Serial killer Rose West has reportedly come down with an illness that “may kill her.” Now aged 63-years-old, insiders revealed she has been escorted to the prison medical center in HMP Low Newton, north-east England, for treatment.
Speaking to The Daily Star, the insider said, “She’s very ill. Her medical records are closely guarded, and she has a very small circle of staff and fellow inmates in jail, so hardly anyone knows exactly what’s wrong with her. But the rumor is that it’s very serious, and could even finish her off.”
They added that West is “very vulnerable to attacks from fellow inmates.” Explaining, “It also means that when she requires medical attention or prescribed drugs, the entire wing is locked down so she is not attacked while visiting the doctor or pharmacist.”
The Twisted Crimes of Rose West
Rose West was born into an abusive family and was repeatedly raped by her father from a young age, continuing even after she became a mother herself. She met Fred West at a caravan park when she was around 16-years-old. By this point, he had already murdered two of his ex-partners and before long the pair had moved in together, with Rose working as a prostitute at her husband’s insistence, and often while he watched. She regularly fell pregnant with both her husband and her customers, giving birth to eight children in total, as well as looking after Fred’s daughter and stepdaughter from previous marriages.
In 1973 the pair were fined for the indecent assault of beauty queen Caroline Roberts, who was abducted and raped before escaping their house. Soon the couple realized that if they wished to continue their crimes, their victims should not be allowed to live to tell the tale. Their usual tactic was to offer a woman on the street a lift home, take her back to their house and murder her, before burying her body in their cellar or back garden. Rose West’s gender was crucial in allowing the pair to commit their crimes; women traveling alone at night were more likely to accept a lift from a couple than from a single male driver.
The ‘House of Horrors’ was demolished
The pair killed eight women this way before suspicion was aroused by the absence of their 16-year old daughter, Heather, from the family home; the other West children were overheard at school discussing how they would ‘end up under the patio like Heather’ if they didn’t put up with their father’s sexual abuse.
When police searched the West home they found the remains of ten women and girls – including those of Heather West and Charmaine, Fred’s step-daughter. Although Fred initially confessed to all the murders, protesting his wife’s innocence, before hanging himself in his cell, it quickly became apparent that Rose played a far more active role in their crimes. Fred’s daughter from a previous marriage, Anne-Marie, testified in court that both her step-mother and her father had been sexually abusing her since the age of eight; Charmaine was found to have been killed in 1971, at a time when Fred was in prison with Rose alone acting as her carer.
Rose was eventually charged with ten murders and imprisoned for life, where she remains, making her – after the death of Myra Hindley in 2002 – the only female prisoner serving a ‘whole life’ tariff.