Did killer cabbie slaughter 29 women?

Did killer cabbie slaughter 29 women? Double murderer Christopher Halliwell is linked to dozens more ‘victims’ by new book – including chef Claudia Lawrence as police search ponds

  • Former taxi driver is serving a whole life sentence for killing Becky Godden-Edwards and Sian O’Callaghan 
  • Police investigation into murders made into a 2019 ITV drama called A Confession, starring Martin Freeman 
  • New book suggests he had dozens more victims, which would make him one of Britain’s worst serial killers 
  • A mug shot of convicted double murderer Christopher Halliwell

    A mug shot of convicted double murderer Christopher Halliwell

    Notorious double killer Christopher Halliwell could be responsible for 27 more murders, a new book sensationally claims.

    The former taxi driver, 53, is serving a whole life sentence for killing Becky Godden-Edwards, 20, and Sian O’Callaghan, 22, who he abducted while they were leaving nightclubs in Swindon, Wiltshire, in 2011.

    The police investigation into the murders was made into a 2019 ITV drama called A Confession, starring Martin Freeman as lead investigator Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher. 

    Now the authors of a new book suggest he targeted dozens of women over 20 years before dumping their often mutilated bodies after taking their clothes as a trophy. 

    This could make Halliwell – who trained as a butcher – one of Britain’s worst ever serial killers.

    The 53-year-old has long been linked to other murders, including that of Claudia Lawrence, a chef from York. 

    Police are currently searching lakes and woodland in their hunt for the missing 35-year-old, who vanished 12 years ago. 

    The claims Halliwell had 27 more victims are made in The New Millennium Serial Killer a book by former police intelligence officer Chris Clark and crime writer Bethan Trueman.  

    Shelley Morgan, 33, was last seen alive near her Bristol home on June 11, 1984

    Linda Donaldson , 31, was abducted in Liverpool in 1988 and later found dead with multiple stab wounds

    Halliwell’s other victims? Shelley Morgan, 33, (left) was last seen alive near her Bristol home on June 11, 1984. Linda Donaldson, 31, was abducted in Liverpool in 1988 and later found dead with multiple stab wounds 

    Ann Heron, 44

    Trevaline Evans, 52

    In 1990, Ann Heron , 44, was murdered in Darlington; while shop owner Trevaline Evans, 52, vanished from Llangollen, in North Wales. Both have been named as Halliwell’s possible victims 

    Maria Christina Requena , 26, was abducted in Manchester

    Janine Downes , 22, vanished from Wolverhampton

    1991: Maria Christina Requena, 26, was abducted in Manchester. Janine Downes , 22, vanished from Wolverhampton

    Details of the book – produced by Crime Publishing Network – were revealed in an exclusive extract obtained by The Mirror

    Halliwell kept a secret store of 60 items of women’s clothing, unearthed by police in 2011, some 15 miles from where Sian O’Callaghan’s body was found.

    Out of the 60 items, only two have ever been identified – a cardigan worn by Becky Godden and one of Ms O’Callaghan’s high-heeled boots.

    DS Fulcher – who has always insisted Halliwell has more victims – believes the stash could be a sick memento of his undiscovered crimes, reflecting a roll call of the women he has targeted.

    He wrote in a foreword to the new book: ‘There is overwhelming evidence pointing to the notion that Halliwell is responsible for many further victims beyond the two murders for which he’s been convicted.’

    Mr Clark and Ms Trueman believe Halliwell could be behind three killings by the East Lancashire Ripper, who brutally murdered and sexually mutilated three women but was never caught. 

    Halliwell has long been linked to other murders, including that of Claudia Lawrence, a missing chef from York (seen on the right with her father, Peter)

    Halliwell has long been linked to other murders, including that of Claudia Lawrence, a missing chef from York (seen on the right with her father, Peter)

    Police are currently searching lakes and woodland in Yorkshire as part of their hunt for the missing 35-year-old, who vanished 12 years ago

    Police are currently searching lakes and woodland in Yorkshire as part of their hunt for the missing 35-year-old, who vanished 12 years ago 

    The body of young mother Dawn Shields , 19, was found buried in High Peaks, Derbyshire in 1994

    The remains of Sharon Harper , 21, were found in a Grantham car park in July

    Did Halliwell also kill these women? The body of young mother Dawn Shields , 19, (left) was found buried in High Peaks, Derbyshire in 1994. The remains of Sharon Harper , 21, (right) were found in a Grantham car park in July

    Julie Finley, 23, was abducted in Liverpool in 1994 and her body found dumped in a carrot field

    Lindsay Jo Rimer , 13, was found lying dead by the Rochdale Canal

    Julie Finley, 23, was abducted in Liverpool in 1994 and her body discovered in a carrot field. Lindsay Jo Rimer , 13, (right) was found lying dead by the Rochdale Canal

    Melanie Hall , 26, went missing from Bath and her body was found in 2009

    The body of Caroline Glachan, 14, was found dumped in a river near Glasgow in 1995

    Melanie Hall , 26, went missing from Bath in 1995 and her body was found in 2009. The body of Caroline Glachan , 14, was found dumped in a river near Glasgow in 1995 

    Roll call of horror: Are these Halliwell’s other victims? 

    Elia Karjalainen , 23

    Elia Karjalainen , 23

    Here are the other women whom the authors of The New Millennium Serial Killer have named as possible victims of Christopher Halliwell: 

    1983: The remains of nurse Elia Karjalainen, 23, were found at Barnham Woods on the 2,100-acre Blenheim estate in Woodstock on November 25, 1983. 

    She was believed to have been abducted and murdered while out hitch hiking. 

    1985: The body of 34-year-old Shelley Morgan was recovered from a shallow grave near Bristol. Prostitute Linda Guest, 35, was found lying half-naked in a pool of blood on a footpath in the city. 

    1988: Linda Donaldson, 31, was abducted in Liverpool and later found dead with multiple stab wounds.

    1980s: The body of a woman, called the Angel of the Meadow, was uncovered in Manchester in 2010. She was believed to have died in the 1980s.

    The body of Carol Clark , 32, was found dumped on a Bristol canal bank in 1993

    The body of Carol Clark , 32, was found dumped on a Bristol canal bank in 1993 

    1990: Ann Heron, 44, was murdered in Darlington. Shop owner Trevaline Evans, 52, vanished in June, from Llangollen, North Wales.

    1991: Maria Christina Requena, 26, was abducted in Manchester. Janine Downes, 22, vanished from Wolverhampton. 

    1993: The body of Carol Clark, 32, was found dumped on a Bristol canal bank.

    1994: Sandra Brewin, 21, disappeared in Swindon. The body of young mother Dawn Shields, 19, was excavated from a shallow grave in High Peaks, Derbyshire. 

    The remains of Sharon Harper, 21, were found in a Grantham car park in July. Julie Finley, 23, was abducted in Liverpool and her body dumped in a carrot field. The body of Lindsay Jo Rimer, 13, was left by the Rochdale Canal. 

    Julie Jones

    Julie Jones 

    1995: Sally Ann John, 23, vanished from Swindon. Melanie Hall, 26, went missing from Bath and her body was found in 2009. Police do not believe Halliwell murdered her but former detective Steve Fulcher, who helped to jail Halliwell, believes they should keep an open-mind. Also in 1995, Caroline Glachan, 14, was dumped in a river near Glasgow. 

    1998: The body of Hannah Deterville, 15, was found near a canal in Greenford, north-west London. The remains of Julie Jones, 32, were discovered in Manchester. Police believed she had been hit by a vehicle or fallen from a high building. Donna Keogh, 17, disappeared after a party in Middlesbrough. Her body never found. 

    2001: Bristol University cleaner Tina Pryer, 39, disappeared. The body of Vicky Glass, 17, was found on the North York Moors. Michaela Hague, a 25-year-old prostitute, was murdered in Sheffield. 

    2002: Linda Razzell, 41, was killed on March 19. Her husband Glyn has spent 13 years in jail for her murder but maintains his innocence. Thi Hai Nguyen, 21, went missing from her home in Marlborough. 

    2009: Claudia Lawrence, a 35-year-old chef, from Heworth, York, vanished and was feared murdered.  

    Advertisement

    The authors also examine the disappearance of three women in Wiltshire, Halliwell’s home county, as well as the murder of Halliwell’s neighbour Sally Ann John. 

    The fiend was said to have been ‘obsessed’ with the 23-year-old, who vanished in September 1995.

    The police investigation into Halliwell was turned into an ITV drama titled A Confession, starring Martin Freeman as Mr Fulcher.

    Police began investigating Halliwell when Ms O’Callaghan was abducted on her way home from a nightclub in Swindon in 2011.

    CCTV taken near the Suju nightclub showed her getting into a taxi which the father-of-three owned.

    Police then kept watch on Halliwell for two days – hoping he would inadvertently lead them to Ms O’Callaghan’s body – but arrested him on suspicion of kidnap five days later when they feared he would kill himself.

    Aware of his suicidal tendencies, DS Fulcher arranged an interview team to conduct a ‘Safety Interview’, under caution, at the scene of his arrest.

    But when Halliwell kept answering ‘no comment’, DC Fulcher authorised officers to bring Halliwell to the nearby Iron Age fort of Barbary Castle – where they believed Ms O’Callaghan was buried – for an ‘urgent interview’.

    Halliwell eventually led DS Fulcher and his team to an isolated lane, where he said Ms O’Callaghan’s body was lying in the open.

    Then, as he was having a cigarette at the scene, Halliwell confessed to ‘another one’, telling DS Fulcher: ‘I need help, I’m a sick f*****.’

    The father-of-three then led the detective to the spot in rural Gloucestershire where he had buried Miss Godden in a shallow grave after strangling her in 2003.

    At that time, police had no idea she was missing.

    DS Fulcher was later nominated for a Queen’s Police Medal, the highest honour in policing, for his work in extracting the brutal killer’s confession.

    But, in a cruel twist, he found himself fighting for his job after breaking police guidelines by taking Halliwell to the site, rather than the police station.

    Mr Fulcher was disciplined for misconduct and later resigned, losing his £500,000 police pension and selling his house.

    Haliwell was jailed for life in 2012 for beating and stabbing Ms O’Callaghan – who he believed resembled his mother – to death, before pushing her body into the 12ft ravine.

    But a judge ruled his confession about Ms Godden inadmissible because DS Fulcher had repeatedly failed to correctly caution the killer and questioned him without a lawyer.

    It took four more years of campaigning for it to be allowed.

    Other officers then had to find more evidence and, thanks to unearthing the stash and other circumstantial and forensic evidence, Halliwell was convicted of killing Ms Godden and given a whole-life jail tariff.

    During the trial, Halliwell gloated about how he had ruined DS Fulcher’s career, telling him: ‘By the way, it was a pleasure ruining your career, you corrupt b*****d.’

    As he passed sentence on Halliwell, Sir John Griffiths Williams told the killer: ‘But for your confession, I have no doubt Becky’s remains would never have been found.’  

    • The New Millennium Serial Killer by Chris Clark & Bethan Trueman, published by Crime Publishing Network. 
    Hannah Deterville, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, disappeared from her home in Queen's Park, west London, in 1998

    Donna Keogh , 17, vanished after leaving a party in Middlesbrough

    Hannah Deterville, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, disappeared from her home in Queen’s Park, west London, in 1998. Donna Keogh , 17, vanished after leaving a party in Middlesbrough

    Mother-of-three Tina Pryer, 39, who was last seen in 2001

    Vicky Glass , 17, whose body was found on the North York Moors that same year

    Mother-of-three Tina Pryer, 39, who was last seen in 2001; and Vicky Glass , 17, whose body was found on the North York Moors that same year 

    Michaela Hague, a 25-year-old prostitute, was murdered in Sheffield in 2001

    Linda Razzell , 41, was killed in 2002

    Michaela Hague , a 25-year-old prostitute, was murdered in Sheffield in 2001. Linda Razzell , 41, was killed in 2002. Her husband, Glyn, has spent 13 years in jail for her murder but maintains his innocence

    Category:

    celex

    Tags:

    , , ,

    Comments are closed.