THE last life Fred West took was his own, denying his victims’ families the right to see him brought to justice as one of the worst serial killers in British history.
Now police are digging under a cafe in Gloucester in a bid to find the remains of a 15-year-old feared to have been murdered by the serial killer 53 years ago.
Mary Bastholm vanished in 1968 aged just 15 – she is feared to have been killed by Fred West
Mary Bastholm was last seen on 6 January 1968 waiting for a bus to go and see her boyfriend.
She is thought to have been offered a lift by serial killer Fred West and then murdered.
Mary’s body has never been found with her parents tragically passing away before discovering what happened to their daughter.
They lobbied for cops to investigate the cafe, where Mary worked, for years in vain.
The Wests were known to have at least 12 other victims
But a cadaver dog was recently taken to the site by a TV documentary team and is said to have shown a positive reaction in the basement.
With the help of his wife Rose, Fred murdered at least 12 young women – most were raped, tortured and mutilated first.
The evil couple would then bury their victims’ remains in the cellar or their house of horrors at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester.
Fred’s killing is thought to have began in 1967 and ended in 1987, some seven years before his arrest in 1994.
Here are the names of his known victims – some of whom were his own family.
Anne McFall was the nanny to the children of Fred and his first wife, Rena.
She vanished aged 18 in 1967 while she was eight months pregnant – with Fred believed to be the baby’s father.
No one reported her missing, and she wasn’t known to be murdered until her dismembered remains were found in a shallow grave in Gloucestershire in 1994.
Fred initially denied killing McFall, but told a visitor after he was arrested that he stabbed her to death following an argument.
That story didn’t fit with the dressing gown cord found wrapped around her wrists, suggesting she’d been tied up before she was murdered.
Her unborn baby may also have been cut from her womb.
Charmaine West (nee Costello) was Fred’s step-daughter from his first marriage – she was eight years old at the time of her murder.
Fred was actually in prison for the theft of car tyres and a tax disc at the time of Charmaine’s killing in June 1971.
Her body was kept in the coal cellar at their house in Midland Road, Gloucester, until Fred was released from prison.
He buried her remains in the garden – when exhumed in 1994, bones were missing from Charmaine’s skeleton.
They were thought to have been stashed as keepsakes.
Rose was convicted of her murder in 1995.
Rena, Fred’s first wife, is believed to have been strangled to death in August 1971.
She was known to have become anxious about her children’s welfare, and went to confront Fred at his Midland Road address.
That was the last time she was seen alive.
Her dismembered remains were discovered in plastic bags in Letterbox Field, Gloucestershire, in 1994.
In early 1972, the Wests moved to Cromwell Street, where Rose and Fred began raping Fred’s eight-year-old daughter, Anna Marie, in the cellar.
Lynda Gough was the first person to be murdered at the notorious address.
The 19-year-old moved into the house as a lodger and was killed, most likely by strangulation or suffocation, in April 1973.
Her remains were found in an inspection pit under the garaged.
Gough’s jaw was found wrapped in surgical tape used to silence her screams.
Carol Ann Cooper
Carol Ann Cooper was just 15 when she was abducted in November 1973.
She’d been placed in care after the death of her mother in 1966.
Cooper had spent the evening at the cinema with her boyfriend and was last seen waiting for a bus.
She was likely dragged into Fred’s car, bound with tape, and taken to Cromwell Street.
Cooper was suspended from the ceiling in the cellar where she was abused before being murdered and dismembered.
Like Cooper, Lucy Partington was abducted from a bus stop in 1973.
The 21-year-old Exeter University student vanished on 27 December.
The precise date of her death is unknown, but Fred went to casualty with a serious cut on his right hand in the early hours of 3 January, 1974.
It’s thought Partington may have been kept alive and tortured for several days in the cellar, with Fred injuring himself as he dismembered her body.
The knife Fred used to cut up Partington’s body was found alongside her remains in the cellar in 1994.
Swiss sociology student Therese Siegenthaler was also just 21 when she was murdered by the Wests.
She was hitchhiking from London to Wales when they picked her up in April 1974.
Siegenthaler told her family she was going to try and reach Ireland on her trip – they reported her missing to Scotland Yard when they stopped hearing from her.
Fred built a fake chimney breast over her remains to hide them.
She was found to have been gagged by a scarf tied in a bow.
Shirley Hubbard was 15 when she was abducted in November 1974.
The shop worker was travelling home from a date in Worcestershire when she was taken from a bus stop.
Her remains were found in an area of the cellar decorated with wallpaper bearing Marilyn Monroe’s image along with the names of some of the star’s movies – one of which was the 1956 film Bus Stop.
Hubbard’s head was completely wrapped in tape, with a tube inserted into her nose allowing her to breathe throughout her ordeal.
Juanita Mott, 18, had lodged with the Wests at Cromwell Street and got out alive.
But in April 1975, she was thought to have been abducted as she hitchhiked while living with a friend in Newent, Gloucestershire.
After killing Mott, Fred concreted over the cellar floor and converted the space into a bedroom for his children.
She was the Wests last known murder victim for three years.
In 1977, Shirley Robinson moved into Cromwell Street.
She had sexual relationships with both Fred and Rose, and was heavily pregnant with Fred’s baby at the time of her murder, aged 18, in May 1978.
Fred planned to sell the baby to a childless couple and had photographs taken with Robinson to that end.
Rose was also pregnant at the time of Robinson’s murder – at trial, it was suggested the killing might have been motivated by the threat she posed to the stability of the Wests’ relationship.
Alison Chambers was the last of the Wests’ victims to have been killed for a sexual motive.
The 16-year-old had been born in West Germany but moved to Swansea as a teenager.
There, she ran away from a local children’s home to become the Wests’ live-in nanny.
It’s thought she lived in Cromwell Street for several weeks before her murder in August 1979.
Her dismembered remains were found with a leather belt looped beneath her jaw and fastened at the top of her skull in the garden in 1994.
Fred and Rose’s 16-year-old daughter, Heather, was their last known victim.
Before her murder in June 1987, Heather told classmates at school about the abuse she and her siblings received from their parents, and she’d made job applications in a bid to start a new life away from Cromwell Street.
When she vanished, Fred and Rose told their other children a string of lies about where she’d gone, including to start a new job or having run off with a girlfriend.
In reality, she was buried in the garden – in years after her death, the killers would joke with the other children they’d end up “under the patio like Heather” if they misbehaved or told anyone about the abuse they were suffering at home.
In 1992, one of their other children, 13-year-old Louise, confided in a friend that she’d been raped and sodomised by Fred.
The friend’s mother anonymously tipped off the police, and the investigation that led to their arrest was launched.
Fred took his own life while awaiting trial in 1995 – Rose was convicted of 10 murders the same year.
She was sentenced to a whole life tariff and is still behind bars at HM Prison New Hall, Flockton, West Yorkshire.
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