Fred and Rosemary West's son ‘found dead in suspected overdose’

The youngest son of notorious serial killers Fred and Rosemary West has been found dead in a hostel, according to reports.

Barry West, 40, died from a suspected overdose after battling long term drug addiction and mental health problems, the Sunday Mail reported.

His body was discovered at a hostel in Maidstone, Kent, and a family member said they were notified of his death ‘some weeks ago’, the newspaper added.

Barry had witnessed his parents beating his sister Heather, 16, to death at their Gloucester home when he was just seven years old.

A family source said: ‘He never found peace, never escaped the ghosts of Cromwell Street.

‘Of all the Wests’ younger children, Barry had the most difficult life.’

Barry and his siblings suffered years of abuse from their parents

He had suffered nightmares and psychiatric problems throughout his life.

Rosemary West was found guilty in 1995 of killing ten women and girls, including Heather, her 8-year-old stepdaughter Charmaine and her husband’s pregnant lover. 

The victims were subjected to horrific sexual violence before being killed, chopped up and buried under the West’s house, which quickly became known as the ‘House of Horrors’. 

Fred West, who was charged with murdering 12 young women and girls, committed suicide in custody on New Year’s Day 1995.

An inquest is expected to be held into the death of Barry West in the New Year due to a backlog caused by the pandemic.

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