Serial killer Levi Bellfield, who is currently serving life for the murder of schoolgirl Millie Dowler has now confessed to killing mum and daughter Lin and Megan Russell, a lawyer says
Murderer Levi Bellfield has confessed to the brutal hammer murders of Lin and Megan Russell, a lawyer has said.
Solicitor Paul Bacon who is acting for Michael Stone, who has twice been found guilty of the killing of mum Lin and six-year-old-daughter Megan, says he has received a written confession written by Bellfield.
In it, the serial killer who murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler allegedly details the killings and attempted murder of Megan’s sister Josie which took place in the Kent countryside in 1996.
The 53-year-old is already spending life behind bars for the deaths of Milly, 13, Amelie Delagrange, 22, and 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell.
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Lin Russell and her daughters Megan and Josie, then nine, were brutally attacked as they walked along a country lane in Chillenden, before being bound, blindfolded and bludgeoned with a claw hammer.
Dad Dr Shaun Russell was initially told that he had lost his entire family before officers at the scene realized Josie had survived the frenzied attack.
Stone has always claimed his innocence and twice appealed against his convictions – with his lawyer previously highlighting a number of striking similarities between the Russell murders and the Bellfield method used to kill two of his three victims.
A bootlace could prove whether Michael Stone did beat Lin and her six-year-old daughter to death.
Last year, Stone’s lawyer Mr Bacon said the shoelace that was missing until it was found in police storage in 2020 – could provide vital DNA evidence.
He said: “It was a really vital piece of evidence. It was used in strangling one of the parties. So it was not only a piece of evidence, but it was a murder weapon.”
Experts previously said Bellfield bore a strong likeness to an e-fit issued at the time of the Russell killings.
Crucial eye-witness Josie also said she thought the murderer was taller than her dad – who is six foot.
Killer Bellfield towers at 6ft 1ins, while Stone is just 5ft 7ins, and Josie also told police that the attacker had spiky hair, similar to the style Bellfield had at the time.
In 2011, Paul Stone said Josie also saw a ‘beige’ Ford at the scene. Bellfield was driving a beige Ford at the time that he later reported stolen.
His ex-girlfriend Emma Mills has previously claimed Bellfield used to drive to Kent in the 1990s in his job as a wheel clamper and also sold drugs there.
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In the statement allegedly confessing his crime, Levi claims he returned early from his holiday to have the beige Ford Sierra he was driving the day he says he killed the Russells cleaned because it was “full of their DNA”, the Sun reports.
I added: “It had blood stains on the seat.”
Following the murder of Milly Dowler, Bellfield reported his girlfriend’s red Daewoo to have been stolen, before disposing of it so it could not be found.
He also disposed of a Ford van which was never recovered after murdering Amelie Delagrange in 2004.
The Russel’s were attacked from behind by a man carrying a hammer – the same method Bellfield used to kill Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and Amelie Delagrange in 2004.
In 2017, it was claimed that Levi Bellfield has made a ‘detailed’ confession to the Russell murders to rapist Richard Baker in Frankland Prison, Co Durham.
Baker said he had told him it was “deeply hilarious that numpty Stone is serving life for what I did.” All of this was denied.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.