The Wests tortured, sexually abused, murdered and then dismembered many of their victims in Gloucestershire from the early Seventies until 1987. They were apprehended in 1995 and while they awaited their trial, Fred West ended his life by suicide. Rose West was found guilty of 10 killings and was sentenced to a whole-life tariff, which means she will spend her entire life behind bars. She was the second woman in modern history to receive this punishment, the first was serial killer Myra Hindley. This week, the ITV documentary ‘Rose West and Myra Hindley: Their Untold Story with Trevor McDonald’ revealed accounts from their time together in prison. It claimed that the serial killers had bonded over their similarly barbaric crimes and became lovers before they fell-out over who was the most notorious of the wing’s “prison royalty”.
Shocking unearthed claims reveal this wasn’t the only relationship West maintained in prison and her staunch belief that one day she would be freed.
An ex-prisoner, who served alongside her at HMP Low Newton, said that she had taken up cooking and was using it to win over inmates.
She claimed that the serial killer was the “queen” of the prison and had allegedly seduced other female prisoners to have sexual flings.
The former inmate said: “Rose likes control. She asks the prison guards to lock her in.
“She even wrote to the governor to have her enhancements (perks given to prisoners to reward their good behaviour) removed.
“The guards see to it that she gets what she wants. She thinks that she is queen of the wing.”
The insider also told the Sunday Mercury in 2010 that West had been “talking to Fred at night” – who died in 1995 – while she sat in her cell.
Not only that, it was also claimed the serial killer believed she had a chance at freedom and still “claimed that she was innocent” – a plea she had maintained for decades.
The source added: “When asked if she’s bothered about getting out, she always responds ‘One day the law will change and I’ll be free.’”
West’s chilling hopes were similar to Myra Hindley, who campaigned for her release from prison before she died from respiratory failure in 2002.
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On numerous occasions the Moors murderer appealed against her whole-life tariff and claimed she was a reformed woman who was no longer a danger to society.
Lord Frank Longford, who died in 2001, championed her protests for freedom for 35 years and even brought her claim before the House of Lords.
Home Secretary Jack Straw decided that her life sentence “must mean life” due to her “exceptionally wicked and uniquely evil” crimes in 2000.
His verdict was unanimously supported by five law lords and the appeal was rejected.
In 2018, the Ministry of Justice published data that revealed there were 66 offenders serving whole-life tariffs, including West and Peter Sutcliffe.