Moors Murderer Ian Brady has died at the age of 79 after a long battle with lung cancer.
Brady, who tortured and killed five children with his lover Myra Hindley, passed away at a secure mental-health hospital on Monday night after spending more than five decades behind bars. He had claimed to be attempting to end his own life through a hunger strike for almost two decades, although it was cancer that finally killed him.
As Brady lay dying, officers reportedly tried to get deathbed information from him on where he and Myra Hindley buried 12-year-old Keith Bennett, whose body has never been found.
But, despite the fact that investigators urged Brady to “do the right thing,” he reportedly refused to disclose the location of the grave. There were rumors that the location of Keith’s body could be revealed in a letter Brady reportedly wrote with instructions for it to be opened after he died. However, it is understood that the letter has never been found.
Speaking on Radio 4 on Tuesday morning, Brady’s solicitor-advocate Robin Makin said he would be “very surprised” if Brady had any useful information about where Keith’s body was buried.
Brady’s penpal Colin Wilson, who received letters from the murderer over a decade, said that the killer refused to think about his five child victims, and said Brady wished he had been executed in 1966.
It was on April 19, 1966, that Brady and Myra Hindley went on trial at Chester Assizes, charged with three murders: Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10; John Kilbride, 12; and Edward Evans, 17. The police were also fairly certain that the couple had been responsible for at least two more murders: a 16-year-old girl named Pauline Reade, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.
Brady and Hindley raped and tortured their victims before killing them, and forced them to pose in pornographic positions. Sometimes, they recorded the horrific attacks. Most of the victims were found buried on Saddleworth Moor — but victim Keith Bennett’s body has never been recovered despite several extensive searches.
The Moors Murderers were sentenced to life imprisonment. Hindley died in prison 36 years later in 2002.
Main photo: Ian Brady [DailyMail.com (screenshot)]