Fred West joked about his crimes when he showed police the location of his victims in the basement his home, a detective on the horrifying case has revealed.
The infamous serial killer murdered at least 12 young women and girls between 1967 and 1987, burying the remains of nine under 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester.
Now, Terry Moore, the deputy senior investigating officer on the case, has revealed how West showed police around his property after admitting to the killings.
Fred West used a spray paint can to spray crosses and wrote the word ‘bodey’ on the wall with a pencil to show police where he had buried his victims at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester
Police were shown around the basement of the home in 1994, which had drawings on the walls
Detective chief inspector Terry Moore, the deputy senior investigating officer on the Fred and Rose West case in the 1990s, has spoken out on Channel 5 to give his first TV interview
Giving his first TV interview, Mr Moore told a Channel 5 documentary how West led police through the home and basement, showing the location of his victims.
The detective chief inspector said: ‘We took him to 25 Cromwell Street, and he was quite able to pinpoint where all of the victims there had been actually buried.’
West used a spray paint can to spray crosses and wrote the word ‘bodey’ on the wall with a pencil to show police in 1994 where he had buried his victims.
Mr Moore said: ‘He was slightly jokey about things, it wasn’t ‘I’m full of remorse and I shouldn’t have done…’. It was nothing like that. It was just very matter of fact.
‘That’s where so and so was buried, that’s where so and so was buried. That was it. Quite chilling from the point of view that he had killed and dismembered victims.’
Fred West murdered at least 12 young women and girls between 1967 and 1987 in Gloucester, while his wife was convicted of ten killings and is still in jail today, serving a whole life sentence
Investigators remove remains from 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester in December 1994
Mr Moore also told how police had initially been investigating the disappearance of the Wests’ eldest daughter Heather who had not been seen for six years.
He said: ‘I led the team of officers to the address along with the search team Fred was out doing work, rose was there at the time.
‘From Rose there were some choice words, but she could see we’d come armed with digging equipment and we were not going to be swayed by anything she said.’
The documentary revealed that while Rose used to hit the children, West used to joke that ‘if you’re not careful, you’re going to end up in the garden, under the patio’.
Mr Moore said: ‘It wasn’t treated particularly seriously, thinking that it was probably something that was just being said and not necessarily being believed at that stage.’
Crowds gather outside 25 Cromwell Street in 1994 after police found seven bodies at the home
Police take out more diggings from inside 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester in March 1994
The couple came up with various stories of what had happened to Heather, ‘all of which seemed to be quite plausible’, Mr Moore added.
Detective Supt John Bennett holds a picture of missing girl Carol Ann Cooper in March 1994, who was one of the murder victims
He said: ‘We carried out extensive enquires to try and locate her. We carried out all the usual checks locally and nationally to try and find where she might be, but these all drew a blank.
‘We were in that situation, where do we take things from here? And that’s when I decided with senior officers for a search warrant for 25 Cromwell Street just to make sure there wasn’t anything there.
‘I suppose I was slightly sceptical as to whether there was going to be something that we would find.’
He said they initially found nothing, and West came to the police station later that day to say: ‘Well, you’re wasting your time, I don’t know what you’re doing’.’
West had claimed Heather was a drug dealer, and was maybe in Dubai or Birmingham, and that she had run off with a ‘girl in a red mini skirt’.
But the next day police went back and West’s position had changed. Mr Moore said: ‘Two of my officers went to the house to see Fred West.
West is pictured in a police mugshot (left) and laughing with prison guards in 1994 (right)
An aerial view of 25 Cromwell Street in 1995 as a jury leaves the house following a viewing
‘Within a short space of time they had returned to the police station because he’d admitted killing Heather and burying her in the garden.’
In an effort to stop detectives continuing to dig up his garden and find more victims, West confessed as they were walking from his front door to the police car.
Later on in the interview room, he told police: ‘And then I got the two hands up and grabbed her around the neck.
‘But I mean I didn’t, I mean I didn’t grab her around the neck to choke her or do nothing. All I was going to do was grab her around the neck and shake her.’
West killed himself in January 1995 before he could be tried, while his wife Rose was convicted of ten murders later that year and is serving a whole life sentence.
Police investigate in March 1994. West killed himself in January 1995 before he could be tried
Rose West was convicted of ten murders following the discoveries at the house in Gloucester
Speaking about West’s suicide by hanging at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, Mr Moore told how he had previously raised concerns that this might happen.
He said: ‘(My colleague) John Bennett and I had been up to see the governor there to say that we were concerned that he might attempt to commit suicide.’
The governor told them ‘leave it to us, we’ll make sure that everything is OK’ – but with just one month until his committal hearing, he was found dead in his cell.
Rose, now 65, is still alive today and was moved earlier this year from HMP Low Newton in County Durham to New Hall Prison in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Fred & Rose West: 5 Clues That Caught the Killer is on Channel 5 tonight at 10pm
THE TRAGIC VICTIMS OF THE HOUSE OF HORRORS MURDERERS
Although Fred West was convicted of killing 12 women and Rose ten, the pair are thought to have killed up to 20 more.
One victim who was almost certainly killed by West was his former girlfriend Anne McFall who like the others, was found in a shallow grave with body parts missing. West denied it.
The warped pair used whips to torture their victims including their own children.
Fred West committed suicide by hanging himself in a prison cell in January 1995 — before he could stand trial for the murders.
Rose West is still a prisoner, having been handed a rare ‘whole life tariff’ for her part in the killings.
Confirmed victims include:
- Charmaine West, eight: Fred West’s stepdaughter from his first marriage, Charmaine was murdered by Rose in 1971 while Fred was in prison.
- Rena Costello, 27: Charmaine’s mother Rena, Fred’s first wife, was murdered when she arrived to pick up her daughter Charmaine in August 1971. With Charmaine already dead, it is thought Fred killed her to avoid an investigation.
- Lynda Gough, 20: Miss Gough was a lodger in the West’s home and was killed in April 1973. Rose told her mother she had moved to Weston-super-Mare.
- Carol Ann Cooper, 15: The teenager disappeared while walking home from the cinema to her Worcester children’s home in November 1973. Her remains were found buried in the Wests’ garden.
- Lucy Partington, 21: After spending Christmas with her family in Cheltenham, Miss Partington disappeared after leaving to catch a bus. The student was the cousin of novelist Martin Amis and the sister of author Marian Partington.
- Therese Siegenthaler, 22: The South London student was killed in April 1974 after disappearing while attempting to hitch-hike to Ireland.
- Shirley Hubbard, 15: One of the Wests’ youngest victims, she disappeared on her way home from college in Droitwich. When her body was discovered, her head was completely covered in tape with a rubber tube placed in her mouth to allow her to breathe.
- Juanita Mott, 18: Miss Mott, a former lodger at 25 Cromwell Street, was living in Newent when she vanished.
- Shirley Robinson, 19: Another lodger, Miss Robinson was killed in 1978 after becoming pregnant with West’s child.
- Alison Chambers, 17: The teenager disappeared in August 1979 and her remains were later found beneath the patio at 25, Cromwell Street.
- Heather West, 17: Repeatedly raped by her father, Heather complained to friends about the abuse and was murdered by her parents in a bid to keep her quiet.