Author claims Fred West killed Suzy Lamplugh
FRED WEST and his brother John abducted and murdered the missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.
That is the claim of a new book which suggests they then buried the Cheltenham-born 27-year-old beneath The Keep at Norton Barracks, near Pershore.
In Searching For Suzy, amateur crime researcher Graham McGredy-Hunt claims to have solved a mystery which has baffled detectives since the vivacious London estate agent vanished without trace 25 years ago.
The author, who lives in Tewkesbury, has spent many years privately investigating the case and is convinced serial sex killer Fred West and his brother John were responsible for Suzy's death.
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He also suggests that the Wests were likely to have been implicated in at least two other unsolved high-profile murders – Nicola Payne in 1992 and Carol Ann Park in 1976.
McGredy-Hunt also links Fred West to the murder of Shirley Banks in 1987 and concludes that convicted rapist John Cannon – serving life for her murder – did not kill her.
The author, who has been in close contact with the police over the years and has furnished them with his findings, is adamant that Rosemary West – currently serving ten life sentences for the Cromwell Street murders – was innocent.
Instead, McGredy-Hunt points the finger at John West as Fred's accomplice and claims that the brothers-in-crime could have been responsible for almost 100 sadistic sex killings over the years.
He makes the chilling suggestion that many of the murders, including Suzy Lamplugh's, were videoed by the Wests to sell as "snuff movies" for £150 apiece.
Suzy Lamplugh disappeared on July 26, 1986 after arranging to meet a "Mr Kipper" to view a property in Fulham.
Her car was found abandoned nearby with her purse still inside. Despite an exhaustive worldwide police search, she was never found.
The author maintains Mr Kipper was, in fact, John West and Suzy had made a word association to remind her of the potential client – "John West Kippers" – when she wrote the appointment in her diary.
Fred West was renowned for taking up building contracts all over the country and had done work on properties in Fulham in 1984, two years before Suzy's disappearance.
Suzy had also told her mother that a "Bristol businessman" kept pestering her and, shortly before the fateful day, she was going to tell him in no uncertain terms to leave her alone.
The author writes that the "Bristol businessman" was indeed Fred West, who was more than capable of putting on a smart suit and an act guaranteed to impress.
A senior police officer who was involved in the Fred West case and who has asked to remain anonymous told The Citizen: "All credit to the author for his painstaking research and he is, of course, entitled to his opinion.
"But there is no evidence to place Fred or John West in Fulham at that time."
The author said: "There will probably be some national interest in the content of this book, but I would like Gloucestershire to be the first to know what really happened to local girl Suzy.
"The investigation I began in 1999 has also provided surprising new information about Cromwell Street."
Fred and John West both committed suicide.
Searching for Suzy can be obtained through Amazon, from LuLu.com or from Alisons Bookshop in Tewkesbury.