Mum who attacked Rose West in jail says killer ‘has fan club full of sickos’

A former prisoner who attacked notorious murderer Rose West has shed light on the twisted killer's life behind bars, claiming she "walks around jail like she owns it".

The 66-year-old serial killer was convicted in 1995 for the murder of her eight-year-old stepdaughter in 1971 and daughter Heather, 16.

Rose was found guilty of 10 murders alongside husband Fred, and they hid their bodies at their family home, dubbed the House of Horrors.

She is now being held at HMP Low Newton in Durham, where mum Julie McAllister says she punched the Cromwell Street killer in the face while they were both incarcerated.

The mum-of-two was hailed a hero after she described the assault on a documentary about Rose West and Myra Hindley, which aired last week.

And now Julie has told ChronicleLive of her anger at seeing the seemingly good life West was leading in jail – and revealed all about her "sick" fans.

The 41-year-old said: "I stand by my beliefs and I don't like paedophiles.

"The system rewards paedophiles. They kept me locked up for 23 hours a day, when paedophiles were getting treated like royalty.

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"Rose West is fit and healthy. She's a stocky thing with a horrible attitude."

Julie was serving time in Durham's HMP Low Newton, after being convicted of arson when she came face-to-face with West, in 2016.

She later told the Chronicle how she jumped on the vile killer, who is serving a life sentence for murdering 10 children, after becoming sickened by the adulation she attracted.

“West has got a fan club, she gets the most fan mail," she said.

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“She walks around the jail like she owns it. I got sick of it so I cracked her.

"She is a horrible, vile woman. The fact she still gets fan mail shows there are some sick people out there.”

Julie relived the moment she attacked West when she was interviewed by Sir Trevor McDonald for the documentary Rose West & Myra Hindley: Their Untold Story, which aired last Monday.

She said: "I was in the dining hall and Rosemary West came in and she asked to sit at my table. I said, ‘No, you can’t’ and she actually spat on us.

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“She was standing in the queue, talking to the prisoners about how she’d cook them cakes. I tapped her on the shoulder and I punched her straight in the face. Caught her in the eye, because you could hear the thud when she hit the floor.

"I knocked Rose West clean out and I’m shouting, ‘I’ll do it again because I’m a mother’. And the full dining hall ended up on the tables, giving us a round of applause.”

Viewers soon took to Twitter to praise Julie for standing up to evil West.

One wrote: "This woman is a legend". While another tweeted: "'I knocked Rose West clean out' this woman is a British national treasure #roseandmyra."

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And another viewer posted: "Well, I think your criminal record should be wiped clean for doing that fantastic public service.."

Julie's attack on Rose resulted in the mum, who is from Kenton in Newcastle, being transferred to HMP Styal in Cheshire meaning her family on Tyneside found it difficult to visit.

However, she claims she is the real reason why West was transferred out of HMP Low Newton to New Hall jail in Wakefield last year.

Julie says when she was returned to the prison West, who had been a Low Newton inmate since 2008, was moved out so that she would not be in the same prison as her attacker.

However, it was reported at the time that West was transferred after murderer Joanna Dennehy threatened to kill her.

Julie said: "She didn't want to leave Low Newton, she had it so cushty in Low Newton.

"The real reason why she's not at Low Newton is because I arrived back at Low Newton and I hit her in my first sentence. I'm the real reason why."

West was sentenced to a full life order for her part in the sexual assault and murder of 10 children with her husband Fred, who killed himself before he could face justice.

Remains of the couple's victims, who included their own daughter, were found at their home on Cromwell Street in Gloucester.

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