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Geoffre Wansell

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Geoffrey Wansell

Bus Stop Killer

'He was a monster.....who could be charming at first ....'

 

On 23 June 2011 the convicted double-murderer Levi Bellfield was found guilty of the murder of 13-year-old schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Milly Dowler

Milly Dowler
disappeared on her way home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in 2002. Six months later her body was discovered many miles away.
A massive police investigation, the largest manhunt in Surrey's history, got nowhere. Only when nightclub bouncer and bare-knuckle boxer Levi Bellfield was arrested for the murder of another young woman did it become clear to police that they had a serial killer on their hands.

This is the full story of the murders, the victims and the painstaking nine-year investigation and trial by police and prosecutors. It tells of Bellfield's terrifying, controlling personality - a man who went from charming to monstrous in the blink of an eye - and his depraved stalking of young women.

 

It is a terrifying portrait of the only man in modern British legal history to be given two separate whole-life setences.

 

GEOFFREY WANSELL is the author of twelve books including the official biography of Frederick West (see elsewhere on this site).
In writing this book, Geoffrey undertook a full year of investigative research and spent every day of Bellfield's trial at the Old Baily in order to piece together the details of the killer's life and crimes.

 

The Bus Stop Killer - a Review

Geoffrey Wansell breathes insight into one of Britain's most hated murders.
Written by Steff Lever for London Confidential and was published on August 1st.

Levi BellfieldThe Bus Stop Killer described as ‘a man on edge, a man without conscience, a victim of his own sexual desire and his addiction to violence’, are the words used by Geoffrey Wansell to describe Levi Bellfield in his latest book The Bus Stop Killer.
The emotionless and haunting book cover image of Levi Bellfield comes with the resounding label - ‘sadistic serial killer’. It paints a portrait of Levi Bellfield, a supposedly once charming man; descend into monstrous ways. This emotionless image closely matches his actions on trial, as he is said to have remained relatively impassive immediately pleading ‘not guilty’. Wansell’s book is a constant page turner and thoroughly describes the tedious nine-year investigation into Levi Bellfield; the story of a killer that simply unfolds throughout the 324 pages. It delves into the killing of Milly Dowler, and offers extraordinary insight into the investigation, eventual arrest and trial.

The book opens with a description of ‘Little Benty’, a secluded location near the M4 motorway. Whilst reading, it soon becomes apparent the extent to which Bellfield has an unhealthy sexual interest in young females, but further to this, that he is a dangerous sexual predator. Wansell describes an incident in which two young girls were approached by Bellfield, they were both encouraged to get into his car and he made sexually suggestive comments, asking if they were virgins. This snippet of information in the first few pages is the beginning of the vast amount of sick information that continues throughout the book. Wansall writes in such a way that the book is highly readable and at the same time intricate in detail.

The Bus Stop Killer was released on the 28th of July 2011, and the book becomes part of the ‘calm’, but in this case, after the storm, with the recent tabloid allegations of The News of the World phone-hacking scandal. The nationwide scandal forced closure on the national newspaper, and was considered by all as a step too far – revealing the extent and the desperation of the media to get ‘a good story’. This explosive scandal still remains in the news and has triggered the nation’s memorable and heartfelt emotion for the Milly Dowler case. It remains present in our minds, and begins to convey the devastation caused by The Bus Stop Killer. Bellfield remains the only killer in legal British history to receive two whole life sentences.

 

FALCATA TIMES

True Crime Review: The Bus Stop Killer - Geoffrey Wansell

SYNOPSIS:

On 23 Jun 2011 the convicted double-murderer Levi Bellfield was found guilty of the murder of 13-year-old school girl Milly Dowler.

Milly disappeared on her way home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey in 2002. Six months later her body was discovered many miles away. A massive police investigation, the largest manhunt in Surrey's history, got nowhere. Only when nightclub bouncer and bare-knuckle boxer Levi Bellfield was arrested for the murder of another young woman did it become clear to police that they had a serial killer on their hands.

This is the full story of the murders, the victims and the pain-staking nine-year investigation and trial by police and prosecutors. It tells of Bellfield's terrifying, controlling personality - a man who went from charming to monstrous in the blink of an eye - and his depraved stalking of young women.

It is a terrifying portrait of the only man in modern British legal history to be given two whole-life sentences.

REVIEW:

I tend to read quite a few books on Serial Killers and usually they take the case in one of three ways, either they’re pro subject, anti-subject or take the middle road presenting the facts of the case to allow the reader to make up their own mind. It’s this last option that Geoffrey Wansell takes with this, his new title based on the crimes committed by Levi Bellfield, the man convicted of the murders of a few young women including Milly Dowler.

Whilst this book does contain all the fact pertaining to the case it felt that it had a beginning and middle without reaching a conclusion towards the end due to the fact that Levi Bellfield has never admitted his guilt to any of his crimes.

All in, this book was well written although in part repetitive but this I felt was mainly due to the author having to try to make the extra length due to the subject’s non-admittance of these crimes. As such this felt a little flat and that perhaps that the author could have spent his time more productively on a criminal that has admitted their guilt in order to give the reader a more rounded picture. Don’t get me wrong it is interesting, it does have a lot of plus points but when the evidence is laid out it does make you wonder exactly how the conviction was obtained purely as a lot of it seemed circumstantial.

 



For a synopsis of any of Geoffrey's books, please click on the appropriate cover below.

Garrick History
David Suchet
Rattigan
Dark Angel
Goldsmith
Haunted Idol
Evil Love


 

 


 

 

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