Episode 029: Fred and Rosemary West, Part 6

on May 13, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by

Last week, Fred and Rose had finally met. A child-care relationship had become a sexual one, just as it had with Anna McFall earlier. Rose’s father, Bill, had found out about the relationship between his 15 year old daughter and a man 12 years her senior, and had informed Social Services.

Social Services, in turn, had recommended that Rose be placed in foster care.

You can also download the episode directly.

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

“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
“Serial Murder and the Psychology of a Sexual Sadist: Frederick West” by Steven Morris in the September 9, 2007 issue of New Criminologist


  • The Evil Gringo says:

    I am admiring and appreciative of all the work that went into your Fred & Rose West episodes. However, I tend to regard Rosemary more as a blank state. If Fred West had made the acquaintance of a young Mother Teresa, he could have fashioned her into as much of a murderer as Rose.

    • Brian Combs says:

      I agree that Fred was more guilty. With or without Rose, he was going to kill (and did). Without Fred, Rose probably wouldn’t have been anything worse than a prostitute.

      Still, she was still culpable for her actions. She was violent and sadistic on her own. Fred just focused it and brought out the worst in her.

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