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Provide an outline of the life and Crimes of Fred West and throughout your account discuss how closely his history parallels the FBI Offender Profiles of serial killers.

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Provide an Outline of the Life and Crimes of Fred West and throughout your account discuss how closely his History parallels the FBI Offender Profiles of Serial Killers. In February 1994, Fred West was charged with the murder of his daughter Heather West; however, what followed in the months of March and April newspapers began to report the amazing discovery of one of the most prolific serial killers of the 20th century. Police officers, whose aim was to retrieve the remains of Heather West, discovered that Heather West was not the only murder victim buried within the home of Fred and Rosemary West. 25, Cromwell Street, now dubbed the 'House of Horrors' by the national press, was the site of a further nine murder victims and a further three victims were situated in fields and buildings nearby. The questions to ask surrounding these horrific crimes, is what drove Fred to these murders; and using the FBI Offender Profile, an attempt will be made to discover the motivation of Fred West to drive him to this. Criminal behaviour has been studied for many years, and for many years the police have been using criminal profiling to determine the type of perpetrator they were seeking, as well as the possible motivations for the crimes that they are committing. ...read more.

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When facing the charges of impregnating a thirteen year old girl, Fred was complacent, and it was this attitude that separated him from normality. Howard Sounes states that Fred "was not fit to live with civilised people." In 1962, Rena returned to Fred, however, was pregnant with a mixed raced child and was willing for Fred to abort the child himself. When this was prevented, secretly married in November 1962, where they moved to Scotland and settled in Coatbridge. At this point in Fred's life, the beginnings of sexual appetite began to appear. Howard Sounes describes in his book that Fred's lovemaking as being "short and brutal" and due to the fact that Fred was insistent and uncaring, Rena would often be reduced to tears. At this point Sounes also states that Fred's behaviour had turned into "sadism", and that rejection would severely anger Fred. The daily life of this 'odd' couple would now include violence and frightening sex acts. In 1963, Rena gave birth to Charmaine and in 1964 Rena gave birth to Anne Marie; Fred's first child. Although Fred adored Rena and Anne Marie, he continued to give her beatings when he became excessively angry. In 1965, Fred accidentally killed a three year old child while driving his ice cream van, thus forcing Fred and his family to move back to Much Marcle. ...read more.

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The acts that were performed on each victim before their eventual death were sexually aggressive and in the majority of the cases, restraints were used. The crime scene, however, is perhaps the most interesting, due to the fact that it was the home of Fred and Rose West. The crime scene does reflect the control Fred had over his victims due to the fact that they were buried either in the cellar, under the patio or under the bathroom floor. However, the fact that Fred used his own home as a burial ground would indicate that there is a slight element of a disorganised offender, due to the fact that the disorganised offender lives or works near the crime scene and usually leaves the body at the crime scene. Therefore, in conclusion, Fred West life does parallel the FBI offender profile for the organised serial killer; however, there are elements of a disorganised offender. Despite this, the control that Fred had over his victims and his wives showed that he was capable of several counts of murder and due to this he was charged with 12 counts of murder. His reasoning behind the murders was that the victims had threatened to tell Rose of their affairs. Thus, implying that Fred was actually dominated by Rose in the events leading up to the murders of the women. ...read more.

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