The man who killed schoolgirl Milly Dowler may now confess to more murders after his 81-year-old mother died, according to a family member.
Levi Bellfield, who was convicted of killing 13-year-old Milly in Surrey in 2002, is said to have kept quiet about other murders because it would’ve ended up “tearing his mother in two”.
However, Jean Bellfield, who was convinced that her serial killer son was innocent, died on Saturday after battling a lung condition.
Now a relative believes her death will result in Bellfield, 49, telling police about other killings he carried out, according to the Mirror.
They said: “Even though Levi is pure evil, it will destroy him to learn of his mum’s death.
“Jean couldn’t accept he was the monster everyone made him out to be.
“Now he doesn’t need to protect her, people close to him think he could come clean.”
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Bellfield was convicted of killing teenager Marsha McDonnell, 19, and 22-year-old Amelie Delagrange, 22, in 2008.
He was not convicted of killing Milly Dowler until 2011, after Surrey Police compiled evidence of his involvement.
Police said Bellfield finally admitted to Milly’s abduction, rape and murder in 2016, a confession he later denied ever making.
Michael Stone, convicted for the 1996 murders of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, has argued that Bellfield should be investigated for the killings after claiming he confessed to them in prison.
Bellfield’s solicitor Julie Cooper said: “Mr Bellfield denies the murders of the Russell family and denies ever making such a confession.”
In 2016, up to 25 other cases of missing women dating back to 1980 had been linked to Bellfield.