S2 EP1: SERIAL KILLER COUPLE - FRED & ROSE WEST, A PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS BY DR. JANE
Family secrets can be dangerous things – especially when they are a secret about murder. In the West family of Gloucester, UK, it was an open secret - perversely called a family joke - that Fred and Rosemary’s eldest child, Heather had been disobedient to them and had paid the ultimate price – her life. The younger West children would be told that they would end up under the patio, like Heather if they displeased their parents, a story that would be often repeated to friends and at school.Both Fred West and Rosemary West (Letts as was) came from highly abusive backgrounds. Both of them are said to have been sexually abused by their parents and family members as children. Between them they would kidnap, torture and murder up to 12 women and children from 8 years to 21. In this episode of Why Killers Kill I will analyse the motives and behaviours of Fred and Rosemary West answering the question - what could have led to such a prolonged killing spree in the quiet market city, and surrounding countryside, of Gloucester by what would seem to be a nondescript couple?