Barry West was the youngest son of Fred and Rosemary West, who had long battled drug addiction, nightmares, and psychiatric problems, according to reports. He was found dead from a suspected overdose at a hostel in Maidstone, Kent.
He had long battled drug addiction, nightmares, and psychiatric problems, according to reports.
He was 40 years old.
Barry West Found Dead In Hostel
The tormented youngest son of Fred and Rosemary West has been found dead from a suspected overdose.
Barry West was just seven when he watched his parents beat his sister Heather to death at their Cromwell Street home in Gloucester.
Taken into care five years later, he was too scared to give evidence at his mother’s 1995 trial and was plagued by nightmares and psychiatric problems his entire life.
It is understood he had long battled drug addiction.
A family source said: ‘He never found peace, never escaped the ghosts of Cromwell Street. Of all the Wests’ younger children, Barry had the most difficult life.’
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Initially remaining in the Gloucester area after the trial, Barry later moved to a different part of the country, living under a new identity.
Barry was found dead at a hostel in Maidstone, Kent, according to the Mail on Sunday.
Because of the backlog in cases due to the coronavirus pandemic, an inquest will not be held until later in the New Year, according to the newspaper.
A family member who asked not to be named said Barry had died “some weeks ago”.
They added: “We heard he had died, but we know no more than that.”
During an interview in 2002, Barry recalled the night his sister was killed.
He said she came back home at about 3 am and her parents were waiting for her.
Barry said: “I heard my mum slap her, then I looked through the crack and saw my dad walk around behind her and put his leg out.
“Then he grabbed her neck and tripped her over.
“She went on to the floor. I could see her just a few feet away. Then my mum just booted her.
“She was kicking and kicking her and calling her a slag. My dad still had her by the throat.
“Then, when he tried to get her to do things to him, she refused. I think that’s why she ended up dead.”
Barry said his parents then wrapped Heather in some plastic and planned to get rid of her body before her siblings woke up.