Moors murderer Ian Brady dies aged 79

Mersey Care NHS foundation trust, which runs Ashworth hospital, confirmed that Brady died at 6.30 p.m.

Brady, one of the Moors murderers who was responsible for the deaths of five children, died last night at the age of 79.

Brady and Hindley were jailed for life in 1966 for abducting, torturing, sexually abusing and then murdering the children before burying their young victims on the bleak Saddleworth Moor near the northern city of Manchester.

The couple repeated the method roughly every six months, picking up 12-year-old John Kilbride at a market in Ashton-under-Lyne, Keith Bennett, also 12, as he walked to his grandmother's home in Longsight, and finally Lesley Ann Downey.

Mr Makin said he did not think Brady had any information which would help the search for Keith Bennett, the only victim of Brady and Hindley whose remains have never been found.

The body of the third victim, 12-year-old Keith, was never found.

His mother, Winnie Johnson, had repeatedly pleaded with Brady to say where he had disposed of her son's body before her death in 2012.

Brady died in the high-security Ashworth Hospital near Liverpool overnight.

Robin Makin, who was Brady's solicitor for 25 years, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he was with his client in hospital less than two hours before his death.

Brady had been on hunger strike since 1999, protesting that he wished to die.

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So disturbing was the recording, that the hardened police officer who heard the tape said he would "kill Brady with his bare hands".

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".

Brady, a former petty criminal with an interest in Adolf Hitler, met Hindley in 1961 and the pair struck up a relationship before co-operating on the notorious killing spree.

The trial judge, Mr Justice Fenton Atkinson, described Brady and Hindley in his closing remarks as "two sadistic killers of the utmost depravity".

After suffering a suspected heart attack, Hindley died in prison in 2002. The thoughts of everyone within Greater Manchester Police are with the families who lost loved ones in the most painful and traumatic way.

"For their relentless appeals and false hopes that they gave the families for over 50 years destroyed all of the families as well, even to this day".

"I was asking him to look at his conscience and see if at this late stage he could impart information and that some good could come of that and the family would get some satisfaction and closure".

Brady was said to have blamed changes in the landscape for being unable to trace the remains when he was taken back to the scene of his grisly crimes under police escort in 1987.

We will act on credible and actionable information that will help lead us to him.

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