For those who don’t know who Ian Brady and Myra Hindleyare: The Moors murderers: a pair of British serial killers who preyed on children and adolescents of both sexes. They remain high profile figures of hate in Britain. Hindley, now dead, because she used her gender to reassure victims even as she lured them to their death, both of them because of the horrid nature of their crimes and because they made a chilling tape of the death of one of their victims. Research further at your own risk.
They were originally convicted, in 1965, of the deaths of three children, two of whose bodies were found, buried on the bleak Saddleworth Moors near Manchester. In 1985 Brady confessed to a visitor that there were two more killings, Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett. Hindley corroberated this. In 1987 the killers retuned to the moors with police to help search for the bodies. After exhaustive searching only one was found, Pauline Reade. Information given by Hindley was said to have been helpful.
The motives for Brady and Hindley’s helpfulness are generally thought to involve bettering their public image. Brady has been judged insane and has been in the high-security Ashworth Psychiatric Hospital since 1985, he says he does not wish for release and has undertaken hunger strikes. It has been said that he likes to play mind games with police and press. Until her death Hindley, an undoubted publicity seeker, insisted she was reformed, citing her assistance to the police as evidence. She was never gained parole.
Despite a further visit to the moor by Brady Keith Bennett’s remained undiscovered. This was a cause of great distress to his mother, Winifred, who made both public and private appeals to the killers. Hindley professed to be moved by this, that the body was never found was apparent evidence of her insincerity.
Coming to recent events: Brady, apparently responding to another of poor Winifred Bennett’s appeals has told police the location of the body. This has not yet been confirmed. However in a detail that leaves me frankly gobsmacked police have arrested a woman of* forty nine* *from Wales over preventing a burial. If the age is correct that would make her three years old at the time of the arrests. One can only conclude that she has been involved in moving the body sometime in the years since and has been quite unmoved by Pauline Bennett’s distress. What kind of person… oh yeah one of those women with a hard on for killers. Words fail.
Finally it looks as though Hindley may not have been able to locate the body because it was no longer there. I don’t think she should have been released but was Brady purposefully sabotaging her attempts to get it?
*Several sources give this as her age.