Levi Bellfield: who did he murder and is he engaged?

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Levi Bellfield, who was convicted of three murders – including the murder of Milly Dowler – is one of a few prisoners serving a life sentence

Levi Bellfield is one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers. The detective who caught him, DCI Colin Sutton, described him as “cunning and violent.”

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He was found guilty of the murder of three women and the attempted murder of another woman, with his victims ranging in age from 13 to 22.

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Now he has become engaged to a visitor whom he intends to marry while in prison.

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Bellfield claimed the lives of three young women and attempted to kill another young schoolgirl

The government said it had launched an urgent review to stop the “evil monster” Bellfield from marrying his fiancé, described in the Sun newspaper as a blonde woman in her 40s “in love”.

Bellfield is one of a few prisoners currently serving a life sentence, meaning he will never be released after being convicted of the murders of schoolgirl Milly Dowler, 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell and French student Amelie Delagrange.

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So who was Bellfield and who were his victims? You need to know.

Who is Levi Bellfield?

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Levi Bellfield was born Levi Rabetts on May 17, 1968 in London.

Bellfield was charged with murder in November 2004 and later in 2006 and 2009

Raised on a council estate with his brother and sister, he became known to the police when he was just 13 years old.

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During his teenage years he was involved in petty crimes such as burglary and auto theft, and in 1990 he was charged with assaulting a police officer.

At the time of his first murder in 2002, Bellfield had served nearly a year in prison and was known for controlling his partners, being manipulative, and abusive.

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“He was first lovable, charming, then completely controlling and evil. They all said the same thing,” said Detective Sergeant Jo Blunt, recalling comments about him from Bellfield’s girlfriends.

Bellfield is said to have fathered eleven children by several women and worked as a bouncer for a time and ran a wheel-clamping business.

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ITV’s Manhunt Series 1 told the story of Bellfield’s heinous acts and quest to bring him to justice in a dramatized docu-series based on the accounts of DCI Sutton. Channel 5 aired Levi Bellfield: Getting Away with Murder, a documentary that explores how the serial sex offender evaded justice for so long.

Can Bellfield marry in prison?

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Prisons Secretary Victoria Atkins told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I am appalled that someone like him can propose marriage – we are looking at it very carefully. Please pay attention to this area.”

But she didn’t say anything when asked if she could actually prevent the marriage, citing Article 12 of the Human Rights Act and the right to marry.

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Boris Johnson’s spokesman said that while the government’s intended new UK Bill of Rights was designed to prevent “abuses” of human rights law, he could not say “finally” whether it would address the issues in the Bellfield case .

The 53-year-old killer would need permission from the governor of HMP Frankland to get married in the Category A prison.

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The head of the institution can object to the institution being named on the marriage notification as the place where the service is provided.

The governor must speak to the National Offender Management Service if there is a concern that security risks cannot reasonably be overcome or if there is a concern that either party is marrying under duress.

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The Sun said Bellfield got on one knee to make an application in front of prison staff at the County Durham facility.

A Justice Department spokesman said: “An application has been received and is being reviewed in the usual manner.”

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Who are Bellfield’s victims?

Milly Dowler

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The schoolgirl was reported missing by her parents when she failed to return home after leaving Walton-on-Thames railway station in Surrey on March 21, 2002.

Milly Dowler disappeared in 2002 when she was just 13 years old

Her body was found six months later in Yateley Heath Woods, Hampshire.

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She had called her father just before leaving the station and told him that she would be home in half an hour. The search for her killer was one of the largest manhunts in British history.

A red Daewoo Nexia belonging to Levi Bellfield’s girlfriend was spotted on CCTV footage from a café on the same street as the train station, and in 2009 the killer admitted driving the car.

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Bellfield, then 33, was only charged with Milly’s murder in 2010. He was convicted in June 2011 while serving a life sentence for his other crimes.

Marsha Louise McDonnell

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Bellfield’s second victim was Marsha Louise McDonnell, a 19-year-old woman who was found alive near her Hampton home in February 2003 after being hit in the head with a hammer.

Marsha was found badly beaten and later died from her injuries

Marsha had been attacked after getting off the 111 bus from Kingston upon Thames and died in hospital two days later.

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Bellfield sold his Vauxhall Corsa car for £1,500 six days after the murder, having bought it for £6,000 just five months earlier.

Amelie Delagrange

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French student Amelie Delagrange was a 22-year-old French student living in Britain when Bellfield murdered her in a park in Twickenham.

Her body was found on August 19, 2004, after being hit in the head with a hammer like Marsha McDonnell.

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Police linked her murder to McDonnell’s and made connections to a white Ford van that had been seen near the scene of Amelie’s murder.

Bellfield later admitted to the murders while in custody.

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Kate Sheedy

Bellfield was charged with attempted murder for mowing down 18-year-old college student Kate Sheedy in Isleworth on May 28, 2004.

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Kate Sheedy, photographed in 2008, later testified against Bellfield in court

She survived but suffered multiple injuries and spent several weeks in the hospital. In 2008, she testified at Bellfield’s trial, describing the white people carrier with blacked-out windows and a broken wing mirror that struck her.

Bellfield had owned a Toyota Previa with tinted windows and a broken side mirror.

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How was Levi Bellfield caught and charged with the murders?

DCI Colin Sutton, described as a “real manhunter,” was a Met detective who led the case of Amélie’s murder.

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The force had little to do but found her mobile phone – stolen in the deadly attack – was being used at Walton-on-Thames, where Milly had been kidnapped and murdered in March 2002.

DCI spoke to the media out of court in 2008 when Bellfield was found guilty of two murders and one attempted murder

After an intensive search through CCTV footage, officers discovered a white Ford van near the scene of Amélie’s murder. It was the same van that was spotted in Walton-on-Thames after Milly’s murder.

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Sutton wrote: “I would stalk that van with anything I can throw at it.

“We worked hourly for weeks. The van was identified as a Ford Courier, manufactured between 1996 and 2000. There were 25,000 in the UK and I wanted to see every single one.”

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When police asked for information, Bellfield’s ex-girlfriend, Johanna Collings, said she believes he may be responsible for Amélie’s death.

“This was her chance to break free from a terrible relationship and she poured out a horrific catalog of rape and abuse and said she knew Bellfield’s previous partners had suffered the same treatment,” revealed DCI Sutton.

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Emma also told how Bellfield acted suspiciously the night Milly Dowler disappeared. She also placed him in the same area where Amélie was killed.

Investigators further found that he once owned a white Ford van and it wasn’t long before he was linked to the Kate Sheedy attack.

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Bellfield was placed under police surveillance and within days was stopped at a bus stop talking to young girls. The police soon arrested him.

Sutton wrote: “While officers questioned Bellfield at Heathrow Police Station, we also questioned his partner Emma Mills, the mother of three of his 11 children.”

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DCI Sutton later said, “When we first started engaging with him, he came across as very funny, like he was your best mate. But he’s a cunning person, violent. He can go from nice to bad in an instant.”

In 2006, Bellfield was arrested and charged with the murders of Amelie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell and the attempted murders of Kate Sheedy and Irma Dragoshi.

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He was found guilty of the murders of McDonnell and Delagrange and the attempted murder of Sheedy on February 25, 2008. The jury failed to reach a verdict on Irma Dragoshi and the false imprisonment of another woman, Anna-Maria Rennie.

Bellfield was sentenced to life in prison with a recommendation never to be released.

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On June 23, 2011, he was convicted of the murder of 13-year-old schoolgirl Milly Dowler and re-sentenced to life in prison.

In 2016, Bellfield admitted to Surrey Police that he had kidnapped, raped and murdered Milly after being questioned if he had an accomplice.

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Did Bellfield Murder Megan Russell and Lin Russell?

Michael Stone’s attorney says he received a “genuine” four-page statement from Bellfield detailing his involvement in the Lin and Megan Russell murders.

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Stone is currently serving three life sentences for the murders of Ms Russell and their six-year-old daughter Megan, who were found battered to death in Chillenden, Kent, in July 1996.

Paul Bacon told the PA news agency: “I can say I received a four page statement from Bellfield which is a real confession, it’s an absolutely amazing breakthrough.

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“I will now meet with colleagues to follow this remarkable development to finally set Michael Stone free after many years. This is the evidence that will prove he is innocent.”

The alleged confession will be forwarded to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

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