Fred and Rose West’s son, 40, who saw parents murder sister found dead

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Barry West, the youngest son of serial killers Fred and Rose West has been found dead at home from a suspected overdoes, it has been reported.

The 40-year-old was seven when he watched his evil parents beat his 16-year-old sister, Heather West, to death at their Gloucester home on 25 Cromwell Street dubbed house of horrors.

Five years on, Barry was taken into care and later suffered from psychiatric problems, nightmares, and is believed to have spiralled into drug addiction in his later years.

It is claimed a member of the West family told the Daily on Sunday Barry died "some weeks ago" but didn’t "know no more than that."

Barry is reported to have lived in Gloucester before moving to another part of the country under a new alias and died at his home in Maidstone, Kent.

A family source said: "He never found peace, never escaped the ghosts of Cromwell Street.

"Of all the Wests' younger children, Barry had the most difficult life."

Speaking in 2002, Barry gave a horrifying account of the night in 1987 when 16-year-old Heather came home late and was beaten to death by his parents.

Barry said the teen came through the door and he heard Rose "slap her" before he watched his dad grab Heather by the neck and trip her over.

He said: "It was about 3am when I heard Heather coming in. I heard my dad shouting, 'Where have you been? We've been waiting for you.

"I heard my mum slap her, then I looked through the crack and saw my dad walk round behind her and put his leg out. Then he grabbed her neck and tripped her over."

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He went on: "She went on to the floor. I could see her just a few feet away. Then my mum just booted her. She was kicking and kicking her and calling her a slag. My dad still had her by the throat.

"Then, when he tried to get her to do things to him, she refused. I think that's why she ended up dead."

He then said he watched his mum rub her hands together and say "let's clear this up" before he heard his dad wrap "her in some plastic" and watched on as Rose scrubbed "the floor with a bucket and brush".

Barry said: "I could hear my dad wrapping her in some plastic and I could see my mum scrubbing the floor with a bucket and brush.

"There was some white bubbly stuff which must have been soap.

"Mum was telling him to hurry up and he asked her to help him, but she said, I can't. I've got to get rid of this before the kids get up."

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He later branded his mother a "psychopath" and said: "I was happy when my dad committed suicide and now I think they should put my mum in a room with all the parents of the people she helped murder so they could tear her to pieces."

Fred was awaiting trial for twelve murders when he hung himself in jail in 1995 but Rose West was sentenced to life in 1995 for her part in ten murders including that of her daughter.

Fred and Rose abducted, raped and murdered young women before burying them at their home over 20 years.

Police discovered the body of Heather's mutilated corpse at their semi-detached house, realising the pair had strangled her and cut off her head.

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