Catherine Bernadette "Rena" West
Killed August 1971. Rena had called to take
Charmaine away with her and it is believed
Fred killed her to avoid
an investigation into Charmaine’s whereabouts.
(born 1 May 1953)
April 1973. A lodger at 25 Cromwell St, Gough and Rosemary would
Following her disappearance Gough’s mother called to
visit and Rosemary, wearing
Gough’s clothes, told her she had moved
in order to work in Weston-super-Mare.
Carol Ann Cooper
(born 10 April 1958)
Killed November 1973. Cooper was living in a children’s home in
when she disappeared while walking home from the cinema.
Lucy Katherine Partington
(born 4 March 1952)
Killed December 1973. Spent Christmas with her family in Cheltenham
and visited a friend, and
disappeared after leaving to catch a bus
home. There is strong evidence that she had been kept
alive for at
least several days. A week after she disappeared, Fred went to a
hospital in the early
hours of 3 January 1974 to get a serious
laceration stitched. A knife matching the cut was found
Partington's body and police surmise he sustained the injury while
dismembering the body.
Partington, a university student, was the
cousin of novelist Martin Amis.
(born 27 November 1952)
Killed in April 1974. A student in South London who left to hitch-hike
to Ireland and disappeared.
(born 26 June 1959)
Killed November 1974. Left a work experience course in Droitwich to
return home but did not arrive.
When her remains were found her head
was completely covered in tape with only a three-inch
inserted to allow her to breathe.
Juanita Marion Mott
(born 1 March 1957)
Killed April 1975. A former lodger at 25 Cromwell St, Mott was
living with a friend of her
mother's in Newent when she disappeared.
Shirley Anne Robinson
(born 8 October 1959)
Killed May 1978. A lodger at 25 Cromwell St, Robinson was a
prostitute for the Wests.
Disappeared after becoming pregnant with
Alison Jane Chambers
(born 8 September 1962)
Killed August 1979. Last known sexually-motivated killing. Alison
was born in Hanover, West Germany,
and she later settled in Swansea.
At the age of 16 Alison moved to Jordansbrook House, Gloucester,
worked for a firm of solicitors under a Youth Training Scheme.
Alison's dissapearance was
reported to the Missing Persons Bureau and
initially to the police as an absconder from care.
Heather Ann West
(born 17 October 1970)
Killed June 1987. Heather became the focus of Fred’s attentions
after Anne Marie left home.
Fred West claimed he had not meant to
kill her but she had been sneering at him and he
"had to take the
smirk off her face". Rosemary told an inquiring neighbour the
that she and Heather had had a "hell of a row" so it
is believed Rosemary may have initiated
her death. The Wests told
their children Heather had left for a job in Devon, but later
the story to her having run off with a lesbian lover when
she failed to contact or visit them.
Later still Fred would threaten
the children that they would "end up under the patio like Heather"
if they misbehaved. Heather's body was found under the patio that
Fred had inexplicably built
over the fishpond his son Stephen had
(born 8 April 1949)
After leaving school she worked in a knitwear factory in Glasgow and
in 1966 moved with friends
to the Gloucester area where she lived on
caravan sites at Broockworth and Sandhurst. She was
last seen in the
summer of 1967 when she wasthought to be six months pregnant. Her
disappearance was not reported to the police.
Although no forensic evidence linked Fred
the murder of Anne McFall, the state of the body (missing finger and
as was the case with the other bodies) and the dimensions of
the grave site match
aspects of West's modus operandi.
Their only known victim after 1979 was their
daughter Heather, although the police believe the couple
more. There were no known murders in the years 1976–1977, 1980–1986
During questioning after being arrested, Fred West had
confessed to murdering up to 30 people,
but the police believed the
pair may have killed only 13.
As well as the 12 confirmed they believe
West also killed 15-year-old Mary Bastholm in 1968,
but to date no
body has been found. West's son, Stephen, has said he firmly believed
the missing Gloucester teenager was an early victim of his father, as
Fred West had
reportedly boasted of committing Miss Bastholme's murder
while on remand
in prison during 1994.