Friday 15 December 2017

Moors victim mum hoping new search will bring closure

James Edgar in London

THE mother of a 12-year-old victim of the Moors Murderers said yesterday she hopes her son's body will be found while Ian Brady is still alive, because that would "kill" him.

Keith Bennett was snatched by Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley in 1964 as he was making his way to his grandmother's house in Longsight near Manchester.

A privately funded search for the youngster's grave is now under way on Saddleworth Moor, and his mother, Winnie Johnson (76), said she hopes to find her son and bury him.

"That's all I want out of life now because I want him found before I die, and before Brady dies, and that will kill Brady."

In 1987 Brady and Hindley finally admitted killing Keith, as well as 16-year-old Pauline Reade. Both Moors Murderers were taken back to Saddleworth Moor that year to help police find the remains of the missing victims but only Pauline's body was found.

Mrs Johnson said: "He (Brady) knows where he is; he admitted it and that's how I knew I would never find him alive again. I want the closure, yes, and I want him buried before anything happens to me.

"But I also want him buried knowing Brady's alive when they do it, because it's getting on his goat now. He knows where he is, but he doesn't want him found."

Irish Independent

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