Fred West may have murdered 20 additional woman
Fred West may have murdered 20 additional women while working as a builder in towns and cities across Britain, new ITV documentary claims
- Serial killer Fred West worked across much of Britain, new research has found
- It is feared the murderer who killed himself before his trial left more victims
- West and his wife Rose are believed to have murdered at least 12 women
- A new documentary has found evidence of additional victim burial sites
Serial killer Fred West may have left as many as 20 bodies across the country, a new TV documentary has revealed.
Witness and work time sheets lodged by the multiple killer suggest he operated far beyond the Gloucester area where he murdered at least 12 women.
The new evidence suggested he worked in London, Wales, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton prompting fears he may have killed a number of other victims and buried their bodies in secret graves.
Fred and Rose West are believed to have killed at least 12 woman, although a new documentary suggests the rogue builder had at least 20 additional victims
Psychologist Dr Donna Youngs, pictured, said the new evidence produced by the documentary team re-writes what is known about Fred West
Researchers working on the ITV documentary Fred and Rose West: Reopened, obtained time sheets West handed former employers during his work as a builder.
Evidence from a new witness and work time sheets indicate serial killer Fred West may have operated far beyond the Gloucester area.
An investigation team for new ITV documentary Fred And Rose West: Reopened obtained time sheets West handed in to his former employers when he worked for them as a builder.
Investigative Psychologist Dr Donna Youngs, who is an expert on the case said: ‘For me this rewrites the Fred West story in a way. That’s what I’ve not been able to make any sense of, because there has been not enough missing girls in the Gloucester area, but here we have the possible ways he was operating beyond Gloucester.’
Former detective Colin Sutton said: ‘It’s a scary thought. All these locations would have to be looked at for a period in excess of 20 years, missing young women who fit the profile of a Fred West victim. To do that, to do all that for a whole police squad, I’m not sure the resourcing is there to do it.’
One witness, Janette Rathbone said she had been followed home by West and had a lucky escape.
She said: ‘I wanted people to believe me. Nobody believed me. I mean, that night my mum and dad were laughing with the policeman, they didn’t believe me.’
One document uncovered by the documentary team was written by West’s ‘appropriate adult’ Janet Leach, outlines details of two rural locations where two additional victims may be buried.
The two-part series, which will be broadcast at 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday shows how Mr Sutton’s team using cadaver dogs and ground penetrating radar to search Fingerpost Field in Kempley, Gloucestershire, where the bodies of West’s first victim Ann McFall and his first wife Rena West were found 27 years ago.
The cadaver dog, who is trained to identify decomposed flesh, indicates that two locations are worthy of further indications.
Mr Sutton said: ‘The handler is of the view that we should excavate those sites as soon as possible and I am absolutely on board with that. It’s a really significant find, a significant piece of work by the cadaver dog. Because the indications that I saw the dogs make were just so very strong.’
The documentary suggests that West may have killed 20 more women.
West’s lawyer Howard Ogden told the documentary: ‘Dealing with Fred led me to believe that others had been killed. Sadly this is something of a tip of an iceberg and inevitably there are others who are yet to be found.’
West took his own life in 1995 before he was brought to trial.
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