They say you can’t really know what kind of life people lead behind closed doors. We assume that most folks are pretty normal. They go to work, come home to take care of the kids, watch a little TV and maybe do something fun on the weekends.
But there are those among us who lead very different lives. While many people have harmless hobbies they simply choose not to share with their neighbors, there are some who take pleasure in dark and twisted things they’d rather not be made public…
Trouble Before Birth
Rosemary’s life was a misfortunate one right from the start. Her mother Daisy suffered from depression and her pregnancy was a difficult one. In order to treat her depression, she was given electroconvulsive or “shock” therapy, which may have caused prenatal injuries to her daughter.
Strange and Moody Girl
As Rose grew up, she was particularly moody, prone to daydreaming, and did poorly in school. It didn’t help matters when her parents split up when she was a teenager. She began to act out and developed an inappropriate relationship with her younger brother. She eventually went to live with her father, Bill, at the age of 16…
Abuse At Home
Moving in with her father was probably the worst thing for Rose. Her father suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and for years before her parents split up, he would attack and sexually abuse her. In addition to the abuse she received from her father, Rose began dating a 28-year-old man named Fred West when she was just 15.
Like Rose, Fred had been the victim of abuse from his family, his coming from his mother, and had also carried on that cycle of abuse with a younger relative. Fred also had injuries that partially explained his abnormal behavior…
Fred had a motorcycle accident at the age of 17 that would change his life forever. As a result of his injuries he fell into a coma for a week and required a metal plate to repair his skull. He’d injured his head again 2 years later when he tried to grope a girl outside the Ledbury Youth Club. She punched him, knocking him off a fire escape and sending him on a 2 story fall…
Before those injuries, Fred was already considered somewhat slow-witted, having never fully learned to read by the time he dropped out of school at the age of 15. The damage to his brain had apparently diminished his impulse control, shortened his temper, and made him prone to violent outbursts…
Looking Like A Bum
The first time Rose met Fred was at a bus station where she was put off by his unkempt appearance, taking him for a homeless person. But as he would sit next to her and flatter her day after day, even having others bring gifts to her at the bread shop where she worked, she grew to like his advances and eventually agreed to a date.
From that first date, they quickly developed a relationship. Within a few weeks, Rose quit her job at the bread shop and moved into Fred’s house to be the nanny to his 2 girls who weren’t much younger than she was. The pair kept their relationship secret from her family and Fred would give Rose enough money to give to her parents each Friday to convince them that she was still working at the bread shop…
After several months of being together, Rose decided to introduce Fred to her family. Naturally, they were appalled at her choice in a mate. Though Rose’s father Bill threatened to call social services and threatened Fred directly, he and Rose defied their wishes and continued seeing each other.
Only On Weekends
When Bill reported them, Rose was put into a home for troubled teenagers. She was allowed to go home on the weekends to see her family but she invariably went to visit Fred instead. On her 16th birthday, she was let out of the home and shortly thereafter, moved back in with Fred and quickly became pregnant with his child…
Fred and Rose’s difference in age was bad enough but aside from that, Fred was in and out of prison for petty crimes, such as stealing car tires. On top of that both Fred and Rose delighted in abusing their children. While one girl, Anna Marie was painfully submitted to the beatings they would dish out, Charmaine was more defiant.
When Rose would yell at the girls for some perceived misdeed, Charmaine would rebel, saying things like “My real mummy wouldn’t swear or shout at us.” She believed that her biological mother, Fred’s ex-wife Rena, would one day come to take her away from the abusive situation. Before she did, something terrible happened…
Fit of Rage
Shortly before Fred came home from one of his short stints in prison, Rose had apparently snapped and in a fit of rage, killed Charmaine. She stuffed her body in the coal cellar of their home and told anyone who asked that the girl had gone back to live with her birth mother in London.
When Fred got out of prison, Rose told him what she’d done and showed him the body. Rather than recoiling from the murderer and her terrible deed, Fred cut the fingers and toes off of Charmaine’s body as keepsakes, then buried the decaying corpse under the floorboards of their kitchen…
In a cruel twist of fate, Charmaine’s birth mother Rena did come to Fred and Rose’s home to demand custody of her 2 daughters just a short time after she was killed. It was the last time she would be seen alive. Likely to cover up what they’d done to Charmaine, Fred strangled Rena then the two dismembered her and buried her body parts in plastic bags in a nearby cluster of trees.
Setting Up Shop
Shortly after that, the 2 twisted lovers had an unceremonious marriage at Gloucester Register Office and Rose had a second child. Shortly after the child was born, Rose began working as a prostitute, using an upstairs room in their home — outfitted with several peepholes — as her “place of business.” They also set up several of the rooms to be rented out as a living place, with many of the men and women who stayed their also acting as Rose’s clientele…
As time went on, Rose liked to engage in more and more abusive behavior with her clients, which delighted Fred who watched through the peepholes in “Rose’s Room.” Fred also began to sexually abuse his daughters, causing Anna Marie, the oldest, to run away from home.
When word that one daughter Heather had told some of her classmates about her parent’s sexual behavior, she quickly became the next of Fred and Rose’s victims. Heather’s disappearance led to a police investigation, which uncovered a truth even more grisly than the murders and abuse already mentioned…
Worse Than Imaginable
When police searched the West’s home, the remains of several other women were found. Over the years, the two had abducted, sexually assaulted and killed numerous women, often removing their fingers and toes as keepsakes. Some of them had been lodgers in their home. Other’s had simply been unlucky enough to encounter them in town. In total, they’d killed a dozen women.
Dead and In Jail
Both Fred and Rose were arrested and charged with a litany of sexual crimes, assaults, and murders. Fred killed himself in his cell by hanging himself with an improvised rope. Rose was tried for her abuse and murders. Her defense’s attempt to pin all of the crimes on Fred was unsuccessful and Rose was found guilty of 10 murders and sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.