Fred and Rose West horrific crimes made headlines around the world when their garden was excavated back in 1994 and nine bodies uncovered.
The couple raped, tortured and murdered 12 women and girls between 1967 and 1987 – including their own daughter Heather.
A new documentary presented by Sir Trevor McDonald sets to shed new light on the crimes that shocked the nation – and suggests for the first time that Rose was more violent than her husband.
Sir Trevor revisits the site of the infamous ‘house of horrors’ on 25 Cromwell Street, as reported by Gloucestershire Live – which has been torn down but never to be forgotten.
As well as exclusive interviews with people who have not spoken before publicly about the serial killings, early reports about the documentary to be screened this week suggest it will focus on the part played by Rose West.
Trevor McDonald returned to Gloucester to film the Fred and Rose West documentary
The documentary will see exclusive interviews from former friends of the couple who have never spoken out before
Fred confessed to the murders in 1994 and was found hanged in his jail cell at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham while he was on remand.
Rose was convicted of 10 murders in 1995 and handed a whole life term, meaning she will never be released, but the mother of eight is said to still harbour hopes of being released.
The documentary screened this week will suggest she was “actively involved” and was the friendly face that lured some of the couple’s 12 victims to their death by helping to kidnap them.
It follows Fred’s niece speaking out about the ‘unreal’ moment her teenage cousin’s body was found for another TV programme marking the anniversary of the killings.
Then aged just 11, Sam West said she heard the shocking news on the TV before her back hit the wall and she slid to the floor from the shock.
The new documentary will suggest Rose was the friend face that lured the couple’s victims to their death
She said she can still remember exactly where she was stood at that moment – but said it felt like a dream, felt unreal because she couldn’t equate it with the uncle she knew.
She spoke to the cameras for The Killer In My Family series. Relatives of murderers tell their stories, beginning with Fred West, whose brother Doug and niece Sam revealed how his crimes affected the family.
Sir Trevor Macdonald is fronting a new ITV documentary about the murderous couple
Here’s what we know so far Sir Trevor’s investigation
In Sir Trevor McDonald’s new powerful ITV documentary, new evidence is set to come light about Rose’s level of violence and claims that she could have been more violent than her husband.
While Fred confessed to the killings, Rose, now 65, denied them and still does.
Sir Trevor, 79, sets out to prove Rose was “not a bystander” and was "deeply involved" in the crimes.
"In any normal situation you would think that a wife’s influence would curb Fred’s horrific tendencies but we learn that she was actively involved,” he says in the Daily Star Sunday.
"When they cruised around to pick up people, she was the one who probably convinced the girls to get in the car."
The Wests’ youngest son will tell Sir Trevor McDonald that he heard Rose attacking his murdered sister Heather.
He and several other siblings were all taken into care in 1992 after the Wests were accused of sexual abuse.
He will say when he was seven years old when his mother “stamped” on Heather’s head five times.
According to the Daily Star he adds: “She didn’t move again.”
- Fred and Rose West’s daughter shares new insight into childhood at ‘house of horrors’
The documentary will also include the first television interview with the sisters of victim Juanita Mott, who vanished, aged 18, in 1975.
The daughter of an American serviceman whose parents split up when she was very young, she left both school and home at age 15 and at some point lodged with the Wests.
When she was 18 she accepted a lift from them and her remains were unearthed at 25 Cromwelll Street in 1994.
- Rose West’s son reveals secrets of twisted mum’s murders as he breaks silence
Former lodger Jayne Hamer told Sir Trevor she feels lucky to be alive after hearing screams from the cellar.
Nanny Caroline Owens, who also escaped after being kidnapped and tortured, has since died.
Sir Trevor will look at new evidence surrounding the West’s murders
The Social Worker
John Fitzgerald, the senior social worker investigating childcare issues in the case, will tell viewers how the Wests got away with it for so long.
- Rose West ‘to appeal against sentence so she doesn’t die in prison’
Sasha Wass QC will give her first media interview since she helped defend Rose in court.
When is it on?
Fred and Rose West: The Real Story with Sir Trevor McDonald airs on Thursday, January 31 at 9pm on ITV.