Rose West’s crimes shocked the world when her evil crimes behind the closed doors of house of horrors 25 Cromwell Street were revealed to the world.
She was convicted of ten counts of murder in 1995 over the deaths of young women whose dismembered remains were found in the Gloucester home she shared with her accomplice husband Fred West, and other sites in the county.
One of the victims was the couple’s own 16-year-old daughter Heather.
While Fred escaped justice by taking his own life while on remand in prison, mother-of-eight Rose was found guilty after a month-long trial and remains behind bars to this day.
As reports suggest one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers could be preparing to appeal, Gloucestershire Live has investigated whether Rose West really ever could get out of jail.
Now, according to reports she plans to appeal her sentence, and it set to propose to her lesbian lover behind bars
The killer is romantically involved fellow inmate know as "Kat", who is around 30 years her junior, at the high-security Low Newton Prison in County Durham, sources told the Daily Star last month.
West reportedly receives around one marriage proposal every month from men and women outside prison and has had several prison flings.
Reports last month also suggested West would be appealing her sentence to make a bid for parole, with claims that she does not want to die behind bars.
The Star on Sunday reported that she had told fellow prisoners about her plans.
A source told the newspaper: “West is convinced that she has become a political prisoner and that no Home Secretary will dare overturn her whole-life tariff because it would be too politically damaging.
“Nevertheless, she is determined to try. She has now served 23 years in prison. She maintains that even if she was guilty, she has served her time."
An ITV documentary on Fred and Rose West was due to be screened last month but was pulled at the last minute over ‘legal concerns’ prompting speculation that West was planning on appealing against either her conviction or sentence.
But can a prisoner on a full life tariff have a realistic chance of parole? Will Britain’s most notorious female serial killer ever walk the streets again? We have fact checked the appeals process to explain what might happen.
What is a full life tariff?
Rose West is one of only three women to have ever been handed a full life tariff, along with Moors Murderer Myra Hindley and serial killer Joanne Dennhey.
As of June 2018 there were 66 people serving full life sentences, meaning their crimes were so serious they will not be released from prison and will not be given leave to apply for parole.
The appeals process
Rose West has already appealed her conviction but this was rejected by Lord Chief Justice Taylor in 1996.
She launched another attempt in 2000, with her then solicitor Leo Goatley mounting a new appeal on the grounds that photographs taken by Fred of his victims were withheld at Rose ‘s trial. This appeal was abandoned the following year. West initially wanted to withdraw the application but the Criminal Courts Review Commission closed the case after writing to her to explain why it was declining her application.
In a rare public statement made in 2001, West told the Mail on Sunday: "I know that if I was released life would never be normal. I would have to run and hide and be removed from my children.
At least in my present situation I can see them from time to time and have regular contact by correspondence."
Latest reports suggest she is planning to now appeal against her sentence.
A spokesman for the Criminal Courts Review Commission confirmed that it had not received any further applications from West in relation to conviction or sentence.
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