On 25 February 1994 police went to 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester after a tip off that Fred and Rosemary West's daughter Heather had gone missing. Excavating the house, the bodies of 9 women were found under the cellar, including Heather.
Moving to Midland Rd and a flat previously occupied by the couple, the remains of step-daughter Charmaine were found, and in a field near his home village of Much Marcle they found the bodies of his first wife Rena and child minder Anne McFall. Before commiting suicide in prison, Fred confessed to killing a further 20 women.
Fred met Rose when she was 15 in 1969. Rose claimed to have been raped at 14 and came from a dysfunctional family. Fred came from a brutal family that kept themselves to themselves developing into a petty criminal with a voracious sexual appetite early in life. Later becoming a builder, when he met Rose, they clicked, descending into a life- long sexual fantasy. In this way, Rose would attract young women to the house where they would be raped and then, if they thought they would talk, killed.
Rose was sentenced to life in October 1995. Fred had killed long before he met Rose, and we can argue that the fantasy life she descended into would never have happened if she hadn't met him.
(c) Anthony North, Feb 2007