Ian Brady, Moors murderer, dies aged 79


He said according to the BBC: “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”.

“I have worked closely with Alan Bennett since the death of his mother Winnie and have always had the impression that he is close to finding the body of his brother Keith”.

Another said: “My thoughts are with Alan Bennett and his family”.

He told the programme: “To know that your daughter was lost, alone and murdered and then actually her death was recorded, the grief can never ever be etched from your mind”.

Brady’s lawyer, Robin Makin, was one of the last people to see the killer alive.

The 79-year-old killer died on Monday, hours after he was urged to “do the right thing” and reveal where the last of his child victims was buried.

“It seems a bit unlikely but we are not giving up hope”.

The slaying of Brady and Hindley’s youngest victim, Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10, at Christmastime in 1964 sealed their reputation for pure wickedness.

The killings began on 12 July 1963 when Hindley lured Pauline Reade into her vehicle as the 16-year-old walked to a dance at a railwaymen’s club in Manchester.

He died at Ashworth Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit in Merseyside where he had been detained since 1985.

In 2013, Brady was denied a request to relocate to a Scottish prison where he wouldn’t be force fed and where he could be allowed to die, if he so wished.

Detective Superintendent Steve Heywood, who led the search for Keith’s body, said in 2009 he believed Brady did know where his body was. Only two of the hundreds of letters the murderous couple shared have been made public, amid fears the revelations would traumatise the family members of the Moors Murders five victims. He’s dead but we will have to still live with the nightmare that he left behind.

The body of the third victim, 12-year-old Keith, was never found.

Moors murderer Ian Brady has died in hospital aged 79, an NHS spokesman has said.

Brady escaped the hangman’s noose as the death penalty was abolished just months earlier and was handed three life sentences.

“It was obvious that the end was fairly close”.

The inquest heard his cause of death was cor pulmonale, a type of heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or lung disease.

It is the official photo of Ian Brady issued by British police during the trial in the 1960s.

He said: “When somebody dies, it is natural in a civilised society that we show compassion. However, there are exceptions and this monster is one of them”.

Conceding that he did not have the legal power to withhold the body he said the decision was the “right and proper moral judgment to make” as it would be “offensive” if they were.

Brady and Hindley took police back to the moor to look for Bennett’s grave, but it was never found.

The victims’ relatives spoke of relief and joy at Brady’s death. “Whilst we are not actively searching Saddleworth Moor, we will act on credible and actionable information that will help lead us to him”.

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