Fred and Rosemary West
England; 11 murders
While most of the murders occurred between 1973 and 1979, the earliest one was actually committed in 1971. Charmaine, Fred’s daughter from a previous marriage, was murdered by Rosemary while Fred was in prison for theft. In August of the same year, after Fred had been released from jail, Rena West showed up to collected her daughter, and she soon disappeared too. It is widely believed Fred killed her. Rosemary and Fred had a weird marriage, with Rosemary often sleeping with her own father, but with Fred’s approval. Rosemary began prostitution in 1972, and shortly afterward, Fred raped his eight year-old daughter for the first time. She became pregnant in 1979, had an abortion, and left home. The Wests began abusing their other daughters while often filming it. From 1973 to 1979, they killed nine other women, including lodgers, a hitch-hiker, neighborhood children, and their own daughter. Heather West became the center of Fred’s “affections” after her older sister left home. When questioned later, Fred said he hadn’t meant to kill her, but only wanted to “take that look off her face” which was in regard to her sneering at him during a fight. In 1994, while investigating Heather’s disappearance, the police got a search warrant after hearing “Heather was buried under the patio.” Human remains were soon found. Fred eventually confessed to 10 murders, but was charged with 11 after more remains were found. Rosemary was charged with 10. Fred hanged himself in 1995 while in prison awaiting trial. Rosemary never confessed, but was convicted of 10 murders and sentenced to life in prison.