Friday 20 April 2018

Moors murderer Brady dies in jail aged 79 after illness

Killer Ian Brady who has died aged 79. Photo: PA Wire
Killer Ian Brady who has died aged 79. Photo: PA Wire

Jonathan Gray

Moors Murderer Ian Brady died yesterday evening at the age of 79.

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

Brady in police custody prior to his court appearance for the Moors Murders. Photo: PA Wire
Brady in police custody prior to his court appearance for the Moors Murders. Photo: PA Wire

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

The serial killer, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady before his death, was a patient at Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside where he was reportedly receiving palliative care.

At a court hearing in February lawyers said he had been bedridden for the last couple of years and it was "fair to say" he was terminally ill, with emphysema among his ailments.

Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s.

Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.

Brady was jailed for three murders in 1966 and had 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 wished.

His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital.

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.

Terry Kilbride, whose brother John (12) was also murdered by Brady, begged him to tell police where he dumped the body of Keith Bennett, who went missing aged 12 in 1964.

He told 'The Sun': "I would beg him to do the right thing on his deathbed and tell us where Keith is.

"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."

Mr Kilbride said he hopes the killer "rots in hell".

"We'll certainly celebrate his death when it comes. Good riddance," he said.

Even before his evil and sadistic crimes shocked and appalled Britain, Brady was a grim character.

As a young boy fascinated by horror movies, he was nicknamed Dracula by neighbours in Glasgow and later, locals who watched the young man slouch around the Hattersley Estate in Greater Manchester in his long trenchcoat dubbed him the Undertaker.

In May 1966 Brady, then 28, was convicted, along with lover Myra Hindley, of murdering 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and 17-year-old Edward Evans.

Brady was also convicted of the murder of 12-year-old John Kilbride. He received three life sentences to run concurrently.

Brady escaped the hangman's noose as the death penalty was abolished just months earlier.

The evidence seen and heard at the Chester Assizes chilled the hearts of those who sat through the trial.

It included pictures of Lesley Ann Downey, naked, bound and gagged, and a tape recording of her begging for help and asking to be allowed home to her mother, as she was repeatedly tortured and sexually assaulted by Brady and Hindley before being murdered.

The little girl had fallen into the clutches of the sick pair on December 26, 1964, after they snatched her from a fairground.

They recorded her at their home in Wardle Brook Avenue, Hattersley and her cries reduced the judge, jury, spectators and even hardened police officers to tears.

Lesley Ann and John, who was murdered in November 1963, were later found buried in unmarked graves on the desolate Saddleworth Moors in Lancashire.

The evil lovers kept a trophy of the killings, with Hindley holding her pet dog and posing for pictures on the edge of John's grave.

The brutal murder of Edward Evans on October 7, 1965, finally led the police to the killers. Brady made the fatal mistake of involving a third person in the killings.

Hindley's brother-in-law David Smith was present when Brady hacked the homosexual teenager to death with an axe.

He asked Smith to help him carry the body upstairs but Smith was so horrified by the murder that he reported Brady to the police and he was arrested the following day.

Irish Independent

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