Ian Brady passed away in 2017 behind bars but even while he was dying, he couldn’t resist one more cruel attempt to punish the families of his victims one final time
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On this day, 56 years ago, Ian Brady was locked up for life.
The Moors Murderer killed five innocent children along with his twisted accomplice, Myra Hindley.
The twisted pair then buried their broken bodies in the wide-open spaces on the edge of the windy open spaces close to Saddleworth on the edge of Greater Manchester.
Brady received a life sentence for his haunting crimes which spanned between 1963 and 1965. He never saw freedom before dying in agony at Ashworth Hospital in 2017.
However, in a sick insult to his victims and their families, Brady had one final wish as he struggled with his final breaths.
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It is believed that he asked for his cremated ashes to be scattered on the same moors where he had killed and buried his victims.
However, a judge ordered scattering his remains on Saddleworth Moors must be banned.
The brother of Lesley Ann Downey, a 10-year-old schoolgirl who was murdered and buried on the moors by the pair in 1964, previously dubbed the wish was a “sick final twist.”
Terry West told The Sun: “For the coroner to order this ban must mean Brady stipulated his ashes should be scattered on Saddleworth Moor.
“It’s a sick final twist to cause his victims’ families the greatest upset from beyond the grave.”
Brady died of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a condition that affects the lungs. His ashes of him were subsequently buried at sea.
His request was viewed as even more horrific due to the fact the remains of one of his victims, Keith Bennett, were never found.
Cruelly, Brady never revealed where he and Hindley had buried the body of the 12-year-old.
Keith was the third of the Moors Murderers’ tragic victims. Pauline Reade was 16 when she became the first in July 1963.
She had been making her way to a dance when the couple offered her a lift, with Hindley asking for help with finding a missing glove in the Saddleworth Moor.
She later claimed she waited in the van while Brady led the teenager out onto the desolate moors, where he was said to have slashed her throat and raped the schoolgirl.
Brady claims Hindley was not only there when he killed Pauline but that she had also taken part in the sex assault.
Four months later the pair stuck again, sexually assaulting and killing 12-year-old John Kilbride after again asking for help in finding a missing glove.
Keith Bennett was then snatched by the pair when he stopped to help Hindley load boxes into her van.
Brady was lying in wait in the back and the 12-year-old was driven to the moor where he had been sexually assaulted and strangled with a piece of string, according to Hindley’s account of what Brady told her.
On Boxing Day 1964 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey became the fourth as she was raped and killed before being buried on the moors.
Edward Evans, 17, became the final victim of the wicked couple, who recruited David Smith, Hindley’s brother in law, to help with their sick plan.
I watched as Brady throttled Edward with an electrical cord and then helped them take his body to the moors.
But Smith was so horrified by what he had witnessed, that he got up at dawn the next day and called the police, who arrested Brady and eventually Hindley.
After their trial, which lasted 14 days, where their crimes horrified the nation, Hindley and Brady were both jailed for life and lived the rest of their lives behind bars.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.