Frederick West, the 53-year-old builder accused in the murder of 12 women and girls in the grisly “House of Horrors” case, was found hanged in his prison cell Sunday.
West and his wife, Rosemary, 41, had been scheduled to go on trial next month for the series of killings that shocked the nation, with body after body found in and around the Wests’ home in Gloucester.
The Prison Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding West’s death, but preliminary reports from Birmingham’s Winson Green Prison indicated it was a suicide.
His wife, who is in prison near Bristol accused of assisting in nine murders, was told of her husband’s death later Sunday by her lawyer.
West was arrested last February after one of the biggest police searches in recent years.