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

Alain Brian
Mai 19, 2017

Brady, with his then girlfriend Myra Hindley, are notorious for sexually torturing and murdering five children between 1963 and 1965 and burying at least four of the bodies on Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham.

Brady, who was jailed in 1966, died at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside - where he had been detained for 32 years - just after 6pm on Monday.

Greater Manchester Police have said they will never close the case of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett, despite the death of Ian Brady.

The senior coroner for Sefton, Christopher Sumner, said he would not authorise the release of Brady's body until he had been assured that the ashes would not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor.

He said: 'I had written to him several times asking for meetings so we could look at photographs, maps and plans of the area to help him to identify the spot where Keith was buried but he has never responded to me.

Mr Bottomley praised the "incredible dignity" of the families of the victims of Moors Murderers Brady and Myra Hindley.

He was one of five young children to die at the hands of Brady and Hindley.

"I also wanted to have assurance that when Mr Stewart-Brady is cremated his ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor".

Detective Superintendent Steve Heywood, who led the search for Keith's body, said in 2009 he believed Brady did know where his body was.

Keith Bennett was taken after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day, 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965.

The official cause of death was given as corpul monale (heart failure) and obstructive pulmonary disease.

Keith's heartbroken mother, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 after fighting tirelessly for decades to find her son and provide a Christian burial.

"I think that if he had been able to assist in its location it would have happened in the 1980s".

"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".

'It seems a bit unlikely but we are not giving up hope'.

Brady was said to have blamed changes in the landscape for being unable to trace the remains when he was taken back to the scene of his grisly crimes under police escort in 1987.

It is not yet known what will become of Brady's remains, though the child killer had reportedly revealed his wishes to be cremated and scattered in his native Glasgow in a letter to a pen pal.

"I don't think there will be anybody today mourning the death of somebody who brought so much misery to so many people".

He went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.

The inquest heard that the killer had been receiving palliative care for the past two weeks and had had his feeding tube removed on 11 May.

Brady's lawyer Robin Makin, the executor of his will, said that the murderer did not pass any information about Bennett in the moments before his death.

The inquest was adjourned until June 29.

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