1. Joel faked the newspaper article of Sampson’s brother Casper, yes. I’m not sure what you mean about the drug dealing money! But he heard all the plans about the heist. Joel wants ownership of the whole club and so tried to scare Brendan and his family (the bullet, the dead rose, the obituary, the bin). I believe Joel’s ultimate goal was for Brendan to leave Hollyoaks entirely and give him the club (hence why he tried to make Sampson look more of a threat) because he wouldn’t have wanted to keep it. He also wanted to be part of the heist so he’d have money to buy Joel out. I am not entirely sure - someone might be able to clarify it better than me!
2. Well Jay was back filming the other day - not sure if it’s pre or post Later he’s filming for because they film out of order, so we haven’t seen the last of him!
3. Okay sure. Brendan was set up by a serial killer called Silas. Brendan was on his scent and unfortunately for Brendan he had links with three of the murdered girls. Rae (one of the last victims) was Ste’s ex and also accidentally outed Brendan to his son. Brendan was seen threatening to kill her and so when Silas planted her body in the boot of Brendan’s car and the murder weapon in his bedroom, Brendan was sent to prison and not released on bail. Silas got discovered when he accidentally murdered his own daughter and keepsakes from his previous killings were found by Lynsey. He was arrested and Brendan released.
Saying all this, Brendan has actually murdered a man called Danny Houston - a gangster who killed a previous lover of Brendan’s and Brendan killed him to protect Ste, who was next on his hit list.