Serial Killer from the United Kingdom.
Fred West was born in Much Marcle, a village in Herefordshire, in September 1941 – and went on to become one of Britain’s worst serial killers.
He and wife Rose abducted, tortured, raped and murdered young women over 20 years – and buried many of them under the floorboards of their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester.
The terrace house was later ripped down.
Fred West committed suicide awaiting trial for 12 murders in January 1995.
Rose was convicted of 10 murders, including that of her daughter, and sentenced to life.
Fred claimed he was introduced to sex by his mother at 12 – and said he believed in incest because his father had sex with Fred’s sisters.
In 1961, he was accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl who was a friend of the Wests.
At his trial for the rape of the family friend, he escaped a jail sentence as it was claimed that he was suffering from fits as a result of a head trauma.
He was, however, convicted of child molestation.
How did he meet Rose?
Fred met Rose, who was born in Northam, Devon, at Cheltenham bus station.
He was 28 and she was just 15 at the time.
Fred, then living in a caravan, pursued the teenager and within weeks she became a nanny to his children Charmaine and Anna Marie.
Her father Bill, a paranoid schizophrenic who repeatedly sexually abused Rose, disapproved of the relationship and threatened Fred.
The couple moved to a flat in Gloucester and Rose began working as prostitute.
They married in secret in January 1972 and, a few months later, they moved to 25 Cromwell Street.
How many children did the Wests have together?
Rose was often pregnant and was the mother of eight children.
Five of her children were fathered by Fred, while three were fathered by clients she met through her prostitution.
Fred also had another daughter, Anne Marie, from his first marriage which ended in 1971 – when the maniac murdered her mum Catherine.
He went on to have two other girls, Heather Ann and Mae, with partner-in-crime Rose — plus a son, Stephen.
Tragically, Heather became the couple’s final murder victim in 1987.
Cops discovered the couple’s house of horrors after Heather vanished at the age of 17.
The monstrous pair had strangled her and cut off her head. Her mutilated corpse was dug up at their Gloucester semi by police — who were stunned to find eight other bodies.
Who were the serial killers’ victims?
Police uncovered a number of mutilated female bodies in the garden and cellar of the Wests’ Gloucestershire home.
In 1995 Rose was convicted of 10 murders, while Fred who admitted 12 murders hanged himself while on remand in prison.
He had confessed to killing up to 30 victims.