The Moors Murders

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Show Notes:

  • The murders were carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley between 1963 & 1965, in and around Manchester, England.
  • The victims were five children—Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey & Edward Evans—aged between 10 and 17
  • At least four of whom were sexually assaulted.
  • Two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor; a third grave was discovered there in 1987, more than twenty years after Brady and Hindley's trial.
  • Bennett's body is also thought to be buried there, despite repeated searches it remains undiscovered.
  • They were charged only in the deaths of Kilbride, Downey and Evans, receiving life sentences.
  • The investigation was reopened in 1985 after Brady was reported as having confessed to the murders of Reade and Bennett.
  • After confessing to these additional murders, Brady and Hindley were taken separately to Saddleworth Moor to assist in the search for the graves.
  • Hindley made several appeals against her life sentence, claiming she was a reformed woman and no longer a danger to society, but was never released.
  • She died in 2002, aged 60, after serving 36 years in prison.
  • Brady was diagnosed as a psychopath in 1985 & held in the high-security Ashworth Hospital.
  • He made it clear that he never wished to be released, & repeatedly asked to be allowed to die. This wish was not granted & he was force fed, when he took part in hunger strikes.
  • He died in 2017, at Ashworth, aged 79.
  • The trial judge, Mr Justice Fenton Atkinson, described Brady & Hindley in his closing remarks as "two sadistic killers of the utmost depravity".

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moors_murders
https://www.therichest.com/shocking/15-creepiest-photos-ever-taken-from-the-moors-murders/
https://www.famechain.com/family-tree/23223/ian-brady/myra-hindley
https://killer.cloud/serial-killers/show/603/ian-brady
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/moors-murderers-myra-hindley-and-ian-brady-claimed-first-victim-pauline-reade-25-years-ago/news-story/2c0fe944c9b2a71040381a8795a8eed8

Photographs:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/91/Moors_Murderers.jpg
Resources:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/contact-service.aspx#24-hour
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
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