Sister of Fred West victim to give book talk

Gloucester, 28th July 1994,  Fred West laughing with prison officers leaves Gloucester Magistrates Court.
Gloucester, 28th July 1994, Fred West laughing with prison officers leaves Gloucester Magistrates Court.
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THE sister of one of serial killers Fred and Rosemary West’s victims will be reliving the nightmare that has haunted her for almost 40 years.

Marian Partington’s sister, Lucy, was abducted and killed by serial killers Fred and Rosemary West in 1973.

The 21-year-old’s remains were found in 1994 in a basement in Gloucester – 21 years after her disappearance.

Earlier this year, Marian released a book, If You Sit Very Still, as a way of dealing with the trauma, where she reclaims Lucy from the status of victim and charts her own narrative of healing. She will be talking about her book at an event in Durham cathedral.

Marian said: “The grotesque details surrounding Lucy’s death are part of my life. It is not possible to pretend it didn’t happen.

“It is hardly possible to understand. But there is something about trying to get the measure of it before we can let go of it.

“It is the distance to be walked in the shaping of this book.”

Becoming For-Giving takes place in Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral on Thursday at 7pm as part of Durham Book Festival, where Marian can be heard in conversation with Canon Stephen Cherry.

Stephen said: “Since I first heard Marian’s story I have been enormously impressed both by her emotional honesty and her determination somehow to bring good out of evil.”

Tickets for the event cost £5, concessions £4, and can be bought by phoning the Gala Theatre box office on 332 4041.

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