British serial killer Rosemary Pauline West was born on November 29, 1953, in Northam, Devon, United Kingdom. Rosemary was convicted of killing ten people and is serving her life imprisonment sentence at HMP Low Newton, Brasside, Durham, England, UK. It is believed that Rosemary and her husband Fred committed at least nine of the murders and torture together from 1973 to 1987. Fred killed himself in jail while waiting on his trial date. They killed most of their victims at their residence in Gloucester, England. Rosemary did not have any involvement in Fred"s first two murders but might have been part of ten other murders.
Rosemary Letts was born to father, William Andrew Letts, and mother, Daisy Gwendolyn Fuller. Daisy was born in 1919 and was suffering from depression and was given ECT during her difficult pregnancy. Many believe that the ECT might have caused prenatal injuries to Rosemary who was moody growing up, precocious and daydreamed a lot resulting in bad grades from school. Her father who was born on February 25, 1921, and her mother separated when Rosemary was a teenager.
Rosemary went to Cleeve School for about six months and moved in with her father, William when she was 16-years-old. William was a paranoid schizophrenic who was extremely violent sexually and abused Rosemary numerous times in their home in Bishop"s Cleeve, Cheltenham. Rosemary was amazed/obsessed with her developing body upon puberty, and it was reported that she walked around her house either naked or half naked with her younger brother Graham in the house. It was also said that Rosemary would enter Graham"s bed during the night and molest him on several different occasions.
15-year-old Rosemary began dating 28-year-old Fred West in 1969 who was residing at the Lakehouse Hotel Caravan Park, Stoke Road, Bishops Cleeve. William did not approve of the relationship and threatened Fred and told him that he would call in social services. Rosemary began taking care of Fred"s daughters, Anne-Marie from his previous marriage to Rena Costello and his stepdaughter, Charmaine whose parents are Rena Costello and a bus driver from Pakistan. Rosemary and Fred briefly lived at the Lake House Hotel Caravan Park because Rosemary became pregnant in 1970 and they moved to an apartment in Midland Road, Gloucester.
1973, January - Rosemary, and Fred took Caroline Roberts to their home and assaulted her, but she managed to escape and report her attack and attackers to officers. Rosemary and Fred were convicted of sexually assaulting Caroline and for indecent assault of Caroline.
Fred and Rosemary follow the same routine when it comes to picking up females
from various bus stops around Gloucester. They held their victims captive in their home for a couple of days until they killed the females.
Rosemary began working regularly as a prostitute in the early 1970s while Fred often watched. Rosemary also encouraged Fred often to abuse his then 8-year-old daughter Anne-Marie and Rosemary would also sexually abuse Anne-Marie. Rosemary forced Anne-Marie to prostitute within the household and told Anne-Marie that she was a lucky girl.
Rosemary"s abusive father and local authorities were frequent visitors to 25 Cromwell Street resulting in her becoming the mother of three children with unknown fathers. Fred and Rosemary had five children together. Her father William died on May 24, 1979, and it is said that he visited Rosemary for sexual pleasure although she had given birth to her fourth child. William was reported for raping Rosemary"s step-daughter, Anne-Marie.
Rosemary murdered most of her victims from April 1973 to August 1979.
1971, June 15: Charmaine West
It is believed that Rosemary killed Fred"s daughter, Charmaine West around June 15, 1971, and put her dead body in their former home cellar at 25 Midland Road, Gloucester. Fred was in prison for stealing cars tires and was almost finished with his prison sentence of six-and-a-half months. Fred buried Charmaine"s body sometime after his release on June 24.
1987, June: Heather
Rosemary and Fred"s 16-year-old daughter, Heather, body was found at 25 Cromwell Street. Heather was abused by her parents throughout her life. Their son Barry said that he saw when his mother kicked his sister Heather in the head several times until her body stopped moving. Fred and Rosemary told family, friends and anyone else who inquired about Heather that Heather went to work at Devonshire holiday village. The couple even made up a phony phone call from Heather when her siblings became suspicious of Heather"s disappearance.
Fred West was arrested in August 1992 for accusations of raping his 13-year-old daughter three times and Rosemary was arrested for child cruelty. Rosemary and Fred"s daughter refused to testify against them resulting in the case being dropped in June 1993. The couple"s younger children were removed from their custody and placed in foster homes. Heather"s disappearance in 1987 brought forward a significant investigation.
Rosemary West acted as though she did not know anything about the murders Fred had committed, but there was enough circumstantial evidence in 1994 spring to convict her of 10 murders. The ten murders are Charmaine West and other female bodies that were found at 25 Cromwell Street.
Fred West was charged with two other murders he committed in the 1960s which were before he met Rosemary.
Fred West committed suicide on January 1, 1995, while he was imprisoned at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham by hanging himself.
Rosemary West trial began in October 1995 at Winchester Crown Court, and she was found guilty on November 22, 1995, of 10 murders.
Judge Justice Mantell sentenced Rosemary to life imprisonment, and stated, "If attention is paid to what I think, you will never be released" but later stated that at least 25 years in prison should be completed. Home Secretary Jack Straw sentenced Rosemary West in July of 1997 to a whole life tariff. Rosemary was the second female in history at that time in Britain to receive a whole life tariff. Serial killer Myra Hindley who was convicted in 1966 was the first woman to receive a whole life tariff in 1990, but she died in 2002.
Rosemary West appealed to the High Court against her ten murder convictions that her husband, Fred killed everyone by himself. Fred had confessed while being questioned that he killed over thirty people. The Court of Appeal denied her appeal on March 18, 1996.
Rosemary West announced that she will not appeal against her convictions in 2001 but still claims that she is innocent.