The crimes of Fred and Rose West will forever be known as some of the most horrific in British history.
Responsible for at least a dozen murders between them, the scheming couple hid their mental, physical and sexual abuse behind the walls of their Gloucester home for years.
A new Trevor McDoanld fronted documentary about the killers claims to shed new light on their crimes and suggests it was Rose who was the more violent of the two.
Though Fred had already experienced several brushes with the law before he’d even come in contact with the former shop worker.
So exactly how did they meet?
Rose was just 15 years old when she started talking to Fred West
Fred first encountered Rosemary Letts in 1969, shortly after her 15th birthday.
The pair struck up conversation at a Cheltenham bus station with Fred returning back in the days that followed just so he could talk to Rose.
The schoolgirl is said to have intrigued Fred, who was married with two daughters, by hinting she was overtly promiscuous but had never had a boyfriend.
While Fred’s said to have gained sympathy by claiming he’d been abandoned by his first wife who he’d hoped to have more children with.
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Rose twice refused a date with Fred before he won her over with a surprise gift
Rose then twice refused to go on a date with Fred, who was 12 years her senior.
In attempt to woo her, Fred showed up at the bread shop where Rose worked and hid round the corner and asked a woman to present her with a gift on his behalf.
Fred is then said to have entered the shop himself and asked Rose to accompany him on a date that evening, to which she accepted.
Weeks later Rose quit her job at the bread shop to become a paid childminder to Fred’s daughters Charmaine and Anna Marie.
Some months after Rose eventually introduced her boyfriend to her parents who were said to have been horrified at her choice in suitor.
Her mother Daisy Letts considered him a ‘pathalogical liar,’ while dad Bill was said to have threatened to contact social services if Fred continued to date his daughter.
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Despite her parents blatant disapproval, Rose continued the relationship which lead to an enquiry from Gloucestershire social services.
Rose was subsequently placed into a home for troubled teens and only allowed to leave at weekends. Rather than see her parents, Rose seized the opportunity to meet up with Fred.
When she was released on her 16th birthday Rose settled down in a Cheltenham flat with Fred.
A year later, in October 1970, Rose gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Heather Rose.
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The couple went on to have three more children Anne Marie, Mae and Stephen.
Eldest child Heather would later become one of their tragic victims, with Fred and Rose going on to murder a dozen women and girls between 1967 and 1987.
In December 13 1994, Fred was charged on 12 counts of murder and was taken into custody. He hung himself in his cell at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham on January 1 1995.
While Rose was found guilty of 10 murders, including the killing of her daughter and stepdaughter.