THE youngest son of serial killers Fred and Rose West has been found dead from a suspected overdose, it is reported.

Barry West, 40, was seven years old when he saw his parents beat his 16-year-old sister Heather to death at the evil couple's house of horrors at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester.

He was taken into care five years later and suffered psychiatric problems and nightmares, and is believed to have spiralled into drug addiction.

After staying in the Gloucester area initially after his mother's trial he moved to another part of the country under a new alias, it is claimed.

He was found dead at a hostel in Maidstone, Kent, The Mail on Sunday reports.

A family source said: "He never found peace, never escaped the ghosts of Cromwell Street.


"Of all the Wests' younger children, Barry had the most difficult life."

A member of the West family told the MOS that Barry had died "some weeks ago" adding: "We heard he had died, but we know no more than that."

An inquest is due to be held next year.

Fred and Rose abducted, raped and murdered young women before burying them at their home over 20 years.

Barry's bedroom was in a soundproofed cellar at 25 Cromwell Street.

Speaking in 2002, he gave a horrifying account of the night in 1987 when 16-year-old Heather came home late and was beaten to death by his parents.

He said: "It was about 3am when I heard Heather coming in.

"I heard my dad shouting, 'Where have you been? We've been waiting for you.

"I heard my mum slap her, then I looked through the crack and saw my dad walk round behind her and put his leg out.

"Then he grabbed her neck and tripped her over.

"She went on to the floor. I could see her just a few feet away. Then my mum just booted her.

She was kicking and kicking her and calling her a slag. My dad still had her by the throat

"She was kicking and kicking her and calling her a slag. My dad still had her by the throat.

"Then, when he tried to get her to do things to him, she refused. I think that's why she ended up dead."

Rose "rubbed her hands together" and said: "Right, let's clear this up."

Barry said: "I could hear my dad wrapping her in some plastic and I could see my mum scrubbing the floor with a bucket and brush. 

"There was some white bubbly stuff which must have been soap.


"Mum was telling him to hurry up and he asked her to help him, but she said, 'I can't. I've got to get rid of this before the kids get up."

He was forced by his dad to disguise Heather's grave, saying "when Dad said do something you did it, you never stopped to ask him why."

Barry and his siblings were later told Heather had gone to university.

He later branded his mother a "psychopath" and said: "I was happy when my dad committed suicide and now I think they should put my mum in a room with all the parents of the people she helped murder so they could tear her to pieces."

Fred was awaiting trial for twelve murders when he hung himself in jail in 1995.

West's step-daughter Charmaine was among the depraved couple's victims.

Rose West was sentenced to life in 1995 for her part in ten murders including that of her daughter.

Cops discovered the West's house after Heather vanished.

The monstrous pair had strangled her and cut off her head. Her mutilated corpse was dug up at their semi-detached house by police who were stunned to find eight other bodies.

LIVES LOST: The victims of Fred and Rose West

Anna McFall

The nanny of Fred and his first wife Rena West’s children, McFall was believed to have been murdered in 1967.

She was pregnant when she died, with West believed to have been the father. Her body was found in June 1994 in a shallow grave.

Fred West denied murdering McFall but he is said to have confided to a visitor after his arrest that he stabbed her following an argument.

This happened before he met secod wife, Rose.

Charmaine West

With Fred in prison for the theft of car tyres and a vehicle tax disc, Rose was left to look after Charmaine and Anne Marie.

The former just eight-years-old, was Fred West’s stepdaughter from his previous marriage.

A neighbour Tracey is said to have found Charmaine tied to a wooden chair with her hands behind a back with Rosemary standing with a large wooden spoon.

Rose claimed Charmaine's mother had taken her, but the girl's skeleton was found at the Midland Road property, hidden and missing bones.

Rena West
Rena is believed to have been murdered by strangulation.

Rose was not charged for this murder.

Lynda Gough

Lynda Gough was the first sexually motivated killing conducted by the Wests.

She moved into Cromwell Street in April 1973, having had affairs with several lodgers. The Wests later claimed she’d been asked to leave after hitting one of their children.

Strangulation and suffocation were the likely causes of death.

Carol Ann Cooper

Cooper was murdered in November 1973, aged just 15.

On the night of November 9, she was allowed to spend the night at her grandmother’s house before a doctor’s appointment the next morning.

She attended the appointment and then met her boyfriend, before somehow ending up on Cromwell Street.

Her body was found more than twenty years later.

Lucy Partington
A 21-year-old medieval English student at Exeter University, she returned home for Christmas in December 1973.

She left a friend’s house in a rush to get the last bus from Cheltenham to Gretton on 27 December, with it believed she was abducted from this bus stop.

She was found more twenty years later, her dismembered body in the cellar of Cromwell Street.

Therese Siegenthaler

A 21-year-old Swiss sociology student at Woolwich Polytechnic.

She had planned to hitch-hike to Ireland in Easter 1974. Her family reported her missing having not heard from her for some time.

Prosecution believe she was abducted before being killed, with Fred West later building a fake chimney over her grave.

Shirley Hubbard

Just 15 at the time of her death, Hubbard is believed to have been abducted by the Wests.

Her body was found following an excavation in the concrete and plastic membrane of the cellar floor.

Juanita Mott

In the summer of 1974, Mott moved into 25 Cromwell Street but later went missing when she was living in Newent.

Her body was found in March 1994, 19 years later, with West having concreted over the floor of the cellar.

Shirley Robinson

The first victim buried outside the house, Robinson had an affair with Fred West, and by autumn 1977, she was pregnant with West’s child.

It was initially claimed she had moved to Scotland but her body was later found.

When questioned, Rose West, herself pregnant with her daughter Tara at the time of the murder, claimed she did not remember her, which was described as “ludicrous” by the prosecution.

Alison Chambers

The last murder with a sexual motive established. She disappeared just before her 17th birthday, having been seen at 25 Cromwell Street throughout the summer.

Her body was buried underneath the patio.

Heather West

The first child born to Fred and Rose, there is no evidence she was aware of the killings.

Sexually abused by her parents and having told friends, she suddenly went missing in 1987, with Rosemary claiming she had gone to Wales to be with a lesbian partner.

The couple would joke to their other children that they would “end up under the patio like Heather” if they misbehaved. This, and their changing stories, lead to the search warrants for the property, which lead to their arrests.

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