Moors murderer Ian Brady: I murdered children for 'existential experience'
MOORS murderer Ian Brady has said he murdered five children for an “existential experience” and indicated he does not “regret” what he did.
Giving his first ever public explanation for why he committed the Moors murders, Brady, 75, described himself as a “comparatively petty criminal” in comparison to “global serial killers and thieves like Blair or Bush”.
Describing his crimes as “recreational killing”, he complained that the public are still “obsessed” with his crimes after 50 years, saying he is still famous for the same “theatrical reasons” as Jack the Ripper.
Speaking at length in public for the first time since he was jailed in 1966, Brady even suggested the continued public interest in the child killings he committed was because of the moors where he buried four bodies, comparing it to “Wuthering Heights and all that”.
The extraordinary comments came as Brady began telling a judge why he believes he should be transferred from a psychiatric hospital to a prison.
Dr Cameron Boyd, a member of the three-man panel hearing his case at a mental health tribunal, asked Brady about the five child murders he committed with accomplice Myra Hindley.
Brady said that unlike soldiers who killed people simply because they were following orders, “a criminal...at least he is going to gain from the crime he is going to commit. He has given a value to the person he is going to kill”.
Dr Boyd asked: “What value did you get from the acts you did?”
Brady replied: “Existential experience.”
Brady, who also described his crimes as “recreational killing”, said: “I’m as pragmatic as a soldier or a politician - you never see any regret from Tony Blair, in fact he is minting a fortune from his war crimes. I’m simply saying this dichotomy is common through all levels of society.
“Bankers bankrupting society, the illegal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, people killed daily, even soldiers are saying what are we doing here.”
He complained that the public are still “obsessed” with his crimes after 50 years, saying he is still famous for the same “theatrical reasons” as Jack the Ripper.
Brady suggested the continued public interest in the child killings he committed was because of the moors where he buried four bodies, comparing it to “Wuthering Heights and all that”.
Brady told the tribunal that during his time in the prison system, before his transfer to Ashworth in 1985, he had transcribed books into braille for schools for the blind in Newcastle and Liverpool, and worked as a barber at Wormwood Scrubs.
“The staff used to come to me for beard trims and so on. Can you imagine that happening now?” he said.
He revealed in court that he had studied German and psychology in prison, and reminisced about his time in the special security wing of Durham prison and the notorious prisoners he rubbed shoulders with.
“I’ll just give you a reading of the people in there - the Krays, the Great Train Robbers, [John] McVicar, spies,” he said. He gave a slight chuckle as he added: “If you read Hard Bastards by Kate Kray, in that you have people openly stating that I mixed with these people during five years I was there, from 1966 to 1971.
“At Wormwood Scrubs I mixed with IRA terrorists, Arab terrorists, the Iranian Embassy siege survivors, it was a very cosmopolitan atmosphere because it was in the middle of a big city, not on an island like Parkhurst. All the prisoners were mentally active.”
He harked back to the “freedom” he had in prison, adding: “I’ll never see those excellent conditions again.”