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All the victims were young women. At least eight of these murders involved the Wests' sexual gratification and included rape , bondage , torture and mutilation ; the victims' dismembered bodies were typically buried in the cellar or garden of the Wests' Cromwell Street home in Gloucester , which became known as the "House of Horrors". Fred is known to have committed at least two murders on his own, while Rose is known to have murdered Fred's stepdaughter, Charmaine. The couple were apprehended and charged in Fred West fatally asphyxiated himself while on remand at HM Prison Birmingham on 1 January , at which time he and Rose were jointly charged with nine murders, and he with three further murders.
Mae West said she was about eight when she and her older sister Heather found the clothes and began dressing up in them. In a book being serialised by the Daily Mail , Mae West has now also revealed how she and Stephen had once joked about Heather being buried under the patio, after seeing an episode of the soap Brookside featuring such a storyline — without realising that TV fiction was mirroring reality. Mae and Stephen even jokingly tested their mother and father by watching for their reactions as they played them videos of TV programmes featuring bodies buried under patios. We played them videos of episodes from Prime Suspect and Brookside that featured bodies buried under a patio. Mae West has previously recalled how the family used to have birthday meals on the patio, without realising what lay underneath it.
It contains within it the story of a notorious couple — a loving, long-term and rather dreary looking couple — who committed crimes so heinous, against family members and strangers alike, and for so long a period, that they now occupy their own dark corner in English criminal history. Like the rarest of pop stars, politicians or celebrities, they are recognised by their first names alone. Not because the book is bad, but because it is so unflinchingly honest — this is a book to be survived. Silence is complicity, and in the case of Savile, several major British institutions must shoulder some blame. Similarly, we learn that the Wests could have been halted, had the signs been better interpreted. He lays them out on the lawn, on the patio, and picks them apart.