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Fred West was one of Britain’s most notorious mass killers. Quite literally he seemed the embodiment of evil; yet as the following reveals there may well have been far more to his campaign of terror than was revealed by the mainstream media. And it would be a mistake to assume that this is a unique or isolated occurrence. In fact it may be but one example of a more widespread phenomenon; in which black magical covens are routinely sacrificing innocent lives with the help of the likes of Fred West and Pietro Pacciani, the so-called “Monster of Florence.” And then concealing their abhorrent practises with the collusion of those in positions of power: in the courts, in the media and in the police.

What follows is echoed in the GrangeGorman murders in Dublin in March 1997. In this case two middle-aged “mentally impaired” women, living in community care housing, were brutally murdered and their genitals and breasts were hacked off. As with Fred West and Pietro Pacciano the killers were probably working in the employ of black magical covens consisting of outwardly respectable, highly placed and powerful people; individuals with enough power and influence to help cover the killers tracks. Ed.

Fred and Rosemary West
Fred West: Caterer to a Coven?
Peter Duffie

At 12.55p.m. on New Year’s Day 1995 the alleged mass murderer Frederick West was found hanged in his prison cell. They say he committed suicide. His wife Rosemary was subsequently tried and convicted for his crimes despite a severe lack of evidence against her. The title of Brian Masters’ excellent book about the West affair and the trial of Rose West says it all – “She Must Have Known” (Corgi, 1997). She must have known? Guilty by association. Masters assesses the evidence and the trial proceedings. In the final sentence of his book, he concludes, “I only say that there were grounds for a reasonable man to argue for an acquittal.”

So what about dead Fred? Was it suicide? If so, how was he able to manage it? He should have been on 24 hour suicide watch. However, the “authorities” said that he wasn’t considered a suicide risk as he was always so cheerful! Obviously they overlooked the bouts of severe depression that were overcoming him with recurring frequency. So what? Why should one doubt the suicide verdict?

Let us look at the bodies that were exhumed from beneath the cellar, the back patio and the garden. Professor Bernard Knight the Home Office pathologist who oversaw the recovery of the buried remains was baffled by missing bones from every body. These were the finger bones and the toe bones. In his book Masters outlines what Professor Knight noted in the case of the first five skeletons excavated. Knee caps and the odd collar bone were missing, but I want to concentrate on the following details:

1st) 63 finger and toe bones missing.
2nd) 42 finger and toe-bones missing.
3rd) 24 finger and toe-bones missing.
4th) 52 finger and toe bones missing.
5th) 58 finger and toe-bones missing.

And so it went on as subsequent skeletons excavated were similarly mutilated with finger and toe bones missing. To see the significance of this let’s take a quick look at a gruesome murder that occurred in 1943.

SKELETON IN A TREE – The Hagley Wood Murder

In April 1943 three young boys were playing in Hagley Wood located in the Worcestershire area when one of them climbed a large tree truck which proved to be hollow. Inside he saw what he first thought was the skeleton of a dog. Upon closer examination he saw that the skull appeared human. The three boys ran and got help. The boy who made the discovery fell ill and died soon after.

So what has this got to do with Fred West? Here I quote from “Murder By Witchcraft” by Donald McCormack (Arrow, 1969): ‘But the most bizarre feature of this crime was that some of the smaller bones of the skeleton, including those of the fingers of one hand, were found buried at some distance from the body. This fact not only complicated the police’s enquiries, but it also suggested this was a most unusual crime.’

Professor Margaret Murray, an eminent Archaelogist and Professor of Egyptology, became involved. Dr. Murray, as she was known, was also the leading authority on witchcraft, not only in Britain but Western Europe also. McCormack says,

‘I have no doubt at all that this clue [the missing finger bones] being buried separately caused Dr. Murray to believe that the crime was linked with witchcraft. For in Devil worship the hand of an executed person was greatly coveted by devotees of the cult.’

McCormack emphasises that the history of Satanism is littered with mentions of the “magic hand” where finger bones are buried near the newly sacrificed victim for the purpose of enchantments, etc.


The Wests had a bar built in their home in Cromwell Street to cater for Rose’s clients. With the encouragement from her husband she worked as a prostitute in her home. Fred would video her various sexual encounters. The bar was called “The Black Magic Bar.”

According to Rosemary West, it was given this name because several of her clients were black skinned. I really do think she believed that. Maybe it is correct? However, I suspect that Fred gave the bar its name as an in-joke that related to his activities as a caterer for a black magic coven that was (and almost certainly still is) meeting in the Gloucestershire area.

Fred West confessed to several killings, including that of his daughter Heather whose remains were found beneath the patio. I feel that there is something wrong with some of these confessions. He is always rather vague about the actual murder, e.g., ‘…how long I held her for I don’t know, I can’t remember because for that few minutes I can’t even remember what happened to that extent..’

Yet when he comes to the dismembering and disposal of the corpses, his recall is remarkable. While it is not at all unusual for serial killers to suffer blackouts after their killings, there was no evidence that West was a psychopath. In the case of Dennis Neilson, he lived alone, was a homosexual who couldn’t bear to see his partners leaving the next day, and he was always in a drunken stupor when he killed – hence the blackouts!

During his interviews with the police, as outlined in Masters’ book, Fred West told them that they now had a “vast amount of the truth.” He further commented, “And what I’m saying is, for God’s sake put it together… My life means nothing to you, but it means a lot to me… and if the police sorts it out then I haven’t said anything.”

So despite his dire predicament he was frightened of the consequences if he named names. He told a journalist that he was covering for others. When asked who these others were, he said that it would all come out eventually.

My contention is that Fred West was silenced before he could get into a courtroom for the simple reason that “the others” could not allow him to be questioned in open court.

Fred West was assisted by his brother and at least two other friends in various sexual assaults on, and rapes of many of the victims. However, this was not murder. His brother John West was arrested and charged with multiple rape and was due to appear in court when, well would you believe it…he was found hanged!! His “suicide” happened only ten months after Fred’s.

It is unlikely that Fred West was a member of the coven. According to Dr. Murray, commenting on another witchcraft killing, the famous Pitch-Fork Murder of farm labourer Charles Walton at Lower Quinton (only 40 miles from Hagley Wood), “It was even suggested that Charles Walton was the member of a coven and that he was sentenced to death for revealing its secrets. That is nonsense … I assure you the modern practitioners of witchcraft, inside or outside of covens, are not to be found among hedgers and farm labourers. They come mainly from the professional classes…”

Professional classes ….. like, for example, a senior police officer? Did Fred West supply the sacrificial victims for a local coven and then dispose of them after the rituals were over, minus their finger bones? He swore that he did not remove any bones from the bodies. He also, eventually, swore that he never killed the women found under the grounds of his house. Maybe, in the end, he was really telling the truth….but nobody was allowed to listen.
1997 Peter Duffie

See: The Power of Sacrifice: Then and Now