The man who murdered Milly Dowling has admitted to also killing a mother and daughter, a lawyers says.
Levi Bellfield has confessed to killing Lin and Megan Russel with a hammer, according to the lawyer of the man who was convicted of murdering the pair.
Bellfield is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
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The Mirror reports that he is said to have confessed to killing Lin and her daughter Megan, six, and trying to kill Josie Russell, nine, in 1996.
Mum and daughter, Lin and Megan, were walking their dog home from a swimming gala at the time. It was a crime which shocked the country.
Josie survived the attack but suffered such horrific injuries that emergency services initially thought her dead when they arrived on the scene.
The confession, first reported in The Sun means that Michael Stone, who was convicted of murdering the Russell’s in 1998, could have suffered a miscarriage of justice.
Stone’s lawyer Paul Bacon – who only discovered the confession in the last few days – told the Sunday Mirror: “The statement Bellfield has made, I believe is the truth.
“It now needs the police to interview Bellfield under caution and we can then establish Michael Stone’s innocence at last.”
His lawyer said he would be writing to him tomorrow as contact has to be through a letter.
He added: “My intention is to deliver the (Bellfield) statement to the CCRC and Cressida Dick for the Met to investigate.”
In the four-page document, Bellfield, who is now known as Yusuf Rahim after converting to Islam, recounts the bloody attack and reveals macabre details like how he took a hair scrunchie as a souvenir and killed the family dog after it bit him.
In the confession, he wrote: “There was blood everywhere and all up my legs, arms and shorts.”
He allegedly describes what he was wearing that day, including “marigold washing up gloves” and how as mum Lin complied he grew more confident with his sickening attack.
He added: “Had she screamed I would have attacked her and left not harming the children.
“The situation just got out of control and the more she complied it just gave me more confidence. I walked all three of them off the track. I forced Lin to sit down.”
Then the statement goes into detail on how he killed the pair and left Josie for dead with horrific injuries.
From there, it reveals how he stopped at a service station on the M25 in Surrey after the attack, to wash the blood off before going home, changing and going to work as a nightclub bouncer.
He claims the next day he threw the hammer he used into the Thames.
If true, this confession means Bellfield is responsible for at least six murders, meaning he is one of Britain’s worst serial killers.
The 53-year-old is already serving life for the deaths of Millie, 13, Amelie Delagrange, 22, and 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell.
On top of that, he was also convicted of the attempted murder of 18-year-old Kate Sheedy.
In the statement he also confessed to killing a woman called Judith Gold in North London, in 1990.
The statement was made to solicitor Paul Bacon, who currently represents Stone, The Sun claims.
The confession document will now be sent onwards to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, who can order re-trials.
Stone has always denied responsibility for murdering the mum and daughter.
He was found guilty of the Russell murders in 1998 but these convictions were later quashed.
He was subsequently found guilty at a retrial in 2001, based partly on a confession he is said to have made in prison.
Stone launched another appeal in 2004 which failed.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.