The hideous crimes of Levi Bellfield, the murderer of Milly Dowler, will be investigated in a documentary on Channel 5 tonight (Wednesday January 13, 2021). But who were his other victims?
The English serial killer and sex offender murdered the famous school girl Milly, but there were more tragic young women he chased after.
Everything you need to know is here.
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Who is Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield?
Levi is a former doorman and car fighter who has committed (at least) three murders.
In 2002, the sick criminal killed the school girl Milly Dowler.
He was born in Isleworth, London, in May 1968.
He is also known by the name Yusuf Rahim after converting to Islam in 2016.
Cruel nicknames include The Bus Stop Stalker, The Bus Stop Killer, and The Hammer Man.
Before Levi committed to murder, he was convicted of break-ins, assault and driving offenses.
Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who ran the murder investigation, said of Levi, “When we first started dealing with him, he looked very funny, like your best buddy.
“But he’s a smart person, violent. He can immediately switch from nice to bad. “
Besides Milly Dowler, who were Levi Bellfield’s victims?
Levi murdered three young girls during his crime and tried others – including Kate Sheedy.
Kate was run over while crossing the road near an entrance to an industrial area in Isleworth on May 28, 2004.
She survived but suffered multiple injuries and spent several weeks in the hospital.
Almost four years later, she testified against Levi when he was charged with attempted murder.
He murdered Amélie Delagrange, Marsha McDonnell and Milly Dowler.
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Marsha Louise McDonnell, 19, was hit over the head with a blunt instrument near her home in Hampton in February 2003.
The wound was inflicted shortly after getting off bus 111 from Kingston upon Thames at the stop on Percy Road.
She died two days after being admitted to the hospital.
Levi sold his Vauxhall Corsa car very cheaply six days after the murder.
Levi ran a wheel tensioning business that operated in and around West Drayton, where he lived.
He was seen driving around in his van and talking to young girls at bus stops.
Amélie Delagrange was seen by CCTV cameras showing her walking towards Twickenham Green after missing her stop on the bus home.
Amélie Delagrange was a 22-year-old French student visiting the UK.
She was found on Twickenham Green with severe head injuries on the evening of August 19, 2004 and died in hospital that night.
Within 24 hours, police determined that she may have been killed by the same person who killed Marsha McDonnell eighteen months ago.
Levi confessed to the murder on remand.
Amanda Jane ‘Milly’ Dowler was only 13 years old when Levi targeted her.
She went missing after leaving Walton-on-Thames Station on March 21, 2002 and was found dead six months later at Yateley Heath Woods.
The search for Milly dominated the news and headlines during this period and long after.
In August 2009, Surrey Police filed a dossier with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) containing evidence of Levi’s involvement in Milly’s murder.
He was charged with the kidnapping and murder of Milly on March 30, 2010, and attempted kidnapping of Rachel Cowles, then 12.
At the time, he refused to testify at his trial and denied any involvement in Milly’s death.
However, a jury convicted him of murder on June 23, 2011, and he later confessed.
When was Levi arrested?
Levi Bellfield was arrested early in the morning of November 22, 2004 on suspicion of the murder of Amélie Delagrange.
On November 25, he was charged with three rapes in Surrey and West London.
On December 9, 2004, he was accused of assaulting and remanding a woman in Twickenham between 1995 and 1997.
He was then arrested again and charged with the murder of Delagrange on March 2, 2006, along with the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy and the attempted murder that inflicted serious assault on Irma Dragoshi.
On May 25, 2006, he was charged with the murder of Marsha McDonnell.
He later confessed to the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Milly Dowler.
Where is he now?
Levi, 52, is serving three life sentences.
He is currently incarcerated in HMP Frankland, Country Durham and attempted suicide in October 2019.
Before that he was at HM Prison Wakefield.
The judge recommended that he never be released from prison or parole.
Hallelujah to that.
Levi Bellfield family
Levi had 11 children with three wives.
The three youngest of them is with his youngest girlfriend Emma Mills.
Emma was 17 when she met Levi and lived with him for nine years and had three children.
Levi Bellfield: 5 mistakes that caught a murderer
The Channel 5 documentary explores the murders of Levi Bellfield and the main pieces of evidence that have put him on trial.
It is asked if Levi would have claimed even more victims had he not made a series of mistakes that alerted the police.
The show features interviews with detectives, including the officer who interrogated him.
His former partner, Johana Collings, with whom he has two children, also talks about his crimes.
She previously admitted that Levi raped her hundreds of times during their relationship.
The troubling documentary first aired in July 2020.
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In Manhunt, Martin Clunes played as DCI Sutton, who was chasing serial killer Levi Bellfield.
The drama shows how police officers eventually linked the murders of Amelie Delagrange, Marsha McDonnell and Milly Dowler.
Nine million viewers tuned in and the show was the top rated new drama of 2019 on any channel.
A second series from Manhunt was recently announced.
Levi Bellfield: 5 Mistakes That Caught a Killer will air on C5 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10 p.m.
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