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Fred & Rose: The West Murders 

This documentary reveals the inner workings of the couple accused of Britain's most shocking murderous sex crimes. Step into Fred and Rose West's disturbing and macabre world.






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Series cast summary:
Rosemary West ...  Self 3 episodes, 2008
Scott Canavan Scott Canavan unknown episodes
David Canter ...  Criminal Psychologist unknown episodes
Sharon Compton Sharon Compton unknown episodes
Bernard Knight Bernard Knight ...  Forensic Patologist unknown episodes
Janet Leach Janet Leach unknown episodes
Howard Ogden Howard Ogden ...  Solicitor unknown episodes
Charlie Stayt ...  Narrator unknown episodes
Fred West 3 episodes, 2008


In 1994, police dug up the bodies of nine young women from the home of Gloucester builder Fred West and his prostitute wife Rose. Police tapes, never disclosed at the time, reveal how Fred West had begun a series of shocking confessions after the severed corpse of his teenage daughter, Heather, was found under the patio of their Cromwell Street home. West's seemingly normal home movies record how he turned the family home into a brothel for his wife Rose, as his children played downstairs. And West's solicitor, Howard Ogden, tells how police used West's belief that the ghosts of those he murdered had come to haunt him in a desperate bid to find the last bodies in Cromwell Street. Step into the disturbing and macabre world that lay behind some of the most horrifying crimes ever committed. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Rosemary West was feared at Country Durham's Low Newton prison and controlled her section with a rod of iron. The Black Widow, her nickname inside, can furnish her single cell with her own bedding, curtains and rugs - all bought from an Argos catalogue - and she has a PlayStation on which she can watch a collection of up to eight DVDs. See more »

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Fred & Rose: The West Murders
2 July 2018 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

This lengthy documentary - in three parts - relates the story of one of the most depraved killer couples in the history of serial murder. Serial killers are usually of above average intelligence, if only because in the modern age it takes a certain nous to get away with murder again and again and again. No one ever accused Fred West of being intelligent, street smart for sure, but college material, never.

His second wife, the teenager he corrupted, went on to become at least an equal partner, murdering his adopted daughter by herself while he was in prison. Fred took the coward's way out leaving Rose to stand trial alone; she was convicted on all counts.

If you are familiar with their story, there are a few things herein you will probably not have heard before, and due to Fred West being an inveterate liar, many we will never know for certain. Yes, he did have sex with his own underage sister, but his mother? Yes, he was accused of videoing the rape of one of his own daughters; that charge was never proved, but who can doubt it?

The film-makers speak to everyone concerned from the pathologist to family members; there is archived audio of Fred, and covert audio of Rose. This is the stuff of nightmares. Move over Bundy, someone will be sharing the hottest spot in Hell with you from now on.

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