Holly Willoughby was left in disbelief on This Morning after an expert speculated that there could be dozens of undiscovered Fred West victims.
It comes as six areas of a cafe toilet are being excavated by detectives searching for the body of a girl feared to be killed by the depraved serial killer.
Police were seen carrying objects, including a number of wooden doors, out of The Clean Plate Cafe in Gloucester yesterday.
Mary Bastholm, 15, disappeared more than 50 years ago and her body has never been found, though she is suspected to have been murdered by the prolific serial killer.
Discussing the latest development, criminologist professor David Wilson appeared on the show to discuss the extent of the killer’s crimes, saying that there were ‘gaps’ in the killer’s timeline.
Discussing the possible number of victims still undiscovered, David said: ‘Fred West on one occasion said that he had killed 20 [people], on other occasions he said that he’d killed up to 30.
‘He was convicted of 12, and if he killed 20 there’s another eight victims. If we take the more exaggerated estimate, he said he killed up to 30. Therefore there are another 18 victims.’
Discussing possible unsolved murders in Scotland, he added: ‘And let’s also remember that before he goes to Gloucester, he lived in Glasgow, and there are a number of unsolved murders of women in his target, who were also went missing when he was living in Glasgow, and their bodies might also be part of this further investigation. As a consequence of what It’s happening today in Gloucester.’
‘My god,’ a horrified Holly said after the discussion, looking visibly unsettled.
Holly was left unsettled by the discussion (Picture: ITV)
A police-issued photograph of killer Fred West (Picture: PA)
West is known to have committed at least 12 murders between 1967 and 1987 in Gloucestershire – the majority with second wife Rose. All the victims were young women and at least eight of the murders included rape and torture.
The couple were arrested and charged in 1994, but Fred died by suicide prior to conviction. Rose was convicted of 10 murders and sentenced to 10 life terms with a whole life order in November 1995. She remains in prison.
This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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