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

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Fred initially denied he had killed McFall, but confided to one visitor following his arrest that he had stabbed her to death following an argument.

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. I did find myself wondering, however, why the family didn't seem more appalled or shocked by Fred's actions. What comes through is the determination of Toto, the main character, to refuse to allow fear to define her as she lives a life of reckless adventure, longing and love,” he said. Sally J Morgan has won the Portico prize for her debut novel, which was inspired by her experience of being offered a lift by the serial killers Fred and Rosemary West.On these occasions when Fred had no woman to supervise and care for the girls, he temporarily placed them in the care of Gloucestershire social services. Rena's daughter, Charmaine, was born in March 1963; [24] to explain the child's mixed ancestry, Rena and Fred claimed that she had suffered a miscarriage and that Charmaine was adopted. Fred encouraged Rose to seek clients in Gloucester's West Indian community through these advertisements. Geoffrey Wansell paints a detailed and vivid picture of the life of Fred West , from his family and upbringing to the rape, torture and murder he devoted his life to. The author spent a great deal of time and energy in interviews, and puzzling this grief ridden and abominable story together.

The book also draws on West's own 100 page 'autobiography' - I Was Loved By An Angel- written during the last weeks of his life, as well as many previously unpublished letters and photographs. This often makes for deeply disturbing reading and one criticism I would level at this is that this book often struggles to rise above cheap sensationalism and never quite manages to shake of its scuzzy tabloid feel.

The secrets behind smiling faces remains good reason to take great care in with whom one associates. I first heard of the Wests when the Appropriate Adult mini-series/movie came on cable here in the US. It was clear that he had gone to great lengths to gather as much information as possible about the case and had conducted many interviews with people close to the Wests. What was left of Fred West’s eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests’ previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country. Fred willingly accepted these children as his own, and falsely informed them the reason their skin was darker than that of their siblings was because his great-grandmother was a black woman.

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