Slap-up Christmas dinner enjoyed by Rose West and Joanna Dennehy

Britain’s only two female serial killer lifers have enjoyed a slap-up Christmas dinner behind bars. 

A turkey dinner with all the trimmings, meat free options, a sandwich selection and sweet treats were offered to Rose West and Joanna Dennehy on Christmas day. 

The festive menus for HMP New Hall near Wakefield and HMP Low Newton, Durham, were obtained by MailOnline through a Freedom of Information request.

The meals in prison over Christmas are paid for from within the existing budget for meals in the financial year. The daily allowance for a prisoner is currently £2.15, according to the Ministry of Justice.

It’s West’s first Christmas season in HMP New Hall near Wakefield and also Dennehy’s first Christmas in Low Newton, Durham, after both moved prisons earlier this year. 

Triple murderer Joanna Dennehy, 35, is one of two women in the UK  serving a whole life sentence

Mother-of-eight Rose West, 65,  (pictured left) who murdered at least ten young women along with husband Fred, and triple murderer Joanna Dennehy, 35, (pictured right)

Triple murderer Joanna Dennehy, 37, and mother-of-eight Rose West, 65, are the only two women in British jails serving whole life sentences since the death of Myra Hindley in 2002. 

West murdered at least ten young women along with husband Fred. The pair abducted, tortured, raped, and the women over a 20 year period – and buried many of them under the floorboards of their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester.

Rose West was convicted of ten counts of murder in 1995.

The victims at Fred and Rose West’s ‘House of Horrors’ included the couple’s eldest daughter Heather, who was killed in June 1987, aged 16. The terrace house was later ripped down. 

Dennehy became only the third woman in British legal history, after Myra Hindley and Rose West, to be handed a whole life sentence when she was jailed in 2013.

All three of her victims were men who had been stabbed to death before being dumped in ditches outside Peterborough, where she lived.

Dennehy murdered Lukasz Slaboszewski, Kevin Lee and John Chapman over a 10-day period in March 2013. 

Traditional Christmas lunch, Red Onion and Mushroom Stroganoff and a selection of stotties for tea - the menu serial killer Rose West was presented with on Christmas day at New Hall prison near Wakefield

Traditional Christmas lunch, Red Onion and Mushroom Stroganoff and a selection of stotties for tea – the menu serial killer Rose West was presented with on Christmas day at New Hall prison near Wakefield

In New Hall, the home of Rose West, lunch was: ‘Roast Turkey with Bacon and Sausage Sage and Onion Stuffing or Red Onion and Mushroom Stroganoff.’  Both served with ‘Roast Potatoes, New Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts and Carrots with Gravy.’ 

On the dessert menu, West could choose from ‘Christmas Pudding And Vanilla Flavoured Sauce Or Fruit Salad.’

For prisoners feeling hungry into the evening, a tea was also served, with a choice of stotties, a Northern term for a wedge of bread cut from a flat round loaf, filled with either egg mayo, cheese and pickle or ham and tomato. 

Festive sweet treats were also offered, from Christmas cake to a spiced Christmas muffin. 

Crisps, an apple, a biscuit and a juice drink, along with hot chocolate, were also listed as options. 

Two meat free options were on offer at Low Newton prison in Durham where triple murderer Joanna Dennehy is serving a whole life sentence

Two meat free options were on offer at Low Newton prison in Durham where triple murderer Joanna Dennehy is serving a whole life sentence

Up the road at HMP Low Newton, Durham where Joanna Dennehy who stabbed three men to death in 10 days, is serving a whole-life sentence, a similar traditional main course was offered but with two meat free options.    

Roast Turkey featured on the menu along with ‘Bacon rolls and Sage and onion stuffing.’

Vegetarians could opt for a ‘home-made’ Cheese, spinach and red onion tartlet with vegan schnitzels for those preferring a plant based diet.

The main meals were served with ‘Roast potatoes/Creamed potato,’ roast parsnips, buttered sprouts and fresh carrots, along with cranberry sauce and gravy. 

Dessert followed a similar theme to that served up at New Hall. Christmas pudding was served with a white sauce or ice cream. Alternatively prisoners could opt for fresh fruit.   

Rose West’s first Christmas in HMP New Hall comes after she was moved in June from the maximum security Low Newton prison in Durham where she’d spent the last 10 years. The switch was referred to as ‘routine’ despite it coming amid reported health problems for the 65-year-old.

The move also correlated with the arrival at Low Newton of Joanna Dennehy who murdered three men in 2013 before driving 140 miles to Hereford where she attempted to murder two other men.

It was reported at the time that Dennehy said if she was sent to the secure complex of Low Newton, ‘I’ll f***ing kill Rose West.’

West was moved from the prison before Dennehy’s arrival. She was reportedly ‘gutted’ to be moved from Low Newton. 


Although Fred West was convicted of killing 12 women and Rose 10, 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.

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. 

The victims of Joanna Dennehy’s three-day murder spree


The 31-year-old moved to the UK from Nowa Sol, Poland, in 2005 to work in a DHL warehouse in Peterborough.

Cambridge Crown Court heard that, at the time of his death, he was being prescribed methadone as a substitute for his heroin addiction.

He was last seen alive leaving his home in the city’s Lincoln Road on March 19 last year having met Joanna Dennehy for the first time the previous day. He told friends he had found an ‘English girlfriend’.

It is thought he was stabbed to death in a property in Rolleston Garth on or soon after this date.

Afterwards, Dennehy stored his body in a wheelie bin for several days before dumping it in a ditch at Thorney Dyke along with that of John Chapman. Their bodies were discovered by a farmer on April 3.

In a statement issued after his death by Mr Slaboszewski’s sister, Magda Skrzypczak, said: ‘Lukasz was the joker in the family, always finding something to laugh about. His mum and dad are devastated by their loss and he also leaves two grieving sisters.’ 


The 56-year-old, originally from Leeds, had served with the Navy in the Falkland’s war.

Jurors heard he had fallen on hard times. He was an alcoholic but known as a ‘friendly drunk’, the court heard. Mr Chapman lived in the same set of bedsits as Dennehy in Bifield, Orton Goldhay.

He described Dennehy, who had been employed as an ‘enforcer’ by landlord Kevin Lee, as the ‘man woman’ and friends were concerned for his safety as she attempted to force him to move out, the court heard.

He was killed in his bedsit on March 29 after Dennehy stabbed him in the heart. A photograph of his body, timed at 7.32am that day, was found on Leslie Layton’s phone.

Mr Chapman’s body was found alongside that of Mr Slaboszewski on April 3. At the time, his family released a statement saying: ‘We are all so upset and shocked by the tragic loss of John.

‘He was a loving brother, brother in law and uncle. He was much loved by all who knew him and will be missed by all his friends and family.’

Property developer Kevin Lee, 48, who was found dead in Peterborough.


The 48-year-old lived in Fletton, Peterborough, with his wife Christina and their two children.

He ran the Quick Let property firm, which specialised in providing bedsits to people of ‘limited resources’, prosecutors said.

Business partner Paul Creed told the court Dennehy had approached them seeking accommodation. Mr Creed had been reluctant to house her but Mr Lee wanted to ‘give her a chance’.

Mr Lee later employed Dennehy as a decorator and enforcer, the court heard. On March 20, Mr Lee confessed to his wife that he was having an affair with Dennehy.

Nine days later, on Good Friday, he gave Dennehy an Easter card. Later that day she called him on the phone and arranged to meet him at Rolleston Garth – where Mr Slaboszewski had been killed – before stabbing him to death.

Mr Lee’s body was found by a dog walker in a ditch beside Middle Road, Newborough, on March 30. His family issued a statement saying: ‘We are devastated by Kevin’s death, he was a wonderful husband, father, loving brother and son.

‘His naturally infectious personality touched everyone who knew him. He will be hugely missed by all his friends and family.’