Episode 025: Fred and Rosemary West, Part 2

on April 15, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by

Last week, we introduced you to Fred West from rural Much Marcle, England. He had displayed a liking for stealing, and sex with under-aged girls. And he was just warming up.

You can also download the episode directly.

And feel free to use the comments below for episode discussion.

Sources:
“Fred & Rose” by Howard Sounes
“Fred & Rose West” by Marilyn Bardsley on TruTv.com
“Serial Killers & Mass Murderers: Profiles of the World’s Most Barbaric Criminals” by Nigel Cawthorne
“The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers: Second Edition” by Michael Newton

3 Comments

  • JustKristin says:

    Mr. Combs –

    I am loving the podcast! Thank you for all your hard work on it. This most recent series prompted this lurking listener to actually comment, however, as I have a friend who was affected in an odd way by the West murders. Jincy Willett, a well-known author, wrote a radio play that was picked up by the BBC just before the Wests were brought to justice, but before it could be produced, the news made this comedy about a serial killing husband/wife duo, Fred and Ethel, hit too close to home for the public to find any humor in it, and it was cancelled.

    Thank you again, for everything!

    Kristin

    • Brian Combs says:

      That’s certainly unfortunately timing!

      I can understand the public’s reaction, but the fact is that dark comedies have been around a long time, and clearly play an important role in society. Heck, Sweeney Todd was about a serial killer.

      Thanks for the kind words!

  • Just noticed this post–Thanks, Kristin! But to set the record straight, the Beeb didn’t actually pick up the play–it was (apparently seriously) considering doing it when the Wests’ deeds came to light, at which point the project foundered. Still, it remains my most interesting rejection ever. In their letter, they explained that the British public had been traumatized by the Wests. That speaks well for the British public. Over here, this sort of thing happens on such a regular basis that the public appears trauma-proof.

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