Who is Levi Bellfield and where is he now? – The Sun

Who is Levi Bellfield and where is he now? – The Sun

SERIAL killer Levi Bellfield was given a whole life sentence for the murders of three young women and attempted murder of another.

Causing one of the biggest manhunts in British history, Bellfield has been locked up since 2008.

Who is Levi Bellfield?

Levi Bellfield was born Levi Rabetts in London on May 17, 1968, and grew up on a council estate in London.

When he was just 10-years-old his father died from leukaemia.

Bellfield, now 53, received his first conviction while still a child for a burglary in 1981 and then for assaulting a police officer just nine years later.

By 2002, he had a rap sheet of nine convictions and in total had spent almost a year in prison.

His character was described as controlling and evil by the police and some of his ex-girlfriends described a pattern of abuse.

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Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton of the Metropolitan Police, who led the murder hunt, said: "When we started dealing with him he came across as very jokey like he's your best mate.

"But he's a cunning individual, violent.

"He can switch from being nice to being nasty, instantly."

Ex-girlfriend and mother to two of Bellfield's children, Joe Collings told The Sun: “He’d turn up with flowers and was a gentleman.

"When he wasn’t psychotic, you couldn’t want for a better boyfriend.”

The abuse worsened over time and escalated from accusations of cheating into physical violence with weapons such as a rubber mallet and cigarettes.

Bellfield fathered 11 children with at least four women, another woman claimed she was pregnant with his child when he murdered Milly Dowler.

Who did Levi Bellfield murder?

Bellfield would eventually graduate from committing the petty crimes of his youth to the most hideous murders.

The predator would target exclusively women with a particular attraction to young blondes.

In 2018, he was accused of being part of a paedophile gang which allegedly groomed young girls.

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Police would say he believed he was "God's gift to everyone," and fly into a rage if he was rejected by women, believing they were "worth nothing".

Between the years of 2002 and 2004, he killed Milly Dowler, Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange, as well as attempting to murder Kate Sheedy.

Milly Dowler

His first victim, but the last one he would be convicted for, was Milly Dowler.

On March 21, 2002, the 13-year-old was making her way home with friends from Heathside School in Weybridge, Surrey.

Milly caught the train to get back to her parents home in nearby Hersham, but that day she and a friend got off a stop earlier at Walton-on-Thames.

The pair made their way to a café for a bite to eat and at 3:47pm Milly called her dad to say she would be home in half an hour.

At 4:05pm the girls left the café and went their separate ways.

The last person who would see Milly alive was a friend of her sister who was stood at a nearby bus stop.

Further down the road from the café was a CCTV camera which never captured an image of the schoolgirl.

But it did film a red Daewoo Nexia belonging to a girlfriend of Levi Bellfield.

Milly's body was not found until September, 2002, and investigations came up with very few suspects.

The case was shadowed by misinformation and nuisance contact from the public as well as issues of phone hacking from the media.

It was not until 2008 that the vile killer Bellfield would be linked to the case, through the car.

In 2010, while behind bars, he was formally charged for the murder of Milly Dowler and was sentenced to a whole life tariff the following year for the crime.

Marsha McDonnell

Less than a year later, in February 2003, the serial killer would claim the life of a young gap year student.

Marsha Louise McDonnell was beaten over the head with a blunt instrument near her home in Hampton, London.

Bellfield attacked her after she got off the 111 bus and left her to bleed to death in the street.

She spent two days in a hospital before succumbing to the injuries sustained during the vicious assault committed by Bellfield.

The 19-year-old had suffered from multiple skull fractures and bleeding around the brain.

Bellfield sold his five month old Vauxhall Corsa for a £4,500 loss just six days after the murder.

Amelie Delagrange

French student Amelie was visiting Britain when Bellfield horrifically ended her life.

The 22-year-old was strolling through the streets of Twickenham, London when the killer pounced.

She was found struck over the head with a hammer in the street on August 19, 2004, and died later that same night in hospital.

Police quickly linked the killing to the case 18 months ago concerning the death of Marsha McDonnell.

They appealed for information and Bellfield's ex and current partners Joe Collings and Emma Mills came forward.

A white van was spotted near the scene of Amelie's death, the same van that was seen in the area Milly Dowler went missing.

The police hunted down the van in their efforts to capture the killer.

He was arrested and charged in 2006 and Bellfield reportedly confessed to killing the Frenchwoman while on remand.

What happened to Kate Sheedy?

Bellfield tried but thankfully failed to kill Kate Sheedy as she crossed the street in Isleworth, London on May 28 2004.

The brute ran down the then 18-year-old with his car, causing multiple injuries and hospitalising her for several weeks.

She had spent the evening saying goodbye to friends after her last day at Gumley House School, where she was head girl.

Kate missed her A-levels because of the attack but was granted her predicted grades by the exam board and went on to study history and drama at York University.

But the brave young woman would go on to play a key part in seeing justice served on the killer testifying at his trial.

In a statement, she said: "On the day I was attacked I was celebrating about moving onto a new and exciting time in my life.

"All that hope and excitement was taken from me and I thought my life had changed for ever.

"I will never be able to forget what happened to me, the scars on my body and the memories I have, are something I will never be rid of, but hopefully I can move on."

Where is Bellfield now?

The depraved killer was found guilty of murdering Marsha and Amelie, as well as the attempted murder of Kate on February 25, 2008, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Bellfield was also charged offences against two other women but the jury failed to reach a verdict on them.

Two years later, while behind bars, he was charged with the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler.

He was convicted of the slaying on June 23, 2011, and sentenced to life again with a recommendation that he never be released.

It was not until 2016 that Bellfield admitted to Milly's murder as well as her rape and abduction.

Bellfield is currently serving his sentence in HMP Frankland, Country Durham.

In May 2022, The Sun revealed the murderer had proposed to his girlfriend who he met while behind bars.

The woman's identity has not been revealed but the pair are said to be besotted with each other.

Why is Levi Bellfield now called Yusuf Rahim?

In 2016, it was revealed that Bellfield had converted to Islam while behind bars.

The twisted murderer demanded to be known as Yusuf Rahim following his finding of religion.

But a source told the Daily Star the prison where he is held is a hotbed of gangs.

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They said: "HMP Frankland is ruled by gangs and you are either in a white gang, black gang or Asian gang.

“If you are a child killer, rapist or a mass murderer, the only gang who are going to let you in are the Muslims but you have to convert to Islam.”

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