Where is Christopher Halliwell Now? | Behind the murders of Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden

What did Christopher Halliwell do? 

Christopher Halliwell was a taxi driver who had been murdering women for years and avoiding detection by the police. In 2003, he murdered sex worker Becky Godden after picking her up in his taxi. He then left her body in a field. She was reported missing by her family, but her body wasn’t found until years later.

In 2011, Halliwell murdered Sian O’Callaghan after she left a nightclub in Swindon. Similar to Becky, he picked her up in his taxi and killed her soon after. 

How was Christopher Halliwell caught? 

Steve Fulcher was the senior investigating officer assigned to Sian’s case, and began the search to find the missing woman. Christopher Halliwell’s car was seen in the area where Miss O’Callaghan disappeared, which put him on Fulcher’s radar, and he was later arrested.

An “urgent interview” was carried out by the detectives on the case, as no body had been found, meaning it was an active missing persons case. Halliwell was taken to Barbury Castle rather than the police station to be processed. Here, he met Steve Fulcher, and they had a discussion in an attempt to locate Sian. Halliwell agreed to take Fulcher to the location where he left Sian’s body, and on finding her body, Halliwell asked Fulcher if he wanted another one. Fulcher agreed, and the killer took him to the location where he buried Becky Godden’s body

Fulcher would later face misconduct charges for the way he obtained Halliwell’s confession. According to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), Fulcher technically should have placed Halliwell under caution after he led him to Sian’s body. However, Fulcher chose to help another family find closure with the discovery of Becky Godden’s body. It was widely considered the right choice by many spectators looking in on the case. However, police bureaucracy trumped that opinion in this case, and Fulcher had the book thrown at him and was taken off the case. 

Did Halliwell have more victims?  

It’s hard to believe that Christopher Halliwell only killed Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden. He was a sadistic killer who revelled in inflicting pain on his victims. It’s likely he killed more people between 2003 and 2011. The police also believe he had been killing women up and down the country long before he killed Becky Godden in 2003.

There are many unsolved cases that Halliwell has been linked to over the years. One of the most high profile of those cases is the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence. Halliwell has also been linked to the murder of Linda Razzell, but it’s her ex-husband, Glyn, who is currently serving a life sentence for her murder. Is an innocent man serving a prison sentence for one of Halliwell’s crimes? 

Where is Christopher Halliwell now? 

Christopher Halliwell was convicted of the murder of Sian O’Callaghan in 2012 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. However, it took a few more years before he was brought to justice for Becky Godden’s murder. In 2016, he was given a whole life order without the possibility of parole for Becky’s murder. 

Halliwell is currently serving his sentence in Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire. He will never be released. 

A Confession was a six-part drama starring Martin Freeman and Joe Absolom, based on the murder cases of Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden. ITV broadcast it in 2019, and it was a massive ratings success. 

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2 thoughts on “Where is Christopher Halliwell Now? | Behind the murders of Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden”

  1. I had sex with this man I when I was in Cheltenham. He was a taxi driver then he took me to Cleeve common and we had sex in his car. I don’t understand why he didn’t bludgeon me either I must have been 16 to 17 years old at the time. Weird all I can say is someone was watching over me, or that it was consensual. Easy I didn’t resist. I feel awful because I got away others didn’t

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