One of the most hated men in the country – Moors murderer Ian Brady – has died at the age of 79.
Between 1963 and 1965, together with Myra Hindley, he was responsible for the sexual assault and murder of five children, whose bodies the pair buried on Saddleworth Moor.
The killer was jailed 51 years ago for killing 12-year-old John Kilbride, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, who was 17. He admitted to the murders of 16-year-old Pauline Reade and 12-year-old Keith Bennett in 1985. All five had been abducted by Brady and Hindley, who died in prison in 2002.
While four of their victims’ bodies have since been recovered, the location of Keith’s body remains a mystery as, despite numerous pleas from the youngster’s mother Winnie Johnson who died in 2012, Brady never revealed where he had buried him.
Brady died at Ashworth Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit in Merseyside where he had been detained since 1985. Having argued that he should be allowed to die, he had been on successive hunger strikes since 1999 but was force-fed due to staff at the hospital considering him to be mentally ill. A spokesman for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust said he died a little after 6pm on Monday.
Commenting on Brady’s death, in a statement, Ian Hanson QPM, Chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, said:
“Having grown up in that part of Manchester where Brady and his cohort committed these terrible crimes I know first hand the impact this had on decent young families – we couldn’t even play in the street unless somebody’s mum could see us from the window.
When somebody dies it is natural in a civilised society that we show compassion, however there are exceptions and this monster is one of them. He had no right to breathe the same air as those decent and dignified relatives whom he tortured for decades by refusing to assist in the search for their loved ones.
He now takes his place in hell and he can rot there and as far as I am concerned Ashworth Hospital can leave him out for the bin men.”
Greater Manchester Police also issued a statement:
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John Kilbride’s brother Terry told The Sun newspaper:
“It’s a lot to take in. It’s been years and years of anguish and pain for us and the families of the victims. But nothing will change. He’s dead but we will have to still live with the nightmare that he left behind. He’s ruined our lives all these years and he’ll still ruin it even though he’s gone. I feel numb. He was a murderous psychopath. What a bastard. We’re going to be taunted by a dead man from beyond the grave.”
Lesley Ann Downey’s brother Terry responded to the news by telling the media:
“I poured myself a glass of wine when I found out – we’ve been waiting for this day for such a long time. It’s closure for our family. But I really feel for Keith Bennett’s brother Alan and the rest of his family – this probably means they’ll never know where his body was buried. He’s taken it to the grave. There’s still one poor kiddie up there on the Moors. My heart goes out to Alan – at least I’ve got somewhere that I can visit our Les, he hasn’t even got that.”
Reaction to Brady’s death on social media has also been strong, with many users expressing their condolences to the families of his victims.
Just had ian Brady at the gates.
No chance dickhead.
— GOD (official) (@GODthegoodone) May 16, 2017
So Moors murder Ian Brady has died.
Hopefully they'll bury the cunt in an unmarked grave, not telling his relatives where he is.
— Jokes & Memes & Shit (@ShittierJokes) May 16, 2017
Tributes being paid to Keith Bennett following death of Moors murderer, Ian Brady… the 12y/o's body has never been found pic.twitter.com/1EGKwWnIoU
— Chris Chambers (@CapitalChambo) May 16, 2017
How sad that vile vermin Ian Brady died an old man. Should have hung the vile bastard and his vermin slag of a partner from day one.
— RealPaddyStavros® (@PaddyStavros) May 16, 2017
Ian Brady dead. Cost a lot of brass to keep that evil b******* alive. A length of rope 45 years ago would have cost a quid
— He paints in Norfolk (@norfolkpainter) May 16, 2017
Glad he's dead, should have been boiled in acid, years ago. ???…..Moors Murderer Ian Brady dieshttps://t.co/mXzP1YJJ9M
— ??Richard?? (@nibo1960) May 16, 2017
Well Ian Brady, I hope that the Devil has an eternity of pain lined up for you! I wish you every second of the agony that you deserve!
— Emma Kenny (@emmakennytv) May 15, 2017
— Caroline Lyons (@clyons_wilts) May 16, 2017
Ian Brady has died,……GOOD …a disgusting evil gone from our world
— jeff hyde (@tgilocutus) May 16, 2017
Ian Brady had no place on this earth. My thoughts remain with the families of the victims who still have to live with unanswered questions.
— Dean Boroczky (@deanboroczky) May 15, 2017
IAN BRADY'S DEAD AT LAST BUT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TORTURED UNTIL HE REVEALED WHERE HIS VICTIM'S BODIES WERE DUMPED & THEN HUNG. EVIL BASTARD.
— paul clark (@PaulClark2005) May 16, 2017
Finally that evil scumbag Ian Brady has died…one less parasite on our welfare system
Shame they never found little Keith Bennet RIP
— Away Day Pubs (@AwayDayPubs) May 15, 2017
Today we think of John Kilbride, Lesley – Ann Downey, Kieth Bennet, Pauline Reade & Edward Evans. As for you #IanBrady you can rot in hell.
— Jack Hayes (@jacktheladradio) May 16, 2017
#IanBrady claimed he murdered children for 'existential experience' & had no regret. One wonders why we kept this monster alive for 51 years
— David Videcette (@DavidVidecette) May 16, 2017