"25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester... This was the bland semi-detached home of Fred and Rose West, and the guardian of their incredible secret: the remains of nine young women--many of them dismembered, decapitated, and showing evidence of sexual torture--were buried under its cellar, bathroom floor, and garden. the remains of Fred's eight-year-old stepdaughter were under the extension of a nearby house; his first wife and nanny were buried in windswept fields some miles away. There are undoubtedly many other victims whose fates may never be known. Yet Fred and Rose West, who committed at least nine of these murders together, continued to preserve the façade of a normal married life. Friends and neighbours considered them a loving if somewhat eccentric couple, and their crimes went undetected for over twenty years." -- back cover.