Thursday 23 November 2017

Moors murderer Brady 'showing dementia signs'

Moors murderer Ian Brady
Moors murderer Ian Brady

Dominic Harris

Moors murderer Ian Brady could be showing early signs of dementia, a close confidante has claimed.

Jackie Powell, Brady's mental health advocate, said his behaviour had become increasingly bizarre and medics believed he was now seriously ill.

The revelation has prompted fears that he may become unable to remember where he buried Keith Bennett, the only one of his five young victims whose remains have never been found.

Brady (76), was jailed for life in 1966 along with his girlfriend Myra Hindley for abducting, abusing, torturing and killing five youngsters in Manchester before burying them on nearby Saddleworth Moor.

He has been held at Ashworth high-security psychiatric hospital in Liverpool since 1985.

Ms Powell, who was visited Brady regularly since 1999, said that during a recent meeting with him she saw signs of dementia, and believed he was nearing the end of his life.

But she said that Brady wouldn't accept that there was anything wrong and refused tests that could confirm whether he has Alzheimer's.

She told a newspaper: "Brady has to be in control and getting dementia is his worst nightmare."

She said that Brady had withdrawn into himself, and he now seems to be "waiting to die".

Irish Independent

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