Fred and Rose West's daughter recalls terrifying moment she realized her parents had murdered her sister
In her memoir 'Love as always, Mum', Mae says she knew immediately that her sister Heather was a victim of her depraved parents when police recovered a femur bone from their garden
The daughter of serial killers Fred and Rose West revealed the horrific moment when she realized that her parents had murdered her sister. 46-year-old Mae West said that she "knew immediately" that her sister Heather was a victim of her depraved parents when the police recovered a femur bone from the family's back garden.
Mae went through a scary and difficult childhood with her parents when she lived in their "house of horrors" in Gloucester. In her memoir 'Love as always, Mum', Mae opened up about the very moment when she realized that her eldest sister Heather was among the 12 women whom her parents had murdered.
She wrote, "In my heart, I knew immediately it was Heather. Nothing felt real; I couldn't even cry. I just sat on the sofa next to Mum, who was also silent, as though she simply couldn't take in the enormity of it all," she continued.
"Not only had the police found my missing sister, but they eventually dug up the bodies of ten more women and a child — some former lodgers, some girls Dad had picked up in the street, plus his first wife and one of their daughters," Mae added.
She also revealed that her sick parents would let her dress up in the clothes of the deceased that Fred had murdered. "One day, when I was about eight, we discovered a cupboard full of women's clothes and shoes," she recalled before adding, "Only much later did I realize that they were the clothes of young women who’d been murdered in the house". She also spoke about how Rose West started to get a lot more violent after having her fourth child Tara who was born in 1977.
Mae also recalled a time when her mother was "truly violent" when she was a young teenager. "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?'" Mae shared. "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," she added.
"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 little, about six or seven. She [Rose] was the one who terrified us and, as far as we could see, wore the trousers in their marriage," Mae explained.
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She also remembered how her parents had lied to her after Fred strangled Heather to death and told her that Heather had got a job as a cleaner at a holiday camp. They even went to the extent of pretending to have fake conversations with her while on the phone. "Weeks and months passed. Eventually, we told Dad that we were going to the police to report her as missing," she said.
"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," Mae remembered.
Fred West was responsible for around a dozen murders between the years 1980 to 1994 and he admitted to killing 11. Fred committed suicide while he was in prison in the year 1995 while Rose West maintained her innocence. She was convicted of 10 murders and has been told that she will never be leaving prison.