House of horrors killer Rose West has told fellow prisoners she will be forgiven by God.
Britain’s worst female serial murderer – who helped her husband Fred rape their daughter, kill her and bury her under their patio – now goes to weekly chapel services.
And the deluded monster, who blames her depraved hubby for “making me do things”, insists she will be at peace in an after-life.
The astonishing revelations come from Catherine Jones, 52, who spent time in jail with Rose, 64.
And they follow claims this week that more victims of Fred West are buried in Glasgow, where he lived before meeting Rose.
Catherine, 52, who was in HMP Low Newton, Co Durham, with Rose, told the Sunday People : “She really believes she’ll be forgiven when she dies.
“Will she? She put her own daughter under the patio.”
Rose’s religious confession came after she was asked: “What’s it like knowing you’ll be leaving this place in a wooden box?”
Catherine said: “She came to me and my mates and said, ‘I’ve found a new life in God.’”
Rose, who was convicted of ten murders including her daughter Heather, has embraced religion so firmly she visits the prison chapel every Sunday.
But last night a close family member told the Sunday People: “We’re trying to move on and if Rose thinks that asking God to forgive her will in some way make up for what she’s done then that’s not a god that I would understand.
“There is nothing she can do that would put right what happened.
“Really I think that it’s disrespectful to the families because they’re never going to get closure.”
Fred and Rose killed, dismembered and buried young women and children at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester. Fred, 53, hanged himself in jail on New Year’s Day 1995 while awaiting trial for 12 murders between 1967 and 1987. Rose is serving a whole life tariff after being convicted in 1995.
Ex-inmate Catherine, freed in June after serving 19 years for killing a man in Liverpool, said: “Rose blamed Fred for everything. She said he bullied her and made her do things.”
Catherine gave a graphic description of Rose’s behaviour in Low Newton.
She said: “Rose was the main woman in there but she did get stick because of who she is.
“She was treated differently. I’d say it was preferential treatment. The more notorious prisoners got that. Rose was clever, manipulative, clued up. That’s how she got favourable treatment.
“She’d bake cakes for the girls. She was allowed to shower on her own, she didn’t have to go with everyone else.
“We had ‘social’ every day where we would sit round smoking and chatting. Rose walked past and we shouted ‘Rose, give us a minute.’
“It was when she came over that someone said, ‘What’s it like knowing you’ll leave here in a wooden box?’
“That’s when she came out with all this stuff about ‘finding God’ and being ‘forgiven by God’ and ‘Fred made me do it.’ We couldn’t believe it.
“She was blaming him but we all knew what she’d done. Rose does go to chapel every Sunday. She may be trying to find something by doing that but I don’t know what – after everything she’s done.”
Catherine said Rose was allowed her own area where she could do sewing.
“It was her sewing room and she made a little tapestry for the door saying Threads Room.
“But when she was away we messed about with it and changed it to Fred’s Room.
“When she came back she just shook her head and took it down.
“Another time she was playing music in the cell. She was playing When Will I See You Again by The Three Degrees.
“At the end of each chorus we were all shouting ‘Fred!’.”
Catherine added: “She did get stick, but she was the main woman, she ruled the roost. I wasn’t intimidated by her like others. She knew I spoke my mind.”
Catherine also spoke about Rose’s lesbian affairs. “She had a few girlfriends in there, different relationships.
“She’d make cakes for the girls. She loved the kitchen, she used to eat a lot. She grassed me up once. I was banned from the kitchen but I snuck in to get some food and she grassed on me for it.”
Catherine told how Rose tried to get all the TV sets removed when a documentary about her horrific crimes was due to be screened.
“She tried to get all the tellies turned off. It was because there was a programme on about her and Fred.
“They wouldn’t do it and the next day she wouldn’t come out of her cell.
“She didn’t want to talk to anyone because she knew we’d all been watching.”
Catherine also told how Rose had “dead eyes”.
She said: “She walked round looking at the floor, not making eye contact. She had dark eyes. Most people have a little sparkle in their eyes, but hers were cold, dead.”
Catherine, who was convicted with another person of robbing and killing a man in a B&B, added: “I really regret what I was involved in. My family was gutted.
“But Rose is totally deluded trying to blame Fred for everything.”
This week calls were made to reinvestigate Fred’s life in Glasgow in the 1960s.
Fred was working as a Mr Whippy ice-cream man when he ran over and killed a three-year-old boy in 1965.
Paul Pender, a screenwriter who has researched Fred’s crimes, claims there is evidence that he deliberately hit the child. The author has been discussing the case with a man who worked in a Glasgow abattoir with Fred’s first wife Rena – murdered by Fred in 1971.
Pender believes Fred used his shed at the allotment to have sex with girls after luring them into his ice-cream van. He also believes Fred learned butchery skill to dismember his victims’ bodies after visiting the abattoir where Rena worked. After leaving Scotland Fred returned to Gloucester, where he went on a murdering spree with Rose, whom he married in 1972.
Last night the Ministry of Justice declined to comment.
Terror at 25 Cromwell St
Rose West murdered at least ten girls with her husband Fred, dismembering their bodies and burying them under their house of horrors at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester.
Rose met Fred, who was 13 years older, at Cheltenham bus station when she was 15.
Rose’s first murder, in June 1971, was Fred’s step-daughter from his first marriage, Charmaine, aged eight. At the time Fred was in prison for theft.
A friend revealed when they visited the house Charmaine was standing on a chair with her hands tied behind her back with a belt. Rose was holding a large wooden spoon and about to hit her.
She later said Charmaine had been naughty and had to be punished.
After killing her, Rose told people she had “gone to live with her mother and bloody good riddance”.
Another victim was daughter Heather, 16. The couple would tell their other children if they didn’t behave they would “end up under the patio like Heather”.
Their sickening crimes began to unravel in 1992 when Fred was accused of raping his 13-year-old daughter.
Shocked cops soon discovered the couple had been abducting girls from bus stops around Gloucester and holding them captive before killing them.
Police discovered mutilated bodies buried in the garden and cellar of their home, which has since been demolished.
1967: Ann McFall, Scottish nanny and Fred’s lover, eight months pregnant.
1970: Rena Costello, Fred’s first wife.
1972: Charmaine West, eight.
1973: Linda Gough, 21, seamstress from Gloucester.
1973: Lucy Partington, 21, university student.
1974: Carol Cooper, 15, from Worcester.
1975: Juanita Mott, 19, of Newent, Glos.
1975: Shirley Hubbard, 15, from Worcester.
1977: Therese Siegenthaler, 21, Swiss hitchhiker.
1977: Alison Chambers, 17, from Swansea.
1978: Shirley Robinson, 18, Fred’s pregnant lover.
1987: Heather West, 16, eldest daughter.
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