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PremierLeague-News.Com - Rose West's daughter Mae said her mother may hold the key to the disappearance of missing Mary Bastholm
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The key to what happened to missing Mary Bastholm and where her body lies beneath a cafe could be held with killer Rose West. West’s daughter Mae fears her mum – a partner in crime to serial killer Fred West – may know the answers. Mae, 49, is desperate for Mary’s family to be given closure. But she is worried callous Rose, 67, will take the secrets to her grave. Mae spoke to the Sunday Mirror on behalf of her siblings in an exclusive interview days after it emerged police had begun digging for Mary under a café where she worked – and where Fred was hired to do building work. Mae told us how: Rose may be hiding details revealed by Fred about what happened to Mary, feared to be his first murder victim. She faces the daily “torture” of being born to Britain’s most evil parents. The police search sparked “intense” emotions over her parents’ past. She has not spoken to her mother in 12 years and they have grown so distant that she doesn’t even expect to be told when Rose dies. Mae’s monstrous father is feared to have snatched and murdered schoolgirl Mary, 15, in 1968. For the past week police have been excavating a café basement, half a mile from the Wests’ “House of Horrors” home at 25 Cromwell Street. Mae said: “I definitely want Mary’s family to have closure. It’s just so difficult that it all can’t be sorted out in one go. I would definitely want closure for her family.” Asked if she thought Rose would give information about Mary’s murder, Mae said: “She won’t. I think Mary’s murder was before her time but how do I know what they discussed?” Fred and Rose West Tonight a tent remained at the Southgate Street café in Gloucester, with officers searching for clues. The café was where Mary worked as a waitress and Fred was a regular customer. A business owner near the café said: “It’s terrifying – we’re told the dig will be going on for weeks. You can hear the drilling. “Everyone in the world is focused on this little corner of Gloucester.” Rose’s fellow lags at New Hall jail in West Yorkshire will be following the news but sources say the killer is unlikely to be tuning in herself. Mary, originally from South Shields, went missing on January 6, 1968. while waiting at a bus stop on Gloucester’s Bristol Road on her way to see boyfriend Trevor Merrett. She was clutching a Monopoly board game she planned to play. Several of its pieces were found on snow-covered ground near the bus stop. A silver locket, which the family believes belonged to Mary, was found by police at the Wests’ home. Rose first met Fred at Cheltenham bus station in early 1969. She had just turned 15 and he was 27. Over the next two decades they embarked on one of the UK’s worst killing sprees. (Image: PA) Mae said: “I probably asked mum about Mary when we were in safe houses. Police said we were the best officers they’d known – we’d question mum about things that they had just told us. “She never said anything. I don’t know how she would have known, because mum would have been 15 when Mary disappeared. “That’s not to say that they didn’t speak about it between them.” The latest twist in the West saga came after a TV team led by Sir Trevor McDonald uncovered potentially vital evidence. The crew – making a documentary for ITV – took a cadaver dog, trained to detect human remains, to The Clean Plate café. The animal reportedly reacted positively at a spot in the basement.
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. The production company alerted Gloucestershire Police and the property was sealed off and place under 24-hour guard. A month before Mary went missing, West is said to have carried out work in the café’s basement, laying a concrete floor and converting an area to the side of it into toilets.
But Mae wonders whether her father would have left a body there. She said: “How can they have evidence of a body being there? “We’ve been trying to work out what they’ve found because they never contact us. My dad needed to know where everything was, so would he have taken that risk in the middle of a busy town? "I know he [committed murders] in fields, but I just felt that he wouldn’t have risked that, doing it in a business with people coming in and out all the time. “But it was early days, you just don’t know.” Mae was beaten by her mother and sexually abused by her father as she grew up at the home where nine skeletons were found buried in the cellar and garden in 1994. She was the second of the couple’s eight children. Her older sister Heather, 16, and step-sister Charmaine, eight, were among the murder victims. Fred, 53, killed himself in jail in January 1995 before he could stand trial on 12 murders. Rose was convicted of 10 killings later that year. Mae kept in touch with her mother for 10 years after she was jailed but cut ties after Rose refused to reveal the truth about her crimes. Nowadays she says she lives a “different life” where she hides her horrific past from friends, colleagues and family under a new name. Mae said: “You get on with your life and it just comes up again. “It’s brilliant if they can put it all to rest for Mary’s family, but it just brings it all up again.
A police tent outside The Clean Plate cafe in Southgate Street, Gloucester.
“It’s torture, especially when you are getting on with your life. I’ve got a job and a husband and children but things like this bring it all back. “People I work with don’t even know. It’s like a completely different life and when it comes up I struggle with it. "I normally avoid stories but this time around, I don’t know why, I have seen it. It’s upsetting the family, my sisters are upset about it, but it feels much more intense than the usual things that come out. "Because it’s a search for a body it seems so much bigger than before. I thought the next thing would be mum’s death.”
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She added: “When I heard that mum had a bad illness, I called the prison and got told that I was not on her ‘list’ so I wouldn’t be told. I’m sure I’ll hear about her death online, before we even get told. "It’s 12 years since I spoke to her, that’s the last time I went to visit her. She’s an odd woman. You don’t question things. If you start to question things, it’s over.” Fred is reported to have admitted killing Mary to his son Stephen. But in police interviews, he denied any guilt.
Gloucestershire Police have said geophysical survey equipment is being used in the café cellar. Family liaison officers are supporting surviving members of Mary’s family. Her parents and elder brothers have passed away. A family spokesman said: “We are aware of the ongoing developments.”
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