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How The Lazy Media And Blinkered Police Use Levi Bellfield To Let Other Killers Escape

by | 26th, June 2011

MILLY Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield appears on the front page of just one newspaper. The Sunday Express announces:

“A lifetime of killing”

The story goes:

EVIL Levi Bellfield may have begun his killing spree at the age of 12 with the murder of his first girlfriend, it emerged yesterday.

EVIL… LEVI… You can hear the journalist’s minds whirring.

We are reintroduced to 14-year-old Patsy Morris. Her body was found in Hounslow, Middlesex, in 1980.

The appear also mentions the murders of Lin and Megan Russell in 1996.

We hear from Patsy’s father George:

“If Bellfield took Patsy like he took those other poor girls, he deserves the worst punishment possible. I just hope our police force do everything in their power to get to the bottom of it.”

Well, now they might. But the police missed Bellfield for years. And if they missed him, might they miss other killers? The media so swiftly behave like the police they see one suspect and pile in. His name is linked to all manner of unsolved crimes. Is this an effort to make the reader feel safer, to ensure us that one lunatic has been nabbed? Or is it just because the news media and the police are hamstrung by a combination of laziness and funds? They have neither the money nor the will to investigate.

Retired detective Nick Biddiss, the former head of Kent CID, told the Sunday Express he wants police to consider if Bellfield was responsible for the deaths of two young women in Tunbridge Wells 24 years ago.

Why dos he want this?

Wendy Knell, 26, was found dead in her bedsit in June 1987 after being sexually assaulted and smashed over the head with a blunt instrument. Six months later, Caroline Pierce, 20, was attacked outside her bedsit in the same part of the town and also suffered a severe blow to the head. Her body was found a month later dumped in a field 40 miles away.

Is there anything to link their deaths with Bellfield other than his name being high on the news cycle? The police knew of Bellfield’s attitude to women before he was arrested.

Police tried to charge him with six cases of drug-induced rape on girls aged 14 to 16 two years before he was jailed for the murders of Miss McDonnell and Miss Delagrange, but he was not charged due to lack of evidence.

The Guardian speculates:

Perhaps his violent obsession with blondes had its roots in an incident at the age of 12, when his blonde girlfriend Patsy Morris, 14, was found strangled on Hounslow Heath. Nothing suggests he was responsible.

Why not just says the name Levi is an anagram of evil? The murderous mutter was a himself a victim of nominative determinism.

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