"She Must Have Known": The Trial Of Rosemary West Paperback – 5 Jun 1997
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"'Anyone reading this brilliant book will wonder whether justice was really done'" (A.N. Wilson Evening Standard)
"'Brian Masters is a very fine writer who consistently questions the nature of justice and how it is administered'" (Minette Walters)
"'By far the most interesting book on the subject...profound and illuminating'" (Anthony Daniels Sunday Telegraph)
"'Like the author's previous books on Nilsen and Dahmer, it sets out the facts in detail, so the reader can make up his own mind. A classic of criminological literature'" (Colin Wilson Spectator)
"'Masters has marshalled his arguments with such skill that one wonders why he is not making his fortune at the bar...another serious, compelling account of a serial killer'" (Anthony Storr The Sunday Times)
The authoritative book on the Frederick and Rosemary West case by the master of the genre.See all Product Description
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The section which outlines the similar fact evidence and the arguments put forwards by Junior defence counsel Sasha Wass is brilliant although may be too legally technical/boring for some who are just interested in the gory details. But Masters doesnt shy away from the gory details either although he does steer away from anything gratuitous such as refusing to go in to any more detail about the horrific sexual assault that was committed against Anne Marie by Fred and Rose when she was only 8 years old.
I am perplexed that one reviewer said Masters was not able to show any empathy for anyone other than defendant and can only say they must have skimmed the many moments where Masters referred to the victims such as Charmaine, Heather and Anne Marie. That Rose West is a monster who not only allowed but participated in the sexual abuse of her own children no one can deny. And I believe that is the crux of the matter. There will be many people who dont like this book simply because it puts forward the case that Rose West may be innocent of the murders and that for many is too unpalatable.
Masters has written a truly informative and thought provoking book.Read more ›
Fred West had killed at least twice before he ever met her and lived a secretive life into which he let no-one he didn't want to. Hundreds of people came and went from their home without it ever being remarked on. So there is nothing beyond her willing participation in non-fatal assaults on young women and her abuse of her own children to link her to his later murders. It was pretty tenuous stuff.
More widely, is there not cause to think that we jailed Rose because a) Fred had cheated justice by killing himself and b) she was just such a foul woman that it seemed OK to do so? Plenty of people openly admitted at the time that they had their doubts but were glad she was in prison.
And there is history here: the law is generally softer on women, provided that they act like sterotypical women in mens' eyes. Because of her violence, her grotesquely brazen sexuality and her devious and truculent behaviour, Rose West ended up in prison for life. Just like Ruth Ellis hanged herself by coming over as a heartless tart rather than the abused woman she really was.
Ironically, had Fred stood trial and taken the rap alone, as he did in most of his confessions, Rose might well have been acquitted. Indeed, she might not even have stood trial at all. In trying to go down alone, he brought her down with her.
Having just read Geoffrey Wansell's An Evil Love on the life of Fred West, I am personally inclined to believe her guilt and, like 60 million other people in this country, have better causes to fight. However, Masters argues the case for a retrial very ably.
It could be argued that the author took a different line in positing Rose West's innocence in an effort to sell more books than his competitors. In that case, it's a spirited try but ultimately for me at least, a wasted effort : this book totally convinced me of her guilt.
I have taken one star off as there was an awful lot of legal jargon and words I'd never come across, luckily I was reading it on my Kindle which has an on-screen dictionary!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably one of the best written books on the West, most specifically Rosemary West. It forms for me the quartet of the most influential books on the case which include "Fred... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Aesop
A lot of people here seem appalled at the idea that Rosemary West could be innocent of these murders and so dismiss it out of hand. But reading this book does give you pause. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Muffin Man
A disturbing insight into Rosemary West. However the author tries to explain the complicated reasons why Rosemary ended in the dock for these wicked crimes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ALLOYD
THIS WOMAN WAS GUILTY AS HELL! SHE WAS A SADISTIC PSYCHOPATH. THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT SHE WAS LEADING FRED. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SARAH
Should be sold under fiction. Absolute nonsense. She blatantly did it.Published 18 months ago by Mr. Mann
I leaned a lot about both the Wests and their respective backgrounds and this book is the most informative and detailed source of information I've seeen. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JOHN A.