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Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes

Somethin' Else

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Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes

Unheard: The Fred and Rose West Tapes

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


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

Latest Episodes

Introducing... The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

EHi Unheard fans, we've made a show we think you'll like.... On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now? This is a Somethin' Else production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

5 min3 w ago
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Introducing... The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

Introducing... The Immaculate Deception!

Hi Unheard fans, we've made a show we think you'll like.... Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was renowned for getting amazing results. Women who were desperate for children would visit him at his Rotterdam clinic and leave pregnant. But when the clinic closed, rumours began about the methods Karbaat used to achieve his success. The children conceived at the clinic - the Karbaat Kids - began asking difficult questions about what happened to their mothers. What happened in Dr Karbaat’s clinic? From Somethin’ Else,The Immaculate Deceptionis a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. This is a Somethin' Else Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

4 minMAR 19
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Introducing... The Immaculate Deception!

12: The Aftermath

EIn 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36 min2019 NOV 26
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12: The Aftermath

11: Sister

EChristmas 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33 min2019 NOV 19
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11: Sister

10: The Trial

EOctober 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? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47 min2019 NOV 12
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10: The Trial

9: The Unravelling

EDerek 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... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38 min2019 NOV 5
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9: The Unravelling

8: The One That Got Away

ESpring 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? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36 min2019 OCT 29
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8: The One That Got Away

7: The Search For Juanita

EBelinda 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26 min2019 OCT 22
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7: The Search For Juanita

6: "They'll Kill Me"

EWhile 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.

27 min2019 OCT 15
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6: "They'll Kill Me"

5: "I'm Happy, Mum"

EHoward 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.

35 min2019 OCT 8
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5: "I'm Happy, Mum"

Latest Episodes

Introducing... The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

EHi Unheard fans, we've made a show we think you'll like.... On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now? This is a Somethin' Else production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

5 min3 w ago
Comments
Introducing... The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

Introducing... The Immaculate Deception!

Hi Unheard fans, we've made a show we think you'll like.... Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was renowned for getting amazing results. Women who were desperate for children would visit him at his Rotterdam clinic and leave pregnant. But when the clinic closed, rumours began about the methods Karbaat used to achieve his success. The children conceived at the clinic - the Karbaat Kids - began asking difficult questions about what happened to their mothers. What happened in Dr Karbaat’s clinic? From Somethin’ Else,The Immaculate Deceptionis a story about a doctor who was determined to create life - by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman. This is a Somethin' Else Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

4 minMAR 19
Comments
Introducing... The Immaculate Deception!

12: The Aftermath

EIn 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36 min2019 NOV 26
Comments
12: The Aftermath

11: Sister

EChristmas 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33 min2019 NOV 19
Comments
11: Sister

10: The Trial

EOctober 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? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47 min2019 NOV 12
Comments
10: The Trial

9: The Unravelling

EDerek 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... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38 min2019 NOV 5
Comments
9: The Unravelling

8: The One That Got Away

ESpring 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? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36 min2019 OCT 29
Comments
8: The One That Got Away

7: The Search For Juanita

EBelinda 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26 min2019 OCT 22
Comments
7: The Search For Juanita

6: "They'll Kill Me"

EWhile 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.

27 min2019 OCT 15
Comments
6: "They'll Kill Me"

5: "I'm Happy, Mum"

EHoward 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.

35 min2019 OCT 8
Comments
5: "I'm Happy, Mum"
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