My close encounter as a 15-year-old girl with serial killer Rose West

A dark cloud hanging over her home city after a schoolgirl went missing permeated over teenager Jennifer Ashcroft – but more than 40 years on it has led to an autobiography that has served to exorcise some of her demons.

Jenny, of Sawbridgeworth, told the Indie how her childhood turned sour at 15 when her mother died. It led to her wandering the streets of Worcester – and a close encounter with serial killer Rosemary West.

“I used to walk about the streets, and one day this pleasant lady came up to me and asked me if I liked make-up,” said Jenny, now 56.

Jenny Ashcroft, left, and serial killers Fred and Rosemary West (46785788)

“I got chatting with her and she asked if I wanted to sit in her car and do this make-up survey. Something about the questions she was asking just didn’t seem right so I made

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