Fred And Rosemary West’s Incestuous Murder House
Rosemary West was a shy, quiet child, but beneath the unassuming surface, there was something amiss about her.
At age 12, she raped one of her brothers. Later on, she harassed the boys in her village.
Her mother underwent electric shock therapy while Rosemary was still in utero, according to Grunge. Her father was an abusive former Naval officer suffering from schizophrenia, and he may have sexually abused Rosemary as a child.
Perhaps these circumstances fundamentally changed the young girl. In either case, she seemed predisposed toward sex and violence by young adulthood — and meeting Fred West only exacerbated these tendencies.
He was 27. She was 15. They met at a bus stop. They married and moved in together not long after.
When Fred went to prison for a time, 17-year-old Rosemary West was left in charge of his eight-year-old stepdaughter from his first marriage, Charmaine, and his biological daughter from that same marriage, Anne Marie. But Rosemary was anything but nurturing to the children, and she detested Charmaine.
The young girl went missing in the summer of 1971. Her mother, Rena, had vanished the year before.
Once Fred returned from prison, Rosemary began doing sex work in their home while he watched. Soon enough, the couple was fulfilling their perverse sexual desires and sadistic tendencies by luring young women into their home, raping them, and torturing them before they killed them.
The two went on to have multiple children of their own, The Sun reported: daughters Heather Ann, Mae, and Louise, and sons Stephen and Barry.
Each of their children was subjected to beatings, whippings, abuse, and in one instance, murder. The girls were repeatedly raped by their father, men who paid Rosemary to have sex with them, and their uncle. Fred West at one point impregnated Anne Marie and infected her with a sexually transmitted disease.
The girls were also forced to help their mother solicit men for sex, all behind the scenes of a couple who presented themselves as a typical happy family.
Fred and Rosemary converted their basement into a torture chamber and a burial ground for their victims — until it became too full, and they had to bury their victims’ bodies in the garden.
This horrifying lifestyle continued until 1987, when the couple murdered their daughter Heather and an investigation finally began into their house of horrors.
During their search, police found Heather’s remains, as well as the bodies of ten other girls, including Charmaine and Rena.
Fred and Rosemary West were each found guilty, despite Rosemary’s initial attempts to play innocent. She was sentenced to life in prison in 1995.
Fred died by suicide in jail that same year, scribbling, “Freddy, the mass murderer from Gloucester” on his cell wall.