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APPEAL: Christopher Halliwell: The Secret Murders

September 18, 2018 Appeals, Police

Christopher Halliwell: The Secret Murders

5.4. Have you seen this man?

by Tim Hicks



Serial-killer Christopher Halliwell is currently in prison serving a full life term, having been convicted of murdering two women in the Swindon area in 2003 and 2011.

Halliwell lived in various northern towns and travelled widely. Wiltshire Police are clear that his offending was not limited to two murders with an eight-year gap between them and highly likely that he did not limit his offending to the Swindon area.

The NYE has been running a series of articles on other murders they believe Christopher Halliwell may have committed, across the country. The series with links to the articles is shown below.

The NYE Christopher Halliwell Series:

  1. The breaking of Detective Superintendent Stephen Fulcher. By Tim Hicks
  2. Book review: “Catching a serial killer” by Stephen Fulcher. By Tim Hicks
  3. Christopher Halliwell and Peter Sutcliffe compared. By Chris Clark & Tim Hicks
  4. Christopher Halliwell how many victims? By Chris Clark & Tim Hicks
  5. Christopher Halliwell: The Secret Murders. By Chris Clark & Tim Hicks. Parts 1 – 8.

The Durham, Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire Cases

Articles 5.5 and 5.6 are much closer to the NYE’s home patch and relate to a series of murders in Durham, Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire. Tim and Chris believe it entirely credible that Halliwell was operating in this area and had reason to visit it.

  • He was a narrow boating enthusiast and travelled the country on England’s waterways.
  • His father is believed to have lived in Huddersfield and the York Halliwell may have visited there.
  • He had many jobs, including window cleaner, builder, ground worker, chauffeur, taxi-driver and bin-man
  • His hobby was fishing.

These activities took him all over the country, giving him a good knowledge of many Northern and Midlands cities and the area around them. Consequently his geographic knowledge and area of operations was enormous; centered not just on Swindon, but along the canal network, at fishing spots and locations where he worked.

The first of these articles “The River Tees and Middlesbrough murders” is currently delayed pending resolution of legal issues around one case.

When the NYE ran its article on the “Nude in the Nettles” murder, we also ran an appeal for information. This produced one witness who thought she was able to identify the victim. Sadly, this turned out to be mistaken, but it still shows that it is worth running a local appeal for information, when dealing with a cold case file.

On this basis, pending resolution of the legal issues, -which is expected shortly. The NYE would like to run an appeal for information on Halliwell’s movements in the area.

NYE Appeal for information on Christopher Halliwell.

Christopher Halliwell’s picture is in the Lead illustration above.

He had a slim athletic build and spoke with a slight Swindon accent. You can see and hear him in the video below taken while he was in custody.

Have you seen Christopher Halliwell at any time in the period 1987 – 2011?

This could be:

  • Fishing at Scarborough, Whitby, Scaling Dam, Middleton St George Water Park, the River Skerne or the River Tees.
  • At work as a driver, chauffer, bin-man, builder, groundsman or window-cleaner.
  • Staying in a bed-and-breakfast or hotel along the A19, in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Whitby, York or the North York Moors area.
  • Narrow boating on the River Ouse or the River Tees.

Any information would considerably assist our knowledge of Halliwell’s movements. So please contact the NYE using our e mail address:

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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