The Cromwell Street Murders: The Detective's Story Paperback – 22 Jun 2006
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About the Author
John Bennett is a retired detective superintendent and a holder of the Queen's Police Medal. He was the officer in charge of the Cromwell St investigation from beginning to end. Graham Gardner is a BBC news journalist, based in Bristol. He covered the West investigation and Rose West's trial for BBC local and national news.
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Top Customer Reviews
The investigation is detailed from the start of Bennett's involvement, and takes it right through to the end of Rose West's court case. Perhaps the best reason to read this account over others is that it provides a unique perspective on how a major police investigation is run and the frustrations, anxieties and difficulties faced by them, particularly the at times shocking behaviour of the media in the case.
Bennett and Gardner stick to the areas of Bennett's expertise only, so anyone interested in the psychology behind these crimes needs to look elsewhere. Bennett does not pretend to understand in the slightest what motivated these people to committ such horrific crimes. However, an authoritative account of their reactions to being arrested and questioned is discussed.
Overall, this is a fascinating book, which is well worth a read. Some of the detail is unpleasant reading, but it is never gratuitous and the story is told with the utmost respect the victims and their families. It is impossible not to be moved by the horrific events and helps the reader to understand how these two got away with their crimes for so long.
Ultimately it was only because the younger members of the Wet family had mentioned a family joke to Social Workers when they were in care about Heather (the oldest West child) being buried under the patio that the police actually went to Cromwell Street and started digging up the garden. It wasn't long before human remains were discovered and further excavations were undertaken. From the start the investigation the police and witnesses were hounded by the media which hampered their efforts and potentially compromised the witness's testimony. Even though Fred West gave himself up to the police and admitted Heather's murder he kept changing his story almost by the hour and the police were at a loss which story to believe - even when he sent them a not saying he had murdered at least nine young women they weren't sure whether to believe him.
I found the painstaking way the police carried out the investigation absolutely compelling reading.Read more ›
The book "She must have known" by Bryan Masters. is a much better read.
Thought-provoking and extremely readable it was a really great read. Even though this case was a long time ago you can still find this book a very insightful read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant to read about the police side of these awful crimes. Very honest account.Published 25 days ago by Nicola M.
Eye opening read just sorry Fred west didn't get to serve his life in jail he got off too easyPublished 1 month ago by Anita
I read this book back when it was first published. I found it extremely interesting reading about things from the police's point of view, why they carry out certain procedures etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elaine
Found it difficult to get in to at the beginning but couldn't put the book down by the end.Published 9 months ago by Susie D