Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Notorious Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies

Brady and his lover and accomplice Myra Hindley murdered five children, including Bennett, in the 1960s.

In comments reported by the Manchester Evening News, he said: "When somebody dies, it is natural in a civilised society that we show compassion".

He said support from well-wishers "means more than I could ever put in to words".

They buried four of their victims in graves on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester, earning them the nickname the "Moors Murderers".

Glasgow-born Brady had been held at Ashworth High Secure Hospital since 1985 and died at 6.03pm last night.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust confirmed a 79-year-old patient had died after becoming "physically unwell".

An inquest into his death opened this afternoon in Southport after he passed away at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside around 6pm yesterday.

Brady and Hindley were found guilty of killing Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride 12, Keith Bennet, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, ten, and Edward Evans, 17.

He later confessed to the murders of Keith Bennett and Pauline Reade (16) together with Hindley.

But so universally loathed were the Moors Murderers that no politician would contemplate releasing Hindley and she died in prison in November 2002 from a chest infection following a heart attack.

Brady's lawyer Robin Makin, the executor of his will, visited him in the hours before his death to discuss his legal wishes and funeral arrangements.

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"It is especially saddening for the family of Keith Bennett that his killers did not reveal to police the whereabouts of Keith's burial site".

Mr Makin told Radio 4's Today programme: "I would be very surprised if he really had information that was useful".

Speaking in February 2013, Martin Bottomley, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "As soon as we were made aware of the existence of this alleged letter, we made exhaustive attempts to obtain it to establish whether or not its contents would assist us in finding Keith's body".

The so-called "Moors Murderer" and his then-girlfriend, Myra Hindley, were convicted of three murders in 1966.

He added Brady was "probably tortured by the crimes he and Hindley had committed and could never really face up to them".

He said: "I would like an assurance before I do so that first of all the person who asked to take over responsibility for that funeral has a funeral director willing to deal with the funeral and that he has a crematorium willing and able to cremate Mr Stewart-Brady's body". The thoughts of everyone within Greater Manchester Police are with the families who lost loved ones in the most painful and traumatic way.

"He now takes his place in hell and he can rot there and as far as I am concerned".

"That resulted in the warrants we carried out in the South Wales area and at Ashworth Hospital in August 2012".

Winnie Johnson, mother of Keith Bennett.

The Brady/Hindley trial heard tape recordings of the torture of 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey, in which she was heard begging for mercy.

The pair abducted their victims from streets in the north of England and Brady sexually assaulted them before killing them.

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