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The UK Hammer Murders

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Amelie Delagrange
Amelie Delagrange

In March 2006, after an intensive police investigation, a man was charged with the murder of French student Amelie Delagrange. Police identified the man as Levi Bellfield, 37, a father of three who worked as a bouncer and wheel-clamper in West London, the BBC News reported. Bellfield also faced a series of other charges ranging from kidnap to attempted murder.

Levi Bellfield
Levi Bellfield
On October 15, 2001, Anna-Maria Rennie, 17, was standing at a bus stop in Twickenham when a dark car resembling a Ford Mondeo with two men in it raced up beside her. Justin Davenport of the London Evening Standard reported that one of the men "grabbed her and tried to drag her into the car but she managed to escape." Bellfield was implicated in the attempted kidnap of Rennie, although the second man allegedly involved has not been charged. It is unclear if investigators have identified the man or if he has been retained in police custody. 

Bellfield was also indicted for the attempted murder and grievous bodily harm of hairdresser Irma Dragoshi, 33. Dragoshi was viciously attacked at Longford Village, west London on December 16, 2003 after being struck on the head with a blunt instrument. She eventually recovered from her life-threatening physical injuries, although the psychological scars remain.


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