Rosemary Pauline West is an English serial killer who collaborated with her husband, Fred West, in the torture and murder of at least nine young women between 1973 and 1987; she also murdered her eight-year-old stepdaughter Charmaine in 1971.
Quick Facts About Rose West
|Celebrated Name||Rose West|
|Age||69 Years of 2023|
|Birth Name||Rosemary Pauline Letts|
|Place Of Birth||Northam, Devon, England|
|Father||William Andrew “Bill” Letts|
|Mother||Daisy Gwendoline Fuller|
|Husband||Fred West (m. 1972; died 1995)|
|Source of Wealth||Serial killer career|
|Height||5 feet and 6 inches (1.67m)|
|Hair Color||Dark brown|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
- Being an English serial killer.
- For murdering women and young girls, including two members of their own family.
What is Rose West Nationality?
Rose West took birth on 29th November 1953 with the real name of Rosemary Pauline Letts in Northam, Devon, England. She is of British nationality and she belongs to the British-white ethnicity. Similarly, her religion is Christian and her race is white. Rose has celebrated her 67th birthday in 2020 and as per her birth date, her zodiac sign is Sagittarius. She is the daughter of her father, William Andrew “Bill” Letts (25th February 1921 – 24th May 1979), and her mother, Daisy Gwendoline Fuller (born 1919). She has six siblings and she was the fifth of seven children born into a poor family. Her parents separated when she was a teenager.
Regarding Rose’s academic qualification, she lived with her mother and attended Cleeve School for six months, later moving in with her father at the age of 16 in Bishop’s Cleeve, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire; her father, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, was prone to extreme violence and repeatedly sexually abused Rose and her oldest sister Patricia.
Rose West Career Timeline
Meeting with Rose West
- Rose West first encountered Fred West, a 27 years old guy in early 1969 at the age of 15. The pair first met at Cheltenham bus station and Rose twice refused to go on a date with Fred, but allowed him to accompany her home.
- Rose worked in a nearby bread shop and became a willing childminder to Fred’s daughters, whom she noted were neglected and whom she initially treated with care and affection.
- Later she left her job at the bread shop in order to become a full-time nanny to Charmaine and Anna Marie.
- Several months later, she introduced Fred to her family, who were aghast at their daughter’s choice of partner however her mother, Daisy Letts, was unimpressed with Fred’s boastful and arrogant behavior and correctly concluded he was a pathological liar. Her father vehemently disapproved of the relationship, threatening Fred directly and promising to call social services if he continued to associate with his daughter.
- She left the home on her 16th birthday for troubled teenagers to return to her parents while Fred was serving a thirty-day sentence for theft and unpaid fines whereas she left her parents’ home to move into the Cheltenham flat he then lived in after Fred was released.
- Again, Fred was imprisoned for the theft of car tires and a vehicle tax disc. As he served this six-and-a-half-month sentence, Rose, having just turned 17, looked after the three girls, with Charmaine and Anna Marie being told to refer to Rose as their mother.
- According to Anna Marie, she and Charmaine were frequently subjected to physical and emotional abuse throughout the time they lived under Rose’s care at Midland Road.
- Hospital records reveal Charmaine had received treatment for a severe puncture wound to her left ankle in the casualty unit of the Gloucester Royal Hospital on 28th March 1971. This incident was explained by Rose to have resulted from a household accident.
- She is believed to have killed Charmaine shortly before Fred’s prison release date of 24th June 1971. As with the Giles family, Rose explained Charmaine’s disappearance to others who enquired about her whereabouts by claiming that Fred’s first wife, Catherine “Rena” West, had called and taken her eldest daughter to live with her in Bristol.
- In Anna’s autobiography, “Out of the Shadows”, Marie who was of full English ethnicity while Charmaine was of part-Asian ethnicity recollects that when she asked why her mother had collected Charmaine but not her, Fred callously replied: “She wouldn’t want you, love. You’re the wrong color.”
- Being provided with Fred’s Midland Road address, Rena sought to confront him likely to discuss or demand custody of her daughters. This was the final time Rena was seen alive.
- She is believed to have been murdered by strangulation, possibly in the back seat of Fred’s Ford Popular and likely while intoxicated. The body was extensively dismembered, placed into plastic bags, and buried close to a cluster of trees, known as Yewtree Coppice, at Letterbox Field.