A woman has claimed that serial killer Fred West approached her in a Bristol car park more than 30 years ago, leading her to fear for her life.
The woman, known only as Linda, told the makers of ITV’s Fred And Rose West: Reopened that a man in a leather jacket came towards her in spring 1987 before veering off when another man walked into the area, the
In the two-part documentary, which is airing today (15 September) and tomorrow, Linda said she later saw West’s face in a newspaper and recognised the murderer, shouting to her husband “it’s him”.
On the programme, it is also claimed that West may have left as many as 20 bodies across Britain.
Although the official number of victims is 12, and they were all located in Gloucestershire, witnesses and work time sheets lodged by the multiple killer suggest he worked in Bristol.
It is also thought he worked in London, Wales, Nottingham, Birmingham and Southampton – prompting fears he may have killed other victims there and buried them.
The figure of 20 was given in court by Janet Leach, who was West’s “appropriate adult”, and previously said he had told her there were another 20 bodies to be found after the 12, with some of these in fields and the rest in a barn.
Linda spoke to former detective chief inspector Colin Sutton in the new programme and told him about her encounter with West 34 years ago, saying it was late morning and she just dropped her daughter off at school.
She said: “As I was coming towards this upper car park, I saw a figure. He was standing there with legs astride, leather jacket, dark, curly hair. And as I got to the end here, so he started to walk towards me in a diagonal line.
The victims of Fred and Rose West
Rosemary West was found guilty of 10 counts of murder relating to bodies found at Cromwell Street and Midland Road.
Fred West took his own life while on remand awaiting trial for a further two counts of murder.
These are the known victims.
Anna McFall, 18, killed by Fred in July 1967. Discovered June 1994 at Fingerpost Field near Much Marcle. She was eight months pregnant at the time of her death.
Charmaine West, 8, Fred’s stepdaughter. Believed to have been killed by Rose in 1971 while Fred was serving a sentence at HMP Leyhill. Buried in the cellar at 25 Midland Road.
Rena Costello, 27, Fred’s first wife, also killed in 1971, buried at Letterbox Field in Much Marcle.
Lynda Gough, 19, killed April 1973. Buried in 25 Cromwell Street.
Carol Ann Cooper, 15, killed November 1973. Burried in the cellar at 25 Cromwell Street.
Lucy Partington, 21, killed December 1973. Last seen at a bus stop in Cheltenham, her body was discovered in the cellar in Cromwell Street in 1994.
Therese Siegenthaler, 21, abducted in 1974 while hitchhiking. Buried under an extension built by Fred at 25 Cromwell Street.
Shirley Hubbard, 15, abducted from a bus stop in Droitwich in November 1974. Dismembered remains were found in the cellar in Cromwell Street.
Juanita Mott, 18, a former lodger at Cromwell Street. She was last seen in April 1975. Her body was found buried at Cromwell Street.
Shirley Robinson, 18, a former lodger who was eight months pregnant with Fred’s child. She was killed in May 1978.
Alison Chambers, 16, living in care in Gloucester. She was last seen in the summer of 1979, her body was buried in the Cromwell Street garden.
Heather West, 16, the eldest daughter of Fred and Rose. A pupil at Oxstalls School at the time of her death in June 1987. Her dismembered body was found buried in the garden at Cromwell Street. Her brother Stephen claims their father asked him to help dig the hole she was buried in.
Mary Bastholm, 15, disappeared in January 1968. Last seen in Bristol Road at a bus stop. She is widely believed to have been killed by Fred.
“And I was really scared. I thought, I won’t run, I won’t meet his gaze. My last thoughts were, I’m not going to make it.
“And then all of a sudden he veered off, and as I got to the car I looked up and through the top of the car park, the way I’d just come, a young man was starting to walk down, through.
“That young man, he’ll never know it, but I think he saved my life that day. I can remember it as being a Saturday morning, and I saw his picture on the front page.
“It was instant recognition and shouting out to my husband: “It’s him”. Just a frightening prospect that he was out there. There must be others.”
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