Fred and Rose West murders: Are there more bodies?

Fred and Rose West murders: Are there more bodies?

January 29, 2022

EVIL serial killers Fred and Rose West have been connected to at least 12 gruesome murders but it’s thought there were many other victims.

Fred West confessed to 30 killings whilst he was questioned by the authorities.

Are there more bodies linked to Fred and Rose West?

On September 17, 2018, the evil couple's daughter Mae told Susannah Reid her parents may have up to 30 more victims.

A seven-month probe indicated there could have been many more – possibly 20 more victims – leading to calls for the areas where the bodies may be buried to be dug up by cops.

This includes a farm where Fred claimed to have buried a dozen bodies.

The first two locations of interest are in Fingerpost Field near Much Marcle, Herefordshire, where Fred buried 18-year-old Annie McFall – his first known victim.

A third spot on a derelict farm site in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, was also identified as a potential mass grave for Wests' victims.

The revelation came to light after the full statement of Fred's 'appropriate adult' – drafted in as West could not read or write – was made public for the first time.

Janet Leach, who was present for all 400 hours of Fred's police questioning, said his brother John and wife Rose "slaughtered people regularly", adding: "Fred told me there were another 20 bodies to be found after the 12, some in fields, the rest in the barn.

"Fred said some of the victims' bones were missing because it was a ritual thing and they did something with the fingers so there was no way of finding out who they were."

One of the Wests' suspected victims is teenager Mary Bastholm, who vanished from a bus stop in Gloucester in 1968.

The 15-year-old worked in a cafe called Pop-In, now The Clean Plate, where Fred had done some building work.

Her body has never been found, with her parents tragically dying before discovering what happened to their daughter.

Cops excavated the basement after a piece of blue material – believed to be Mary's coat – was found by the ITV production crew.

The search uncovered no evidence that her body had been buried there.

How many people have Fred and Rose West killed?

Fred and Rose West are known to have murdered 12 women.

Anne McFall

The nanny of Fred and his first wife Rena West’s children, McFall was believed to have been murdered in 1967.

She was pregnant when she died, with West believed to have been the father. Her body was found in June 1994 in a shallow grave at the edge of Letterbox Field between Much Marcle and Kempley in June 1994.

Fred West denied murdering McFall but he is said to have confided to a visitor after his arrest that he stabbed her following an argument.

This happened before Rosemary West met him.

Charmaine West

With Fred in prison for the theft of car tyres and a vehicle tax disc, Rosemary was left to look after Charmaine and Anne Marie.

The former, just eight-years-old, was Fred West’s stepdaughter from his previous marriage.

A neighbour Tracey is said to have found Charmaine tied to a wooden chair with her hands behind a back with Rosemary standing with a large wooden spoon.

Rosemary claimed she’d been taken by her mother, but her skeleton was found at the Midland Road property, hidden and missing bones.

She was killed in June 1971.

Rena West

Rena is believed to have been murdered by strangulation in August 1971.

Her body was found dismembered in plastic bags at Letterbox Field.

Rosemary was not charged for this murder.

Lynda Gough

Lynda Gough was the first sexually motivated killing conducted by the Wests.

She moved into 25 Cromwell Street in April 1973, having had affairs with several lodgers.

The Wests later claimed she’d been asked to leave after hitting one of their children.

Strangulation and suffocation were the likely causes of death in April 1973.

Her dismembered body was buried in an inspection pit beneath the garage at their Cromwell Street home.

Carol Ann Cooper

Cooper was murdered in November 1973, aged just 15.

On the night of November 9, she was allowed to spend the night at her grandmother’s house before a doctor’s appointment the next morning.

She attended the appointment and then met her boyfriend, before somehow ending up on Cromwell Street.

Her body was found more than twenty years later buried in the cellar of 25 Cromwell Street.

Lucy Partington

A 21-year-old medieval English student at Exeter University, she returned home for Christmas in December 1973.

She left a friend’s house in a rush to get the last bus from Cheltenham to Gretton on 27 December, with it believed she was abducted from this bus stop.

She was found more than twenty years later, her dismembered body in the cellar of Cromwell Street.

Therese Siegenthaler

A 21-year-old Swiss sociology student at Woolwich Polytechnic.

She had planned to hitchhike to Ireland in Easter 1974.

Her family reported her missing having not heard from her for some time.

Prosecution believe she was abducted before being killed, with Fred West later building a fake chimney over her grave.

Shirley Hubbard

Just 15 at the time of her death, Hubbard is believed to have been abducted by the Wests.

Her body was found following an excavation in the concrete and plastic membrane of the cellar floor.

Juanita Mott

In the summer of 1974, Mott moved into 25 Cromwell Street but later went missing when she was living in Newent.

Her body was found in March 1994, 19 years later, with West having concreted over the floor of the cellar.

Shirley Robinson

The first victim buried outside the house, Robinson had an affair with Fred West, and by autumn 1977, she was pregnant with West’s child.

It was initially claimed she had moved to Scotland but her body was later found in the garden.

When questioned, Rosemary West, herself pregnant with her daughter Tara at the time of the murder, claimed she did not remember her, which was described as “ludicrous” by the prosecution.

Alison Chambers

The last murder with a sexual motive established.

She disappeared just before her 17th birthday, having been seen at 25 Cromwell Street throughout the summer.

Her body was buried underneath the patio.

Heather West

The first child born to Fred and Rosemary West, there is no evidence she was aware of the killings.

Sexually abused by her parents and having told friends, she suddenly went missing in 1987.

Rosemary claimed she had gone to Wales to be with a lesbian partner.

The couple would joke to their other children that they would “end up under the patio like Heather” if they misbehaved.

This, and their changing stories, lead to the search warrants for the property, which lead to their arrests.

Heather's remains were the first to be excavated and were found in the back garden.

How long did Fred and Rose West get sentenced to in prison?

Rose West, 67, was jailed for life in 1995 for killing 10 women.

In January 2018 a documentary by Sir Trevor McDonald reveals she was "actively involved" in the murders and was as violent as her husband.

Husband Fred hanged himself in jail on New Year’s Day 1995 while awaiting trial for 12 murders.

  • Fred And Rose West: Reopened airs on ITV in two parts on September 15 and 16 at 9pm.


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