Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Moors murderer Ian Brady dies at 79

Makin, who is the executor of Brady's will, said the murderer wanted to make sure "that his legal and preparatory wishes were going to be fulfilled".

Hindley died in prison in 2002, aged 60.

LONDON (AP) — A British coroner says he won't release the body of serial killer Ian Brady until there's a guarantee his ashes won't be scattered on the moor where Brady buried his victims.

Former police officer Norman Brennan, who represented the family of victim Lesley Ann Downey, told Newsnight about the "grief and torment" he saw on the faces of her mother and father.

The body of another victim, Keith Bennett, 12, was never found, despite extensive searches and countless appeals from family members for Brady to reveal the location of his remains.

"Since 1985 I have repeatedly stated that I know/knew the whereabouts of Keith Bennett", he wrote from Ashworth secure psychiatric hospital, "but to know or have known the whereabouts is entirely distinct from stating that a vast wilderness that changes with the seasons every year would, after 50 years, remain precisely familiar to anyone".

He was jailed for the murders of John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

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For many of his last years, Brady had been on intermittent hunger strike and staff at Ashworth fed him via a tube through the nose on the grounds he was insane and incapable of deciding to end his own life.

"It was, I suppose, quite a moving sort of situation", he said.

His death comes just hours after he was urged to "do the right thing" and tell police where he dumped the body of his last child victims.

The victims' relatives spoke of relief and joy at Brady's death.

He also killed Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.

The Moors Murderer's mental health advocate Jackie Powell claims she received the letter in a sealed envelope.

Senior coroner for Sefton Christopher Sumner made the announcement the day after the 79-year-old died at high security Ashworth Hospital.

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Detective Superintendent Steve Heywood, who led the search for Keith's body, said in 2009 he believed Brady did know where his body was.

Hindley said Brady told her he sexually assaulted Keith before strangling him with a piece of string.

He added that Brady was not found dead in his room but was unable to confirm if anyone was with him when he died.

"Although we have stopped the sandworm surveys, the Manchester police will never close this case".

He left Glasgow at 16 and moved to live with his natural mother in Manchester after getting in trouble with the law, and assumed his stepfather's name.

"I was asking him to look at his conscience and see if at this late stage he could impart information and that some good could come of that and the family would get some satisfaction and closure".

He said according to the BBC: "I would like an assurance before I do so that first of all the person who asked to take over responsibility for that funeral has a funeral director willing to deal with the funeral and that he has a crematorium willing and able to cremate Mr Stewart-Brady's body".

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