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TV Show Tricked Into Giving Shoutout To Two Of The UK's Worst Serial Killers

TV Show Tricked Into Giving Shoutout To Two Of The UK's Worst Serial Killers

The New Zealand network has apologised after they shared an image of Fred and Rosemary West with a message from their children.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Two New Zealand breakfast TV show hosts have been left red-faced after being tricked into giving a shoutout to two of the UK's worst serial killers.

The hosts turned to a lighthearted segment, Today's the Day, where they let their audience members send in photos of their loved ones in the hope they'll get a mention

However, one prankster thought it would be funny to send in a picture of Fred and Rosemary West and asked for the hosts to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

The TV hosts weren't given the real names of the British couple who murdered more than half a dozen people, however their picture was plastered on the screen.

They said the photo of 'Francis and Violet Eastwood' was their children's favourite and claimed it was taken on their honeymoon in 1990.


The hosts said: "Your adoring children Dan, Rachel and Edwin, who 'say you're the most caring parents they could ask for'."

The network has since apologised for the mishap and promised it will never happen again.

General manager of corporate communications for the network, Rachel Howard, told the New Zealand Herald: "An image of Rosemary and Fred West was sent into the Breakfast team along with a false back story for our Today's the Day segment. Unfortunately, this wasn't caught before going to air.

"We sincerely apologise to our viewers who saw this error on screen. Jenny-May spoke to our viewers as soon as the mistake was realised and noted that we take responsibility for getting things right and we are now adding extra steps to make sure we're not taken advantage of in this way again.

"We are disappointed someone chose to mislead us when this daily segment is an opportunity for our audience to share their positive news."

The basement of the West's home on Cromwell Street, in Gloucester.

Rosemary was born in Northam, North Devon, in November 1953, and at just 16 years old began dating future husband, Fred, who was 12 years her senior.

Over the course of 20 years the couple tortured, raped, and murdered women, many of them buried beneath the floorboards of their home, on Cromwell Street.

The couple were eventually caught by police in 1994, but in January 1995 Fred killed himself before he could stand trial.

However, wife Rose was later convicted of ten murders, including that of her daughter - Heather, who was buried under the couple's garden patio - and sentenced to life in prison.

Featured Image Credit: TVNZ

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