycho killer. One blog christened the character with the nickname "Batty Ben".
In September 12, 2017, Wilson's return was confirmed by Soap Opera Digest. Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) will start airing again on DAYS during the week of September 25. “Honored and excited to Bring Ben back to his old stomping grounds,” the actor tells Digest exclusively. “I couldn’t have asked for a better entrance back to Salem — when no one sees it coming. Bad times don’t last, but bad guys do.” Wilson was last seen as a regular cast member in 2016. He made a return on a recurring status starting October 2017. His last appearance during this stint was on November 30. In December 2017, Wilson showed photos of him inside Days Studio set. In April 26, in the new issue of Digest, Robert Scott Wilson confirmed that he is back on contract as DAYS’s Ben. “I’m really grateful,” the actor tells Digestexclusively. “There is still so much with Ben; he’s so layered and such a fun character to play. I just like jumping back into him. I love what Ron [Carlivati, head writer] and the whole team has been doing with him thus far, so I’m really excited to see where they take him after this.” Wilson returned on May 4, 2018 as a series regular.
While the character was initially not well received, the shocking serial killer plot and Wilson's portrayal led to Ben becoming a fan favorite. One blog christened the character with the nickname "Batty Ben" while TVSource Magazine hailed Ben as "The sexiest serial killer in soap history." Wilson received critical acclaim in the soap press and many were quite surprised the actor did not receive Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his work. However, Ben's multiple return stints garnered the series multiple daytime Emmy nominations, and wins, including the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2018.
Ben Weston is the son of Clyde Weston, the local drug lord in Poplar Bluff, Missouri and an unnamed woman. He was born as Oliver Weston. He's blood-type O. He has a half-sister named Tammy-Sue. While growing up he was heavily abused by his father, it was believed that he was whipped with a belt during childhood. He'd be whipped for countless unknown reasons. Eventually, his mother died in an accident, but in reality and unbeknownst to him his mother was pregnant when she was accidentally killed by his half-sister Tammy-Sue. He was forced to live under the house of his abusive father. Through out his young life, Ben suffered from a strong mental illness related to his bad-temper that he probably got from his childhood abuse. Because of his problems, Ben had gotten into many brutal fights. However, despite his illness he was still aware of his actions.
In 2006, in one night both he and his sister ran away from home and they both went off to live different lives. He had taken many different identities over the years; he even met Eve Donovan and her daughter Paige Larson while in Florida as Kevin Reynolds. He fled different states from time to time to avoid being caught by his father and most likely for breaking number of laws in different states like in Houston and Miami.
Over the years he caught up in many different number of troubles; for instance in Miami, Florida he became an assistant in an Illegal Gambling business during his time there as Kevin Reynolds, where he helped in assisting a man who worked for a guy a big time criminal named Wollensky. In exchange for a relatively small amount of compensation -- less than two hundred dollars per week -- he had pointed the guy out to people who had indicated they were looking for a little gambling action. According to Ben, he did this so he can pay up for his education. At the time of when Wollensky and his major gambling ring, that had been operating out of a place Ben had worked, got busted by the Florida Bureau of Investigation, Ben left the state the same day and he soon made his way to Salem to be with his sister. He changed his name to Ben Rogers when arrived in Salem.
Ben arrives in Salem in February 2014 and gets a job as a waiter at Club TBD. It is revealed that he shares a past with the mysterious Jordan Ridgeway (Chrishell Stause) but she warns him to keep his distance but he reminds her that he can't given their deep connection. After Jordan's boyfriend Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) catches them together, Rafe attacks him believing he's assaulting her, at that point Jordan is forced to admit that Ben is her brother.
Meanwhile, Ben is immediately smitten with the beautiful Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi). Ben comes to Abby's defence when she gets into a heated confrontation with her cousin Nick Fallon (Blake Berris). Jordan later tries to persuade Ben to leave town with her when she fears someone has found out about their past but he talks her down. Ben comforts Abigail when Nick is murdered in front of them and they later share a kiss. Ben is later questioned as a suspect in Nick's murder due to their prior confrontation. Ben later accompanies Abigail to EJ DiMera and Sami Brady's wedding only for EJ to get arrested shortly after. A presumably distraught Sami later confides in Ben that Abigail had an affair with EJ. Ben assures Abigail that her past does not change how he feels about her.
Ben rushes to Jordan's side when their father Clyde Weston (James Read) tracks them down in Salem demanding that they repay the cash they stole from him. Jordan empties out her life's savings to pay Clyde to leave town, but he suddenly turns over a new leaf and returns the money. Ben continues seeing Abigail despite her reservations due to her past with EJ. Ben struggles to make ends meet and Clyde offers to help him, and he reluctantly accepts money from him. Ben soon meets Abigail's ex-boyfriend, Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn) and Ben clashes with him who calls her out on her affair with his brother.
Later, taking a dislike to his relationship with Abigail Chad tries to sabotage Ben's attempt at getting a new apartment in which results in him getting attacked by Ben. In the end Ben gets a new apartment through the help of Sonny Kiriakis. He and Abigail get intimate and close during the holidays. While his hate towards Chad continues as he believes he is using his relationship with his sister to annoy Ben and to take Abigail back.
After Chad provokes Ben by referencing his sexual escapades with both Abby and Jordan, Ben snaps and beats Chad nearly to death, leading to him getting arrested. Clyde offers to pay for Ben's legal defence but Abigail convinces Chad to drop the assault charges. However, Ben's legal troubles don't end there as the FBI comes looking for him and Ben is forced to come clean to Abigail about his prior involvement in a Florida gambling ring. Ben explained that while he never participated in the gambling, he directed participants to the games in exchange for a payment. Fortunately for Ben, when one of the witnesses is killed, the charges are dropped and Ben resumes his romance with Abigail. Skeptical of Chad's motives when he helps Abigail get her job back, Ben asks Abigail to move in with him and she agrees to think about it.
Fearing she is hiding something, Ben plants a tracking device on her phone. Ben is happy when Abigail suddenly agrees to move in with him. One night, Ben follows Abigail to the DiMera mansion where he learns Chad and Abigail slept together. However, Ben is content with the fact that Abigail has chosen him and decides not to confront her, in addition he secretly suffered a psychotic break and began having flashbacks in his mind of Chad and Abigail together. Later Ben is presented with his late mother's engagement ring from Clyde and he proposes to Abigail who is hesitant to accept. Abigail later happily accepts his marriage proposal and Ben is ecstatic to learn she is pregnant. They start wedding plans and Clyde even buys them a house as a wedding gift.
After Chad becomes the prime suspect in the murders of Serena Mason (Melissa Archer) and Paige Larson (True O'Brien), Ben warns Abigail away from him for her own safety. Realising she can't keep her distance, Ben convinces Abigail to leave town to protect their future. The killer later tries and fails to kill Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) when Chad interrupts the attack. Ben later decides to stay in town when he learns the cops are looking for Chad who has gone on the run. Ben is later shown dumping evidence that proves he is behind the murders. He later ask Abigail's cousin Will Horton (Guy Wilson) to be the best man at their wedding and Will happily agrees.
Meanwhile, Ben is furious when Abigail's brother JJ (Casey Moss) gets Clyde arrested for drug trafficking and they nearly get into a brawl at the police station. Later, Ben kills Will who has realised Ben is responsible for the attacks and frames Chad for the murder once again. Chad who initially believes Clyde is behind the killings realizes it is Ben and comes out of hiding to confront him. They fight, Ben overpowers Chad and beats him into a coma. Ben then claims that Chad broke into his apartment and attacked him because he is obsessed with Abigail. In October 20, 2015, Ben is brought to a meeting at the police station with Clyde who tells Ben he is being extradited to Florida that day. Ben reveals to Clyde that he is the "necktie killer". He promised his son that he will take his secret to his grave.
To keep Abigail from Chad, Ben takes her to a secluded cabin in Mammoth Falls and handcuffed her to a chair so she couldn't escape. Abigail tried to escape a few times but failed. A little while later, she started getting pains which she thought were cramps but they later turned out to be labor pains. After Hope and Aiden got married, Aiden tried to kill Hope using the necktie killers outfit (because Stefano DiMera and Andre DiMera made him) but Hope survived because Bo Brady killed Aiden. Since the police thought that Aiden was the necktie killer, they released Chad from prison. Chad went looking for Abigail but found Ben instead, who told him that he and Abigail had left town to work things out. Later on, Ben forced Abigail to call Chad and break things off. While on the phone, Chad noticed something was wrong and told her to say bye and hang up if something was wrong so she did. As the pain got worse and closer together, she told Ben that she needed to go to a hospital but he refused and then went into town and found her a midwife named Wendy. Then Wendy helped her deliver her premature son. Then Ben named him, "Colin Weston". After the birth, Ben shot and killed Wendy.
When Chad found out that there was something wrong he asked Rafe Hernandez to help find her and after some arguing Rafe agreed. The police tracked Ben and Abigail's location and Chad went looking for them. He came just in time because Ben was about to shoot Abigail and take Thomas but Chad stopped him. When Chad tried to take the gun from Ben, Ben got the upper hand and knocked Chad out and then tied him to a bed Afterwards, Ben tied Abigail to the bed and set it on fire for them to burn to death together and he left with her baby. Soon Chad got his hands free and got him and Abigail to safety. Ben went to a motel with "Colin" and left him there all alone to go get food.
He returns to Wendy's officer to get baby supplies he hears Lani and JJ arriving he hides in the closet to avoid detection, but they both realize he is in the closet and they trick him into revealing himself. JJ demands to know the location of his sister at that instant Ben attacks Lani who is holding him at gun point but JJ punches him and Lani restrains him. After he is restrained JJ threatens him about the location of his sister but Lani calmed him and they both took him back to Salem.
Eventually, Abigail and Chad are rescued and eventually Abigail confirm that Ben is the necktie killer. She informed the police of their missing son and they have started a search across all of Mammoth Falls. Abigail decides to interrogate Ben for her son's location. Even though Ben is faking being incoherent and suffering from a mental breakdown, he is able to tell Abigail after she insisted with her impending rage that he left the baby at a motel. Right afterwards he starts to go barking mad, which causes the police officer in the room to hold him down while Abigail leaves in a rush.
Soon after, Ben still suffering from a mental breakdown is dragged out of the interrogation room by two officers, Roman orders his officers to have him put on 24 hour suicide watch and taken to a jail cell. Chad and JJ decide to go back to Mammoth Falls, where Abigail was being held hostage to find her son and they find him at a motel and reunite him with his mother at the hospital in Salem. Abigail later renames her baby, Thomas Jack Deveraux for she wants her son to have his own name, a new start with no memory of Ben at all. Soon afterwards, Ben was put in a highly secured mental institution.
When Thomas gets sick, Ben's blood samples are brought to the hospital so they can help in Thomas' recovery without Ben's authority given he is in lock up. In December 30, it's revealed to Abigail and Jennifer that Ben can't be his father because the blood types are thankfully not compatible, this makes her realize that Chad is the father of her baby. A DNA test is soon done and it confirms that Chad is the father.
On February 4, 2016, Deimos Kiriakis unknowingly rented the apartment that Ben was living in before he was arrested. Deimos questioned as to why it was at a low price than the other apartments the manager explained that the previous owner was Ben Weston, a serial killer, and so he was trying to erase the memory of Ben Weston's former presence in the apartment for the sake of his business. Much to the manager's surprise Deimos was not bothered by Ben Weston's former presence in the apartment as he found it suitable to live in and so he began using it for a couple of months.
In March 1, 2016, Chad learns that Ben has escaped from the highly secured mental hospital he was being kept in after having sweet-talked a female guard into letting him walk out. They believed he was coming back to Salem to get Abigail and Thomas, since he still believes Thomas is his son. At her wedding to Chad, Abby saw Ben and let out a blood curdling scream. On March 27, Abby saw and communicated with Ben at the DiMera mansion. Ben even picked up Thomas, and Abby told Ben Thomas was Chad's son, and not his. Ben started to leave with Thomas and stopped at the window. Abby yelled at Chad and J.J. to stop Ben from leaving, but there was no one there, and Thomas was safe in his stroller. Abby continued to see hallucinations of Ben until the real one showed up.
In April 7, Ben broke into the DiMera Mansion after choking out the security officer Jerry, and in the living room he confronted Abigail and made it clear to her that he wants her and "their" son back. He claims that he never stopped loving her and he thought about her during the time he was in the mental hospital. He revealed that he got a tattoo with her name on his knuckles, showing Abigail how psychotically obsessive he is towards her. To protect her son, Abby seduced Ben by lying about Chad abusing her, and then he was taken to her bedroom where she continued to seduce him till she stabbed him in the shoulder with a pair of scissors, and then knocked him out with a lamp.
Soon Abby tied him to the bed, and woke Ben up just so she could taunt him. Abby struck one match after another which terrified him since he slowly began to realize what she was gonna do. Ben told her that even if she killed him, he will always be with her, though Abigail was not worried as she believed she was doing a public service. Without hesitation, Abby lit Ben on fire. He pathetically declared his love for her as he began to burn and scream in agony. Chad showed up and got the fire put out before it could kill Ben, despite his efforts Ben's legs were burned heavily.
In pain, Ben tried to make his escape but Chad knocked him out and gave him a busted lip. The police arrived, along with an ambulance. In shock, still JJ ordered the officers to handcuff both his hands to the gurney that he was being put on. JJ orders to have one officer with him at all times while the other cops follow in a squad car and to shoot Ben if he makes a move. As they remove him, Ben tries to speak about what happened so Abigail and Chad could get arrested, but JJ told his fellow officers to ignore him as he's a psychopath so it doesn't matter what he says. Ben kept muttering on what happened as he was taken away.
JJ informs Chad that Ben has second and third degree burns. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries. In April 12, JJ later visited him in his hospital room where he declared that the burns he is suffering from were no where near as much as he deserves. JJ wasn't convinced Ben was asleep and was pretty sure he could hear him. He vowed to Ben that he will make sure he would pay for his crimes, for all the innocents he's harmed; Serena, Paige, Will, Wendy, and Abigail.
At the same time, Chad met with Rafe to ask him if has any info on whether Ben will be put back in the mental institution or be sentenced to a maximum security prison. Rafe assured Chad that despite his minimal knowledge on the matter, the District Attorney will be able to convince the courts that Ben was sane enough to execute his escape, which is enough to have him sent to prison. On April 19, JJ revealed that his friend at the DA's office informed him that instead of being sent back to the mental institution from which he escaped from, Ben was condemned by the District Attorney Justin Kiriakis and the courts to be sane enough to be sent to a maximum security prison.
Even after his imprisonment, Ben continued to torment Abigail in her mind to the point that she began seeing more and more hallucinations of him. Marlena, Jennifer, Chad and JJ decided that Abigail needs some serious help. Abigail overheard them wanting to put her in a mental hospital and because of this she ran away with her son. She was eventually found and brought to her senses. She agreed to enter into the hospital so she can recover for her child. During her stay she continued to see Ben, seeing him attacking her, trying to kill her believing that him being in prison is not enough that he must die or else he will come back and kill her. In late June, Abigail started a fire in an attempt to "kill" Ben. She was injured in the process. In June 24, Abigail saw one last hallucination of Ben and told him to go to hell before she made her escape from the hospital. When Abigail disappeared in the early summer of 2016, everyone believed Ben was responsible but JJ confirmed that Ben is still in lock up.
News of Ben's imprisonment in a federal prison reached Clyde in his own prison in Florida. He continued to blame Chad DiMera and Abigail Deveraux for all that happened to his son seeing them as responsible for his son's down spiral into madness. In September 2016, months after Ben was imprisoned in a maximum security prison, Ben's Drug Lord father, Clyde escaped prison with the help of his allies Orpheus and Xander. He made his way to Salem where he had every intention of kidnapping Thomas Deveraux, who in his delusional mind should be Ben's son, even though he knows it isn't his, and reunite him with his Ben, once he breaks him out of prison. In September 20, Kate begins to almost feel sorry for Ben believing Clyde made Ben the monster that he is. In September 28, Marlena informs Abe, John and Brady that Clyde's main focus is Ben as he is willing to do just about anything to make himself feel like he's a good father. This led the Salem P.D. believe that he plans to break his son out of prison, which was true.
Once Chad found out about his plans he called the prison warden where Ben is being held at and warned him of what Clyde had planned and he ensured the prison staff to be ready if Clyde shows up with Thomas. In October 4, Clyde calls Jeremiah and shares his plans to break Ben out of prison and make sure he, Thomas and himself have a reunion that they'll never forget. In October 6, at the DiMera mansion, Marlena visited Kate and Chad to get intel on Clyde's current psychosis, Chad and Kate inform her about his plans in kidnapping Thomas and reuniting him with Ben. Kate shares her belief that Clyde is completely delusional now, for he believes that if he somehow reunites Ben with Thomas it will redeem him for the abuse he had done to him in the past. In October 11, Clyde impulsively decided to go off on his own to kill Chad and kidnap Thomas, although Orpheus mocked Clyde's deluded vision of a better life for his son given he's in a federal penitentiary for his string of murders among other things.
Nevertheless he went off, he soon allied himself with Andre DiMera, who wanted his brother dead as much he did. Once he confronted Chad at the DiMera mansion, they had an argument on Ben and after Clyde hit Chad with his gun, he confessed he doesn't hate Ben but pities him for having a father like Clyde. In the end, Andre's alliance to Clyde was revealed to be a ruse to trap Clyde and in the end all of his plans had been foiled by the DiMeras and the Salem P.D., he was arrested once more. During Clyde's arrest, Gabi Hernandez brought Thomas into the room, and Clyde raged that the baby belonged to Ben. In response Chad briefly mocked Clyde about his failure as a father as he made it clear to him that his son went crazy because of him, Clyde raged at him not to say a word about his family and Chad gladly stopped, silencing him before being dragged out of the mansion by JJ and his fellow officers. In the Salem P.D., the District Attorney Aiden Jennings promised that he will make sure that he'll spend a very long time in solitary confinement. Clyde only shrugged Aiden's promise and told him not to be too confident that his plan will work. In October 13, John revealed that Clyde is back serving his original 25 to life prison sentence as well as new charges from the prison break have also been added to his sentence.
Nearly a year later, Ben became a patient at Bayview Sanitarium. In September 11, when the nurse leaves the room, Ben steals the keys to his restraints. On September 28, Ben frees himself from his restraints and knocks out the nurse with a file folder. When the orderly arrives, Ben drugs him then escapes. Ben arrives at St. Lukes to interrupt Chad and Abigail and Sonny and Paul's double wedding. Everyone's stunned that he's there. Abigail begins to hallucinate and out of pure rage she rushes towards him to punch him down. Rafe and JJ restrain him.
Ben begins to mock everyone at the wedding. When Chad and Abigail assume he's there for them he reveals he's there for Sonny and Paul. After Sonny lashes out to him for all the pain he's caused him and his family, he yells that Will is alive. No one believes him as he is taken out. At the police station, JJ and Rafe have Ben in the interrogation room. JJ tells Ben he's going to spend the rest of his life locked up like an animal. Ben claims he's here to make amends. In October 3, Sonny questions Ben in the interrogation room, he keeps taunting him, constantly saying he's innocent and that he didn't kill anyone.
Soon after Paul and JJ enter and they convince Sonny not to listen to him. After Sonny and Paul leave, JJ enters the room. He grabs Ben's hair and demands to know if any of his other victims are alive as well like Paige. Ben taunts him by reminding him that he slept with her mother. He taunts him even more before JJ takes out his gun ready to kill him, Ben pushes his head up against it daring him. Hope and Rafe walk in and Hope orders him to stand down, Rafe reveals Hope is the new commissioner.
After JJ leaves Ben threatens to sue for police brutality and warns Hope that if they even think of sending him back to Bayview they'll never know what he knows about Will. Rafe snaps and brutally wraps his hand around Ben's neck warning him that he's in no position to dish out ultimatums before Hope orders him to let go. She offers to uncuff Ben and let him write down his statement. She lies and makes him believe that they'll work out a deal. Later Ben is put in a holding cell by Rafe to think of his next move.
In October 6, at Salem P.D., Hope brings Ben into the interrogation room and Marlena follows. Marlena asks why Ben declared that Will is alive. He grows aggressive and feels he's being attacked and scorned when all he's trying to do is tell the truth. She continues to ask how it's possible Will's alive. He admits somebody told him Will is alive, but doesn't say who. When she asks if it was a visitor at Bayview, he perks up. Later Hope comes in and asks Ben about his visitor and she shows him pictures of his father, Clyde, visiting him in Bayview.
On October 9, Ben recalls his visit with Clyde. Clyde came to see Ben during his siege last year, using Jordan Ridgeway, as an alias, so Ben believed it was his sister visiting him. Clyde informed Ben of his plan on breaking him out and reunite him with his "son". He argued that he doesn't think he could be a good father. Ben recalled on how he killed three people and cried about killing his friend Will. But Clyde revealed to Ben that Will was alive. Before he had to abruptly leave, Clyde could only tell him that things aren't always as they seem. In October 30, JJ and Lani revealed Ben has been locked up tight.
On November 28, Sami Brady had Ben kidnapped from the institution he was held in, so he may help her restore her son Will's memories, since his memories was erased by Dr. Wilhelm Rolf after he was revived by him in 2015. She elaborated her plan to Ben, though reluctant at first, he agreed. When Will was brought to him, he attacked him and started strangling him in the same manner as he did the first time. Will started to get some flashes but before he can remember more, Ben stopped and out of guilt revealed to Will that Sami put him up to this. Ben was restrained by Sami's men. After Will vexed Sami and left, Ben kept vexing Sami on how her son will never forgive for this act, as she had her men take him back to Bayview.
On June 1, at Bayview, after an evaluation, Dr. Evans believed Ben is truly remorseful for his sins, after having his breakthrough when Sami kidnapped him and forced him into nearly strangling Will. In June 4, Hope received news that Ben has been released and he’s on route to Salem.
Casting and CreationEdit
In the summer of 2013 Soap Opera Digest reported that the soap had put out two separate casting calls, one of which was for the role of Ben. In February 2014, it was reported that actor and country singer Justin Gaston, known for his appearance on the television series, Nashville Star had been cast in the contract role of Ben. Gaston filmed his first scenes in October 2013 and was slated to make his first appearance on February 26, 2014.
During the week of April 7, 2014, rumors circulated that Gaston had been replaced by actor Robert Scott Wilson, with neither actor nor the show commented on the speculation. On April 14, 2014, Soap Opera Digest confirmed the rumor and reported that Gaston was indeed replaced by Wilson, known for being the first male model on The Price Is Right and his portrayal of Peter Cortlandt in the short-lived online reboot of the ABC soap, All My Children. Wilson commented on the news that he would soon depart from the game show, and thanked fans. The following day, Wilson confirmed his final appearance on The Price is Right as April 15, and assured fans that he was not leaving on bad terms but did not comment on his new gig at Days of Our Lives. Wilson made his debut on May 22, 2014, in scenes opposite Kate Mansi as Abigail and Days veteran Kristian Alfonso as Hope Brady. At the time, Wilson was testing for another project on Fox. When the project fell through, Wilson returned to Boston to visit his family for Christmas which is when he learned he got the job. "It came at a time when I didn't expect," Wilson told Soap Opera Digest. Ironically, Wilson had just purchased a brand new Mercedes Benz the week before booking the gig. "Fortune favors the bold" he said of his luck. He started filming on January 8, 2014, and had filmed twelve episodes by the end of February. Wilson accredited his landing the role to his time on All My Children and one of his former costars, Jill Larson who played his mother, Opal. Wilson also found common ground with former AMC alum, Chrishell Stause who played Ben's sister, Jordan Ridgeway and said Stause and [Kate] Mansi helped him make the transition. After landing the gig, Wilson learned he would also be working opposite [Kristian] Alfonso, another Boston native.
The original casting call described Ben as being in his early to mid 20s, a “gorgeous, Caucasian, country boy.” He is supposed to be Midwestern or Southern. The casting notice also described Ben as “utterly charming” due to his “honest sincere approach to life and love.” The producers looked for actors with a musical background. According to Soap Central, musical talent was not a requirement for those auditioning for the role. Ben was also said to have a "slight southern accent." He's kind of a loner. He's traveled and can read people very well." However, Ben can be a bit unpredictable, and according to Wilson, "he's a loose cannon." Ben has a lot of rage because he comes from a "messed-up home." Wilson described Ben as a "good guy" who isn't afraid to "put somebody in line if he has to." Unlike his former role as Pete, "With Ben, I'm playing more of a hungry person." Wilson further described Ben as "very street-smart" and the typical "nice guy." However, he can be a protective of his loved ones. In an interview with On-Air On-Soaps, Wilson explained that Ben has a "temper" that can get him into trouble. Ben has a "protective nature" because of his past.
Wilson later admitted that he didn't know much about the character when he assumed the role of Ben. "[The producers] really only gave me what I needed to know to make it real and understandable to me." Wilson revealed that the producers gave him a lot "creative control" when it came to his character's backstory. Wilson revealed that he and Ben share a similar background because he too comes "from humble beginnings." Wilson stated, "Ben has pretty much always been broke" and he's never experienced any real "stability in his life." "I had to come up with my own backstory for things to work for me as the story went further" the actor explained. Wilson said of his character that "Ben has lived a crazy life. Ben hopes to make a home for himself by settling in the same town as his sister Jordan Ridgeway (Stause). Though Ben is the younger of the siblings, he has "stepped up" for Jordan and tries to be a father figure for her and protect her as payback for her raising him. However, Ben's plans are threatened by the arrival of his father, Clyde Weston (Read). Ben "very wary of Clyde" because he only has bad memories of him. While Clyde and Ben want the same thing, to build a father-son relationship, Clyde's schemes constantly undermines any progress they make.
The character is paired with Abigail Deveraux (Mansi) in a romantic storyline. Wilson explained that Abigail is the first girl to make Ben want to "settle down" and have a stable relationship. "It's all really new to him." Ben's secret past jeopardises his budding romance with Abigail because "He's not yet ready to tell her... but if everything is good at the end of the tunnel" Ben will come clean. Wilson formed a close bond with his costar Mansi which he said helped with their onscreen chemistry. Ben doesn't hold Abigail's past against her because "Everybody's got baggage" Wilson said. Ben can understand and identity with Abby having a trouble past "because he's far from perfect himself." Abby and Ben's new romance is also threatened by return of her ex-boyfriend Chad DiMera (Flynn). Abigail is forced to choose between staying faithful to Ben and protecting him from a potential prison stint when he gets arrested for assaulting Chad. After an affair with Chad, which Ben witnesses, Abigail ends up pregnant and is unsure of her baby's paternity. Ben is so desperate to make a better life for himself that he willingly overlooks Abigail's cheating. "That's always in the back of Ben's head" Wilson stated. So, Ben is faced with the task of burying those feelings and staying focused on "his ultimate goal of having a family and becoming stable." He continued, "Abigail is the puzzle piece that will make all of that possible." Wilson further stated that this is the first relationship where Ben has "found something to invest in" and he is afraid to lose that so when he learns she is pregnant, Ben holds on tighter. However, "it's eating him alive" Wilson said of Abigail seemingly being drawn to Chad. But, he finds comfort in Abby's reassurances which keep him grounded in the "reality that he knows." Wilson said he'd advise his character to leave Abigail and the town of Salem behind but admitted "Love makes you do wild stuff."
The Necktie KillerEdit
On August 1, 2015, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that the series would launch a Murder mystery storyline in late August 2015 in preparation of the 50th anniversary. The storyline would feature several Salem citizens including fan favorites as victims. The plot was slated to climax during the week of November 8, 2015, the official anniversary date. The killer claims his first victim on August 27, 2015 when Serena Mason (Melissa Archer) is strangled to death setting up Billy Flynn's Chad DiMera as the prime suspect because of his drunken confrontation with her. On September 8, the killer claims another victim as Paige Larson (True O'Brien) is strangled to death with a red tie in the shower inside her dorm room. Chad once again is set up to look like the prime suspect because he also seen in public harassing Paige about her witnessing his confrontation with Serena. The second murder led to immediate speculation that Wilson's Ben was framing Chad. There was also speculation that Clyde was framing Chad on Ben's behalf. The September 24, 2015 episode , featured the killer's first failed murder attempt when he tries to strangle Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). At the episodes's end, Ben is revealed to be "The Necktie Killer" when he is shown looking through the evidence in a box under his bed. Wilson described the plot twist as "some of the most fulfilling work of my career." He said of the character change, "It's really night and day" from the Ben viewers had come to know. Wilson relished in portraying the "bad guy." However, Wilson wasn't too enthused about Ben's choice of victims, specifically True O'Brien's Paige. "That one got me the most because True is so young" Wilson explained. Wilson was very grateful because "they really did write for Ben" and that allowed him to take a lot of "chances and risks." He continued, "I played things that I had never done." In an interview with Michael Fairman from On-Air On-Soaps, Wilson revealed that when they had filmed the death scenes for the characters of Serena and Paige, he, like the rest of the cast was not yet aware of the killer's identity. Ben dumps the evidence in the river believing he has covered his tracks. They filmed the scenes in one take and Wilson later revealed that he wanted to re-shoot the scenes because he knew the fans wouldn't miss a beat and would notice that there was air in the bag -- which would keep it from sinking. The reveal episode also featured scenes in which Ben changes his mind about leaving town with Abigail when he learns there is an APB out for Chad because he feels a sense of "closure." On the October 9, 2015, episode Ben claims a third victim when he kills Will Horton (Guy Wilson) who has discovered he is the killer.
In late September 2015, Soaps SheKnows reported that Wilson would likely vacate the role of Ben Weston when the story wrapped. However, Wilson nor the network and series producers have yet to officially comment on Wilson's status with the series. Wilson last aired on December 8, 2015, but with new pictures posted by Wilson, he may return for a future stint.
In January 2016 it was announced that Wilson would reprise his role as Ben. The actor reappeared onscreen on March 11. Wilson revealed that producer Albert Alarr informed him toward the end of his first arc of the plans to bring the character back. However, this is a "new chapter" for Ben. "This is now a fresh arc for myself and what I make for Ben." According to Wilson, Ben returns because he misses Salem, having found a home for himself there and "because he wants to know what's going on" and he somehow sees beyond what he has done. As Abigail prepares to marry Chad, it is reported that Ben has escaped the mental hospital. However, when Abby sees Ben at her wedding, he appears to be a figment of her imagination. Chad and JJ orchestrate a plan to lure Ben out of hiding, using Abigail as bait. However, Abigail's hallucinations get worse as the possibility that Ben is looming becomes even more real.
During the week of April 11, 2016, Ben and Abigail come face to face. "It's the real deal and not a figment of Abigail's imagination" Wilson confirmed. At that point, it is a game of cat and mouse. The confrontation culminates with Ben to a bed and Abigail setting him on fire, as he had previously done to her and Chad. Wilson's costar Kate Mansi opened up to Soap Opera Digest about filming the scenes. "From the minute we arrived on set, Robert and I felt the weight of that encounter" the actress explained. The actors didn't even rehearse together as usual. The taping was delayed due to a lighting problem so they took advantage of the downtime and "We didn't take our eyes off each other" allowing for the tension to build. The actors then utilized the remainder of the time to run through their scenes, without any dialogue. When the lighting situation was fixed, "Robert and I just let ourselves get out of the way and went for the ride without any hesitation." Wilson concluded his run with the series on June 24, 2016. The return also helped facilitate Kate Mansi's departure from the series. "I'm so grateful to have been a part of her last episode" Wilson said.
In September 2017, it was announced the Wilson was set to reprise his role in late September, under the regime of head writer Ron Carlivati. Wilson expressed his excitement in a statement to Soap Opera Digest. "I couldn't have asked for a better entrance back to Salem – when no one sees it coming." Just about everyone in town has converged on the church for a double wedding "and then I got to swing the church doors open and drop a bomb" the actor explained to Soap Opera Digest. Ben announces to a packed room that Will Horton is alive upsetting the event. For Ben, this is "great news." Ben considered Will to be a friend so "Ben is trying to clear his conscience, and hopefully, clear his name as well." However, Ben has more than one agenda and sees it as a chance to stick it to those who have wronged him because he blames the people of Salem for turning him into what he has become. Ben takes pleasure in taunting everyone about Will being alive, which upsets Will's closest relatives. However, Ben cannot produce Will. "That's part of the mystery. He's hoping Will can be found."
Wilson was contacted in the spring of 2017 about returning to the series. The producers told him a little bit about the story, stating: "It sounded like really great stuff, and they were correct. I had a blast." While he was welcomed back, a lot had changed with the serial. "In a short amount of time, they really spread Ben out, and he interacts with a lot of different characters," Wilson said, while also stating he was definitely open to another return in the future. Wilson wrapped his stint on November 30, 2017, when Ben is sent back to the mental institution.
In January 2018, Wilson revealed on social media that he had been on set at Days of Our Lives, which led to rumors that he would soon reprise the role of Ben. When actress Denice Duff announced that she would reprise her role as midwife Wendy Taylor, the speculation of Wilson's return increased, due to Wendy being one of Ben's victims during the serial killer plot. Soaps.com reported that Duff would reappear alongside Wilson in May 2018. On April 26, 2018, Soap Opera Digest announced that Wilson would return as a series regular with the soap. "I'm really grateful," Wilson said to in a statement to the magazine. "I love what Ron [Carlivati, head writer] and the whole team has been doing with him thus far, so I'm really excited to see where they take him after this." Wilson said "You can get caught in that stagnant place on shows sometimes and it's nice to come back and revamp a storyline or maybe create something new and just be inspired. We've got a good thing going, so I think that's why I'll be sticking around a little bit longer." Wilson saw his new contract as a chance to grow the character as well as "work my own instrument a little bit more." While there would obviously be opposition from other characters on the canvas, "there's also maybe some people that can hear his side of the story now and might believe in [Ben] a little bit more." In an article for Soap Hub, Janet Di Lauro questioned exactly how the character could be integrated into the canvas, despite his past. "It's time for a magical rewrite or convoluted explanation," she said.
In response to the original casting call looking for attractive actors, Luke Kerr said, "Finding beautiful actors is all well and good, but please make sure they can act before letting them sign on the dotted line. " On-Air On-Soaps said "Gaston fits the bill perfectly" considering his musical background. In response to the recast, Omar Nobles of TV Source Magazine said, "I am THRILLED with this news." He continued and praised Wilson for his charm and charisma. Nobles stated, "I rank this recast as an instant UPGRADE." Wilson ranked at #10 on Daytime Confidential's list of the "10 Best Soap Newbies of 2013" having recently wrapped short lived stint on All My Children. Wilson's appearance on the list was only days after he had secretly booked the role of Ben. Wilson also ranked at #3 on the soap blog's list of the "10 Daytime Soap Opera Hunks We'd Love to Take Underwear Shopping." Jamey Giddens said, "Is it any wonder CBS Daytime decided to make Robert Scott Wilson the first-ever male model on The Price is Right? Since then, the gorgeous hunk has proven to have impressive chops on two daytime soaps." Despite Wilson being a popular casting choice, the writing for his character was very poorly received. Daytime Confidential listed the exploration of the character's backstory at #2 in its list of the "10 Worst Soap Opera Storylines of 2014." The blog admitted that had the actors (including Wilson's costars Chrishell Stause and James Read) been cast in a more established roles, "we doubt they'd be on on a worst list." The site specifically said he should have been cast in the role of Andrew Donovan, son of supercouple Shane and Kimberly (Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease) and brother to Theresa Donovan (Jen Lilley). Giddens later commented on the character's love triangle with Abigail and Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn) "isn't exactly compelling" and Giddens also reiterated that the character of Andrew Donovan would've been better for story purposes.
Jamey Giddens of Daytime Confidential initially praised the serial killer storyline and said "The latest in a long line of DAYS serial killers is giving the show back its life" by getting rid of the "nonessential characters" like Serena and Paige. "Praise Soap Jesus" Giddens exclaimed. Ironically, Giddens hoped the killer's next victims would be Ben and Clyde Weston. Michael Fairman of On-Air On-Soaps praised the scenes in which Ben was revealed to be the serial killer. Soap Shows described Wilson's official confirmation of Ben as the serial killer as a "spoilers reveal like no other." Soap Shows christened the character with the nickname "Batty Ben" and said "he's become the creepiest Salem man around." The blog further commented that "Robert Scott Wilson appears to be having a blast playing an on-the-edge psycho who could flip at any moment." However, Ben's third victim in Will Horton would stir up quite a bit of controversy with many questioning the decision to kill off such an important character. Michael Fairman described the fans as having "mixed-emotions" on social media. Viewer emotions over Will's murder ranged from "utterly shocked and heartbroken" to "outraged." Some viewers described the character's death as "unnecessary" while others "could not stop crying" and others believed the character "deserved better" and the decision made some "sick." Days superstar Alison Sweeney who played Will's mother Sami Brady even voiced her own anger over the decision to kill the character. Hope Campbell commented on the manner in which Will died at Ben's hands: "Will was an integral part of the show, and we watched him die in a horrific manner from his own point of view." Campbell praised the production of the scenes and said "seeing the screen fade to black as Will faded with his last breath sent chills up our spines and not something we remember seeing often on a soap." However, she described the situation as "over-the-top" and said the manner in which Ben transported the corpse "added another layer of creepiness we were not looking for."
- Number of Assault Charges. [pre-2006-2016]
- Stole money from his father Clyde. 
- Illegal Gambling and other illegal activities. [2006-2014; revealed on Apr 20, 2015]
- Attacked Nick Fallon. [May 2014]
- Punched Rafe Hernandez when he learned that Rafe Hernandez had cheated on Jordan Ridgeway. [Aug 2014]
- Attacked Chad DiMera. [Sep 19, 2014]
- Assaulted Chad DiMera. [Nov 4-5, 2014]
- Assaulted Chad DiMera; arrested but charges were dropped. [Jan 22, 2015]
- Arrested for a gambling ring; charges dropped. [Apr-May 2015]
- Tried to hit Chad DiMera. [Apr 2015]
- Illegally installed a tracker on Abigail Deveraux to keep tabs on where she has been. [Jun-Sep 2015]
- Broke into the DiMera compound number of times. [Jun 23-Sep 2015]
- Stalked Chad DiMera. [Aug-Nov 2015; revealed on Nov 2, 2015]
- Killed Serena Mason. [Aug 26, 2015; revealed on Sep 24; shown on Oct 1, 2015]
- Killed Paige Larson. [Sep 9, 2015; revealed on Sep 24; shown on Oct 1, 2015]
- Tried to strangle Marlena Evans. [Sep 23-24, 2015; revealed on Sep 24]
- Obstruction of justice - threw out the evidence. [Sep 24, 2015]
- Killed Will Horton. [Oct 2015]
- Tried to kill Chad DiMera, but put him into a coma. [Oct 13, 2015]
- Framed Chad DiMera for the murders he committed. [Aug-Nov 2015]
- Kidnapped Abigail Deveraux and held her captive at gunpoint. [Nov-Dec 8, 2015]
- Held midwife, Wendy Taylor, at gunpoint. [Nov 2015]
- Destruction of property; destroyed Abigail Deveraux cell phone. [Nov 2015]
- Shot and killed Wendy. [Nov 24, 2015]
- Hit Chad DiMera with the butt of his gun. [Dec 3, 2015]
- Tried to strangle Chad DiMera to death. [Dec 3-4, 2015]
- Tied Abigail Deveraux and Chad DiMera to a bed. [Dec 4, 2015]
- Set the cabin at mammoth falls on fire with Chad DiMera and Abigail Deveraux trapped inside. [Dec 4-7, 2015]
- Tried to kidnap Thomas Deveraux. [Dec 4-7, 2015]
- Broke into Wendy Taylor's Office to steal baby supplies. [Dec 7, 2015]
- Tried to assault Lani and JJ. [Dec 7, 2015]
- Faked being incoherent to the police. [Dec 7-8 2015]
- Escaped the institution. [Mar 1, 2016]
- Choke out the security officer Jerry at the DiMera compound. [Apr 7, 2016]
- Broke into the DiMera compound. [Apr 7, 2016]
- Tried to rape Abigail. [Apr 8, 2016]
- Tried to escape capture. [Apr 11, 2016]
- Stole the keys to his restraints. [Sep 11, 2017]
- Knocked out a nurse with a file folder. [Sep 28, 2017]
- Drugged the orderly. [Sep 28, 2017]
- Escaped Bayview Sanitarium. [Sep 28, 2017]
- Assaulted and nearly strangled Will again under orders from Sami Brady. [Nov 29-30, 2017]
- Stalked and tormented Abby. [Mar 3, 2016-Apr 7, 2016]
- Trespassed into the DiMera garden. [Mar 11-15, 2016]
- Broke into Chad and Abigail's room in Chicago and tore Abigail's wedding dress. [Mar 17, 2016]
- Gaslighted Abby. [Mar 2016]
- Stole Thomas's baby rattle. [Mar 2016]
Maladies and InjuriesEdit
- Has Serious Life Long Mental Illness
- Abused by his father, Clyde; whipped with a belt. [1990s-2006]
- Attacked by Rafe Hernandez. [Mar 24, 2014]
- Punched by Chad in self defence. [Sep 19, 2014]
- Punched by Chad. [Jan 22, 2015]
- Suffered a psychotic break. [Jun 23, 2015]
- Pushed into a wall by Marlena Evans in self defence. [Sep 23, 2015]
- Assaulted by Chad and suffered facial bruises. [Oct 13, 2015]
- Punched by JJ in self defence. [Dec 7, 2015]
- Suffered a mental breakdown. [Dec 7, 2015]
- Stabbed in the shoulder with scissors by Abigail DiMera. [Apr 8, 2016]
- Knocked out with a lamp by Abigail. [Apr 8, 2016]
- Suffered from stab wound after Abigail buried her wedding ring into his wound. [Apr 8, 2016]
- Suffered a bloody wrist caused by the rope tying him to a bed by Abigail DiMera. [Apr 11, 2016]
- Set on fire by Abigail DiMera and suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his leg. [Apr 11, 2016]
- Punched in the face by Chad causing a busted lip. [Apr 11, 2016]
- Brutally treated by officers under orders by Officer J.J. Deveraux. [Apr 11, 2016]
- Threatened by Officer J.J. Deveraux. [Apr 12, 2016]
- Punched in the face by Abigail causing a busted lip. [Oct 2, 2017]
- Assaulted by Detective J.J. Deveraux. [Oct 3, 2017]
- Held at gunpoint by Detective J.J. Deveraux. [Oct 3-4, 2017]
- Assaulted and threatened by Rafe Hernandez. [Oct 4, 2017]
- Kidnapped by Sami Brady. [Nov 28, 2017]
- Held at gunpoint by Sami. [Nov 29-30, 2017]
This is a list of Ben's victims while he was known as "The Necktie Killer." Names in bold are those who were killed. A total number of four deaths have happened under Ben Weston. One of his victims was revived, so he's responsible for three confirmed deaths.
|Serena Mason||Strangled to death||August 26, 2015||To Frame Chad.|
|Paige Larson||Strangled to death||September 9, 2015||To Frame Chad.|
|Marlena Evans||Stalked, strangled; survived||September 24, 2015||To Frame Chad.|
|Will Horton||Strangled to death; revived by Dr. Wilhelm Rolf||October 9, 2015||Discovered he was "The Necktie Killer".|
|Abigail Deveraux||Kidnapped; nearly burned alive; survived||November 3-December 7, 2015||Discovered he was "The Necktie Killer"; wanted to keep her away from Chad and to cover his tracks.|
|Wendy Taylor||Shot||November 24, 2015||Discovered he was "The Necktie Killer".|
|Chad DiMera||Nearly strangled; nearly burned alive; survived||December 7, 2015||To cover his tracks.|
|Thomas Deveraux||Kidnapped; survived||December 7-8, 2015||Believed he was his son.|
|Jerry||Attacked; survived||April 8, 2016||Ran into him at the DiMera compound.|
|Abigail Deveraux||Nearly raped; survived||April 11, 2016||Out of pleasure.|
|Bayview Nurse||Knocked out with a file holder; survived||September 28, 2017||To make his escape.|
|Bayview Orderly||Drugged; survived||September 28, 2017||To make his escape.|
|Will Horton||Nearly strangled to death; stopped||November 29-30, 2017||Under orders from Sami Brady|
- ↑ Showed on the APB notice on the June 28, 2018 episode.