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

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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

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Well after reading the entire book I realize these people were destined to have troubled lives from the get go. Years later, McLachlan recollected this incident: "He couldn't tackle a man, but he wasn't so slow in attacking women. If you’re interested in true crime, then you’ve no doubt heard of the notorious couple Fred and Rose West. There is no policy of zero-tolerance to violence in society, so such things are allowed to continue for years.

Fred later admitted that the specific intent of this abduction was the rape and likely murder of Owens, but that his initial incentive was to determine whether his wife would be willing to at least assist him in an abduction. This looked at the effect that sitting in on the interviews between Fred West and the police had on the woman designated his ‘appropriate adult. During their long relationship, the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their daughter. Charting the couple’s lives from childhood to their arrest, the author doesn’t shy away from the horrific details of their crimes – details that some readers will find disturbing. Rose grew up in a crazy and abusive household and was almost definitely sexually abused by her father.

I have read a lot of true crime books in the past but this is so bone chilling and harrowing I can't read another page. West turned Ann Marie into a prostitute when she was twelve and Fred impregnated her two years later. While I understand the importance of providing context and setting the scene, some of these descriptions felt unnecessary. The room Rose used for prostitution was known throughout the West household as "Rose's Room", and had several hidden peepholes allowing Fred—a longtime voyeur—to watch her entertain her clients.

He explains that he needs to go further into the past and especially to Fred and Rose’s parents as this provides an insightful portal into how they were and what they would become. When Owens screamed, Rose again smothered her with a pillow and further restrained her about the neck before performing cunnilingus on her. I guess it’s my terrible curiosity but these stories have some sort of pull on me and once I start them I have to see them through to the awful end even if means wishing I could scrub myself from the inside out to get some of the images out of my mind when I’m done. Fred and Rose West are virtually unique in British criminal history: a husband and wife who loved and killed together.

Where Colin Wilson excels in this book is by making comparisons to other serial murders as well as highlighting the differences and here his extensive knowledge comes to the fore. it's essential reading, offering also the questions “Where were the authorities (law enforcement, medical, social services) when these victims—young adults, adolescents, and children—fell prey to these two “human” monsters? With a few exceptions, most of the victims of the West faced similar living circumstance – abusive homes, issues with authority, and lower class. What most impressed me is that Mae manages to get across that just because she was played a very bad hand in the cards of life she has her own aspirations, she has passed the right values onto the next generation as have her sisters who she remains close to. Probably because a)it was over wordy, so I skim read bits of it only to find I'd missed something and b)some of it was so sick and beyond comprehension that I had to read it twice for it to sink in.

This incredible lack of imagination and er “police work” created the perfect environment for the Wests to thrive in. The stars aligned and romance filled the air at a bus stop as Fred and Rose met for the first time and it was kismet. The author states the story matter of factly, never getting preachy but just stating the facts ma’am. His writing style is engaging and conversational but also communicates facts well presented with a tabloid slant that makes it entertaining as well as informative. My friend has said there is a book looking at it from the point of view that Rose is innocent, so that will make for an interesting read.We take pride in offering a wide selection of used books, from classics to hidden gems, ensuring there’s something for every literary palate. Fred encouraged Rose to seek clients in Gloucester's West Indian community through these advertisements. Rose's parents forbade their daughter from continuing to date Fred, but she defied their wishes, prompting them to visit Gloucestershire social services to explain that their 15-year-old daughter was dating an older man, and that they had heard rumours that she had begun to engage in prostitution at his caravan. Fred and Rose were married for about 25 years, but the killing had started before, both had killed on their own, and then together, they knew each others secrets and covered up for each other.



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