Fred & Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors

Fred & Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors

Howard Sounes

Language: English

Pages: 257


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This is an account of the serial murders at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, based on interviews with relatives and friends of Fred and Rose West. The author broke the story of the killings in an article in The Sunday Mirror in March 1994.

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and strangled his lover. He related a pornographic fantasy about the death of Lynda Gough, saying she had been tied up in the cellar, where they had been enjoying bondage sex together. ‘She had a massive bust on her. She was all roped – kept laughing her head off and making weird noises.’ Fred said she had been dangling over a hole in the cellar floor, supporting herself with her arms which were clasped around the beams. He had been smearing her with oil and ‘love potions’. Then he went to

sympathetic listener. Rena demonstrated a strong dislike of her husband, saying he was having an affair and that she had committed the thefts ‘in spite’. The meeting was the beginning of Hazel Savage’s long involvement in the life of Fred West and his extended family: it culminated twenty-eight years later in 1994 when, as a Detective Constable, she fought to convince senior officers to excavate the back garden of 25 Cromwell Street. Back in Gloucester, on 29 November 1966, Rena was convicted of

wearing Lynda’s slippers. When she pointed this out, Rose admitted that Lynda had stayed with them briefly, but had now gone. June Gough looked behind Fred and Rose to the back garden. Hanging on the washing line were several items of clothing belonging to Lynda. Rose said that she had left them behind. They then said that she had been looking after Anna Marie, but that she had hit the child so hard that they had told her to leave. (The truth, of course, was that Rose was the one who continued

fire alarm, as this automatically triggered the opening of secure doors and windows allowing the girls to flee across the fields. The police were immediately contacted, and, usually within a few hours, all were brought back to the home hungry, penniless and tired out. Fred began to cruise past Jordan’s Brook in the Ford Transit van that had now become his main means of transport, offering a lift to girls he saw. The Wests did not snatch these teenagers off the street and rape them; they had

interviewing Fred full-time, the search team at Cromwell Street, the uniformed officers who were guarding the site and John Bennett and his senior staff, it was already a major inquiry involving over thirty men and women. At his laboratory in Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Professor Knight was carrying out examinations of the remains that had already been found. He measured the dimensions of the bones and conducted chemical tests to establish the sex, approximate age and height of the victims. He was

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