Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes

Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes

By Somethin' Else

In 1994, Howard Sounes began investigating a case of serial murder in an English cathedral city. A married couple, Fred and Rose West, had killed at least twelve women and girls, including their own daughter. They cut their victims up and buried the remains of nine bodies under their house at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, where the Wests continued to live undetected... for decades. 


Uncovering their secrets as a journalist and author, researching his classic crime book Fred & Rose, Howard recorded his enquiries and interviews on cassette tape. Twenty-five years on, Howard revisits these previously unheard tapes. He also speaks to new witnesses, as he reveals the full story of the Wests, with new insights, in this compelling 12-part podcast series from Somethin’ Else


Fred & Rose by Howard Sounes is available now on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

Episodes

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19/03/204m 28s

Howard Sounes Live in London

Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes is coming live to London on April 7th. To hear Howard Sounes talk about the podcast and story of the Wests and take questions from the audience, go to www.podcastlive/unheard. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/02/201m 27s

12: The Aftermath

In October 1996, Fred and Rose West’s house, 25 Cromwell Street is knocked down by Gloucester City Council. In the years since, what happened to the Wests and to the families of the victims caught up in the murder enquiry? Howard reflects on the legacy of Cromwell Street.Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/1935m 27s

11: Sister

Christmas 1973. Marian Partington’s younger sister, Lucy, was a university student at home for the holidays. She was visiting a friend for the evening and was meant to catch the bus home. But she never returned. 21 years later, Lucy’s body was among the nine uncovered from 25 Cromwell Street. How did Marian confront the horror of what happened to her sister? She reveals a long and difficult process that led her towards forgiveness for the Wests. Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/1933m 53s

10: The Trial

October 1995. With Fred West dead, Rose West stands accused of ten murders amid huge media attention. Howard speaks with Sasha Wass, part of the legal team defending Rose. Intense media scrutiny threatens the chance of a fair trial. Could Rose walk free?Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1946m 57s

9: The Unravelling

Derek and Wendy Thomson owned a construction company. One of their employees was Fred West. In February 1994, Derek receives a phone call from Rose. She sounds panicked and wants to speak to Fred urgently. The police have arrived at their home with a search warrant to dig up the back yard. The muder investigation begins...Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/1939m 13s

8: The One That Got Away

Spring 1994, the British media’s appetite for the West case is insatiable. Howard meets Caroline Owens, one of the Wests’ victims who managed to escape. She was assaulted by the Wests in the early 70s and reported them to the police. How did the Wests escape justice for another two decades? Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/1935m 31s

7: The Search For Juanita

Belinda Mott’s sister, Juanita, was last seen alive in 1975. She was 18, estranged from her parents and sofa surfing around Gloucestershire, England. In the years after the disappearance, Belinda visited friends who lived at 25 Cromwell Street not knowing that her sister’s body was buried in the cellar. Howard Sounes meets Belinda and her other sister Mary-Ann to hear about their search for Juanita. Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/10/1927m 37s

6: "They'll Kill Me"

While Gill Britt lodged at Cromwell Street she had no idea that her landlord Fred and his wife Rose were murderers. She noticed Rose’s prostitution and overheard childrens’ screams. But 40 years on, in her first ever interview, she recalls the warning signs she missed at the time. Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/1928m 5s

5: "I'm Happy, Mum"

Howard Sounes meets Rose’s mother Daisy Letts as she tries to come to terms with the news that her daughter is an alleged mass killer and that her grand-daughter, Heather, was among the victims. Howard uncovers Rose’s unhappy childhood.Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/10/1935m 42s

4: Mother and Daughter

How did Fred meet Rose? Howard Sounes interviews family members to try to piece the story together. Rose left a care home to live with Fred shortly after her 16th birthday. Then while Fred is in jail, a mysterious death happens at their flat in Gloucester, England.  Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/10/1926m 57s

3: Fingerpost Field

In 1994, in a field outside the small village of Much Marcle, the remains of Fred West’s first victim were found. She’d been dead for twenty-seven years. Her disappearance had gone unreported. How was this possible? Howard Sounes follows the trail to Glasgow, Scotland, where Fred moved with his first wife in the early 60s. Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/1933m 4s

2: Young Freddy

What made Fred West into a murderer? The West family say Fred had never been the same since a teenage motorcycle accident. Howard visits Fred’s birthplace, the quaint village of Much Marcle, and uncovers details from his past. Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/1932m 50s

1: The Missing Daughter

In June 1987, sixteen year old Heather West disappears. Her parents, Fred and Rose tell their other children she has gone to work at a holiday camp. Heather’s siblings never hear from her again. Seven years later, her remains are excavated from the back yard of the family home. This discovery leads to journalist Howard Sounes receiving a tip-off that sets him on a journey into one of the UK’s most infamous crime stories.Subscribe today so you don’t miss future episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/1932m 38s

Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes

In this gripping 12-part series, author Howard Sounes revisits his unheard interview tapes to reveal the true story of husband and wife serial killers, Fred and Rose West.Fred & Rose by Howard Sounes is available now on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.comA Somethin' Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/191m 50s
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