THE DAUGHTER of Fred and Rose West has revealed how the serial killers let her dress up in victims’ clothes.
Mae West, 46, who is now married with two children, spent her traumatic childhood with Rose and dad Fred – who hanged himself in 1995 – in their “House of Horrors” in Gloucester.
Her eldest sister Heather was one of at least 12 women murdered.
Mae recalled in her book, being serialised in the Daily Mail, how her evil parents let her dress up in the clothes of Fred’s victims.
She said: “One day, when I was about eight, we discovered a cupboard full of women’s clothes and shoes. Heather and I used to dress up in them, and Mum didn’t seem to mind.
“Only much later did I realise that they were the clothes of young women who’d been murdered in the house.”
Fred West committed at least 12 murders and was found dead in prison in 1995[/caption]
She also revealed how Rose became increasingly violent after her fourth child, Tara, was born in 1977.
She remembered a time her mum was “truly violent” with him in her early teens.
Mae said: “I must have said something to annoy her because she suddenly picked up a carving knife and rushed at me, yelling: ‘Do you think I wouldn’t use this on you?’
“Then she began to slash at my chest, cutting through my vest and nicking the skin. I was whimpering in fright. Fearing for my life, I ran down into the basement.
“One of the worst occasions was when I saw her strangle [younger brother] Steve to the point where I really thought he was going to die. He was only little, about six or seven.”
Mae added: “She [Rose] was the one who terrified us, and as far as we could see, wore the trousers in their marriage.”
In 1995 Rose was convicted of 10 murders, while Fred who admitted 12 murders hanged himself while on remand in prison[/caption]
She also revealed how her parents lied to her after Fred had strangled Heather to death – claiming she’d got a job as a cleaner at a holiday camp in Torquay and even pretending to have chats with her on the telephone.
“Weeks and months passed. Eventually, we told Dad that we were going to the police to report her as missing”, she recalled.
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“A dark look crossed his face. ‘You better not do that. You could get her into real trouble. You definitely don’t want to go bringing the police into this.’ So we left it. And as time passed, my sister’s name was mentioned less and less.”
Fred West committed at least a dozen murders from 1980 to 1994 and admitted 11. He killed himself while on remand in prison in 1995.
Rose West maintained her innocence but was convicted of 10 murders and has been told she will never be released from prison.
LIVES LOST: The victims of Fred and Rose West
The nanny of Fred and 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 Rosemary West met him.
With Fred in prison for the theft of car tyres and a vehicle tax disc, Rosemary 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.
Rosemary claimed she’d been taken by her mother, but her skeleton was found at the Midland Road property, hidden and missing bones.
Rena is believed to have been murdered by strangulation.
Rosemary was not charged for this murder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Rosemary 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.
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.
The first child born to Fred and Rosemary West, 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.