Serial killer Fred West may have operated farther than Gloucester, raising questions about the exact number of victims.
A new witness has emerged for the first time since he was believed to have been approached by West in a car park in Bristol in 1987 as part of a new documentary.
ITV’s Fred & Rose West: Reopened West, who is known to have killed 12 girls and women between 1967 and 1987, seeks new clues in the case to try to shed new light on the exact number of victims.
The team – led by former Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, investigative psychologist Dr. Donna Young, writer Howard Soons and reporter Sir Trevor McDonald – talk to Linda to witness her encounter with a man who Tells who is believed to be the murderer.
He recalled a man, with dark curly hair and a leather jacket, made a way for him in the car park, though he fled after another man entered.
“I was really scared. I thought I wouldn’t run, I wouldn’t meet his gaze. My last thoughts were, I’m not going to make it. And then all of a sudden it went away,” she explained.
“That young man, he’ll never know it, but I think he saved my life that day.”
The documentary also hears new testimony from Janet Rathbone who says she faces west in Gloucester when she follows her home.
Previously unseen employment timesheets are discovered by the team showing West worked beyond Gloucester, traveling on construction contracts to London, Nottingham, Birmingham and Southampton.
The team says the documents rewrite West’s story because, having previously obtained information, police could search for missing women in areas that fit the profiles of his victims.
Evidence from Janet Leach – who sat as the ‘suitable adult’ of West – particularly with regard to the location of the infamous ‘Farm’, where it has been suggested that 20 more victims may have been buried.
The team re-examines Fingerpost Field, a possible burial site in Kemley, where the bodies of West’s first victim, Anna McFall and first wife, Reina West, were found 27 years ago.
They field cadaver dogs and ground penetrating radar, with radar capable of identifying six potential sites with anomalies, and dog two.
Dog handlers say that while they can’t be sure what the smell really is, the dogs are drawn to decomposed meat, and so the sites are worth investigating, prompting the team to give their evidence to the police. be inspired.
The documentary also looks at newly-opened records of conversations between West and his former lawyer, in which the killer talks about crimes involving himself, his wife, and brother John West.
The lawyer acknowledged that discussions with West led him to believe that others were also killed, adding: “Unfortunately, this is the tip of an iceberg, and there are inevitably some others that have yet to be found.”
West committed suicide in 1995 before being put on trial, although his wife was convicted of 10 murders.
However, it is suspected that the couple had dozens more victims, including Mary Bastollum, who had long been suspected of having been killed by the West.
The documentary speaks about the rumors to Chris Roberts, who says he remembers Bastollum from a cafe in Gloucester that West was often known for, and also completed construction work in the basement.
He explains: “Mary went missing in January 1968. In the week after that, on two occasions I walked down the street, 50 yards from where I worked, and told Fred what I would say Watched him take it off, looked like a concrete bag or sand bag. The van was carrying them to the cafe, carrying them on its shoulder… Afterwards I didn’t realize what could have happened.”
After conducting their own search in the basement of the cafe, the team unearthed the blue material, which they pass to Gloucester Police, which was making headlines in May of this year.
He submitted the findings of a three-month intensive investigation to the police who began a new operation in new evidence.
Fred & Rose West: Reopens Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. on ITV.
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