Leo Samuel Goatley lives in Gloucester. He practised as a solicitor for over thirty-five years and during that time covered the full panoply of criminal law. He was Rose West's solicitor for twelve years and represented her throughout all proceedings arising from the House of Horrors murder investigation. Prior to starting his general practice he was a commercial lawyer with an insurance company. In his formative years his travelled around the world with his family, residing in Malta, Singapore and the USA, as his father was in the RAF.
Leo's energies are now directed full time to writing and the arts.
The Pangloss family has a sense of its own great past, which it harnesses to wrestle and rise above the grim poverty of pre-war Liverpool. Despite the harsh reality of their circumstances there is a life affirming energy and hubris in the Pangloss myth that they inhabit the best of all possible worlds. As the family diaspora continues through war, pestilence, and tragedy in the twentieth and then twenty-first century these deep-rooted notions are continually challenged and the subject of self-doubt and denial.
The principal character is David Pangloss, a moral, unassuming, high functioning insurance man, yet an unavoidably damaged and flawed human being with a deep-rooted penchant for voyeurism. There is a psychosexual tension that perversely dovetails with his wife Edwina while antagonising his talented, feisty daughter Abigail. Aspirational and socially mobile the family goes to live in Cheltenham.
The book also follows the life of David’s war hero cousin, Eamon, whose experience flying with 249 Squadron during the siege of Malta leaves him introspective as he battles and overcomes his demons as an exile in the peace and tranquillity of Goa, where he immerses himself in his beloved jazz music.
This fictional family saga is infused with a rollercoaster of events that are both terrible and momentous and yet largely follow a true to life historical trajectory that eventually becomes increasingly surreal. The catalogue of variously horrendous incidents has a resonance with the extravagant machinations, denial and irony conjured by Voltaire in his work Candide.
Leo Samuel Goatley practised as a solicitor for over thirty years, initially as an in-house insurance lawyer before setting up his own office in Gloucester, where he covered heavy duty criminal cases. In his formative years he travelled with his father, who was in the RAF, and so spent his childhood in Malta, Singapore and the USA, as well as in the UK. Leo holds Bachelor degrees in science and engineering, and a Masters in Fine Art.
Fred and Rose West, between them were charged with the serial murder of twelve young women and girls, spanning a period of over twenty years. While they were known to the police, incredibly the monsters that lurked within remained undetected, concealed in a cocoon of mundane domesticity, surrounded by children and the frenetic humdrum of Gloucester working-class life.
Yet their crimes had a depth of depravity and horror quite beyond belief, where this psychopathic folie à deux acted out uncontrollable sexual perversions on innocent young women before their lives were taken and their bodies destroyed. Fred committed suicide awaiting trial. Rose West was convicted in 1995 of ten murders after a lengthy trial at Winchester Crown Court.
So, who were Fred and Rose West, and how did they become the monsters they were? What in their respective nurturing and personalities made them do what they did?
These are the questions the law does not ask. Rose West’s solicitor for twelve years, Leo Samuel Goatley, uses an eclectic mix of experience and knowledge to offer some philosophical leads to consider and apply in a subjective and innovative psychoanalysis to the aberrant lives of Fred and Rose West.
Leo Samuel Goatley lives in Gloucester. He has practised as a solicitor for over thirty-five years and during that time covered the full panoply of criminal legal aid work. From 1992 to 2004 Goatley acted for Rose West, firstly in proceedings relating to child abuse allegations and then from 1994 onwards in the ‘House of Horrors’ trial and subsequent appeal relating to the serial killing of young women and girls by Fred and Rose West. Prior to qualifying he attended the College of Law in Chester.