Last night saw the long awaited death of the infamous child killer Ian Brady. As well as memories a life of violent and evil crime, Brady will take to the grave with him the location of one of his victims body’s.
The body of 12 year old Keith Bennet was never found after his death, meaning his family never got chance to give him a decent and proper funeral. Brady is believed to have written a letter to the mother of Keith, Winnie Johnson, only to be opened when he dies. It was thought that this letter may finally reveal the location of the body.
Brady’s mental health advocate Jackie Powell claimed to have received the letter in a sealed envelope some time ago. She told a Channel 4 documentary that the letter should only be passed to Winnie in the event of Bradys death.
Police even arrested Ms Powell on suspicion of perverting the lawful burial of a body. Officers searched her home for 10 hours and did manage to seize a pile of documents.
Ms Powell was later released and no further action taken.
But no letter was found and she told police she had returned the letter to Brady.
Then in December 2012 police discovered an envelope with the words “to be opened in the event of my death” written on the front.
However, there was no letter inside.
Speaking in February 2013, Martin Bottomley, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “As soon as we were made aware of the existence of this alleged letter, we made exhaustive attempts to obtain it to establish whether or not its contents would assist us in finding Keith’s body.
“That resulted in the warrants we carried out in the South Wales area and at Ashworth Hospital in August 2012.
“However, despite seizing numerous documents and a search of Brady’s cell, no such letter has been recovered.
“That in itself does not prove or disprove the letter’s existence – it might have been destroyed, it might be hidden elsewhere, it may be in someone else’s possession, or it may simply never have existed in the first place and this has been yet more mindgames by Brady.”
Keith Bennet’s mother Winnie, died died from cancer in 2012 having never learnt the truth and never managed to give her son the burial he deserved.
Right up to his death, Brady never revealed the location of Keith’s body and he is the only victim whose remains are still undiscovered. Brady did lead the police on a wild goose chase many years ago but it was likely just a stunt to get him some time out of prison as he attempted to find the body on Saddleworth Moor.
Last night a spokesman for the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We can confirm a 79-year-old patient in long term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming physically unwell.”
The brother of Ian Brady victim John Kilbride last night told The Sun he felt “numb” when he heard the Moors Murderer had finally joined accomplice Myra Hindley in hell.
Terry Kilbride, 63, said: “It’s a lot to take in. It’s been years and years of anguish and pain for us and the families of the victims.
“But nothing will change. He’s dead but we will have to still live with the nightmare that he left behind.
“He’s ruined our lives all these years and he’ll still ruin it even though he’s gone. I feel numb.
“He was a murderous psychopath. There are no other words to describe what he was. A complete lunatic. Good riddance.
“I don’t drink, but I’ll have a pint.”
The final words of Brady have been revealed byRobin Makin, the executor to his will.
“I suppose quite a moving situation”.
“He was obviously well aware that his death was imminent and I was with him for maybe a couple of hours and left perhaps two hours before he died.
“We discussed a few things but he was extremely weak and it was sort of very, very difficult for him. It was somebody who was in his last hours really.”
“When he was able to speak he spoke to me – we discussed a few things not as extensively as on previous occasions.
“He wanted to make sure that his legal and preparatory wishes were going to be followed by me.”
Devastatingly, Makin also said that the killer said nothing about the location of Keith Bennett or what happened to him.
He continued: “I would be very surprised if he really had anything that was useful.
“He did go to the Moors a long time ago and I suppose if he had any information he would have provided it then.”