Killer’s ex Levi Bellfield believes he murdered mother and daughter after ‘confession’

The ex of Milly Dowler’s killer, Levi Bellfield, believes he murdered a mother and daughter after his “confession” to the murders.

This week, Bellfield reportedly admitted to the murders of Lin and Megan Russell, a confession that could prove the innocence of heroin user Michael Stone, 61, who claims he was wrongfully jailed for the 1996 killings.

Bellfield’s former partner and mother of his four daughters, Rebecca Wilkinson, told the Mirror that she believed his claims, which were made in a letter to Stone’s lawyer, Paul Bacon.

Mrs Wilkinson, who is the mother of all four of Bellfield’s daughters, told the newspaper: “Yes, I do. I knew she would say that after her mother died.”

They were together for six years in the 1990s, breaking up a year before the Lin and Megan Russell murders.

She added after Sunday’s reveal: “It really is amazing. I think I’m lucky to be alive.”

Stone’s lawyer, Mark McDonald, said he will ask Scotland Yard to investigate the case and will write to them this week.

Teenager Milly Dowler was kidnapped and murdered by Bellfield in 2002.
Teenager Milly Dowler was kidnapped and murdered by Bellfield in 2002.

Lin Russell, 45, her daughters Megan, six, and Josie, nine, and their dog were tied up and beaten with a hammer on a country lane in Chillenden, Kent.

Lin, Megan, and the dog were killed, but Josie survived.

McDonald said, “It’s time for the Met to review this case and interview Bellfield, that’s what we want.”

“We will write to the Met this week to ask them to review the case.”

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McDonald said of Kent Police, which carried out the original investigation: “This is not a police force that should be looking at this.”

He added: “Michael Stone is innocent and should be immediately released from prison.

“Stone has been in prison for 26 years despite mounting evidence that this is a miscarriage of justice.”

Levi Bellfield was jailed for life for the murder of Milly Dowler
Levi Bellfield was jailed for life for the murder of Milly Dowler

In Bellfield’s statement to Mr. Bacon, he says that he was wearing a “pair of marigold washing gloves” and that he had the hammer in his right hand when he stopped the Russell family while they were walking down a path.

He states that his intention was “just to attack Lin”, but quickly changed his mind upon hearing the screams, presumably from Megan and Josie Russell.

The 14-paragraph statement then goes into detail about how he ran the Russells off a lead before killing them, and then drove back to his home in Twickenham before leaving for work.

Lin and Megan Russell were beaten to death in 1996
Lin and Megan Russell were beaten to death in 1996

He claims that the next day he threw the hammer he used into the Thames near Walton, Surrey.

He ends the statement by saying that it was the first time he “committed a crime and someone else has been arrested for it,” before apologizing to Stone and the Russell family “for my heinous acts.”

There are significant questions surrounding Bellfield’s “confession”, including evidence from his ex-wife that she was with him on the day of the murders.

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A Met police investigation in 2008 received evidence from Jo Collings that they were together for her 25th birthday on the day of the Kent murders.

Ms Collings, who gave evidence against Bellfield and is described as “the last person” who would try to protect him, has previously said: “He never left my side all day and all night, so there is absolutely no way that he could have left.” From Twickenham, where he lived, or Windsor, where I had my horses, to Kent, he did what they say he did and came back without my knowledge.

“I hate to say it but, with my hand on my heart, I can say that he didn’t do it.”

Bellfield, a former janitor and valet, is currently serving a life sentence for the 2002 murder of 13-year-old schoolgirl Millie Dowler.

He has also been convicted of the murders of Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange and the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy, and will never be considered for parole.

McDonald admitted that there is nothing in Bellfield’s statement that was not previously in the public domain, raising the possibility that he fabricated it using known facts.

Michael Stone has maintained that he did not carry out the Russell murders
Michael Stone has maintained that he did not carry out the Russell murders

Colin Sutton, the former Met detective who caught Bellfield, said last year when the monster claimed to be in the area at the time of the murders:

“Knowing Bellfield as I do, this could be him playing mind games.”

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The Met Police had no comment Sunday night.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Fotheringham of Kent Police said: “After two trials in which Stone was found guilty by a jury on both occasions, and an appeal to the High Court, Michael Stone remains convicted of the Lin murders. and Megan Russell, and the attempted murder of Josie Russell in 1996.

“Michael Stone submitted an application to seek judicial review in respect of his conviction in September 2012. The Honorable Mr. Justice Blake ordered that permission for the application be denied.

“The Criminal Cases Review Commission launched a comprehensive review of the murder investigation in 2017 and has had access to all forensic evidence, documentation and exhibits from the original investigation, the Hampshire Police review, details of the two trials and appeals from the Crown Court to the High Court.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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