‘Fred and Rose’ by Howard Sounes

My Review (5 stars out of 5)


Over a period of several years, Fred and Rose West murdered a series of young women, burying many of the bodies under their own house at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester – their victims including one of their own daughters. Other bodies were discovered buried at the Wests’ previous home as well as in open countryside. Following their arrests in 1994, twelve bodies were eventually discovered, though the true number is likely to be many more.

Former journalist Howard Sounes covered the murder trial of Rosemary West and went on to pen this in-depth book recounting not only the murders, but the many rapes and tortures inflicted on Fred and Rosemary’s victims. Charting the couple’s lives from childhood to their arrest, the author doesn’t shy away from the horrific details of their crimes – details that some readers will no doubt find disturbing.

The author himself reads this updated version of the audiobook, bringing the gruesome story to life while exploring the reasons why Fred and Rose became two of Britain’s most notorious serial killers.

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  2 comments for “‘Fred and Rose’ by Howard Sounes

  1. 16/06/2021 at 6:12 PM

    I think I find the psychology of child killers fascinating, Colin, because I really, really can’t understand how anyone can hurt children, any children. This sounds very disturbing.


    • 16/06/2021 at 7:25 PM

      Yes, it’s pretty gruesome. Certainly not for anyone who’s even a bit squeamish.


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