29th September 1941 Fred West born Born in Bickerton Cottage, Much Marcle - the second of six children
29th November 1953 Rosemary Letts born Born in Barnstaple, Rose's mother was administered ECT while pregnant. Some speculate that this affected Rose's later development.
November 1958 Fred's motorcycle accident Fred is injured in a motorcycle accident. In a coma for seven days, he is said to be prone to violent outbursts after his recovery
April 1961 First court appearance Along with his friend Brian Hill, Fred is pleads guilty to stealing a gold watch strap and two cigarette cases. They are both fined £4, plus costs.
June 1961 Fred arrested on suspicion of child molestation Fred is arrested after a 13 year old local girl is discovered to be pregnant by her GP. It becomes clear that Fred has had sex with her on several occasions. Fred treats the charges with a degree of contempt, evidently believing that such behaviour was something that everyone did. Under questioning by police and social services, it becomes apparent that he has been molesting girls since at least his early teens.
9th November 1961 First trial for sexual abuse Fred appears at Herefordshire Assizes, charged sexual molestation of a 13 year old girl. The West's family GP argues that Fred is suffering from possible brain damage following his motorcycle accident. The case collapses when the girl refuses to give evidence and Fred walks free.
4th November 1965 Fred kills a boy While driving an ice cream van, Fred runs over a four year old boy, killing him instantly.
1st August 1967 Ann McFall During Fred's first marriage to Rena Costello, he got Ann McFall pregnant during a typically tempestuous time during his marriage, when Rena had fled for some months back to Scotland. She returned to find McFall living with Fred, pregnant with his child and seemingly attempting to get Fred to divorc... Ann McFall: in depth
29th November 1968 Fred and Rosemary Letts meet Fred and Rose meet on Rose's 15th birthday
29th November 1969 Fred and Rose begin cohabiting Despite being just 16 and Fred still being married, Rosemary Letts moves in Fred at Midlands Road, Gloucester
17th October 1970 Birth of Heather Ann West The first of the West's children
1st June 1971 Charmaine West Fred's step-daughter from his first marriage, believed to have been killed by Rose West while Fred was in prison.When Fred West met Rose in 1969 he was looking after Charmaine and Anna Marie - Fred's biological daughter from his earlier relationship with Rena.Fred West was arrested in November 1970 ... Charmaine West: in depth
9th August 1971 Rena West Fred's first wife Catherine 'Rena' West - née Costello - was born in the grimy Glasgow of the 1950s and lived a life typical of the time and place. Hard living and partying went hand-in-hand but those who recall her speak of an 'exceptionally nice' teenager.However, her life developed into a complex... Rena West: in depth
29th January 1972 Fred and Rose West are married
29th January 1972 Fred and Rose marry The couple make their vows at Gloucester Registry office
1st June 1972 The West's second child, Mae, is born
January 1973 Convicted of indecent assault Both Fred and Rose are convicted of the sexual assault of their nanny Caroline Roberts - who escapes to tell the police. The couple are issued with fines.
27th December 1973 Lucy Partington While some of the West's victims were drawn to their death by their immediate involvement in the family's life, others were simply taken at random from the street. The exact circumstances of Lucy Partington's death will now never be known, but the bare facts are that she left her mother's house to v... Lucy Partington: in depth
24th February 1994 Cromwell Street search begins Granted a warrant to investigate the Wests for the disappearance of their daughter, Heather, police are granted a search warrant and begin to excavate the West's garden
4th March 1994 Fred confesses Under questioning, Fred confesses to murdering 9 women
1st January 1995 Fred West commits suicide While incarcerated at Winson Green prison, Fred West hanged himself in his cell
November 1995 Rose West found guilty of 10 murders and imprisoned for life