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Fred and Rose

Howard Sounes

Published on: 05/09/2011

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The true crime bestseller about Fred and Rose West, a couple virtually unique in British criminal history – who loved and killed together as husband and wife.

During their long relationship the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their teenage daughter, Heather. What was left of Fred West’s eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests’ previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country outside the city. Several victims had been decapitated and dismembered, their remains showing signs of sexual torture. These twelve are just the ones the police found when the Wests were arrested in 1994. There may be more whose bones have not been located.

Howard Sounes broke the first major story about the Wests as a journalist, and covered the murder trial of Rosemary West, before writing this, the classic book about the case. Beginning with Fred’s and Rose’s bizarre childhoods, Sounes charts their lives and crimes in forensic detail, creating a fascinating and truly frightening account of a marriage soaked in blood.



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About the author:

Howard Sounes

Howard Sounes covered the Fred and Rosemary West murders as a journalist before writing Fred & Rose, which has become the classic book about the case. He is also the author of Heist: The True Story of the World’s Biggest Cash Robbery as well as biographies of Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and the American writer […]


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