“Halliwell is an obsession for you Danny Boy”
“He’s not the obsession at all… these women are. There’s potential victims dating back to the 80’s… all over the UK… potentially up to sixty. The police know… … that and there’s most likely an innocent man in prison for the murder of his wife”
UK’s potential serial killer, Christopher Halliwell (this has been on going for a number of years)
– PUBLICALLY REALEASED number of potential number of victims since 1996 – Six
-PRIVATELY amongst different investigating officers. ????
-‘potential offending period of more than 30 years’.
-First talked of serial killing in 84. Released in 88.
-The methodical and forensically expert manner in which the first known victim Becky Godden-Edwards (in Wilts area) was murdered (reported missing in 07) would indicate he may have had a history of killing.
-Halliwell could not remember the year he killed Becky Godden-Edwards (03, 04 or 05) would indicate she was not his first victim. (one of potentially many)
-First potential victim (Melanie Hall) in (again in Wilts area) 1996.
-The fact he owned over 80 cabs, across Britain.
-Worked across Britain in cabs. Worked in construction. Holidayed across Britain in his narrow boat.
“We know he travelled all over the country working as a driver, or in the construction industry, and we are also looking at where he took his holidays on his narrow boat. He could have left victims anywhere in the UK.
“There is evidence from the way he disposed of Becky’s body, with all clothing and jewellery removed, that he was very forensically aware. Books on forensics were found in his loft.”
Halliwel. regularly spent time alone in his own narrow boat on the Kennet and Avon canal, which he has since sold.
Almost no evidence of Halliwell’s forensic “footprint” could be found in the home he shared with his 55-year-old ex-lover.
A source said: “It was as if he didn’t live there. It leads us to ask if he has some other premises, a lock-up or similar, somewhere else, which does contain his life and – horrifically – maybe trophies of his victims.”
I have got a sickening gut feeling (and I know a number of investigating officers will share this)… This may only be the tip of the iceberg. I sincerely hope this investigation is being co-ordinated properly, and information is being shared across the country. The man is a textbook psychopath. Friendly, charming, able to extract information from his potential victims, meaning he only killed those who would not be reported missing, or had personal problems. Had a wife and family.
This could be horrific… he’s refusing to give any information unless he has to. He hasn’t killed for fame or to play games with law enforcement… he’s done it out necessity, to satisfy his own urges. Sadly, the number of victims may never be known.
A DOSSIER linking serial killer Christopher Halliwell to an unsolved murder has been sent to police.
Detectives are looking at evidence linked to the disappearance of Melanie Hall, in Bath, in June 1996.
The new info has been supplied by cold case expert Chris Clark.
Her killer has never been bought to justice.
Former intelligence officer Clark believes Melanie’s abduction bears the hallmarks of Halliwell’s gruesome death spree.
He said: “The method and other evidence point towards Halliwell.
“There is ‘similar fact evidence’ linking Halliwell to the scene and they are compelling.
“I have sent my dossier to the police and they are looking into it.”
Clerical worker Melanie was last seen at Cadillacs nightclub in Bath. She is then believed to have left with a man.
A couple were later spotted arguing and a man was seen trying to drag a woman into a car park backing on to the Kennet and Avon canal.
Clark says there is an uncanny similarity between Halliwell and photo fits of the suspect.
The man was said to be in his 20s, 5ft 10in, with dark hair and a deep tan. At the time, the taxi driver was 32 with similar characteristics.
“‘The way she was killed and other key evidence points to Halliwell’”
Chris Clark, cold case expert and former intelligence officer
A few days later, a couple reported hearing a man on a narrowboat talking about Melanie.
Halliwell was a narrowboat fanatic with his own vessel, and used the Kennet and Avon canal.
Clark believes the suspect could have been him.
The sadist also disposed of the bodies of his victims in a different county from where they were snatched.
Melanie was abducted in Somerset but her body was found beside the M5 near Bristol.
Blue rope used to tie up Melanie’s remains was identical to the rope often used on narrowboats.
Clark added: “The circumstantial evidence adds up. I have sent my findings to Avon and Somerset Police and hope they will investigate.”
Halliwell is serving life for killing clubber Sian O’Callaghan, 22, and Becky Godden-Edwards, 20.
The divorced father-of-three had access to 80 taxi cabs and would drive fares across the UK.
He would also often travel around the canal network in the north of England.
Previously, Clark has linked Halliwell to three unsolved murders: Donna Keogh, 17, disappeared in 1998; vice girl Vicky Glass, 21, in 2001; and sex worker Rachel Wilson, 19, vanished in May 2002.
They all went missing in a small area around the former Shipmate pub, in central Middlesbrough.
The area was well-known to Halliwell.
Clark was interviewed by the joint force Major Investigation Team (MIT) in 2016 about his findings.
The MIT is a collaboration between Avon and Somerset Police and Wiltshire Police.
A spokesperson for MIT confirmed it had received the dossier.
But they said currently there is no direct evidence linking Halliwell with the murder of Melanie Hall.
INVESTIGATORS want a killer’s “trophy store” checked for links to 23 unsolved murders.
The man who caught evil Christopher Halliwell believes items found near one of his victims could link him to a string of other cases.
Taxi driver Halliwell, 52, is serving life for killing clubber Sian O’Callaghan, 22, and Becky Godden-Edwards, 25.
Now former detective Steve Fulcher, 51, has backed research into other murders by “cold case” expert Chris Clark.
He claims there are strong “evidential links” to the Halliwell killings which police should investigate.
And he wants the Wiltshire force to look at the 60 alleged “trophy” items linked to Halliwell which were found in 2014.
Two articles of clothing in the haul have been identified and have links to Sian and Becky.
Mr Fulcher is liaising with Mr Clark, 71, who has produced a detailed list of unsolved slayings.
“The immediate and obvious source of linked evidence is the 60 items of women’s clothing found, together with a shotgun, at Ramsbury in May 2014”
Steve Fulcher – Former detective
Mr Fulcher said: “The immediate and obvious source of linked evidence is the 60 items of women’s clothing found, together with a shotgun, at Ramsbury in May 2014.”
Mr Fulcher wants the haul to be shown to other murder victims’ relatives and checked for any DNA matches.
He added: “Should an evidential link be found, we would be well on the way to clearing up these cases.”
Mr Clark said: “Halliwell’s trophy hoard could well be the key to solving many of these murders.
“The endorsement of Steve Fulcher shows Wiltshire police need to take this list seriously.”
The unsolved cases include that of Finnish nurse Eila Karjalainen, 23, whose remains were found in 1983 on the Blenheim estate in Oxfordshire.
Police believe she was picked up while hitchhiking.
Her rucksack and belongings, including her passport, were found in an A40 lay-by near Witney.
The mutilated body of sex worker Linda Donaldson, 31, of Liverpool, was found in Lowton, near Leigh, Lancs, in 1988.
A second vice girl, Janine Downes, 22, of Wolverhampton, West Mids, was beaten to death in February 1991.
Her body was found in Stourport, Worcs. Melanie Hall, 25, was last seen alive at a nightclub in Bath in June 1996.
Her body parts were discovered in a bin liner close to the M5 near Gloucester in October, 2009.
Halliwell, a divorced father of three, had access to 80 cars or taxi cabs and drove fares across the UK.
At the time of his conviction in 2012, police said they were sure he had killed previously.
Missing chef Claudia Lawrence, 35, who disappeared on March 19, 2009, was last seen near her home in Heworth, York – not far from where Halliwell’s father lived.
Is Christopher Halliwell a serial killer?
Officers who dealt with Halliwell believe he may have killed other victims besides Sian and Becky.
In a police interview he said he could not remember which year he killed Becky, suggesting there were others.
A former cellmate said the cabbie was obsessed with Moors murderer Myra Hindley and was fixated on becoming a serial killer.
Ex-armed robber Ernest Springer, 64, said: “He used to ask me about killing. He said, ‘How many people do you need to kill before you become a serial killer?’
“He just had a thing about them. He wanted people to be proud of him or an area to be afraid of him.
“Don’t ask me why, but that’s what he wanted to be. He used to get this magazine called True Detective with stories about people getting knocked off.
Police believe Halliwell could have been involved in the disappearance of numerous women in the Swindon area over the years
“His favourite book was about the Moors Murders with a picture of Myra Hindley on the front.”
Halliwell has been linked with a string of suspected murders in the Swindon area over the years after hinting that he had other crimes to hide.
When being quizzed for the second time over Becky’s death, he told police: “I don’t want to keep coming back every couple of years on different charges,” adding: “If I can clear this up in the next few hours, will everything else be forgotten?”
Melanie Hall, 25, disappeared after leaving a nightclub in Bath in 1996. Her body was found by the M5 in 2009.
Halliwell reportedly once told a colleague at his minicab firm: “Who knows what or who you will find buried out there, there could be loads of people over the years.”
Another potential victim is prostitute Sally Ann John, 24, who vanished from Swindon in 1995. She and Halliwell lived on the same street at the time.
Tina Pryer, 39, Thi Hai Nguyen, 20, and Sandra Brewin, 21, have also been missing for years.
And Linda Razzell, 41, disappeared in the Wiltshire town in 2002. Her husband Glyn has spent 13 years in jail for her murder but maintains he is innocent.
It has emerged Halliwell was obsessed with Linda after doing building work at the Razzells’ home four years before she was killed.
Incredibly, the date Linda went missing in 2002 — March 19 — links Halliwell, his second known victim Sian and another unsolved case.
Detective reveals Christopher Halliwell’s twisted ‘trophy cabinet’ could hold the clues to dozens of unsolved crimes
Halliwell is behind bars after murdering Becky Godden and Sian O’Callaghan
He confessed to DS Steve Fulcher, saying he was a ‘sick f*****’ who needed ‘help’
DS Fulcher has revealed officers unearthed a secret stash of women’s clothing
Haul included Ms Godden’s cardigan and Ms O’Callaghan’s high-heeled shoes
Detective said he fears stash is a roll call of other women he has raped or killed
Halliwell has previously been linked to other disappearances, including Claudia Lawrence.
The detective who helped convict double murderer Christopher Halliwell fears he could have killed or raped up to sixty victims after police unearthed a secret ‘trophy cabinet’ of women’s belongings.
Halliwell, 53, is serving a whole life term after confessing to Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher that he had killed 20-year-old Becky Godden.
The depraved taxi driver – who had already led police to the body of his second victim Sian O’Callaghan, 22, when he made the admission – told DS Fulcher that he was a ‘sick f*****’ who needed ‘help’.
Now it’s emerged that, while searching for evidence of Halliwell’s crimes, investigators found a stash of women’s clothing, some 15 miles from where Ms O’Callaghan’s body was found.
Out of the 60 items, only two have ever been identified – a cardigan worn by Ms Godden and one of Ms O’Callaghan’s high-heeled boots.
But DS Fulcher – who has always insisted Halliwell has more victims – believes the stash could be a sick memento of the killer’s undiscovered crimes, reflecting a roll call of the women he has targeted.
The revelation comes in an explosive new book, Catching A Serial Killer, which Mr Fulcher began writing when he quit Wiltshire Police for failing to adhere to police protocol during the investigation.
The Sun reports him as saying: ‘At the bottom of a pond that was 8ft deep they found Ms O’Callaghan’s distinctive boot. Yet that wasn’t all. Halliwell had been busy.
‘Buried around the pond were more items of women’s clothing. I wondered, did they belong to the six other victims I suspected Halliwell of killing? But I had my maths wrong.
‘Around the pond were not six other items of women’s clothing. There were 60.
‘Halliwell might have been far more prolific than even I had feared.’
He adds: ‘Are you seriously telling me that on two occasions he brutally murdered two women – and then there’s nothing before or since?’
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.
Halliwell’s father lived a few streets from the home of chef Claudia Lawrence (pictured), who has been missing since March 19, 2009
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.
‘You then tried to manipulate the police and court process to try to avoid getting what you deserved.’
At the time of his sentence, police said they were ‘very, very clear’ that he had more victims.
Speaking after, Detective Superintendent Sean Memory said: ‘I can’t believe that Becky was his first offence, from being a burglar in the 1980s to a murderer in 2003. There was a significant gap in his offending behaviour.
‘On top of that, Sian wasn’t murdered until 2011 so what happened in the interim eight years?’
Halliwell had already been linked to several other killings and disappearances over the past few decades.
DS Fulcher said he had always been convinced Halliwell had targeted more women, while it also emerged that the former butcher also once asked a fellow prisoner how many women a person had to murder to become a serial killer.
Halliwell has been linked to several other killings and disappearances over the past few decades, including Linda Razzell (left) and Tina Pryer (right)
Stunning footage shows underwater marine life beneath Greenland
One of the cases to which Halliwell has been linked is that of mother-of-four Linda Razzell, 41, who disappeared from Highworth, near Swindon, on March 19, 2002.
Her husband Glyn has spent 13 years in jail for her murder but maintains his innocence, with his lawyer saying he would be ‘very surprised’ if he had committed the crime.
It has since emerged Halliwell was obsessed with Linda after doing building work at the Razzells’ home four years before she died.
Crucially, Ms Razzell went missing on March 19 – a day considered potentially ‘special’ to Halliwell and the same date Ms O’Callaghan went missing.
The date became pertinent to Halliwell’s case because because it was when he was dumped by his girlfriend while he was in prison for previous crimes.
Describing how the crime is ‘fitting’ with Halliwell’s pattern of behaviour, DS Fulcher has previously urged officers to look into possible links between Halliwell and Miss Razzell’s case.
Detectives said there was a strong suggestion Ms Razzell had been abducted after her mobile phone was found near her abandoned car.
The whereabouts of Vietnamese immigrant Thi Hai Nguyen (pictured), 20, has also been unknown since she went missing from her temporary home in Swindon in June 2005
Officers have since said that Ms Razzell and Halliwell had a ‘direct relationship’.
Meanwhile, Halliwell’s father lived a few streets from the home of chef Claudia Lawrence, who has been missing since March 19, 2009 – the same day as Halliwell killed Ms O’Callaghan.
Ms Lawrence’s father Peter has previously urged police to look at any links between the double murderer and his missing daughter, although North Yorkshire Police have denied the link.
Referring to a potential link, DS Fulcher said: ‘It fits his pattern of behaviour – abducting women walking alone either late at night or early in the morning.’
Another potential victim is prostitute Sally Ann John, 24, who vanished from Swindon in 1995. She and Halliwell lived on the same street.
The last sighting of her was in the Manchester Road area, in the town’s red-light district, at 10.45pm on September 8, 1995. No trace of her has ever been found.
Miss Godden’s mother Karen Edwards has previously claimed that Wiltshire Police failed to act on evidence that she has given them about the three disappearances.
She said: ‘He is definitely a serial killer. I believe he has been up and down the country murdering young women.
‘Serial killers are usually triggered by dates. That was the day that Halliwell broke up with one of his partners.
‘Halliwell was familiar with York – his father lived in Huddersfield – and the description of Claudia’s murderer is identical to him – a left-handed smoker, 5ft 8-10in, with slightly receding hair and a skinny build.
‘Claudia was reported missing from her home on March 19, 2009 – exactly two years to the day before Sian. It is also the same date that a woman called Linda Razzell disappeared.’
Christopher Halliwell asks for other charges to be ‘forgotten’
Another potential victim is Sally Brewin, who disappeared from her parents’ home in 1994 just months after she became penfriends with a man who was in prison in Oxfordshire.
The whereabouts of Vietnamese immigrant Thi Hai Nguyen, 20, has also been unknown since she went missing from her temporary home in Swindon in June 2005.
The disappearance of Tina Pryer, 39, has also been linked to the killer.
Earlier this year, police searched the Swindon garden of the double-murderer for more bodies, part of an ongoing investigation carried out by the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team.
Wiltshire Police have since issued a statement saying there is no evidence linking him to any other murder in this country.
But Mr Fulcher – who now works training police in war-torn Somalia – added: ‘There is only no evidence because they haven’t spoken to the witness.’
Catching a Serial Killer by Stephen Fulcher is published by Ebury Press, price £7.99
TIMELINE OF A DOUBLE KILLING: HOW HALLIWELL MURDERED TWO WOMEN THEN THWARTED JUSTICE FOR VICTIM’S FAMILY
January 2003 – Becky Godden, then aged 20, is last seen alive after getting into a taxi outside Destiny & Desire nightclub in Swindon.
March 18, 2011 – Sian O’Callaghan, 22, is murdered by Halliwell after getting into his taxi while walking home after leaving Suju nightclub in Swindon.
March 24, 2011 – Halliwell leads Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, of Wiltshire Police, to the locations of Miss O’Callaghan and Miss Godden’s bodies.
March 26, 2011 – Halliwell is charged with Miss O’Callaghan’s murder.
May 23, 2011 – Halliwell is charged with Miss Godden’s murder
Flowers at the scene near Eastleach, Gloucestershire where Miss Godden’s body was found
January 30, 2012 – Mrs Justice Cox rules the evidence of Halliwell’s confessions to the murders of both women is inadmissible.
May 31, 2012 – Halliwell appears at Preston Crown Court and denies murdering Miss O’Callaghan. The charge of murdering Miss Godden is formally withdrawn.
October 19, 2012 – Halliwell admits Miss O’Callaghan’s murder at Bristol Crown Court and is jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.
February 18, 2015 – Halliwell is arrested on suspicion of murdering Miss Godden.
March 30, 2015 – Halliwell is charged with Miss Godden’s murder.
June 9, 2015 – Halliwell appears at Bristol Crown Court and denies Miss Godden’s murder.
August 30, 2016 – Retired High Court judge Sir John Griffith Williams rules that the jury can be told of Halliwell’s conviction for Miss O’Callaghan’s murder and his confession to Miss Godden’s murder.
September 5, 2016 – Halliwell goes on trial at Bristol Crown Court for Miss Godden’s murder.
September 19, 2016 – Halliwell is convicted of Miss Godden’s murder.