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Fred West police urged to dig farm sites where bodies of 20 ‘forgotten’ victims may be buried after bombshell evidence


FIELDS where the bodies of 20 of serial killer Fred and Rose West’s ‘forgotten’ victims may be buried ought to be dug up, bombshell evidence suggests.

The couple brutally murdered at the very least 12 ladies and ladies of their “House of Horrors” – however a seven-month probe signifies there may have been many extra.

The bodies of 20 extra of Fred and Rose West’s victims may be buried on farmlandCredit: Rex Features
Fred and Rose West murdered at least 12 girls and women
Fred and Rose West murdered at the very least 12 women and girlsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Fred and Rose West: Reopened sees a staff of investigators discover new potential graves, recognized utilizing thermal imaging and cadaver canines.

This features a farm where Fred claimed to have buried a dozen bodies.

The first two areas of curiosity are in Fingerpost Field close to Much Marcle, Herefordshire, where Fred buried 18-year-old Annie McFall – his first recognized sufferer.

Dogs educated to recognise the odor of decomposed flesh alerted handlers to the potential gravesite, sparking requires the areas to be excavated, The Mirror reviews.

DCI Colin Sutton, who lead the ITV documentary staff, stated: “The handler is of the view that we must always excavate the sites as quickly as doable and I’m completely on board with that.

“It is a extremely vital discover and a major piece of work from the cadaver canines.

“The indications I saw the dog make were so very strong.”

A 3rd spot on a derelict farm website in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, was additionally recognized as a possible mass grave for Wests’ victims.

The revelation got here to gentle after the complete assertion of Fred’s ‘acceptable grownup’ – drafted in as West couldn’t learn or write – was made public for the primary time.

Janet Leach, who was current for all 400 hours of Fred’s police questioning, stated his brother John and spouse Rose “slaughtered people regularly”, including: “Fred instructed me there have been one other 20 bodies to be discovered after the 12, some in fields, the remainder within the barn.

“Fred said some of the victims’ bones were missing because it was a ritual thing and they did something with the fingers so there was no way of finding out who they were.”

His former employers Wendy and Derek Thomson backed these claims up, stating that he had instructed them he had “done something in Berkeley”.

And throughout episode one of the two-part collection, investigators go to the Gloucestershire farm they consider the Thomson’s referred to.

Sir Trevor McDonald, who hosts the present, has known as on the police to absolutely search the realm.


“There is still much more to the murderous campaign of Fred and Rose West,” he stated.

“I think the option of not investigating these fields seems very strange.

“Surely, if there is any suspicion of evidence that there might be more bodies, it follows, as night follows day, that there must be an attempt to discover what happened to these missing people.”

Investigative psychologist Dr Donna Youngs added: “It’s unlikely there aren’t additional murders.


Lawyer Howard Ogden agreed, stating: “Dealing with Fred led me to believe that others had been killed.

“Sadly this is something of a tip of an iceberg and inevitably there are others who are yet to be found.”


Fred West was one of Britain’s worst serial killers.

He and second spouse Rose kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered younger ladies over a 20-year interval.

They buried many of them underneath the floorboards of their dwelling at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester.

Their victims had lacking fingers, their heads taped up and pipes up their noses so they may breathe in the course of the torture they endured by the hands of the couple.

Fred West killed himself whereas awaiting trial for 12 murders in January 1995, however he had beforehand confessed to killing up to 30 victims.

Rose was convicted of 10 murders, together with that of her daughter, and sentenced to life.

One of the Wests’ suspected victims is teenager Mary Bastholm, who vanished from a bus cease in Gloucester in 1968.

The 15-year-old labored in a restaurant known as Pop-In, now The Clean Plate, where Fred had performed some constructing work.

Her physique has by no means been discovered, along with her dad and mom tragically dying earlier than discovering what occurred to their daughter.

Cops excavated the basement after a chunk of blue materials – believed to be Mary’s coat – was discovered the ITV manufacturing crew.

The search uncovered no evidence that her physique had been buried there, however social employee Leach admitted in her assertion to selecting up Mary.

  • Fred And Rose West: Reopened airs on ITV in two elements on September 15 and 16 at 9pm.
Fred and Rose West: Reopened airs on September 15 and 16
Fred and Rose West: Reopened airs on September 15 and 16Credit: ITV
Mary Bastholm was allegedly murdered by Fred West
Mary Bastholm was allegedly murdered by Fred WestCredit: Collect
The ten girls murdered by Rose West. At least two more victims were killed by Fred
The ten ladies murdered by Rose West. At least two extra victims had been killed by FredCredit: Rex Features
A police tent in the rear of the Clean Plate cafe near Gloucester Docks
A police tent within the rear of the Clean Plate cafe close to Gloucester DocksCredit: The Sun

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