Killer Levi Bellfield has reportedly admitted to being near the scene where Lin and Megan Russell were murdered as he is investigated over their murders.
The serial killer, 53, reportedly confessed to being familiar with the area where the mother and daughter were bludgeoned to death in Chillenden, Kent, in July 1996.
Bellfield, who is serving life for killing schoolgirl Milly Dowler, 13, and two women, was said to have confessed in a statement which is being looked at ‘closely’ by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
He admitted to being near the scene at the time of the hammer attacks, but Bellfield has denied murdering Lin, 45, and Megan, six, according to The Sun.
Serial killer Levi Bellfield (pictured), 53, reportedly confessed to being near the area where Lin and Megan Russel were bludgeoned to death in Chillenden, Kent, in July 1996
Michael Stone, 61, is currently serving three life sentences for the murders of Lin and her daughter at the same jail as Bellfield in Durham, but claims he is innocent.
A source told the publication: ‘While he’s denying the crime itself, this could be seen as Bellfield implicating himself.
‘It is the first time he can be placed at the scene of the crime and as someone familiar with the area.’
The source added that it is a ‘big development’ which raises questions about whether Stone is innocent and if ‘Bellfield carried out the killings’.
Lin and her two daughters – Megan and Josie, nine – and their dog Lucy, were tied up and savagely beaten with a hammer in a brutal attack which shocked the nation.
Lin, Megan and their dog Lucy died, while Josie survived the attack, which took place as the family walked home along a country lane from a school swimming gala.
Lin and her two daughters – Megan (pictured) and Josie, nine – and their dog Lucy, were tied up and savagely beaten with a hammer in a brutal attack which shocked the nation
Lin (left), Megan and their dog Lucy died, while Josie (right) survived the attack, which took place as the family walked home along a country lane from a school swimming gala
It comes after it was revealed that Bellfield is being investigated over the murders of Lin and Megan, while the serial killer reportedly told his friends he is ‘in trouble’.
Last month, a fresh witness said to have seen a beige Ford like the one Bellfield drove at the time driving away from the horror scene.
According to The Sun, Bellfield told friends he is ‘in trouble’ and is said to fear that his alibi for the Kent murders may have been undermined by an ex-girlfriend.
Stone’s defence team believes a potentially crucial piece of evidence, which they say was recently unearthed after being lost by police, could point the finger at someone else.
A bootlace was rediscovered after 14 years and DNA on the lace could prove whether Michael Stone did beat Lin and her six-year-old daughter to death.
Stone was arrested the following year and convicted after trial of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. But he has always protested his innocence.
A bootlace, used to tie up one of the girls, was dropped by the killer and later found at the scene by detectives.
A small part of the lace was tested for DNA at the time. But, with the processes still in their infancy, the tests came back inconclusive.
Stone, a drug addict with prior convictions, was arrested a year after the attack and charged with the murders.
He was found guilty after two prisoners – one of them drug addict and convicted murderer Damian Daley – gave evidence for the prosecution, telling the court how Stone had confessed to him in prison.
In 2001, Stone faced a retrial after one of the prisoners withdrew the claim against him.
Bellfield, who is serving life for killing 13-year-old schoolgirl Milly Dowler (pictured) and two women, was said to have confessed in a statement which is being looked at ‘closely’
Michael Stone (pictured), 61, is currently serving three life sentences for the murders of Lin and her daughter at the same jail as Bellfield in Durham, but claims he is innocent
However, he was found guilty once more and sentenced to three life-sentences.
He is due to finish his 25-year minimum term next year, but will not be allowed out because he has not confessed to the killings.
Though he has never confessed to the murders, triple killer Levi Bellfield reportedly did in 2017.
Bellfield is serving a whole life term at Frankland, where his fellow inmates include Soham murderer Ian Huntley.
The former nightclub bouncer was linked to the murders after he finally admitted to killing 13-year-old Milly Dowler.
He also murdered 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell, and 22-year-old Amelie Delagrange. He is also suspected of other killings.
And in 2017, he reportedly claimed he was the man behind the murder of Lin and Megan Russell.
However, he later retracted his confession and has never been charged.