Death of journalist and Moors Murders author
Thursday 16th January 2014 @ 14:54 by Max Wieland
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ROBERT WILSON: His books about the Moors Murders were best sellers.

ROBERT WILSON: His books about the Moors Murders were best sellers.

The death has occurred of an investigative journalist from Tameside who covered the Moors Murders and wrote two best selling books on Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Robert Wilson, who was 75, died on Friday night in Tameside Hospital, with his family  at his bedside.

He leaves his wife Patricia, two daughters, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Robert had been a journalist all his working life, spending years as a freelance when he retired.

He loved the life and the never ending  search for stories, the thrill of the chase never deserting  him.

He joined our newspaper, then the Reporter Group, when in his teens,  later moving to the Grimsby Evening Telegraph.

Robert, who lived in Dukinfield, carved out an illustrious career, joining the Manchester Evening News, before moving to the nationals.

He worked for the Daily Express and the Daily Star and  it was while with the Express that he spent days covering the trial of Brady and Hindley at Chester Assizes.

Robert took copious notes at the trial and amassed a wealth of material which led him to write ‘The Devil’s Disciples’ which was a best seller.

Robert spent some time on Fleet Street as an accomplished reporter covering some of the biggest stories of the day.

Although he had been ill for the last few years, Robert remained cheerful and alert.

Details of Robert’s funeral had not been released as we went to press yesterday, but it is expected to be attended by the scores of current and ex-newspaper people who knew him as a well-respected and well-liked colleagues and friend.