If the walls of 25 Cromwell Street had ears, what horrifying acts would they have overheard during the occupancy of serial killers Fred and Rose West? A house where brutal torture sessions and grisly murders were a regular occurrence, and young women and girls were routinely dismembered and buried in the cellar or under the garden patio. When the police investigation concluded that the Wests had between them murdered at least 12 females whilst living at the house and their killers were finally brought to justice, 25 Cromwell Street had to be torn down to stop souvenir hunters from collecting items from the grounds to sell or to keep as memorabilia.
Such buildings retain something of their previous lives. After the evidence has been removed and the perfetrators imprisoned or executed, an aura of horror, fear and disgust lingers on for decades, sometimes centrues. These places become 'the haunted house', or 'the bogey man's lair' to generations of loceal school children, who stare at the pavement, or run quickly past in order to avoid whatever evil still lurks behind the darkeded windows. Houses of Death explores these infamous buildings, the murderers and the victims who called them 'home', as well as the bizarre and bloody events which took place within their walls.