Vis­i­tor is ‘a friend for life’ with killer

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

GLOUCES­TER se­rial killer Rose West has “adopted” a prison vis­i­tor and even calls her “mum”, it has been claimed.

Mary Dixon, 79, has been a con­fi­dante of West for more than 20 years as she serves life for 10 mur­ders, in­clud­ing that of her daugh­ter Heather, 16.

The pair chat about pol­i­tics, re­li­gion and cur­rent af­fairs and de­vout Catholic Mary helps or­der clothes for the mur­derer on­line, re­ports the Mir­ror .

Mary said: “She adopted me. They all do.”

She said West con­tin­ues to protest her in­no­cence over her sick­en­ing crimes.

Many were buried un­der the floor­boards at their Cromwell Street home in Glouces­ter, which was later torn down.

No­to­ri­ous hus­band and wife Fred and Rose were charged with the com­bined mur­ders of 12 women be­tween 1967 and 1987.

Mass mur­derer Fred, 53, hanged him­self in Win­son Green Prison on New Year’s Day 1995 as he awaited trial for 12 mur­ders.

Mother-of-eight Rose, 64, is serv­ing a full-life term in Low New­ton Prison af­ter she was found guilty of her part in ten mur­ders, in­clud­ing daugh­ter Heather, at Winch­ester Crown Court in 1995.

Mary, who worked for the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Prison Vis­i­tors, first met Rose West two years later in Durham prison where her hus­band was a chap­lain.

She said vol­un­teer vis­i­tors were trusted by in­mates be­cause “we had noth­ing to gain... we were there be­cause we wanted to be there”.

Mary from New­ton Ay­cliffe, Co Durham, con­tin­ued to visit when Rose was trans­ferred to Bronze­field jail near Ash­ford, Sur­rey, more than 200 miles away.

Now West is back in Durham at Low New­ton jail and Mary be­lieves theirs will be a friend­ship for life.

She added: “She’ll never get out. As long as I am able to get there, or she is able to ring, I will con­tinue - just as I would with any other re­la­tion­ship.”

Mean­while, the daugh­ter of Glouces­ter se­rial killers Fred and Rose West has told her story in a new book.

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