Whole-life orders: Meet the vile women who will die behind bars from Lucy Letby to Joanna Dennehy and Rose West | The Sun

EVIL Lucy Letby is just the fourth woman ever to be handed a whole-life prison sentence.

The killer nurse will die in jail – with victims' families slamming her for refusing to attend court.

Letby became Britain's most prolific child killer after she was convicted of murdering seven babies in a year-long reign of terror.

Here are the other vile women who will die behind bars after being handed whole life orders.

Myra Hindley

Moors Murderer Myra Hindley and her partner Ian Brady killed five children and buried them on the Manchester Moors.

Hindley was born in a working class suburb of Manchester in July 1942.

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In 1961 the 18-year-old joined Millwards Merchandise, a small chemical distributing firm in Gorton, Manchester, where she immediately fell for Ian Brady.

She became infatuated with him, and after a year the pair began a love affair, living together at her grandmother's house.

Brady was obsessed with Nazi philosophy and he and Hindley began reading books on Nazi atrocities.

Disillusioned Hindley began changing her appearance – dying her hair peroxide blonde and sporting short skirts and high boots.

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Their interests became increasingly perverse, and the pair planned bank robberies and took explicit photos of each other.

But their talk soon turned more sinister and Brady began to talk about how he wanted to commit the "perfect murder".

Together they killed five children between the ages of 10 and 17, four of whom were sexually assaulted.

Hindley died in jail in November 2002, aged 60, after suffering respiratory failure following a heart attack.

A member of the public left a banner at the entrance to the crematorium which read "Burn in hell".

Rose West

Notorious serial killer and abuser Rose West committed a series of heinous crimes with her husband during a twenty year crime spree.

She killed at least 10 women with husband Fred in their Gloucestershire home.

Her husband took his own life before standing trial.

Rose, who was born in Northam, Devon, on November 29, 1953, met Fred aged 15 when he was 13 years older at Cheltenham bus station.

Fred, then living in a caravan, pursued the teenager and within weeks she became a nanny to his children Charmaine and Anna Marie.

Rose and Fred moved to a flat in Gloucester and Rose began working as prostitute.

They secretly married in January 1972 and moved to 25 Cromwell Street.

Rose was the mother of four children – Heather, who was the final victim of the couple, Mae, Stephen and Barry – who died in 2021 of a suspected overdose.

The couple were convicted of sexual assaulting Caroline Roberts (formerly Caroline Owens) in January 1973, a former nanny, who they had abducted and drugged.

She was the only known victim of the sick couple who survived, she died of cancer at the age of 61 in 2016.

Cops discovered they would pick up or abduct girls from bus stops around Gloucester and imprison them for several days before killing them.

Rose murdered Charmaine West, Fred's daughter from his previous wife, single-handedly around June 1971.

Her husband was in prison at the time for theft.

Their sickening crimes began to unravel when Fred was accused of raping his 13-year-old daughter in 1992, and Rose was arrested for child cruelty.

While the case collapsed when their daughters refused to testify, cops launched a major investigation.

This was because the kids said the evil pair would regularly threaten to bury them "under the patio like their sister Heather", who had not been seen since 1987.

Police uncovered a number of mutilated female bodies in the garden and cellar of their Gloucestershire home.

In 1995 Rose was convicted of 10 murders, while Fred, who admitted 12 murders, hanged himself while on remand in prison.

He had confessed to killing up to 30 victims.

Rose was imprisoned at HMP Low Newton in Durham where guards are protecting her from other inmates.

West was jailed for life in 1995 and sentenced for murdering ten women.

Her daughter Mae believes her parents may have up to 30 more victims.

After her conviction, Rose lodged an appeal claiming that her husband committed the crimes alone, and that she had also been abused by him.

Since serving her time in prison, she has found religion and "believes God will forgive her".

Joanna Dennehy

Joanna Dennehy is a serial killer who is serving a life term in prison after murdering three men in Peterborough.

Dennehy ran away from home aged 16 and at her sentencing a judge said he believed she should never be released.

She pleaded guilty to the Peterborough ditch murders, as they were known – a series of three murders that took place in March 2013.

She stabbed two other men who were left fighting for their lives.

Psychiatrists later diagnosed her with "psychopathic, anti-social and emotional instability disorders".

Dennehy, from Peterborough, specifically targeted men during her killing spree, and said she did not want to kill a woman, especially not a woman with children.

The victims of Dennehy were all killed over a ten-day period in March 2013 and found in ditches in Cambridgeshire.

Her first victim was Polish national Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, who was her housemate.

On March 19, she stabbed him in the heart and dumped his body.

On March 29 she killed Falklands veteran John Chapman, 56.

The same day she also killed Kevin Lee – a property developer, landlord and her lover.

Dennehy recruited an accomplice, Gary Stretch who she was said to have "cast a spell over".

He was later jailed for life after he was found guilty of attempted murder.

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The pair drove to Hereford where Dennehy stabbed two more men, John Rogers and Robin Bereza – but both survived.

In October 2017 The Sun on Sunday reported Dennehy was bragging to fellow inmates how she had killed four people rather than three.

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