West, Frederick

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West, Frederick Gender: M
born on 29 September 1941 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )
Place Much Marcle, England, 52n02, 2w25
Timezone GWT h1e (is war time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Fisher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 05°46' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 24°31 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 19°24'


British homicide; charged with 11 murders, nine of them with his wife, Rosemary.

West first married 11/17/1962. He met Rosemary late summer 1969 and they married after West's wife Rena was murdered in 1971. Rosemary was born 11/29/1953, time unknown. One account gives Barnstable as her birth place, another gives Northam, England. They shared a knowledge of each other which bound them together, a dark and monstrous link.

In 1994 the two serial killers dominated the British news. Their grisly story began its countdown on 2/23/1994 when the police arrived at #25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester with a search warrant. It seems that pieces of bodies had been discovered by workers who were clearing blocked drains. Two days later they found the body of the West's daughter, Heather, in the garden, along with a stepdaughter, Charmaine, and other dismembered corpses. All of the victims were young women who had been sexually abused, tortured and butchered. Other young women who could be connected with the West's had disappeared over the years and their bodies never found.

The West house had been used as a brothel and it seemed strange that no one ever reported hearing screams from the torture dungeon. When Rosemary worked as a prostitute, Frederick listened in through the intercom that he had wired into her room.

On 6/02/1994, Fred West was charged with 11 murders and Rose jointly with 9. Fred committed suicide in prison, hanging himself in his cell on 1/01/1995. Rose faced the counts alone in a trial that began 10/03/1995. On November 22, she was found guilty and given ten life sentences.


  • Relationship : Marriage 17 November 1962 (First marriage, Rena)
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  • Death of Mate 1971 (First wife murdered)
  • Social : Great Publicity 1994 ("In the news")
  • Social : Secrets revealed 23 February 1994 at 12:00 noon in Gloucester, England (Parts of bodies found, police search)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 25 February 1994 (Bodies of daughter and step-daughter found)
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  • Crime : Arrest 2 June 1994 (Charged with 11 murders)
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  • Death by Suicide 1 January 1995 (Hanged himself in jail, age 53)
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Source Notes

David Fisher reports the date and the news story; Frank Clifford quotes Howard Sounes, "Fred and Rose," Warner Books, 1995, p.13. West was born in Much Marcle, near Ledbury in Hereford and Worchester counties. Rosemary Letts was born 11/29/1953, time unknown.


  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Dominted the news)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Rapist/ Sex crime (Raped and tortured victims)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial (Over 11 murders, mutilated victims)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (First wife murdered)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (One step-daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Murdered both girls)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence
  • Personal : Death : Suicide (Hanged himself in jail)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode (Serial killer)