Moors Murderer Ian Brady Dies, Aged 79

The Moors Murderer Ian Brady has died at a high security psychiatric hospital in Merseyside.

The 79-year-old killed five young children back in the 1960s, with the help of girlfriend Myra Hindley, who died in 2002. They tortured the children before burying some of their bodies.

Neither of the pair ever revealed where one of the victims, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, was buried. Tragically, Keith's mother, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 without knowing the whereabouts of her son's body.

Hindley died in prison at the age of 60.


John Kilbride, 12, and Lesley-Ann Downey, 10. Credit: PA Images

The cause of Brady's death is not yet clear, but he was reported to be receiving palliative care from nurses around the clock in recent days.

Two private ambulances were seen leaving the grounds of the hospital on Monday night.

Brady and Hindley together sexually tortured and murdered five children and teenagers, aged between 10 and 17, in the 1960s.

Four of their victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor near Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Brady's death comes after fresh pleas to reveal where he and Hindley had buried Bennett, sparked by the news of his declining health.

Terry Kilbride, the brother of one of the other victims, John Kilbride, told the Sun: "I would beg him to do the right thing on his deathbed and tell us where Keith is.


Edward Evans. Credit: PA Images

"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. There will only ever be another search if there's fresh evidence. That has to come from him.

"When Brady dies, I truly hope he rots in hell. That's the only place he's going."

He added: "We'll certainly celebrate his death when it comes. Good riddance."


Winnie Johnson and her son, Joey, on Saddleworth Moor, searching for the body of Keith Bennett. Credit: PA Images

Brady had been held at high-security Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside, since his diagnosis as a psychopath in 1985.

The pair were jailed for life after being found guilty of three murders in 1966. Later, they admitted to the others.

Pauline Reade, 16, and John Kilbride, 12, were killed in 1963. The following year, Keith and Lesley Ann Downey, 10, went missing. Seventeen-year-old Edward Evans was killed in 1965.

Sources: The Sun

Featured Image Credit: PA

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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