Moors murderer Ian Brady has died aged 79

Amos Gonzales
May 18, 2017

Brady escaped the hangman's noose as the death penalty was abolished just months earlier.

All three were the victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Keith's mother, Winnie Johnson, had spent her life campaigning to try and find her son's remains, but she died in 2012 and was buried with his glasses having never found justice.

He appealed to him to agree to a meeting to aid the search on Saddleworth Moor for missing Keith's body - but received no reply. "I feel numb", he said.

Four out of five of his victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor on the south Pennines. Brady has died in high-security hospital at the age of 79, a spokesperson for the NHS trust in Merseyside said.

An inquest into his death is due to be opened at Southport Town Hall later.

Brady was found guilty of snatching and killing 12-year-old John Kilbride, Edward Evans, 17, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, while Hindley was convicted of murdering Downey and Evans and shielding her lover in the third case.

Brady and girlfriend Myra Hindley were jailed for killing five children in the 1960s, which became known as the "Moors Murders".

Brady's lawyer Robin Makin visited the child-killer two hours before his death and called his final moments "quite a moving situation".

He said: "He was in the last hours of his life so he was pretty weak but we were able to discuss a few things and sort out what he wanted to be done". One message said: "Sorry you didn't get the answers and knew where Keith was".

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"I would be very surprised if he really had information that was useful", he said. "That has to come from him".

Hindley and Brady were caught after involving Hindley's brother-in-law David Smith in the murder of Edward Evans in October 1965.

She was abducted by Brady and Hindley from a fairground on 26 December 1964 and lured to their house by asking her to help them carry some packages.

Ian Brady while in police custody prior to his court appearance for the Moors Murders.

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".

"He now takes his place in hell and he can rot there".

And in a series of never-before-seen letters he wrote to former BBC journalist Peter Gould, Brady - who died yesterday aged 79 - continued to tease the authorities from his prison cell. Reade's was uncovered but Bennett's grave has never been found.

John Kilbride's brother, Terry, told the Sun newspaper: "It's been years and years of anguish and pain for us and the families of the victims".

"He added: "[Brady's] dead, but we will have to still live with the nightmare that he left behind. Police interviewed her but could not corroborate the claims. He later admitted to two more murders in the 1980s.

Moors murderer Ian Brady takes secret of victim's burial site to his graveThe evidence seen and heard at their Chester Assizes trial chilled the hearts of those who sat through it.

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