The daughter of Fred and Rose West says she has been "cut off" from her serial killer mum – but lives in fear that her identity will be uncovered by the public.
Mae West and her siblings were subject to numerous sexual and physical assaults by her father while living in the murderous couple’s so-called ‘House of Horrors’.
The notorious husband and wife were charged with the combined murders of 12 women at their home in Gloucester between 1967 and 1987, including the death of Mae’s sister Heather.
Mae now lives with her husband and children at an undisclosed English town, but still struggles to escape her tragic past.
She revealed that she visited her mother in prison for over ten years but says she cut her off for not giving "straight answers’ about her sister’s death.
"She stopped writing to me. I’m not on her visitors’ list any more. It was quite a relief to end contact with her. It had become a burden."
Mae, now 46, says she has kept her secret dark secret even from her own children.
In an interview with the Daily Mail , she said worries about people "knowing or discovering who I am".
West says that she became agoraphobic following the birth of her youngest son Luke because she was too scared to leave the house in case she was recognised.
"I had my son and stayed at home for far too long – I just didn’t go out", she say. "I just hid for eight years."
"My son’s coming up to nine years now and all the old fears are resurfacing", she said.
Mae also says that one of her grown daughters discovered her family history after she found out her uncle’s old surname on a bank card.
She also believes her connection to the shocking murders has affected her family and has left surviving siblings ‘stigmatised’.
She claims that she was refused a visa to live in Australia because of her family history, and also alleged that her husband was refused a job in the police for the same reason.
"We feel stigmatised, of course we do. We were overlooked by the authorities while our parents abused us sexually and physically as kids, and now as adults they say: ‘You’re from an abusive family. We’ll have to keep an eye on you.’"
She is still in regular contact with her siblings, despite the terrible personal traumas they all share.
"We’ve all coped in different ways," she said. "We’re very close. I talk to my sister Louise every day on the phone. There are very few people you can go to who share our background.
"They say that families are broken up by these things, but we’ve stuck together. Actually, we’re very lucky."
Fred West was charged with the murders of 11 people in 1994 but died before being brought to justice after asphyxiating himself while on remand in HMP Birmingham.
His wife Rose was found guilty of the murder of ten women and was sentenced by a judge to life in prison – without the possibility of parole – for her "appalling and depraved" acts.
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