The daughter of serial sex killer Fred West yesterday slammed plans for a new television drama about her father – which she claims prevents his victims from moving on.
Anne-Marie Davies said the ITV programme ‘Appropriate Adult’ would ”open old wounds” and affect those who had lost their ”loved ones”.
She was raped and beaten as a child by her dad and attempted suicide by drowning in 1999 by throwing herself from a bridge in Gloucester, but was rescued.
Anne-Marie’s partner, who asked not to be named, spoke out as she was ”too upset” over news of the programme, which is due to be aired next month.
He said: ”We feel sorry for all the family members and people who have lost loved ones who will be affected by such programmes.
”When this rears its ugly head again it just opens old wounds and prevents those who suffered from being able to put it to bed.
”Sadly these programmes are more about making money than making a point and it has a detrimental effect on us.”
Producers have spent three years painstakingly researching the ‘docu-drama’ that focuses on the period between monster West’s arrest and his suicide in 1995.
The two-part show will focus on how Fred West confided in Janet Leach, the voluntary worker who sat in on his police interviews.
The Wire star Dominic West will play the Cromwell Street mass murderer, while Gosford Park star Emily Watson will take on the part of Janet Leach.
Monica Dolan will play Rosemary West, who is currently serving life at HMP Low Newton, Durham, for the murders of 10 young women.
Appropriate Adult executive producer Jeff Pope said: ”Our intention is to produce a sober and thought-provoking drama based on a true story.
”We have developed the script over the past three years and it provides a unique insight into the police investigation which led to the arrest of Fred and Rose West and the crucial role Janet Leach played as the ‘Appropriate adult’.”
A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire Police said they had been consulted with by ITV over Appropriate Adult.
She said: ”We are assured that the producers are sensitive to the continued distress experienced by those who were both directly and indirectly affected by the horrific crimes committed by the Wests.”
Film director Derek Jones, who made a Channel Five documentary on Fred West in 2001.
He added: ”Anything that rakes up the story is going to be upsetting to the family (of West) and to the families of the victims – I completely understand that.”
Fred and Rose tortured, raped and murdered at least 12 young women and girls, many at the couple’s home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, between 1967 and 1987.
West confessed, retracted and then re-confessed to the murder of his daughter Heather. Rose West was arrested in April 1994 on sex offences but later convicted of multiple murder.
Fred West was charged with a total of 12 murders and wife Rose with 10.
West hanged himself on January 1, 1995, while on remand in his cell at Winsom Green Prison in Birmingham.