Serial Killer Sunday #22:45 PM
Year's active: 1971 to 1987
Number of Killings: Fred; 11-13, Rose; 10
Killing method: Strangulation, Suffocation
Year caught: 1992
Where now: Fred; committed suicide whilst awaiting trial in 1995, Rose; In Low Newton prison in Durham (Age 60)
The house of 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester has often been known as "The house of horrors", not long after the murders were discovered the house was demolished and now all that stands of the
house is an empty alley way. The most notable of the west's murders was that of their own daughter, Heather West, who's body they buried under the patio and used this as a threat towards their other children. The horrific incestuous and torturous couple managed to get away with murder for so long that they started to be less careful.
At the age of 19 he was accused of molesting a 13 year old girl and when questioned by the police he said "Well, doesn't everyone do it?" showing what Fred had considered the norm.
Rose West was born on November 29th, 1953. Her parents split up when she was a teenager and she moved in with her dad in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham at the age of 16. Her father was a paranoid Schizophrenic who was prone to violence and repeatedly sexually abused Rose. Even after Rose met Fred she worked as a prostitute whilst Fred watched, Rose's father would also still visit her for sex with the permission of Fred.
Before Fred met Rose he married a woman named Rena Costello who had a daughter of her own named Charmaine. Fred and Rena also had a child together called Anne Marie. One of Rena's friends Anne Mcfall became infatuated with Fred and stayed with him when Rena left. Anne Mcfall vanished when she was eight months pregnant with Fred's child, her remains were not found until 1994, she was thought to be Fred's first murder.
|Heather Anne West|
Just after Fred and Rose married, Rose went into prostitution and eventually went onto having seven children. Rose even had her own room that Fred created which had a peephole so he could watch and a red light above the door to warn their children not to enter.
Fred and Rose picked up people from bus stops and parks which they would torture and mutilate. They also had a number of lodgers and "babysitters" for their children which also lead the same fate. Other than the children their is only one known survivor of Fred and Rose West and that is Caroline Roberts.
The first point of discovery of the West's murder spree was when a girl told her girlfriend about Fred West raping her, she immediately went to the police. The case was assigned to a detective by the name Hazel Savage who knew about Fred's past with sexual assault. In 1992, the police arrived with a search warrant for Cromwell street where they found evidence of child abuse, the couple were arrested. Hazel went onto interviewing the couples children, this was where the idea of Heather Anne having being murdered came about.
|Digging up of Cromwell Street|
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