A new Channel 5 documentary explores the gruesome crimes of Fred and Rose West, including the death of Mary Bastholm – but where is her body?
Have their remains ever been found?
And did Fred West admit to killing her?
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest on Mary Bastholm and the C5 documentary Fred and Rose West: Finding the Victims.
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Mary Bastholm’s Body: Were Her Remains Ever Found?
The police have not yet found the remains of Mary Bastholm’s body.
They recently searched a Gloucester cafe for the alleged victim of serial killer Fred West.
Officials believed they were finding the remains of Mary Bastholm, who was 15 years old when she disappeared without a trace.
Gloucestershire Police began an excavation in the Southgate Street cafeteria basement on May 19.
They began digging after a television production company filming on-site said they found blue footage in the basement, suggesting that Miss Bastholm may be buried there.
However, the police found nothing to do with the teenager.
At the time, Miss Bastholm’s family said they were sad, but they hoped that they would still be found.
They said, “We were hoping to finalize her disappearance so that we can calm her down.
“We were open-minded during this process and now we know that the café can be excluded.”
Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden added, “We always knew we might not find Mary’s remains.
“Unfortunately, that turned out to be the case, but that doesn’t mean we were looking wrong – the new information got it right.”
Mary Bastholm body: who was she and what is her connection to Fred and Rose West?
Mary worked in the Pop-In Cafe – now called The Clean Plate.
She was last seen by eyewitnesses in 1968 in a blue jacket with a blue and white dress.
Mary also carried a blue bag.
Miss Bastholm went missing in January 1968 when she was about to take a bus to visit her boyfriend at the time, Tim Merrett.
Fred West used to visit the Pop-In Cafe while Mary was working there, and had also done some construction there.
He often met his lover Anna McFall in the pop-in café.
She became his first murder victim after becoming pregnant in 1967.
Police were convinced that teenage girl Mary Bastholm was also a victim when they charged Fred and Rose West with twelve murders in 1994.
Fred committed suicide in 1995 while awaiting trial in prison and was charged with the murder of 12 women and girls.
Rose remains in jail.
She is currently located at HM Prison New Hall, Flockton, West Yorkshire.
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Did Fred West confess to killing her?
Fred and Rose West denied murdering Mary Bastholm.
But in a terrifying interview unearthed by the Channel 5 documentary Fred and Rose West: Finding the Victims, Fred seems to confirm their guilt.
Fred can be heard saying on tape recorded by a team of lawyers, “The girl, Mary Bastholm, remind you that I told you that in the car.
“I had to go back and give her one [bleep] Sorting out. “
The couple is said to have killed twelve victims.
However, her son Stephen West previously announced that his father confessed to murdering Mary Bastholm and 30 others before hanging himself in prison in 1995.
Rose West’s attorney, Leo Goatley, is also convinced that Mary was the 13th victim.
Fred and Rose West: The search for the victims on C5 – what is it about?
The two-part documentary investigates the crimes of the notorious serial killers Fred and Rose West.
The Channel 5 document reveals the true horror of what has happened at 25 Cromwell Street and other addresses in Gloucester over the course of many years.
The program looks at the latest police efforts to find Mary Bastholm’s body.
In the interview tapes with the police made after Fred was arrested in 1994 for the murder of his daughter Heather, he says, “I didn’t put her around the neck to choke her or anything.”
He later insists that none of the women “went through hell. Joy turned into a catastrophe ”.
Fred and Rose West: The Search for the Victims will air on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 9 p.m. on Channel 5.
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