How does it feel to find out your father is a murderer?
Bobbie Bellfield and her sisters Jessica, Hannah, and Jaynie found out
almost five years ago, when their mother, Becky, told them their father had
been arrested. Levi Bellfield was convicted last year of the brutal murders of
two women and the attempted murder of a third. He was also the primary suspect
in the murder of a 13-year-old girl seven years ago.
The Bellfield children, who refer to their dad as Levi (as Jessica says,
“He isn’t a dad figure,”), had been estranged from their father for
some time. According to the article in the Guardian, Levi was abusive and
threatening to the family since Becky divorced him in 1994.
When Levi was arrested in 2003, things were rough on the kids. “People
would walk up to us and shout ‘murderer’ to our faces, like it was our
fault,” remembers Jessica. Her sister Hannah was beaten up at school.
Today, the girls have dyed their blond hair black and often give their
mother’s surname when asked their own. The girls say they will always wonder
what made Levi commit the murders, though they vow they will never again speak
These girls sound remarkably normal. Not that I have anyone to compare them
to. In fact, you don’t often hear about the families of serial killers. I once
saw a special on TV about Jeffrey Dahmer, in which the parents argued the whole
time about who made him the monster he was. And just as Dahmer’s parents
wondered what they had passed on to their son to make him so violent, I’m sure
the Bellfield girls wonder what their father might have passed on to them.
For their sake, I hope he passed on nothing.
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