House of Horrors of ‘Oz's Fred and Rose West’ who raped & killed women after chillingly codenaming plot ‘the munchies’

NUMBER three Moorhouse Street today outwardly shows no sign of the murders and rapes by Australia’s answer to Fred and Rose West.

The suburban home in Perth went on sale earlier this year as "restored, renewed, refreshed" —  yet nothing will ever expunge its dark history. 

Unlike the Wests’ now demolished 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester, the home on Moorhouse Street in Perth Australia still stands and was sold earlier this year to a young couple for a bargain £250,000.

Nearly 35 years ago husband and wife serial killers David and Catherine Birnie butchered four women and tried to kill a fifth in 1986.

The Birnies were considered by neighbours to be a quiet and respectable couple. 

In reality, they were anything but.

They would inject heroin and gobble prescription drugs while living out their sick sexual fantasies in torture rooms.

Posing as a friendly couple to win the trust of their victims, the depraved pair viciously killed 22-year-old Mary Neilson, 15-year-old Susannah Candy, 31-year-old Noellene Patterson and 21-year-old Denise Brown.

The string of deaths became known as the Moorhouse murders, after the Birnies’ street address.

Kate Moir, 17, was their fifth and final victim but she managed to escape their evil clutches by crawling out of a bedroom window when the Birnie's were distracted.

The teen ran to the police who then investigated and exposed to the world what had been going on inside the house of horrors.

She later spoke out about her trauma in a TV interview, recalling how she was shackled to the bed in shiny chains.

While the "mustard-coloured robe" David wore as he attacked his victims still sticks in her memory.

Today Catherine Birnie is behind bars after receiving four life sentences. 

But like Fred West, her husband cheated justice by killing himself in jail.


Cruel Catherine and David would stalk the streets in their car hunting for young women.

When she saw a woman she liked the look of she’d say the code "I've got the munchies".

If he fancied the potential victim as well, he'd turn back to his wife and say: "I've got the munchies too."

They would then use their disarming charm to lure their victims into the car.

Once inside the vehicle, they were trapped.

They would then be taken to the home in Moorehouse Street where their ordeal would unfold. 


Here they were chained to the bed where they were raped, tortured, and murdered by David.

As he did this, Catherine would become thrilled as she took photographs.

The killing spree started in the Spring of 1986.

Catherine was then 35, and was a mother of six. 

She abandoned her children before the murders, so she could be with David whom she was captivated by.

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