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Fred West was convicted of several gruesome murders and brutal sexual assaults that occurred in England in the 1960s and '70s.
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Fred West was born on September 29, 1941, in Much Marcle, England. West had a happy relationship with his family, confounding many when he was found guilty of multiple murders and sexual assaults. West was awaiting trial for twelve murders when he hanged himself January 1, 1995.
Fred West was born to Walter and Daisy West on September 29, 1941 in Much Marcle, a Herefordshire village in England. He seemed like any other young boy growing up. His aunt told the press that he "has always been such a nice boy." One neighbor described him as "a bit cheeky, a bit mouthy, but that was the way these kids were."
One of six children, West was reportedly his mother's favorite child. There have been reports that cast a dark shadow on the West family. Some have claimed that West was sexually abused by his mother. West himself later told authorities that his father had incestuous relations with his sisters, although this was never substantiated.
West didn't do well in school and eventually dropped out of school to become a farm laborer. When he was 17, a motorcycle accident left him comatose with serious head injuries, and a metal plate in his head that may, according to some experts, have affected his impulse control.
Another head injury incurred when falling off a fire escape at a local youth club caused additional injury, and possibly permanent brain damage to the young West.
His subsequent behavior became erratic, and he became known to the police for various petty crimes, which escalated until, in 1961, he was accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl who was a friend of the West family, causing his banishment from the family home. He became a construction worker, and was soon caught stealing from his employers, and again having sex with minors. At his trial for the rape of the young family friend, he escaped a jail sentence, as it was claimed that he was suffering fits as a result of his head trauma, but he was convicted of child molestation.
He became involved with Rena Costello, a Scottish girl of dubious reputation who had a police record for burglary and prostitution, who was at the time pregnant with another man's child. They were married in November and a child was born in March 1963, whom they called Charmaine. Despite Rena's experience, she was not prepared for West's unusual and voracious sexual appetite, and his new job as an ice cream van driver gave him steady access to young teenagers, who fell prey to his sincere manner and interest in them.
In 1964, Rena bore West's child, a daughter named Anne-Marie. It was also at this time that they met Ann McFall, a friend with whom they moved to Gloucester, where West found a job in a slaughterhouse. According to some researchers this profession probably catalyzed his morbid obsession with death, mutilation and dismemberment.
While living in Gloucester, there were eight reported incidents of assault where the perpetrator description fitted West, but he was not linked to these crimes at the time.
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