A reality TV star has revealed what it’s like to live at the childhood home of Gloucester’s notorious serial killer Rose West.
Merlin Cadogan was a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent who wowed the crowds and the judges with his juggling acts.
But since 2007 he has lived at West’s former home in North Devon.
The 65-year-old has been in prison ever since the true horrors of what happened at 25 Cromwell Street were revealed to the world .
Her husband Fred escaped justice by taking his own life at Winson Green Prison while awaiting his trial.
But her former home in the town of Northam near Bideford could have some disturbing secrets too, according to Plymouth Live .
Mr Cadogan, an escapologist and a juggler, has lived at the former council house since 2007.
In 2009 he got through to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent. He still holds the world record for the longest time juggling three objects underwater on a single breath (1 minute 20 seconds).
Today he occupies the semi-detached property with his girlfriend Catherine, her two children Riley and Casey, and his daughter Lu.
The 45-year-old said there is one thing about the house that left him “freaked out”.
He says he knew about Rose’s connection with the house before he bought it.
He said: “It never bothered me.
“I heard she had lived there when she was young, but she was only a child then, just a little kid.
“We bought it from a lovely family 12 years ago and it has probably changed hands several times since she lived here.
“It certainly didn’t put me off buying the house.”
Over the years Merlin has done a fair bit of work to the property, which is believe to have been built in the 1940s.
Among the work he has done, Merlin has decked the rear garden and levelled out the front garden for gravel.
He said: “I must admit, when I was digging up the garden I was a bit nervous.
“I’d like to say I found something interesting that could have been hers, but all I found was a little toy plastic horse, which probably had nothing to do with her.”
Merlin did say there was one thing he found in the house which left him feeling “freaked out”.
He said: “When we moved in I looked up in the attic.
“There was something up there nailed to one of the wooden cross beam joists.
“It looked like a shield or symbol from some sort of army regiment. It had a crest with thistles on it.
“I was too freaked out to touch it, but I did do a bit of research into it.
“Apparently many people used to do this so that loved ones could always find their way home.
“It’s still up there now, but I don’t know if it’s got anything to do with Rose West’s family.”
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 Southgate Street at a bus stop. She is widely believed to have been killed by Fred.
Merlin says he doesn’t think any of the children know about who used to live at the house, but added: “It’s just a house.”