Moors Murderer Ian Brady confirmed dead
Monday 15th May 2017 @ 22:58 by Adam Higgins
Mossley & Saddleworth News

Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who killed five children in and around Greater Manchester with his lover Myra Hindley, has died aged 79.

The notorious serial killer, who has never shown any remorse for his crimes, was jailed in 1966 for the murders of 12-year-old John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10, and Edward Evans, 17, in crimes that shocked the nation.

Brady and Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s, burying the bodies of four of the victims on Saddleworth Moor.

John was approached by Hindley at Ashton Market in November 1963 before being lured into a car and taken to the moor where he was sexually assaulted and strangled to death by Brady.

While, in October 1965, Brady met Edward at Manchester Central railway station and invited him to his home in Hattersley, where the apprentice engineer was beaten to death with an axe.

It was 21 years later when they finally admitted they had also killed Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.

Pauline’s body was found but it’s believed Keith’s is still somewhere on the moors in Saddleworth. Brady never revealed where he buried the remains.

Martin Bottomley, the head of Greater Manchester Police’s cold case unit, said the force would never give up the search for Keith and Brady’s death did “not change that”.

He said: “Our aim, as it always has been, is to find where Keith is buried and give closure to his surviving family members so they can give Keith the proper burial they so desperately want.

“Whilst we are not actively searching Saddleworth Moors, we will act on credible and actionable information that will help lead us to him.

“Following the death of Brady, our thoughts – as they have been for over 50 years – remain with the families of all of his victims. For decades they have suffered, not only from the unimaginable loss of their loved ones but they have also had to endure years of endless stories, speculation and rumour.

“They have lived with the shadow of Brady hanging over them for so long, and have showed incredible dignity in the face of such adversity.

“I do not want to comment on Brady at all. The thoughts of everyone within Greater Manchester Police are with the families who lost loved ones in the most painful and traumatic way.”

Brady had been held at Ashworth Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit in Merseyside, where he had been receiving palliative care since 1985.

He had reportedly fallen seriously ill in the last few days with cancer.

His death was announced on Monday evening.

A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “We can confirm a 79-year-old patient in long term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming physically unwell.”