Fred and Rose West’s monstrous marriage as they carried out heinous crimes

Serial killer couple Fred West and Rose West's monstrous relationship led them to carry out a string of heinous crimes together.

The twisted couple are known for their sickening acts in which they killed Rose's stepdaughter Charmaine, eight, and daughter Heather, 16, and hid their bodies at their family home, dubbed the House of Horrors.

Fred, from Much Marcle, a village in Hertfordshire, murdered 12 young women.

It has been claimed he may previously have killed more and buried them at an allotment in Scotland.

His wife Rose, from Northam in Devon, helped him with the murders.

She abducted, tortured and raped her victims before burying them under the floorboards of their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester.

The terrace house was later ripped down after the vicious murders.

Fred confessed to the killings, but Rose has always denied them.

Rose, 66, was sent to prison for life for her involvement in 10 of the murders, while Fred took his own life in jail.

She has been serving her life sentence since 1995.

In 1997, Rose was subjected to a whole life tariff – meaning a prisoner serves their sentence of life imprisonment without ever having the possibility of parole.

It was then that she met Moors Murderer Myra Hindley – the only other female prisoner to be subjected to a whole life tariff.

A lawyer of Rose's claimed she and serial killer Myra shared a brief "lesbian fling" while they served time in the same prison.

How Fred and Rose met

Fred met Rose at Cheltenham bus station, when he was 28 and she was just 15 at the time.

He was living in a caravan when they met, and within weeks they started dating, and Rose became a nanny to his children Charmaine and Anna Marie.

However Rose's schizophrenic father who repeatedly sexually abused her didn't approve of their relationship.

He threatened Fred, which saw the couple move to a flat in Gloucester. Rose began working as a prostitute.

The couple married in secret in January 1972 before they moved to 25 Cromwell Street, which later became the murder dungeon for their victims.

Rose, who was described as having an "insatiable desire for sex" met her future husband Fred while she was trawling the pubs, looking for sex.

During her childhood, she continued the cycle of sexual abuse within the family and had sex with her two brothers.

Psychologists believe Rose's warped childhood shaped her views of relationships and sex, which for her, had always been abusive.

While Fred claimed he was introduced to sex by his mother at 12 – and said he believed in incest because his father had sex with his sisters.

In 1961 he was accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl who was a friend of the Wests.

During his trial for the rape of the family friend, he escaped a jail sentence.

It was claimed he was suffering from fits as a result of a head trauma.

He was later convicted of child molestation.

Family life

In a previous ITV documentary, the Wests' youngest son told Sir Trevor McDonald that he heard his mother Rose attacking his murdered sister Heather.

Their son and other siblings were all taken into care in 1992 after their parents were accused of sexual abuse.

According to their son, Rose "stamped" on her daughter's head five times.

Victims of The Wests

Juanita Mott vanished aged 18 in 1975.

She was one of the Wests' victims who was later brutally murdered by the pair.

Juanita was the daughter of an American serviceman and left school and home at the age of 15 before lodging with the Wests.

At the age of 18 she accepted a lift from them and her remains were unearthed at 25 Cromwell Street in 1994.

During the investigation, police found a number of mutilated female bodies in the garden and cellar of their home.

Two of the bodies belonged to their own children.

The brutal story of the Wests shocked the nation.

It's one that has and will haunt families in the UK forever.

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