Who are Fred and Rose West's victims, what happened to them and where were they buried?February 21, 2019
The sickening crimes behind the doors of 25 Cromwell Street were unearthed when the couple were arrested and charged in 1994.
Who were Fred and Rose West's victims?
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.
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 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 was the first sexually motivated killing conducted by the Wests.
She moved into 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What happened to Rose and Fred West?
Rose West, 64, was jailed for life in 1995 for killing 10 women.
She is currently imprisoned at HMP Low Newton in Durham where guards are protecting her from other inmates.
In January 2018 a documentary by Sir Trevor McDonald reveals she was "actively involved" in the murders and was as violent as her husband.
In August 2018 a fellow lag claimed she had found religion and "believes God will forgive her".
Prisoner Julie McAllister claimed in March 2017 that she pummelled West after being infuriated that she was getting fan mail behind bars.
In November 2017 it was reported that the serial killer is now in poor health.
In January 2018, the Daily Star reported that West was being swamped with wedding proposals – with people mailing love letters to her cell once a month on average.
Husband Fred hanged himself in jail on New Year’s Day 1995 while awaiting trial for 12 murders.
On September 17, 2018, the evil couple's daughter Mae told Susannah Reid her parents may have up to 30 more victims.
What happened to the 'House of Horrors'?
Inside the end-of-terrace home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, Fred and West tortured their victims with whips before killing them and burying them.
Police found human remains hidden in the house's cellar and under paving slabs in the garden .
The property – bought by Fred in 1973 – had several spare rooms for their lodgers, many of whom became the warped couple's victims.
Gloucester City Council eventually bought the house for £40,000 before razing it to the ground in 1996.
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