TRUE CRIME, MURDERABILIA AND MAIMERABILIA HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL …. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S EVIL SERIAL KILLERS … FRED & ROSE WEST … PART 1 OF 3

fred rose.jpgAS AN INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND INSIGHT  INTO THE LIVES OF FRED AND ROSE WEST HERE IS SOME  INTERACTIVE , VERY DISTURBING , THOUGH VERY INTERESTING  DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE ON THE NOTORIOUS BRITISH SERIAL KILLERS  . HERE TOO  ARE SOME IMAGES OF VARIOUS PERSONAL ITEMS THAT BELONGED TO THEM BOTH, INCLUDING VARIOUS SIGNED EPHEMERA AND DOCUMENTATION, WHICH ARE HERE ON DISPLAY IN AMONGST OUR TRUE CRIME AND MURDERABILIA COLLECTIONS.

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Infamous British serial killers , Fred and Rose West

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Police confession note signed by Fred West 4 March 1994

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THE INFAMOUS HANDMADE SIGN AT THE ENTERANCE TO 25 CROMWELL STREET , PURPORTED TO HAVE BEEN MADE BY FRED WEST AND NOW APPARANTLY  DESTROYED .

 

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THESE ARE GENUINE SET OF KEYS FOR 25 CROMWELL STREET .

 

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Handwriten and signed letter from Rose West sent whilst in prison .

Rent book and other paperwork relating to  214 Southgate Street Glos ownen by Fred & Rose  West .and rented to Mrs Wagner as a cafe , It is highly rumourrd that there are more bodies buried here., ths building was demolished years ago and rebuilt

Rent book and other paperwork relating to 214 Southgate Street Glos owned by Fred & Rose West .and rented to Mrs Wagner as a cafe , It is highly rumoured that there are more bodies buried here.This building was demolished years ago and the sight redevopled . The records form part of the collection kept at the Crime Through Time Museum at Littledean Jail

 

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Rent book and other paperwork relating to 214 Southgate Street Glos owned by Fred & Rose West .and rented to Mrs Wagner as a cafe , It is highly rumoured that there are more bodies buried here.This building was demolished years ago and the sight redevopled . The records form part of the collection kept at the Crime Through Time Museum at Littledean Jail

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Christmas card  handwritten by Rose West to Family friend sent during the early 1990’s

 

 

 

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Christmas card  handwritten by Rose West to Family friend sent during the early 1990’s

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Christmas card  handwritten by Rose West to Family friend sent during the early  1990’s

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Front of With Sympathy card given to Rose’s close friend and neighbour Margaretta Dix who lived opposite the West’s at 28 Cromwell Street. This being after  the sudden death of her husband Charlie , aged 64 back in 1992 . He suffered a fatal  heart attack in the family bathroom . Margaretta called on the Wests for help , Fred tried to save him , whilst awaiting ambulance. This is documented in various books and articles relating to the  later Rose West trial .  This card was kindly sourced from the Dix Family and is now on display at the Crime Through Time Collection , along with various other related material .

of With Sympathy card given to Rose’s close friend and neighbour Margaretta Dix who lived opposite the West’s at 28 Cromwell Street. This being after  the sudden death of her husband Charlie , aged 64 back in 1992 . He suffered a fatal  heart attack in the family bathroom . Margaretta called on the Wests for help , Fred tried to save him , whilst awaiting ambulance. This is documented in various books and articles relating to the  later Rose West trial .  This card was kindly sourced from the Dix Family and is now on display at the Crime Through Time Collection , along with various other related material .JSN_3614

Handwritten and signed by Rose west  inset page of With Sympathy card given to Rose’s close friend and neighbour Margaretta Dix who lived opposite the West’s at 28 Cromwell Street. This being after  the sudden death of her husband Charlie , aged 64 back in 1992 . He suffered a fatal  heart attack in the family bathroom . Margaretta called on the Wests for help , Fred tried to save him , whilst awaiting ambulance. This is documented in various books and articles relating to the  later Rose West trial .  This card was kindly sourced from the Dix Family and is now on display at the Crime Through Time Collection , along with various other related material .

 

 

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Postcard  handwritten by Rose West sent to Family sent during the 1990’s signed Mum and Dad

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Postcard  handwritten and sent  by Rose West addressed to ” THE WEST WILLIAMS MENAGERIE, 16 BELGRAVE ROAD, GLOUCESTER (which was home to the Williams family at the time ).  ” to their children  and also seemingly to the children of their “partners in crime ” The Williams family ( David and Pauline who were jailed in October 2015  for child abuse see HERE ) sent during the 1990

The card is signed by Rose West as Mum and Dad whilst Fred and Rose were away on holiday . The postcard depict images of the Cheshire Ring , however the postmark clearly shows that it was posted 14 October 1990 with a Wye Valley , Gloucestershire postal stamp !!!

 

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PAULINE AND DAVID WILLIAMS WITH FRED AND ROSE WEST INSET

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This image depicts Fred West’s  spade and fork which he used during the burials of his victims at various locations including Cromwell St and other locations around the County of Gloucestershire . He would use the spade to also remove the fingers and toes of his victims , as is well documented . These tools came from 25 Cromwell St along with various other personal items  owned , used and worn by Fred and Rose. All of which are on display here at The Crime Through Time Collection , Littledean Jail .

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Original photograph of the inside of the bathroom at 25 Cromwell Street , Gloucester

 

HERE ARE PARTS 1-3 OF THIS “MUST SEE”….VERY  IN DEPTH INTERACTIVE (WITH OUR CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTIONS HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL) REMARKABLE THOUGH VERY DISTURBING….  DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE  INTO THE LIVES AND CRIMES OF FRED AND ROSE WEST. INCLUDING ROSE WEST PROSTITUTING HERSELF AT HOME AT 25 CROMWELL STREET , GLOUCESTER . VIDEOED BY HER HUSBAND FRED WEST AND POLICE INTERVIEW TAPE RECORDINGS WITH FRED AND ROSE WEST .

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN TRUE CRIME  DO VIEW  ALL 9 PARTS OF THIS DOCUMENTARY WHICH ALSO INCLUDES FOOTAGE OF THE WEST FAMILY VISITING THE FOREST OF DEAN AREAS … CLOSE TO THE JAIL

WHILST VERY INTRIGUING AND INFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE …. PLEASE BE WARNED THAT THERE IS CONSIDERABLE FOUL LANGUAGE IN SEVERAL PARTS FROM BOTH FRED AND ROSE WEST .ALSO IN THE MAIN , VERY DISTURBING CONTENT

HERE AT THE JAIL WE EXHIBIT AND DISPLAY A NUMBER OF PERSONAL ITEMS , WORN  CLOTHING AND ALSO TOOLS OF THE TRADE USED BY FRED WEST . THIS BEING A SMALL PART OF OUR TRUE  CRIME COLLECTIONS

WARNING…. PLEASE DO BE AWARE THAT A LOT OF THE FOOTAGE ON THIS POST  (AND THE OTHER PARTS (4-9) BELOW) , CONTAIN VERY DISTURBING MATERIAL .

DO COME VISIT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION HERE AT         LITTLEDEAN JAIL  AND SEE OUR EXTENSIVE AND DIVERSE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF TRUE CRIME MURDERABILIA , MEMORABILIA , THE TABOO AND MUCH MUCH MORE .

AS WE ALWAYS SAY …… IF EASILY OFFENDED, DISTURBED OR OF A SENSITIVE NATURE PLEASE DO AVOID VISITING THE JAIL

INFAMOUS COP KILLER HARRY ROBERTS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON PUBLIC DISPLAY AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION, LITTLEDEAN JAIL, UNSEEN PERSONALLY SIGNED MEMORABILIA , PRISON WORN CLOTHING AND OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS

TRUE CRIME, MURDERABILIA AND MAIMERABILIA HERE AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION , LITTLEDEAN JAIL WITH AN INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF INFAMOUS 1966 COP KILLER HARRY ROBERTS . THE EXHIBITION INCLUDES PERSONAL HANDWRITTEN AND SIGNED CORRESPONDENCE FROM THEM BOTH , PERSONAL BELONGINGS , AND PRISON WORN CLOTHING ….ALL OF WHICH CAN NOW BE SEEN ON PUBLIC DISPLAY AT THE JAIL

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE  A CRIME MUSEUM AND IN NO SHAPE OR FORM DO WE GLORIFY OR GLAMOURISE ALL THOSE THAT WE FEATURE HERE ON DISPLAY AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL . ALL CRIMES ARE UNPLEASANT SUBJECT MATTERS TO COVER AND AS SUCH ARE NOT PRESENTED IN A PLEASANT WAY EITHER .

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ABOVE : HANDWRITTEN AND SIGNED BY COP KILLER HARRY ROBERTS

 

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 Harry Maurice Roberts (born 21 July 1936) is an English career criminal who in 1966 instigated the Shepherd’s Bush murders , in which three police officers were shot dead. The killings happened after the plain-clothes officers approached the van in which Roberts and two other men were sitting in Braybrook Street, near Wormwood Scrubs prison in London. Roberts opened fire on the officers when he feared they would discover the firearms his gang were planning to use in an armed robbery. He shot dead two of the officers, while one of his accomplices fatally shot the third.

After Roberts had spent nearly 48 years in jail, in 2014 the Parole Board for England and Wales approved his release, at the age of 78. Having exceeded by far his minimum term of 30 years imprisonment, Roberts was one of the United Kingdom’s longest-serving prisoners, remaining in custody from 1966 until his 2014 release

 

PLEASE DO BE AWARE THAT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL DOES NOT IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM CONDONE THE HEINOUS MURDERS COMMITTED BY HARRY ROBERTS OR HIS ACCOMPLICES …..

WE ARE SIMPLY A CRIME MUSEUM AND AS SUCH TOUCH UPON AND FEATURE A VAST ARRAY OF HISTORIC AND PRESENT DAY TRUE CRIMES AND EVENTS THAT HAVE SHOOK THE WORLD IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER …..  HENCE PROVIDING A SAD , DISTURBING AND INSIGHT INTO THESE EVIL CRIMES .

ALL IN ALL FORMING A HOPEFULLY HISTORICAL ARCHIVE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES TOO .

SO PLEASE , PLEASE , PLEASE … IF EASILY OFFENDED , DISTURBED OR OF A SENSITIVE NATURE, DO AVOID VISITING LITTLEDEAN JAIL .

BELOW IS A GALLERY OF VARIOUS PERSONALLY SIGNED PIECES AND PRISON WORN CLOTHING FROM HARRY ROBERTS ….

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CULTURAL IMPACT

Roberts’ name has been used for many years to antagonise the police, with chants like “Harry Roberts is our friend, is our friend, is our friend. Harry Roberts is our friend, he kills coppers. Let him out to kill some more, kill some more, kill some more, let him out to kill some more, Harry Roberts” as well as “He shot three down in Shepherd’s Bush, Shepherd’s Bush, Shepherd’s Bush. He shot three down in Shepherd’s Bush, our mate Harry” (to the tune of “London Bridge Is Falling Down“) which originated with groups of young people outside Shepherd’s Bush police station after Roberts had been arrested

There have been artistic representations of Roberts. The character of Billy Porter in the 2001 novel He Kills Coppers by Jake Arnott, and the 2008 TV adaptation, is based on Harry Roberts.

BELOW: SCENE OF THE TRIPLE COP KILLING

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BELOW: HARRY ROBERTS INSPIRED TV SERIES AND BOOK … “HE KILLS COPPERS”

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HARRY ROBERTS , POLICE KILLER RELEASED FROM PRISON ARTICLE IN DAILY MAIL ON 11 NOVEMBER 2014, ALSO SOME VIDEO ARCHIVE FOOTAGE …  SEE HERE

“LEST WE FORGET”… THE HORRORS OF ALL WARS … SERBIAN WARLORD ARKAN’S PARAMILITARY TIGERS AND THE SERBIAN PARAMILITARY “SCORPIONS” ORIGINAL UNIFORMS AND MEMORABILIA WORN DURING THE BOSNIAN WARS 1991-1995 ARE HERE ON DISPLAY AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION , LITTLEDEAN JAIL.

A RARE AND BRIEF INSIGHT HERE ON DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE UK .

VARIOUS UNIFORMS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED MEMORABILIA ITEMS FROM THE SERBIAN WARLORDS PARAMILITARY TIGERS AND SCORPIONS .

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Arkan’s Tigers (or Serbian Volunteer Guard)

ALTERNATE NAME: Serbian Volunteer Guard

LEADER: Zeljko Raznatovic (Arkan)

YEAR ESTABLISHED OR BECAME ACTIVE: 1990

USUAL AREA OF OPERATION: Former Yugoslavia

OVERVIEW

The Serbian Volunteer Guard (SDG/SSJ) was a semiofficial militia active in the Yugoslavian Civil War. Led by Zeljko Raznatovic (better known as Arkan), the group was accused of a number of incidents of ethnic cleansing in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and was later implicated in the Kosovan war. The SDG has also been implicated in extortion, gun-running, political executions, and smuggling.

HISTORY

Besides the Holocaust against Europe’s Jewish population, of all the regions involved in World War II, the people of Yugoslavia were struck most brutally by ethnic conflict and civil war. More than one million Yugoslavs died in the war, mostly at the hands of other Yugoslavs.

Following Axis occupation in 1941, the Nazis installed Croatian fascists, called the Ustasha, to control their own state, and later Bosnia. With a force that left even some Nazis shocked, the Ustasha carried out a program of genocide and forced religious conversion against Croatia and Bosnia’s Serb population. The Serbs responded with the creation of a force known as the Chetniks—a loose alliance of Serb nationalists and royalists—seeking the creation of a Greater Serbia. Like the Ustasha, they waged a brutal genocidal campaign, but largely against Bosnia’s Croat and Muslim populations, who they viewed as Ustasha collaborators. A third force, the communist Partisans, led by Josip Broz (better known as Tito), was predominantly Serb, but included a large number of Muslims, Croats, and Slovenians (Tito was half Croat, half Slovenian). The Partisans fought a two-fronted campaign against the Axis forces and the Chetniks, both of which they eventually crushed.

LEADERSHIP

ZELJKO RAŽNATOVIC (ARKAN)

Zeljko Ražnatovic was born into a Yugoslav military family—his father was a senior air officer in the air force—in Slovenia, in 1952. A teenage delinquent, his father got him involved with the Yugoslavian internal security service, the Ubda, with whom he retained a connection while embarking on a lucrative criminal career in exile. Across northern Europe in the latter 1970s, Ražnatovic was involved in a series of bank robberies and in other violent crimes, linked to Yugoslav crime families in Frankfurt, Norway, and the Benelux countries. It was during this period that he picked up the nom de guerre, Arkan. He was caught often, but had a remarkable habit of escaping jail—in the Netherlands and Germany—and evading arrest—in Sweden and Italy. This is often attributed to his involvement with Ubda. In return, he is believed to have carried out a number of assassinations for Tito. …

HERE BELOW IS A BRIEF INSIGHT INTO AN EXHIBITION AND VARIOUS WORN MILITARY UNIFORM ITEMS AND INSIGNIA ON DISPLAY HERE AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION , LITTLEDEAN JAIL .

Ražnatović was assassinated, on Saturday, 15 January 2000, 17:05 GMT, in the lobby of Belgrade’s elite InterContinental Hotel, a location where he was surrounded by other hotel guests. The killer, Dobrosav Gavrić, was a 23-year-old police mobile brigade’s junior member. Gavrić had ties to the underworld and was on sick leave at the time. He walked up alone towards his target from behind. Ražnatović was sitting and chatting with two friends and, according to BBC Radio, was filling out a betting slip. Gavrić waited for a few minutes, calmly walked up behind the party, and rapidly fired a succession of bullets from his CZ-99 pistol. Ražnatović was shot in his left eye and lapsed into a coma on the spot. His bodyguard Zvonko Mateović put him into a car, and rushed him to a hospital, but he died on the way.

According to his widow, Svetlana, Ražnatović died in her arms as they were driving to the hospital. His companions Milenko Mandić, a business manager, and Dragan Garić, a police inspector, were also shot to death by Gavrić. Gavrić was shot and wounded immediately after by Mateović and fell unconscious. A female bystander was seriously wounded in the shootout as well. After complicated surgery, Gavrić survived, but remained disabled and confined to a wheelchair as the result of a spinal wound.

 

Arkan’s grave

Commemoration ceremony in Ražnatović’s honour was held at Dom sindikata on 19 January 2000 with writer Brana Crnčević, Yugoslav Left (JUL) official Aleksandar Vulin, media tycoon Željko Mitrović, singers Oliver Mandić, Toni Montano and Zoran Kalezić, along with the entire first team of FK Obilić with club director Dragoslav Šekularac in attendance.

Željko Ražnatović was buried at Novo groblje with military honours by his volunteers and with funeral rites on 20 January 2000. Around 10,000 people attended the funeral

A BRIEF HISTORICAL INSIGHT INTO THE ATROCITIES OF THE SERBIAN SCORPIONS DURING THE 1991-1995 YUGOSLAVIAN WARS

Below is a live leaks article translated into English
Infamous Srebrenica massacre where Serbs killed over 8000 Bosnian Muslims in summer of 1995.
I have decided to register and post this because I have seen Serbs praising this event and praying it happens again. What is wrong with you?! How would you feel if they shot your family members and buried them somewhere where your family can’t find them to bury them like they deserve to! Think twice what you are celebrating  these were CHILDREN. What have they done to you so you would celebrate their deaths why is there this pathological hate for everything Muslim we haven’t done anything wrong to Serbs we lived like neighbours like brothers and today you are sad you didn’t kill MORE?! This is just wrong ,neighbours it’s expected to move on but you are obviously praying for another war more blood spilling between once brotherly nation. I’m disappointed in mankind and those parents that taught children to hate by nation race and religion
Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=559_1425825864#BtxFjSH2tHuSovqb.99

PREVIOUS FAMILY SALE AND AUCTION OF GENUINE ARTWORK BY THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS CHARLES BRONSON, NOW CHARLES SALVADOR. ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS. MANY OF WHICH ARE ON DISPLAY AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION , LITTLEDEAN JAIL… ALONG WITH MANY OTHER RELATED MEMORABILIA ITEMS .

WITH THE EVER INCREASING INTEREST IN BOTH CHARLES SALVADOR’S ARTWORK AND KRAY MEMORABILIA …. PLEASE DO BEWARE OF DODGY AUCTION HOUSES THROUGHOUT THE UK ….

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HERE BELOW ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF GENUINE CHARLES SALVADOR  ITEMS AS CAN BE VARIFIED BY CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL …. SO ALL BUYERS AND INVESTORS PLEASE DO BEWARE OF ALL THE FAKE STUFF THAT IS OUT THERE …

CAROLINE ROBERTS – BRUTALLY TORTURED AND RAPED BY FRED AND ROSE WEST…TELLS ANDY JONES OF THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION …” I SURVIVED 25 CROMWELL ST, LIFE GOES ON AND GOD BLESS THOSE WHO DIDN’T .”

It was good to meet up again with Caroline for a catch-up and a chat . Also for  giving  consent to do a personal piece, for which she kindly signed a few articles etc . To be featured in and amongst and alongside …. The Fred and Rose West 25 Cromwell Street , Gloucester Exhibition .

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POLICE OUTSIDE THE FRONT OF NO 25, CROMWELL STREET, GLOUCESTER KEEP AN EYE OUT AS THE SEARCH CONTINUES IN THE REAR GARDEN.

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When Caroline Roberts accepted a job at 25 Cromwell Street, the infamous address of Fred and Rose West, she was only 16. Realizing that there was something very malevolent about the couple, she left their employment soon after, glad to be rid of them. The story should have ended there, but a month, later she was abducted by the Wests and suffered violent sexual abuse at their hands before being told that she would be killed and buried. Through a combination of luck and quick thinking, despite the trauma of what happened, Caroline managed to escape to freedom.

BELOW IS SOME INTERESTING AND IN DEPTH HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY INSIGHT INTO THE HORRORS OF FRED AND ROSE WEST , ALSO FEATURING CROMWELL STREET SURVIVOR … CAROLINE ROBERTS.

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BELOW IS SOME INTERESTING AND IN DEPTH HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY INSIGHT INTO THE HORRORS OF FRED AND ROSE WEST , ALSO FEATURING CROMWELL STREET SURVIVOR … CAROLINE ROBERTS

 

Caroline’s autobiographical book

 

Caroline Roberts book on her escape from the West

TRUE CRIME, MURDERABILIA AND MAIMERABILIA HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL …. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S EVIL SERIAL KILLERS … FRED & ROSE WEST … PART 2 OF 3

HERE ARE PARTS 4-6 OF THIS “MUST SEE”  IN DEPTH INTERACTIVE  DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE  INTO THE LIVES AND CRIMES OF FRED AND ROSE WEST INCLUDING ROSE WEST PROSTITUTING HERSELF AT HOME AT 25 CROMWELL STREET , GLOUCESTER . VIDEOED BY HER HUSBAND FRED WEST

WHILST VERY INTRIGUING AND INFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE …. PLEASE BE WARNED THAT THERE IS CONSIDERABLE FOUL LANGUAGE IN SEVERAL PARTS FROM BOTH FRED AND ROSE WEST .ALSO IN THE MAIN , VERY DISTURBING CONTENT

HERE AT THE JAIL WE EXHIBIT AND DISPLAY A NUMBER OF PERSONAL ITEMS , WORN  CLOTHING AND ALSO TOOLS OF THE TRADE USED BY FRED WEST . THIS BEING A SMALL PART OF OUR TRUE  CRIME COLLECTIONS

DO COME VISIT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION HERE AT         LITTLEDEAN JAIL  AND SEE OUR EXTENSIVE AND DIVERSE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF TRUE CRIME MURDERABILIA , MEMORABILIA , THE TABOO AND MUCH MUCH MORE .

AS WE ALWAYS SAY …… IF EASILY OFFENDED, DISTURBED OR OF A SENSITIVE NATURE PLEASE DO AVOID VISITING THE JAIL

TRUE CRIME, MURDERABILIA AND MAIMERABILIA HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL …. GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S EVIL SERIAL KILLERS … FRED & ROSE WEST … PART 3 OF 3

HERE ARE THE LAST THREE PARTS OF THIS “MUST SEE”  IN DEPTH INTERACTIVE  DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE  INTO THE LIVES AND CRIMES OF FRED AND ROSE WEST INCLUDING ROSE WEST PROSTITUTING HERSELF AT HOME AT 25 CROMWELL STREET , GLOUCESTER . VIDEOED BY HER HUSBAND FRED WEST

WHILST VERY INTRIGUING AND INFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE …. PLEASE BE WARNED THAT THERE IS CONSIDERABLE FOUL LANGUAGE IN SEVERAL PARTS FROM BOTH FRED AND ROSE WEST .

HERE AT THE JAIL WE EXHIBIT AND DISPLAY A NUMBER OF PERSONAL ITEMS , WORN  CLOTHING AND ALSO TOOLS OF THE TRADE USED BY FRED WEST

DO COME VISIT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION HERE AT         LITTLEDEAN JAIL  AND SEE OUR EXTENSIVE AND DIVERSE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF TRUE CRIME MURDERABILIA , MEMORABILIA , THE TABOO AND MUCH MUCH MORE .

AS WE ALWAYS SAY …… IF EASILY OFFENDED, DISTURBED OR OF A SENSITIVE NATURE PLEASE DO AVOID VISITING THE JAIL

The nice folks at number 25

Horror House

The world of brutality and degradation sank to a new low with the series of grisly discoveries at Cromwell Street, Gloucester in 1994. The occupants, Rosemary and her husband Fred West, were accused of murdering 10 women and young girls over a 16 year period ending in 1987. They had taken pleasure in luring away vulnerable runaways with offers of rides, lodging or jobs as nannies. Once in their clutches inside the House of Horrors the young women were stripped, bound with tape, abused, tortured, then killed, some were dismembered and buried.

The killer couple was arrested at their home, 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, in 1994. Police, armed with a search warrant, dug up the remains of the Wests’ 16 year old daughter, Heather, who vanished in 1987. Further excavations under the house and in the garden produced eight more female bodies and a further body was found under the kitchen of a former home in Gloucester.

The Wests shared a fascination with BDSM. Police found pictures and tapes of Rose bound, gagged and whipped. They also found a wide variety of apparatus including gags, hoods, and huge dildos. Their victims were often abducted, then bound and gagged before being subjected to hideous torture over a period of days in their cellar.

Rosemary it seems loved to torture by the insertion of huge dildos and they both had a fascination with an exteme form of bondage and suffocation. When they went too far, as they often did, Fred would dismember and bury the bodies. Even their own children were abused, raped and tortured by this wicked couple, being used as guinea-pigs for their sexual experimentation. Rose would usually do the tying up, and the children would be tied naked and spread-eagled on a metal bedframe. One of the children said later ” She had canes and whips, including a cat of nine-tails. She might use all of them or just a selection. When she had completed her experiments on us she would encourage Dad to rape us or insert objects into us herself”. It was a standing joke amongst the children that one of them, Charmian, was buried in the garden under the patio that Fred had laid. This family joke eventually led police and social workers to discover the whole grisly truth.

Fred, aged 7

Fred West

Fred was born in 1941 in the village of Much Marcle, approximately 120 miles west of London, to Walter and Daisy West. It is believed that incest was an accepted part of the West household and Fred claimed that his father had sex with his daughters, using the logic, “I made you so I’m entitled to have you.”  Fred left school when he was fifteen, almost illiterate, and went to work as a farm hand.

Fred’s troubles with the police began in 1961 when he was fined for minor thefts in Hereford. A few months later, he was accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl who was a friend of the West family. Fred was uncooperative and didn’t see that there was anything wrong with what he had done.

This attitude and the ensuing scandal caused a serious breach with his family. Fred was ordered to find somewhere else to live and it wasn’t long before he was caught stealing from the construction sites where he worked and having sex with young girls.

When Fred was seventeen, he had been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. After his recovery from the accident, he met the pretty 16-year-old Catherine Bernadette Costello, nicknamed Rena. They were to marry 4 years later, in November 1962. By then Rena was pregnant by another man. Her daughter, Charmaine, was born in March 1963, and in July 1964 Rena bore Fred a daughter named Anne-Marie.

Even though Rena had been a prostitute at various times, she was not happy to be a prisoner to the voracious sexual appetite of Fred West. Colin Wilson in The Corpse Garden tells how Fred’s interest in “normal sex” was minimal. “He wanted oral sex, bondage and…sodomy…at all hours of the day and night.”

Anna McFall, first known victim

First Kill

Fred started a job driving an ice cream truck which afforded him unlimited access to many young women. For someone as highly sexed as Fred, it seemed like paradise. His politeness, apparent trustworthiness and sincerity, and his ability to spin interesting tales made him attractive to the teenagers who flocked around his ice cream truck. His continual seductions turned Rena and Charmaine into afterthoughts. One young girl he met was called Anna McFall
who, in early 1967, became pregnant with Fred’s child. She was trying unsuccessfully to get Fred to divorce Rena and marry her.

Fred’s response to the stress of her demands was to kill her and their unborn child,and then to slowly and methodically dismember her corpse and bury her along with the foetus. Oddly enough, he cut off her fingers and toes, which were missing from the gravesite. It would be his ritualistic signature in future crimes.

The following year Fred met Rose Letts, on November 29th, 1968, her fifteenth birthday.

Rose as a child

Rose

Rosemary Letts was born in November 1953 in Devon, England. Her father was a violent domestic tyrant who demanded unconditional obedience from his wife and children. He enjoyed disciplining them and seemed to look for any excuse to beat them.

.Rose was not a star performer in school and was known as ‘Dozy Rosie’. Also, she was overweight, which made her the butt of cruel jokes by her peers. She lashed out at them and attacked anyone who teased her. Consequently, she became known as an ill tempered, aggressive loner.

As a teenager, Rose showed signs of being sexually precocious, walking around naked after her baths and climbing into bed with her younger brother and fondling him sexually. Her father’s rules forbade her to date boys her own age and her heaviness and temperament kept boys from being interested in her. She focused her interest in sex on the older men of the village.

When she met Fred West there was an immediate sexual attraction but her father objected strongly to the relationship, and resorted to contacting Social Services and threatening West directly, but to no avail; she was soon pregnant with West’s child and found herself looking after his two children by Rena Costello, when West was sent to prison on various petty theft and fine evasion charges. She gave birth to daughter Heather in 1970. With three children to care for, a boyfriend in jail and constant money problems, Rose’s temper flared constantly. She resented having to take care of Rena’s children and treated them badly.

A Young Fred and Rose

Killing Together

After Heather’s birth, and shortly before Fred’s release, it appears that Rose killed Fred and Rena Costello’s daughter, Charmaine. Since Fred was in jail when Charmaine was murdered, his involvement probably extended to burying her body under the kitchen floor of their home on Midland Road where it lay undiscovered for over 20 years. Before he buried Charmaine, he took off her fingers, toes and kneecaps.

Rena Costello was killed in August 1971 by Fred West. Fred saw that he had no choice but to kill Rena. In all likelihood, he probably got her very drunk and then strangled her at his house on Midland Road. He then dismembered her body and mutilated it in the same odd way that he had Anna McFall’s body: he cut off Rena’s fingers and toes. Then he put her remains into bags and buried her in the same general area as he buried Anna McFall.

On 29 January 1972, Fred and Rosemary married in Gloucester, and on 1 June that year, Rose gave birth to their daughter, Mae. Like Fred, Rose came from a family where incest was considered normal and even after the birth of her fourth child Rose’s father, Bill Letts, with Fred’s approval, would often visit the West’s for sex with his daughter.

Charmaine (left), baby Heather and Anna Marie

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Rose’s magazine ad for prostitution

Torture, Rape, Incest and Murder

The Wests were both indulging their unconventional sexual appetites by this time, with Rose matching her husband in her extreme sexual needs. She had a voracious sexual appetite and enjoyed extreme bondage and sadomasochistic sex. She was bisexual, and many of their victims were picked up for both her and her husband’s sexual pleasure. West also worked as a prostitute (often while Fred watched).

Fred West himself had an almost insatiable appetite for bondage and violent sex acts on underage girls. He fitted out the cellar at No 25 as a torture chamber, and his 8-year-old daughter, Anne-Marie, became one of its first occupants, subjected to a horrifically brutal rape by her father whilst her stepmother held her down. This became a regular occurrence, and the child was threatened with beatings if she told anyone of her ordeal.

In December 1972 the Wests carried out a sexual assault on 17-year-old Caroline Owens whom they had hired as a nanny. Caroline was very attractive, so much so that Rose and Fred competed with each other to seduce her. When Caroline told them she was leaving the couple abducted, stripped and raped her. Caroline escaped and reported the couple to the police. As a result the Wests were fined for serious sexual assault in January of 1973.

Rose and Fred

Cellar of Death

Over the next five years eight young girls were lured to an horrific death in the Wests’ cellar. Lynda Gough, Lucy Partington, Juanita Mott, Therese Siegenthaler, Alison Chambers, Shirley Robinson and 15-year-old schoolgirls Carol Ann Cooper and Shirley Hubbard, all became victims of the West couple’s insatiable appetite for violent sex. After brutal sexual attacks, all were murdered, dismembered and buried in the cellar under No 25, having first had their fingers and toes removed.

Bondage was becoming a major thrill for Fred and Rose. Shirley’s head had been wrapped entirely with tape and a plastic tube was inserted in her nose so that she could breathe. Juanita had been subjected to even more extreme bondage and her body had been suspended from the beams of the cellar.At least one girl, Lucy Partington, was sexually abused for over a week before her death.

Rose continued to produce children at regular intervals and the birth of daughter Louise in November 1978, brought their offspring to six, although not all were fathered by West. Barry joined the brood in June 1980, with Rosemary Junior following in 1982 and Lucyanna in 1983. They were aware to some extent of the activities in the house, but West and Rose exercised strict control over them.

West’s incestuous interest in his own daughters continued, and when Anne-Marie moved out to live with her boyfriend, he switched his attentions to younger siblings, Heather and Mae. Heather resisted his attentions and, in 1986, committed the cardinal sin of telling a friend about the goings on in the house. The Wests responded by murdering and dismembering her, and burying her in the back garden of No 25, where son Stephen was forced to assist with digging the hole.

Justice Finally

Given that the West’s vicious sex acts did not result in murder every time, and the sheer number of attacks, it was inevitable that someone would expose their activities, which resulted in them coming to the attention of Detective Constable Hazel Savage, who led a search at Cromwell Street in August of 1992 that found pornography and clear evidence of child abuse. West was arrested for rape and sodomy of a minor, and Rose for assisting in the rape of a minor.

In the course of the investigation DC Savage uncovered the abuse of Anne-Marie, as well as the disappearances of Charmaine and Heather, that warranted further investigation, as well as rumours about what might be buried under the patio. The younger West children were taken into care, and Rose attempted suicide at this time, although she was found by her son, Stephen, and revived.

On 24th February 1994 a warrant was obtained to search the Cromwell Street house and garden, and police found the remains of two dismembered and decapitated young women, one of whom the police suspected might be Shirley Robinson. West claimed sole responsibility for the murders and, when Rose heard of the confession, she denied all knowledge of Heather’s death.

As the case against them developed, Rose tried increasingly to distance herself from West, claiming that she was also a victim, but police were not convinced of her innocence, given the sheer number of murders which had occurred, and her participation in the rapes.

On 13th December 1994, West was charged on twelve counts of murder, and he was taken into custody at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, pending trial where, on 1st January 1995, he hanged himself in his cell with knotted bed sheets.

Rose West went on trial on 3rd October 1995 in the glare of media frenzy. Witnesses including her daughter Anne Marie and Caroline Owens, one of their first victims, testified to her participation in sexual assaults on young women. Her defence counsel tried to argue that evidence of assault was not evidence of murder but, when Rose testified on her own behalf, her violent nature and dishonesty became clear to the jury, and they unanimously found her guilty on ten separate counts of murder on 22nd November 1995. She was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in jail. Rose West’s sentence was later extended to a “whole life” sentence by the Home Secretary, effectively removing any possibility of parole.

No 25 Cromwell Street, or the “House of Horrors”, as it was dubbed by the media, was eventually razed to the ground in October 1996, and in its place is a pathway that leads to the town centre.

There remains a widespread belief both with the public and within the police that Fred and Rose West’s victims numbered far more than the twelve with which they were charged and it is still considered highly likely that Fred West maintained another burial site yet to be discovered. And 12 women and children are definitely gone, forever, and two of their unborn babies, and we’ll never know how many more, simply listed as ‘missing’ during the Sixties and Seventies.