More sordid revelations about West's family to be detailed in biography

MORE sensational revelations are to be published about the secret life of John West, the "gentle giant" brother of the serial…

MORE sensational revelations are to be published about the secret life of John West, the "gentle giant" brother of the serial killer, Fred West, it emerged yesterday.

A newly written final chapter of An Evil Love, the official biography of the self-confessed murderer, Fred West, will be published in paperback in the spring.

A retired dustman, John West hanged himself in the garage of his Gloucester home on November 28th, the day before the jury at his trial at Bristol Crown Court was to be sent out to consider allegations that he raped his niece, Anne Marie West, about 300 times.

His suicide mirrored his brother's. Fred West hanged himself in Birmingham Prison on New Year's Day 1995, while awaiting trial on 12 charges of murder. His victims included his daughter Heather (16) and step daughter Charmaine (8).


The new chapter will disclose details of the brothers' close relationship and of John's sexual relationship with Fred's wife, the jailed serial killer, Rosemary West.

Fred West claimed that his brother John and his first wife, Rena Costello, killed his lover and family nanny, Ann McFall (18), and that for some years his second wife, Rosemary - now serving life for 10 murders - and his brother had a sexual relationship.

It emerged during his trial that John West admitted having sex with his sister in law, Rosemary West, on several occasions.

The jury heard relatives and friends describe the twice married father of four as a gentle giant, and a loving and caring father and grandfather.

Fred West was one of a family of six, three boys and three girls. John West was a year and three days younger.

A full inquest into John West's death will be held in Gloucester on January 31st.

A deal announced yesterday which could lead to a film about Fred West has provoked outrage from politicians and religious leaders.

The anger erupted after the Official Solicitor confirmed he had entered into an option agreement contract with the Portman Entertainment Group.

West's older brother Doug has condemned the plan as "sick" and said it would do nothing to help the relatives of the Cromwell Street victims recover.

Today's edition of The Express newspaper, however, said Portman Entertainment had now abandoned its plans to make the film.