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Name:

Frederick West

Rosemary West

AKA:

House Of Horrors

D.O.B.

Fred - 29 Sept 1941

Rose - 29 Nov 1953

Kill Total: 12 +

Kill date:

1967 - 1987

Kill Place:

Gloucestershire

Status:

Married

Occupation:

Builder

Victim:

See List Here >>
D.O.B.  

 


 

Court:

Winchester Crown Court

Judge:

Mr Justice Mantell,

Prosecution:

 

Defence:

 

 


 

 

 

FACTFILE

 

Rosemary and her husband Fred West, were accused of murdering 10 women and young girls over a 20 year period ending in 1987. They apparently  took great joy in luring away vulnerable runaways with offers of rides, lodging or jobs as nannies. Once in their clutches inside the "House of Horrors", the young women were stripped, bound with tape, raped, tortured, then killed, some were dismembered and buried. The killer couple was arrested at their home, 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, in 1994.
Police, armed with a search warrant, dug up the remains of their 16 year old daughter, Heather, who vanished in 1987. Further excavations  under the house and in garden produced eight more female bodies.
One more body was found under the kitchen of a former home at 25 Midland Road, Gloucester, including Rosemary's stepdaughter, Charmaine.

 

1st January 1995, Fred West hanged himself in Winston Green prison in Birmingham, on New Years Day. He faced two further charges of murdering his ex wife and a baby-sitter and burying them in fields near his former home. Police believe that Fred probably killed more women.

Rosemary, who admitted being a prostitute, still maintains her innocence. However, on;

22nd November 1995, she was convicted of 10 murders. The authorities are investigating the whereabouts of nine other missing women who frequented their home.

The judge, Mr Justice Mantell, sentenced her to life imprisonment, saying: "If attention is paid to what I think, you will never be released."

The Lord Chief Justice later decided that West should spend at least 25 years in prison, but in July 1997 Home Secretary Jack Straw subjected West to a whole life tariff.

 

October 1996 the house at 25 Cromwell Street, along with the house next door, 23 Cromwell Street, were demolished and the site made into a  garden and pathway. Every brick was crushed and every timber was burnt to discourage souvenir hunters.

27th September  2001 - A documentary filmmaker has called for an investigation into claims that serial killer Fred West may have murdered 20 more people. David Monaghan said West confessed the additional murders to a social worker assigned to him in prison and repeated them in a yet unaired TV show. Gloucestershire police said there was not enough evidence to investigate the claims and are trying to block the airing of the interview.
Rose West has abandoned plans to appeal against her conviction for her part in the Cromwell Street murders. West, still maintains her innocence but said she was ready to spend the rest of her life in prison.
West's solicitor expressed surprise at the deci
sion but her brother Andrew Letts said he was relieved she would never be free.

 

The West family's nightmare did not end in Cromwell street.

Fred West's brother, John hanged himself as he waited to find out if a jury would find him guilty of raping Anne-Marie - Fred's daughter .

 

November 1999, Anne-Marie was rescued after throwing herself into the water from a bridge near Gloucester in an apparent suicide bid.

 

January 2002, Stephen West attempted suicide at his home near Stroud, Gloucestershire, after his girlfriend left him - he had tried to hang himself but survived when the rope snapped

 

October 2005, Rose West moved from HMP Durham, where she had become good friends with Moors murderer Myra Hindley, to the new state of the art HMP Bronzefield, in Ashford.

 

October 2008, After prison officers discovered a plot to beat Rose West with pool balls, she has been moved to a new home. She is now at Low Newton prison in Brasside, near Durham.

 

4th September 2011, A new drama played on ITV has sparked a huge discussion in the press, and incurred the wrath of Fred West's daughter Ann Marie Davis. She claimed it was "money making voyeurism". Ann Marie was repeatedly tortured and raped by father Fred West and her step mum Rose. Her mother and two sisters were killed by the West pair. She claims the drama will haunt her and other family members.

The film, focused on Janet Leach, the lady who was asked to be an ' Appropriate adult' to Fred West.

Janet Leach, who often visited Fred West in prison, says West told her he had been involved in at least 20 other murders, including children killed in a barn
 

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