Excavation work continues at a cafe in Gloucester after police found “possible evidence” where a suspected teenage victim of serial killer Fred West may be buried.
Along with his wife Rose, now 67, West tortured, raped and murdered an unknown number of women over a 20-year period.
Rose West was convicted of 10 murders in November 1995 and is now serving life in prison.
The Mary Bastholm case is explored in the documentary Fred and Rose West: The Search for the Victims, which airs on Channel 5 tonight (7 June) at 9pm.
Here’s all you need to know about the most infamous killers in British criminal history.
Which prison is Rose West in?
Rosemary West became the most notorious female mass killer in Britain since Myra Hindley when she was jailed in 1995 for the murder of 10 young girls and women.
With her husband Fred, Rose preyed on vulnerable young girls and women to play out their fantasies, which eventually led to murder.
In one of the major trials of the 20th century, West, then 46, was caged for life after being found guilty of 10 murders at her trial at Winchester Crown Court.
According to The Sun, Rose is being held at HMP New Hall in West Yorkshire, and has reportedly been given the Covid jab before prison officers.
She moved from Durham’s Low Newton prison in 2019 and has apparently changed her name by deed poll to Jennifer Jones - after paying £36 in a bid to move on from her past.
Who were Fred and Rose West’s victims?
The trial judge, Mr Justice Mantell, told West he hoped Rose West would never be released when the jury found her guilty of murdering her husband Fred’s pregnant lover Shirley Anne Robinson, 18, Lynda Gough, 19, Carol Ann Cooper, 15, Lucy Partington, 21, Therese Siegenthaler, 21, Shirley Hubbard, 15, Juanita Mott, 18, and Alison Chambers, 17.
Her builder husband, 53, killed himself in his remand cell at Winston Green jail, Birmingham, on New Year’s Day 1995 before facing trial.
He had escaped justice, and his wife was left to face the courts, and the world, alone.
He was accused jointly on the 10 counts and alone faced further charges alleging the murder of his first wife, Catherine Costello, 26, and girlfriend Anne McFall, 18.
Rose West was convicted of 10 murders in November 1995 and is serving life.
Along with his wife Rose, Fred West tortured, raped and murdered an unknown number of women over a 20-year period.
The ‘House of Horrors’ at Cromwell Street
Rose West was also found guilty of murdering her eldest daughter Heather, 16, and stepdaughter Charmaine, eight.
The “House of Horrors” at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, became one of the most notorious addresses in the country after police discovered the bodies of nine women, including their daughter Heather, buried in the cellar and garden of the terraced house.
It was a chance conversation between a group of schoolchildren and a beat bobby in a street in Gloucester that started the investigation in 1992.
The Wests’ horrifying trail of murder, abduction, sexual torture and depravity was eventually uncovered because of the tenacity of Detective Constable Hazel Savage.
She heard about a West ‘family joke’, which the children told to social workers, that the couple’s missing 16-year-old daughter Heather was “under the patio”.
Fred West admitted killing his daughter when he appeared in Gloucester Magistrates’ Court after her body was found.
It was Heather’s disappearance which eventually led police seven years later to the drab inner city house and the launch of the marathon investigation.
A search warrant brought police diggers to the back garden and Heather’s remains were the first to be uncovered.
Who was Mary Bastholm?
Rose and Fred West are now hitting the headlines again as police investigate the disappearance of Mary Bastholm.
Mary’s disappearance in 1968 came at a time when Fred West, who often did jobs in the street where she worked as a waitress in a cafe, was abducting girls in Gloucester.
Forensic archaeologists have been undertaking exploratory work at the Clean Plate cafe in Southgate Street in connection with the disappearance of 15-year-old Bastholm, who was last seen alive in January 1968.
Gloucestershire Police had received possible evidence from a TV production company to suggest the body of the missing teenager could be buried at the location.
One of the findings presented to police was a photo taken by the production company of what appeared to be blue material buried in one area of the cellar. Mary was wearing a blue coat when she went missing.
Mary’s body was not found during the 1994 excavation of the West’s home on Cromwell Street in Gloucester.
Fred West is said to have confessed to killing Mary in conversation with his son, Stephen, but never admitted it to police.
When is Fred and Rose West: The Search for the Victims on TV?
Fred and Rose West: The Search for the Victims airs on Channel 5 at 9pm on 7 June.
The documentary is in two parts, with part two airing tomorrow (8 June) on Channel 5 at 9pm.
The first episode is an hour and half long.
Additional reporting by PA.