Moors murderer Ian Brady has died at age 79 due to complications from a lung and chest condition.
Brady, along with accomplice Myra Hindley, killed five children in the 1960s. The remains of his last victim, Keith Bennett, have never been found. Unfortunately for Bennett’s family, Brady is taking his secrets with him to the grave, the Mirror reports.
Ian Brady’s lawyer, Robin Makin, said that he was able to pay the Moors murderer a visit yesterday afternoon at Ashworth Hospital. Brady died two hours after the lawyer left his deathbed.
No one was able to confirm if Brady was with anyone when he died. While no specifics were revealed as to what directly caused his death, a spokesman for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust said he had been on oxygen for a while.
Speaking to Radio 4’s Today program, Makin said the man responsible for the Moors murders never divulged any information that could lead to the murdered 12-year-old’s remains.
“I would very much hope that the remains can be found, but unfortunately I haven’t got any information that’s going to assist,” he said.
He expressed his “utmost sympathy” for the family of the murdered boy.
Makin also said that in all the 25 years of having visited Brady, he never asked him what happened to and where to find Keith Bennett’s remains.
Despite being mum about the whereabouts of Keith Bennett’s remains, Ian Brady was able to relay his final wishes to his lawyer.
“He wanted to make sure that his legal and preparatory wishes were going to be fulfilled by me,” he said.
Makin revealed that Brady wanted to discuss “disposal arrangements and sorting out his affairs.” The lawyer, however, refused to divulge more information as to what these arrangements were, except that they were “for his funeral and that sort of thing.”
“He did go to the Moors a long time ago and I suspect if he had any information he would have provided it then,” Makin continued.
When asked whether Ian Brady expressed remorse or regret over having committed the Moors murders, Makin gave a non-committal answer, pointing out the media’s “inaccuracies,” specifically on reports regarding his relationship with his mother.
Mr. Makin suggested that the media should focus more on finding out how mental illness can develop into something that leads a person to commit crimes as heinous as the Moors murders.
Asked point-blank if Brady was evil, the lawyer said, “That’s a description obviously the media… obviously what he did was at the highest level of criminality.”
Greater Manchester Police said on Tuesday that they will continue to keep looking for Keith Bennett’s remains despite Ian Brady’s death, as reported by the Telegraph.
Martin Bottomley, the leader of the Cold Case Review unit, said the force will take advantage of the “credible and actionable” information they have received in order to find Bennett’s body.
“Whilst we are not actively searching Saddleworth Moors, Greater Manchester Police will never close this case. Brady’s death does not change that,” he said.
The Moors Murders Revisited
Ian Brady and his accomplice, Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2012, became known as the Moors Murderers after torturing and killing five children: Pauline Reade, 16; John Kilbride, 12; Keith Bennett, 12; Lesley Ann Downey, 10; and Edward Evans, 17.
Brady and Hindley buried the kids’ bodies on Saddleworth Moor in the Pennines.
For years, Ian Brady was urged to reveal where he buried Keith Bennett’s remains, but he repeatedly refused. The boy’s elderly mother died without being given the opportunity to give his 12-year-old son a proper burial.
The heinous nature of the Moors murders, in which Brady and Hindley abducted children from the streets before torturing and killing them, left the nation shocked and enraged.
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