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The couple brutally tortured, raped and murdered 12 young women at their Gloucester home, between 1967 and 1987. But the heinous crimes committed in the 'House of Horrors' weren't discovered until years later.
Many of the couple's victims were buried underneath the floorboards of their home, which has since been demolished.
Rose was convicted in 1995, but there has always been a belief that there were more victims, which the ITV documentary will explore in detail.
Former detective chief inspector Colin Sutton, investigative psychologist Donna Youngs, author and West expert Howard Sounes, and reporter Sir Trevor McDonald will follow up new leads to try to uncover more information on the true number of the Wests’ victims and their identities.
Fred and Rose West: Reopened will unveil previously unseen documents, including the full statement of Fred West’s ‘appropriate adult’, Janet Leach, and newly revealed records of discussions between West and his lawyer in which West talked about other crimes that involved himself, his wife Rose and other people.
The team will be led to locations where Fred and Rose may have buried the bodies of possible victims due to dramatic new evidence. The locations include fields outside Gloucester, a city centre café where Fred West used to visit regularly, and a place he used to refer to as ‘the Farm’. It is alleged that there were as many as 20 more victims at ‘the Farm.’
Viewers will also hear from surviving women who say they had predatory encounters with Fred West, and from the family of Mary Bastholm who may have encountered Fred West in 1968, but who has never been found.
Earlier this year the team handed their findings to Gloucestershire police, who initiated a new operation to investigate the leads. The investigation is ongoing.
Fred and Rose West: Reopened will premiere this autumn on ITV.
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