Ian Brady dies at 79, refused to reveal victim Bennett’s location

Ian Brady dies at 79, refused to reveal victim Bennett’s location


Moors Murderer Ian Brady has died at the age of 79.

Brady had been held at the secure psychiatric unit Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside since 1985 after being diagnosed as a psychopath.

Brady was detained and sentenced to three life sentences in 1965 for the murder of three children, 12-year-old John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10, and Edward Evans, 17. He later admitted to the killings of Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, who was 12.

Brady and his partner Myra Hindley, who died in 2002, were active between 1963 and 1965. Their trial became notorious in part due to the tape they made of the last hours of their victim Lesley Ann Downey, which was played to the jury.

Hindley and Brady buried four of their victims on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester. However the burial place of Keith Bennett has never been revealed.

Bennett’s mother Winnie Johnson, who died in 2012, repeatedly pled for Brady to reveal the information. Bennett’s family are still active in their search and run the website Searching for Keith.

Greater Manchester Police stated that the force has not given up the search and that Brady’s death did “not change that”.

“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, said
Martin Bottomley, head of Greater Manchester Police’s cold case unit.

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

Since 1999 Brady had been calling for his right to die. His repeated hunger strikes to this end had resulted in force feeding, as he was deemed mentally ill.

In 2013, he unsuccessfully attempted to transfer to a Scottish prison where he would not be force-fed and could “have control over the manner and timing of his death”.

The Mersey Care Trust was unable to confirm the cause of Brady’s death, but said he had been given oxygen for some time. His lawyers have previously confirmed that he had emphysema. A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said Brady had died at 18:03 BST on Monday.

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