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Wife of Alleged Serial Killer Charged with Sixth Murder

May 16, 1994

GLOUCESTER, England (AP) _ A 40-year-old mother was charged today with murdering a sixth woman whose body was found buried in her home, police said.

Rosemary West’s husband, Frederick West, is charged with murdering the same six women plus five others, including two of his daughters and his first wife.

Police said Mrs. West was charged with murdering Juanita Mott, 18, who vanished on April 11, 1975.

Miss Mott’s body and those of eight others, including that of 16-year-old Heather West, were found buried at the Wests’ house on Cromwell Street in Gloucester, 75 miles west of London.

Frederick West’s first wife, Catherine Costello, was found buried in a field about 10 miles northwest of Gloucester. Charmaine West, the 8-year-old daughter of West and his first wife, was found buried under a house on Midland Road, about 300 yards from the Cromwell Street house.

Rosemary and Frederick West, a 52-year-old builder, lived at Midland Road before moving to Cromwell Street.

Mrs. West is not charged with the murder of her daughter Heather, nor in the deaths of West’s first wife and their daughter, Charmaine.

Rosemary West, who married Frederick in 1972, more than a year before Heather was born, is also charged with three other offenses: raping an 11- year-old girl between July 1974 and July 1976; assaulting a 7-year-old boy between 1972 and 1974; and raping a girl between 1976 and 1980.

Rosemary and Frederick West had five other children besides Heather.

Police continue to dig under the house on Midland Road and in a field near where the remains of West’s first wife were discovered.

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