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Christopher Haliwell




Kill Total: 2 + ?

Kill date:

2007 & March 2011

Kill Place:





Taxi Driver
Victim: Becky Gooden,   Sian O'Callaghan


Becky - 1990.     Sian - 1988



Bristol Crown
Case No:  


Mrs Justice Cox





2nd Trial


Bristol Crown Court
Case No:  


Sir John Griffith Williams


Nicholas Haggan QC






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Aged 20, Haliwell was serving a prison term for raiding stately homes and stealing antiques. He asked his cellmate; 'how many people do you have to kill to become a serial killer?', and, 'have you ever thought about strangling your girlfriend?'. This came to light during the police investigation into the two murders.


March 2007, 20-year-old prostitute Becky Gooden took Haliwell as a client, he got jealous of her having sex with other men and became possessive. He strangled her. He then dumped her body in a hedge near to Eastleach in Gloucestershire, returning days later to bury her naked body in a shallow grave, where she lay undiscovered for eight years.


19th March 2011, Haliwell abducted Sian O'Callaghan after picking her up in his taxi at a nightclub in Swindon.


24th March 2011, After police were able to track the movements of Sian via her mobile phone movements, they appealed for anyone who had seen a green Toyota Avensis Taxi.

That same day police swooped on the taxi in an Asda car park. Initially they seized the car and charged the owner with kidnapping, later the same day Sian's body was found at Uffington, Oxfordshire.


26th March 2011,, Haliwell is formally charged with Sian O'Callaghan's murder.

After showing police to where Miss O'Callaghan's body was he confessed to the murder of Becky Gooden.

But, the police at the time disd not caution him correctly under PACE (Police and criminal evidence act), so he could not be charged with this murder.


31st May 2012, Haliwell appeared at a hearing where he pleaded not guilty to the murder of Sian O'Callaghan.


19th October 2012, Haliwell changed his plea to guilty, he was Jailed for 25-years for the murder of Miss O'Callaghan.


14th December 2012, Haliwell appealed his sentence, this was rejected by the high court.


June 2014, Police forensic & search teams find boots belonging to miss O'Callaghan in a remote pond, they also find many other items of women clothing, leading them to concule that there may be further victims of Haliwell.


31st march 2016, Haliwell is charged with the murder of Becky Gooden.


Monday 19th September 2016, At Bristol Crown Court, Haliwell laughed as a guilty verdict was given by the jury for the murder of Becky Gooden.


Friday 23rd September 2016, At sentencing, Judge Sir John Griffith Williams ordered that Haliwell was sentenced to life, handing him a Whole Life Tariff, meaning he will never be released. For a list of thse on Whole Life Tariff, click here >>


Monday 20th February 2017, Police believe Haliwell may have been involved in other murders. And, due to new 'Intelligence' have been digging up gardens at two locations in Swindon.




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