Moors murderer Ian Brady dies, aged 79

Police photographs of Moors murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady taken just after their arrest.
Police photographs of Moors murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady taken just after their arrest.

Moors murderer Ian Brady, who along with Myra Hindley killed five children in the 1960s, has died in prison, aged 79.

The pair carried out the infamous murders during a killing spree that spanned from 1963 to 1965, sexually assaulting their victims before burying four of them on Saddleworth Moor outside Manchester.

The Glasgow-born serial killer, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, was a patient at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside where he was receiving palliative care. He had been bedridden for the last couple of years of his imprisonment.

His death comes just hours after he was urged to “do the right thing” and reveal where the last of his child victims is buried.

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

Brady and Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered their victims before burying them on moorland outside Manchester.

The lovers’ first victim was 16-year-old Pauline Reade, a neighbour of Hindley’s, who disappeared on her way to a dance on 12 July 1963.

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They would go on to kill four others; John Kilbride, 12; Keith Bennett, 12; Lesley-Ann Downey, 10 and Edward Evans, 17.

Fifty years on, Keith Bennett has never been recovered.

Before he died, John Kilbride’s brother Terry begged him to tell police where he dumped the body of Keith Bennett.

“I would beg him to do the right thing on his deathbed and tell us where Keith is,” he said. “Now is the time for him to stop playing tricks and come clean.

“If he takes it to the grave, I will feel so sorry for Keith’s family.”

Brady was jailed for three murders in 1966 and has been at Ashworth since 1985. He and Hindley later confessed to another two murders.

In 2013 he asked to be moved to a Scottish prison so he could not be force fed, as he could be in hospital, and where he could be allowed to die if he wishes.

His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness.

In February he was refused permission to launch a High Court fight to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal where the decision would be reviewed.