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Inside 25 Cromwell St

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The book was evidently complied shortly after the death of Fred West in jail so the events are all so raw - and this shows in the interviews. However, it was Fred West’s obsession with sex that would be the real catalyst for the hell that was forming within the walls of 25 Cromwell St.

During this time, in their family home, Rose would have men come to visit her in the bedroom upstairs, whilst the children were left to play in the rooms downstairs. The psychotic episodes that often gripped Fred and Rose West were not just symptomatic of their own dysfunctional childhoods (Fred was a paedophile who got his own sister pregnant and Rose was sleeping with her father from her teens upwards) but symptomatic of their own broken minds. I read mainly Mysteries and Thrillers, with over half of my reads being Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) directly from the publisher/author. One needs only to see the brother and sister's faces to know this was their experience inside that house. This book details a story more fitting to a Hollywood horror movie or dark British drama - but it is real.

Very much built around the uncovering of bodies and lengthy investigation into what went on, this second section reveals a vast amount of confusion and emotional conflict between Stephen and Mae.

Although the section includes nowhere near as many of the gritty details surrounding Fred and Rose’s crimes, it still delivers one heck of a shocking punch – exposing the real emotional trauma to what happened and how Stephen and Mae tried to come to terms with what was now being uncovered in their own home. Indeed, when a man came to visit ‘Mandy’, the children would know that they would have to occupy themselves for a number of hours whilst their mother looked after the visitor. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.But for those who wish to know the further gruesome details, I would recommend Colin Wilson's 'The Corpse Garden'. The book ends with an appendix providing a twelve page chronology of the most notable events of the whole case. Mae is very loyal to her mum but admits her childhood was unusual , very strict and she had to put up with her fathers talk of sex. Having read another book by Mae West which was published much later, it’s clear to see how things have progressed since this was written and how things have changed for her and her family since. Seller has stated it will dispatch the item within 1 working day upon receipt of cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab .

Together the two parents showed absolutely no self-control, but dominated the household through fear and severe punishment. However, Fred and Rose married despite the baby having a different father, and in turn had their first child together – Annie Marie. Nevertheless, this is a superb chance to try to understand the torture and torment that the West's victims suffered. The book starts with a detailed description of Fred West’s background and upbringing, which undeniably played a role in the twisted person he became. But the kids were expected to pull their own weight around the farm at Much Marcle in Herefordshire where they lived.Other accounts tend to portray Fred and Rose as inhuman monsters, but this story makes them seem fragile, especially towards the end when they are caught. Written by their children, who were no doubt in the house during some of their more hideous crimes, adds a personal touch which adds more depth to the book and makes a more engaging read. But it wasn’t just the visitors which Rose received that made life in 25 Cromwell St far from a normal, happy family life.

What there seems to be far less of are the stories told from the perspective of the killer's family; a snapshot of life at home behind the scenes and the unravelling and discovery of the horrific actions of their loved ones and whatever was to follow. I feel its an engrossing and honest book and the loving letters from Rose to Mae sent a shiver down my spine she sounds like any loving mother expect she is imprisoned for Ten Murders.The book begins with a three-page Editor’s Preface in which the two editors (referenced as TG and PG) detail the reasons for putting together the book, how the source material (i. Inside 25 Cromwell Street reads initially as excerpts from interviews of two of Fred and Rose West's children, later shifting into what seems to be journal entries during the trial of Rose West, followed by a comprehensive timeline of events and examples of letters written to the authors from their parents in jail. This book is and excellent read, written in the words of Stephen and Mae West, looking back at their family life then, up to the trial of their parents. Surprisingly short on content, the book is a quick read; there is so much more that can be told about the characters of the deranged pair and life growing up in the West household.

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