Fred and wife Rose West tortured, raped and murdered an unknown number of women over a 20-year period.
Fred West was charged with 12 murders but took his own life in a Birmingham prison before his trial while Rose West, now 67, was convicted of 10 murders in November 1995 and is serving a life sentence.
In a new two-part documentary series, presented by Sir Trevor McDonald, a team of investigators will explore claims the Wests were responsible for many more murders than the 12 women and girls they are known to have killed.
It’s from the filmmakers behind the International Emmy nominated and Grierson shortlisted In Cold Blood.
Here’s all you need to know about the most infamous killers in British criminal history.
Which prison is Rose West in?
Rose 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, Rose West was caged for life after being found guilty of 10 murders at her trial at Winchester Crown Court.
According to The Sun, Rose is now being held at HMP New Hall in West Yorkshire.
She moved from Durham’s Low Newton prison in 2019 and apparently changed her name by deed poll in a bid to move on from her past.
Who were Fred and Rose West’s victims?
The trial judge, Justice Charles Mantell, told Rose West she should 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.
Rose West was also found guilty of murdering her eldest daughter Heather, 16, and stepdaughter Charmaine, eight.
Builder, Fred, 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 Ann McFall, 18.
The ‘House of Horrors’ at Cromwell Street
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 police officer 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 hit the headlines again in June 2021 as police investigated 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 were 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.
Gloucestershire Constabulary said teams of experts had failed to find any human remains, and that the “blue” material was likely to be connected to a buried pipe.
Fred West is said to have confessed to killing Mary in conversation with his son, Stephen, but never admitted it to police.
Mary’s body was not found during the 1994 excavation of the West’s home on Cromwell Street in Gloucester.
When is Fred And Rose West: Reopened on TV?
Fred and Rose West: Reopened is on ITV on Wednesday, September 15 between 9pm-10pm.
The two-part documentary series, shown on consecutive nights, features former detective chief inspector Colin Sutton, investigative psychologist Donna Youngs, author and West expert Howard Sounes, and reporter Sir Trevor McDonald following up new leads to try to shed new light on the true number of the Wests’ victims and their identities.
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