British serial killer Levi Bellfield has confessed to the 1996 murder of a mother and daughter for which another man is serving a life sentence. The Sun reports this on the basis of a letter from Bellfield to the lawyer of the man who was wrongly convicted.
The 53-year-old serial killer attacked Lin Russell (45) and her daughters Megan (6) and Josie (9) in July 1996 while they were walking in their hometown of Kent. They were blindfolded and beaten with a claw hammer. The mother and her two children were initially thought to have died, but Josie was found to be still alive. The attack left her with serious brain damage, forcing her to learn to speak again. Bellfield writes in the letter to the lawyer that he is not only responsible for the murders of Russell and her daughter, but also for a series of other murders.
Bellfield was also a suspect in the high-profile murder case in 1996 but eventually went free. A few months later, drug addict Michael Stone came into the picture with the police. Although Stone has always denied committing the murders, he was sentenced to life in prison in 1998. A 2001 review upheld the verdict and Stone’s request for a new review was rejected in 2010.
EXCUSES AAN STONE
Bellfield apologizes to the now 61-year-old Stone in the letter. “I would like to apologize to Stone and the Russell family for my horrific acts. I had a mental disorder during my violent period,” he wrote. Stone’s attorney expects Bellfield to give a statement under oath and plead for his client’s release.
Bellfield has been serving a life sentence since 2008 for killing 13-year-old Milly Dowler in 1996. He was also convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Marsha McDonnel in 2003 and the murder of 22-year-old French student Amélie Delagrange.
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