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UK Killer of Becky Godden and Sian O’Callaghan suspected of serial murder

Discussion in 'Europe: Crimes & Trials' started by Lily, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    The taxi driver Chris Halliwell has been given a full life term for the sexually motivated murder of Becky Godden, almost four years after being jailed for killing Sian O’Callaghan.

    Halliwell joins notorious killers such as the Moors murderer Ian Brady and Rose West who will never be released.

    Attention will now turn to whether Halliwell, 52, from Swindon, may have killed other women along with Godden, 20, and O’Callaghan, 22.

    Following the sentence police repeated that they believed he had killed other women and revealed that they were pursuing other lines of inquiry on other possible offences after calls had come in making further allegations.

    Wiltshire detectives will work with other forces and the National Crime Agency to try to find other victims. As a chauffeur and a ground worker, Halliwell travelled the UK so it is feasible there could be victims across the country.


    Did Christopher Halliwell kill others? What police will do now

    What makes police think he may have killed others? There are a number of factors that led them to believe Godden and Sian O’Callaghan are not his only victims.

    They include:

    • In the mid-1980s while he was in Dartmoor for an unrelated offence, Halliwell asked a fellow prisoner how many women a person needed to kill before being considered a serial killer. Had he already killed by then?
    • His age. It is rare for men to begin to kill in their late 30s. Detectives cannot believe he did nothing in between being a burglar and thief in the 80s and killing Becky Godden in 2003.
    • In common with many violent sexual offenders, Halliwell had a fascination with hardcore pornography, including child abuse and bestiality. Computer search terms he used showed he had an interest in murder, violent sex and rape.
    • He is known to have been worried that police were investigating him over allegations involving girls. There has been no such inquiry.
    • Halliwell was “forensically aware”. When he killed Sian O’Callaghan in 2011 he removed items of her clothing and attempted to get rid of fibres that he feared would connect him to her death.
    • He tried to strike a deal with police that if he cleared up Godden’s murder police would never interview him about anything ever again.
    • The mistake over the depth of Godden’s grave. Halliwell initially told police he had buried her 5ft (1.5 metres) down but she was found just a few inches below the surface. Police believe he may be confused because there were other burial sites.
    • Propensity. He was no random killer. Godden and O’Callaghan were young and slim. He mistakenly thought both were sex workers.
    • The transitory nature of his work. In common with serial killers such as Peter Sutcliffe, Levi Bellfield and Robert Black he had a job that gave him the opportunity to abduct and murder.
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  2. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

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  3. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Halliwell may have been involved in the disappearance of 25-year-old Melanie Hall, a hospital worker, who went missing in Bath in 1996 after leaving a nightclub.

    Linda Razzell, a 41-year-old college worker, went missing in Swindon in 2002. Her body has not been found and her estranged husband, Glyn, was convicted of her murder but has always protested his innocence.

    Perhaps the disappearance of most interest to the Halliwell team is that of 23-year-old Sallyann John, a sex worker who went missing in 1995 from the same red light area – Manchester Road – as Becky Godden. Her body has not been found and in 2014 police said they believed she had been murdered.

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    Ladyslug Bronze Member

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    Lily Bronze Member


    Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden.
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  6. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    5 September 2016


    The disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence fits double murderer Christopher Halliwell's "pattern of behaviour", the senior detective who brought him to justice has said.

    Former Det Supt Steve Fulcher caught the 52-year-old following the abduction of Sian O'Callaghan from outside a nightclub in Swindon in March 2011.

    The taxi driver would go on to confess to murdering both O'Callaghan and another woman, Becky Godden, and now Mr Fulcher believes Halliwell's links to the area where Miss Lawrence vanished should be investigated.

    The circumstances match his modus operandi in abducting a girl, late at night, from a nightclub. Evidence of her being tied up with rope is consistent with Halliwell's interests.

    Miss Lawrence was last seen on March 18, 2009, and was reported missing the following day after she failed to turn up for a work shift at the University of York.

    Police have said they believe the 35-year-old was murdered, although no body has ever been discovered.

    Mr Fulcher told the Sunday Express: "Claudia Lawrence disappeared from York seven years ago. Halliwell's father lived a few streets away from where Claudia went missing.

    "It fits his pattern of behaviour - abducting women walking alone either late at night or early in the morning."

    The detective, who is now a security consultant in Somalia, also linked Halliwell to other unsolved crimes, including the murder of Melanie Hall.

  7. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member


    A double murderer may be linked to six other murders, according to a former detective who arrested him.

    Christopher Halliwell was jailed on Friday for the 2003 murder of Becky Godden, having already been convicted of killing Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, ex-detective Steve Fulcher said Halliwell told him "police want to interview me about eight murders".

    Mr Fulcher said he "concluded" it meant Halliwell was linked to other cases.

    "There's no question, from all the information I gathered when I was running this inquiry in 2011, that he has committed other murders," he added.

    In particular, he suggested Halliwell could have been involved with the disappearance of Linda Razzell who was last seen on her way to work in Swindon in 2003.
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  8. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    The gardens and garages of two properties on Broad Street in Swindon - where killer Christopher Halliwell once lived - are being searched by Wiltshire Police.

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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh wow! Are you surprised they haven't searched there before now?
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  10. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    It's a tricky one a lot of people think he killed more as the gap between his 2 victims is 7 years
    and they've not said if the searches are as a result of information or leads
    I think they should have done some sort of ground radar searches to see if theres any sign without causeing to much disruption to currant owners
    but they may have done that and thats why there digging
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    Kimster Director Staff Member

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