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"She Must Have Known" : The Trial Of Rosemary West

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Frederick West cheated everybody when he hung himself on New Year's Day 1995. Was this a sign of overwhelming guilt? Was West criminally insane or merely a sexual sadist of the worst kind? Brian Masters sets out to answer these questions. Attending the Rosemary West trial on a daily basis, Masters has come up with a penetrating study of the sexual obsession that led to the measured killing of twelve women and girls. In the wake of the horrific detail of murder, sadism and torture that has come to light in the last few months, Masters, from his privileged courtroom vantage point, looks closely at how and why ordinary human beings were driven to serial killing of the most devious kind, and how an evil psychopath was able to ensnare so many in a web of unseeing complicity. He unravels with particular precision the legal means used to bring the whole matter to trial and weighs the evidence coolly and objectively. Brian Masters has established his reputation as an authority on the criminal and psychopathic mind. This is his highly reasoned and psychologically acute look at what has become Britain's serial-killer trial of the century.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 106 x 178 x 32mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552545368
  • 9780552545365
  • 553,370

About Brian Masters

Brian Masters has written over twenty books on subjects as diverse as French literature, the dukedoms in Great Britain, E.F. Benson and Marie Corelli. His groundbreaking study of mass murderer Dennis Nilsen, Killing for Company, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in 1985. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer and The Evil that Men Do. He is also highly regarded for his journalism, in particular his weekly column in the Mail on Sunday's magazine Night and Day. He lives in France.show more

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"'Anyone reading this brilliant book will wonder whether justice was really done'" -- A.N. Wilson * Evening Standard * "'Brian Masters is a very fine writer who consistently questions the nature of justice and how it is administered'" -- Minette Walters "'By far the most interesting book on the subject...profound and illuminating'" -- Anthony Daniels * Sunday Telegraph * "'Like the author's previous books on Nilsen and Dahmer, it sets out the facts in detail, so the reader can make up his own mind. A classic of criminological literature'" -- Colin Wilson * Spectator * "'Masters has marshalled his arguments with such skill that one wonders why he is not making his fortune at the bar...another serious, compelling account of a serial killer'" -- Anthony Storr * The Sunday Times *show more

Back cover copy

The trial of Rosemary West was the culmination of one of the century's most notorious murder investigations. The bodies found at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, outraged a nation and led to the arrest of Frederick West for the killings of twelve young women. When he then hung himself on New Year's Day 1995, he seemed to have cheated justice. The subsequent trial of his wife for the same crimes was a media sensation. From his courtroom vantage point, Brian Masters examines the evidence put to the jury and the facts behind the case. In this psychologically acute and legally penetrating account, he looks at how and why an evil psychopath was able to ensnare so many in a web of unseeing complicity.show more

Review Text

"'Like the author's previous books on Nilsen and Dahmer, it sets out the facts in detail, so the reader can make up his own mind. A classic of criminological literature'"show more

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