Amelie’s last ride
Amelie Delagrange went out one night looking for fun, a few drinks and a good time. Instead she found Levi Bellfield
Murderer Levi Bellfield is now safely under lock and key after committing a string of horrific crimes against young women and girls, including the murder of 13- year- old Milly Dowler.
Amelie Delagrange, a 22- year- old French student, was one of his victims. Boarding a bus for a night out in West London, this CCTV image is one of the last moments she was seen alive. It shows the French student boarding the 267 bus outside a local pub, the Old Post Sorting House. Later, about 20 minutes after this image was captured, she made the fateful decision to take a shortcut across a cricket field in Twickenham Green.
Unfortunately no cameras caught Bellfield, although he would have been close at hand at the time. Delagrange was unaware and vulnerable to a predator like him. Just another young woman out for a few drinks and a good time, she didn’t have a care in the world. But for Bellfield she was a victim made to order.
Amelie Delagrange hadn’t done anything to catch Bellfield’s eye. She hadn’t provoked him, flirted with him or rejected him. She’d done nothing out of place or out of line. She simply had the terrible misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bellfield was eventually convicted in 2008.