Saturday 21 October 2017

I killed four more people, claims Moors murderer

Brady loses bid for return to jail

Gordon Rayner London

Moors murderer Ian Brady has claimed he killed four more people and said the body of his victim Keith Bennett is buried in Yorkshire.

In previously unpublished letters which emerged yesterday, Brady (75) said he killed two men in his native Glasgow and then killed a man and a woman in Manchester, the city where he and Myra Hindley abducted and murdered five children in the 1960s.

Meanwhile, his claims about the location of 12-year-old Keith Bennett's body raise the possibility that police may have been looking in the wrong place.

Yesterday, Brady lost his legal bid to be transferred from Ashworth maximum security hospital back into the prison system.

FORCE-FED

He had hoped to return to jail so he could starve himself to death rather than being force-fed through a tube, as he has been since 1999, when he began a hunger strike.

He has the right to appeal against the decision, which followed an eight-day hearing costing the taxpayer an estimated £250,000 (€292,000).

Brady made a series of extraordinary claims about his crimes in a series of letters to Brendan Pittaway, a former journalist who wrote to him in Ashworth.

Brady goes on to say he also killed a man in Glasgow and another man "above Loch Long", a 20-mile long sea loch at the mouth of the Clyde.

Brady gave details of the four alleged murders to Det Chief Supt Peter Topping.

In his autobiography, Mr Topping discusses the claims – as well as an 18-year-old youth Brady claimed to have killed – but said he had serious doubts about whether Brady was telling the truth, adding that even Brady had suggested some of the claims might be "figments of his imagination".

According to Brady, Mr Topping told him a "mentally retarded man" confessed to the killing near the station but was never charged, and that the woman found in the canal had been classed as a suicide despite "the absence of a suicide note ".

Brady also claims he gave Mr Topping "names, places and methods used".

He writes: "My statements were an embarrassment to the police, who, rather than admit irregularities had taken place, will move mountains to cover up." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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