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
Fred West hanged himself on January 1, 1995, in Winston Green Prison, Birmingham, while awaiting trial on 12 charges of murdering women and girls, including his daughter Heather, 16, and eight-year-old stepdaughter Charmaine. His death was not treated as suicide at first and prison staff initially ruled it as: 'Not applicable. Not suicide.' See more »
Fred & Rose: The West Murders
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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