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Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies

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Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who killed five children with Myra Hindley, has died aged 79.

He had been held at Ashworth Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit in Merseyside, since 1985.

Brady was jailed for three murders in 1966 and later confessed to two more.

A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “We can confirm a 79-year-old patient in long-term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming physically unwell.”

Notorious murderer who refused to show remorse

Brady, alongside Hindley – who died in prison in 2002 – tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s in crimes that shocked the nation.

Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Brady was jailed in 1966 for the killings of 12-year-old John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

Appeals over remains

Almost 20 years later, in 1985, he admitted the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, who was 12.

Brady has never revealed where Keith Bennett’s remains were buried, despite numerous appeals for him to do so.

Brady had been on successive hunger strikes since 1999, arguing he should be allowed to die, but had been force-fed because he was considered mentally ill.

He campaigned for several years to be moved from Ashworth to a Scottish prison where he would not be force-fed and be allowed to die if he wished.

A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said Brady died at 18:03 BST.

The spokesman was unable to confirm the cause of Brady’s death, but said he had been given oxygen for a while.

Brady was not found dead in his room, the spokesman said, but he was unable to confirm if anyone was with him when he died, adding: “Quite possibly. I don’t know.”

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One Response to Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies

  1. AbbaBabba says:

    Well he’s finally dead, a moment the world has been waiting for years. I hoped even if it was in the very last end that he would reveal his most important secret and show some genuine remorse not just for Keith’s family but also for his sake.

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