In attending the trial of Rosemary West, and using private papers and personal interviews, the author presents a study of the sexual obession that led to the killing of 12 women and girls by Fred West. In the wake of the horrific detail that has come to light, the book looks at how and why West was driven to serial killing of the most devious kind, resulting in a chain of murders that turned 25 Cromwell Street into a mass burial ground of sexually ravaged human remains, and how an evil psychopath was able to ensnare so many in a web of unseeing complicity.
Brian Masters has written over twenty books on subjects as diverse as French literature, the dukedoms in Great Britain, E.F. Benson and Marie Corelli. His groundbreaking study of mass murderer Dennis Nilsen, Killing for Company, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in 1985. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer and The Evil that Men Do. He is also highly regarded for his journalism, in particular his weekly column in the Mail on Sunday's magazine Night and Day. He lives in France.