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Serial killer Levi Bellfield has bragged about getting cash for a false confession to murdering Lin and Megan Russell, it can now be revealed.

Milly Dowler’s killer claims he has received around £5,000 in ‘expenses’ for his signed confessions to the grisly 1996 hammer attack.

In a letter submitted to Kent Police, the 55-year-old admitted his admissions were a hoax.

Bellfield suggested he did it because he was ‘having a bit of fun’ behind bars meddling in other cases and was incentivised by cash payments made to a member of his family.

Detectives carried out inquiries and were able to establish a number of meetings Bellfield had in prison, which appeared to tally with financial records.

Serial killer Levi Bellfield has bragged about getting cash for a false confession to murdering Lin and Megan Russell, it can now be revealed

The killer of Milly Dowler (pictured) claims he has received around £5,000 in ‘expenses’ for his signed confessions to the grisly 1996 hammer attack

His letter was passed by Kent Police to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) which almost spent six years examining the conviction of Michael Stone for the murders of Ms Russell, 45, and her six-year-old daughter, Megan who were found bludgeoned to death in Chillenden, Kent, on July 9, 1996.

Her other daughter, Josie, then nine, suffered severe head injuries in the attack and the family’s dog was killed.

Last year Bellfield claimed responsibility for the Russell murders before later retracting his statement.

Then in April this year, Stone’s solicitor Paul Bacon claimed that Bellfield had signed a fresh confession to the murders.

But Bellfield’s fabricated account of how he targeted the Russell family was quickly recognised as a hoax by detectives because key details about his confession did not match evidence in the case.

Officers suspected the cell confession was simply an evil mind game by a monster who enjoys toying with his victims’ families from behind bars, craves the limelight and revels in his evil notoriety.

Bellfield confirmed their fears when he later wrote to Kent Police saying, ‘I’m just having a bit of fun.’

A source close to the case said: ‘Bellfield wrote that the things he said in the confession weren’t true.

‘He said, “I’m just having a bit of fun and I’m receiving some money in return for expenses”.

‘He boasted that he was receiving money for the fake confession.’

Former Met Police detective chief inspector Colin Sutton, who led the investigation which brought Bellfield to justice over the murders of Amelie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell, agreed that Bellfield was lying for cash.

Last year Bellfield claimed responsibility for the murders of Lin and Megan Russell (pictured) before later retracting his statement

Mr Sutton has made a forthcoming documentary series on the Bellfield case, in which one programme has explored the possibility the serial killer was responsible for the Russell murders based on available evidence.

He said: ‘We went through his confession and proved to our satisfaction that he was lying.

‘My view is that he knows that he is in prison forever, that he has joined up with Michael Stone in prison at some point and offered to lie for him for payment to a relative.’

In 2017, Bellfield’s former solicitor Julie Cooper claimed that Stone had tried to strike a deal with the fellow lifer, offering him cash to confess.

Miss Cooper said Stone had sent Bellfield three notes trying to persuade him to take the rap.

She said: ‘Mr Stone has offered payment to our client, which he anticipates receiving as compensation for time served in custody.’

Bellfield was already serving two life sentences, with no prospect of ever being released.

He was given a whole life term for murdering Marsha McDonnell, 19, in 2003, murdering Amelie Delagrange, 22, and trying to murder Kate Sheedy, 18, in 2004.

Then he received a second life sentence in 2011 for murdering 13-year-old Milly Dowler, who was snatched from the street walking home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in March 2002.

Bellfield’s letter to police taking responsibility for the hoax has raised concerns about his other confessions behind bars.

Earlier this year, Bellfield claimed he had killed 19-year-old student, Elizabeth Chau who disappeared in April 1999 on her way home from Thames Valley University.

In July this year the CCRC announced that Stone’s 2001 convictions for murder and attempted murder would not be referred to the Court of Appeal as there was ‘no real possibility’ they would be quashed.

The independent body, which investigates potential miscarriages of justice, said it had examined ‘a substantial number of documents relating to Mr Stone’s case, including reports of alternative events and suspects,’ but no evidence had been found to suggest Stone’s conviction was unsafe.

Yesterday a CCRC spokesperson said: ‘Our team of experienced investigators thoroughly scrutinise any new evidence not heard at trial or on appeal.

‘A conviction is only referred if the new evidence brings a real possibility a conviction being overturned.

‘Anything irrelevant or untrue will be dismissed.

‘Our door is open to anybody who has new information to offer in good faith on a potential miscarriage of justice.’

A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘Kent Police can neither confirm nor deny whether or not investigations are being, or have been, carried out unless a person has been charged with a criminal offence.’

It is not suggested that anyone from the police paid for the confession. 

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