No of pages: 480
Other Editions: Paperback
Happy Like Murderers
On 26 February 1994 the remains of Heather West were discovered in the garden of the house at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester where she had lived with her seven brothers and sisters, her mother Rosemary and her father Fred. Over the next days the remains of eight other women were found buried and 25 Cromwell Street became known as the 'House of Horror'.
Fred West hanged himself in prison before the charges against him of child-rape, sexual abuse, torture and murder could be heard. On conviction, his wife became known as the most depraved woman on Earth. In Happy Like Murderers Gordon Burn reveals for the first time the strange inner dynamic of the Wests' relationship throughout their long life together. Was Rosemary West a vicious, sadistic and insatiable bisexual, her husband's full partner in the lust murders of women and young girls? Or was she a physically and psychologically tormented obedience slave, shaped by him and her own submissive dependence into something compliant and corrupt?
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