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Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes

Author: Somethin' Else

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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

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3 Episodes
Young Freddy

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
The Missing Daughter

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
A story about a family and their secrets, about the media and our fascination with murder, and a story of twelve victims who are too often forgotten. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Comments (7)

Damien From London.

Loved it so far, wish you'd have a sound guy work on the tapes so we could understand them better.

Sep 17th

Nick Hal

Excellent podcast.. Please continue. Poor Heather the other West children, and victims. It certainly was a house of horrors.

Sep 15th

Michael Williams

Enjoyed. Could the audio have been any worse for the interview with West's son though?

Sep 14th

Melissa Gifford

Great Podcast! can't wait to hear more.

Sep 14th

Margaret Avila

So far very cool.

Sep 14th

Jessica Ball

where are the other episodes!???

Sep 13th

Trev B

Amazing and horrific!

Sep 11th
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