Undertakers are refusing to touch the bodies of serial killer Ian Brady and Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, as the deceased murderers lie side-by-side in the same mortuary. The “Monster Morgue,” as some have called it, is at an undisclosed location in the greater Manchester area.
While the exact location of the mortuary is a secret, for fear of revenge attacks on the corpses, local cemeteries and crematoriums have also expressed similar protests at the idea of receiving the two condemned cadavers.
Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people and injured dozens more, was a practicing Muslim. According to Muslim burial customs, a deceased member of the Islamic faith must, if possible, be interred before sunset on the same day as the death. The body must be buried facing the direction of Qibla, or rather, towards Mecca.
However, Muslim leaders in the north east of England have unanimously refused to bless the body of Abedi, who has now been dead for more than nine weeks.
Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb filled with nuts, bolts, and various sharp objects in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as fans of Ariana Grande were exiting the venue where she had just performed. Twenty-two people were killed, and much more were seriously injured. The youngest victim was only eight-years-old.
Ian Brady, incarcerated since 1966, died in December last year after suffering a severe lung infection. Brady had been admitted to a high-security hospital where he was treated before later succumbing to his illness.
Brady, who was 79-years-old at the time of his passing, had been asking British prison authorities to move him from Ashworth prison to a new facility in Scotland. Brady motivated his request by pointing out that he would be permitted to starve himself to death in the Scottish prison, something he was not able to do at Ashworth.
The Saddleworth Moors is the sight where Ian Brady wished to have his ashes scattered, but chillingly, it is also the site where some of the bodies of Brady’s victims were discovered.
Together with his lover, Myra Hindley, Brady murdered and raped five children, including Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and 17-year-old Edward Evans.
Myra Hindley, who was known as “the most evil woman in Britain,” was sentenced to life in prison and later made several failed appeals for early release, claiming that she was a reformed citizen and no longer posed a threat to society. She was never released and died in 2002 at the age of 60.
Following their incarceration in 1966, Hindley and Brady refused to divulge the locations of their victims’ bodies. It is a secret that Brady and Hindley took to their graves.
As no facility is prepared to incinerate or bury the bodies of Salman Abedi and Ian Brady, authorities have kept the corpses quite literally on ice.
As reported by the Daily Mail, a source involved in the decision-making process stated, “The pair of them are effectively in limbo. Funeral directors don’t want them. No crematorium wants to process them. In the meantime, they are stuck in Monster Morgue. It may give some tiny crumb of comfort to relatives and friends [that] they are in anonymous purgatory.”
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