Ian Brady

Ian Brady has passed away aged 79. The man accountable for several murders during the 1960’s lost his life after a 2-year battle with terminal cancer at Ashworth high security hospital.

In a statement released by the hospital at around 9:40pm on Monday, it was revealed that a 79-year old man had died after becoming physically unwell.

“We can confirm a 79-year-old patient in long term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming physically unwell.”

It was not wholly clear whether the cancer killed Brady or whether it was something else, but he was reported to be receiving palliative care from nurses around the clock in recent days.

Two private ambulances were seen leaving the grounds of the hospital on Monday night.

Monster Brady had been locked up in prison for more than 50 years. He recently wrote to a Channel 5 journalist from Ashworth high security hospital, where he was being treated to explain his condition. In the letter he wrote: “I’m still bedridden and have been for over two years. The lung and chest condition is terminal.”

Upon news of his death breaking, people around the globe celebrated as the life of one of Britain’s most notorious killers ended. However it was not all jubilation as the death confirms that the body of Keith Bennett may never be found as it is not believed that Brady revealed the location, before his passing.

Moors Murders

Ian Brady was arrested on October 7th, 1965, with Myra Hindley demanding she accompany her lover, after the body of Edward Evans was discovered in a locked room by Superintendent Bob Talbot, who disguised himself as a police officer investigating another matter, which involved violence and potentially a firearm.

Hindley led the officer in, knowing there was no firearm to be found. During a search of the property the disguised Superintendent found Evans’ body, following up a phone call from David Smith, who had witnessed Brady commit the murder and had agreed to help him dispose of the body.

Myra Hindley

Investigating further, luggage was recovered containing pornographic images of a young girl, as well as a thirteen minute recording of her screaming for help. Later, police found an exercise book believed to belong to John Kilbride, which made them suspicious that Brady and Hindley might have been involved in the unsolved disappearances of other youngsters.

A large collection of photographs was discovered in the house, many of which seemed to have been taken on Saddleworth Moor. One hundred and fifty officers were drafted to search the moor, looking for locations that matched the photographs. Initially the search was concentrated along the A628 road near Woodhead, but a close neighbour, 11-year-old Pat Hodges, had on several occasions been taken to the moor by Brady and Hindley and she was able to point out their favourite sites along the A635 road.

The searching officers discovered body parts and further investigations led to the revelation of more bodies, bodies of children who had gone missing and remained unsolved. It was concluded that Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evanscould be accounted for, but not Keith Bennett.

Image: Daily Star

The body of Keith Bennett remains a mystery, but in March 2017, the Daily Star reported that Brady may have left a cipher in his book, The Gates of Janus after interviewing Erica Gregory after the discovery of a shotgun on Saddleworth Moor. She explained:

“The shotgun find is very significant because it shows it is an area which the police have not looked at. I found that there was a cipher within Janus a couple of years ago. It is very complex and has taken me a long time to read between the lines.

“There are parts which show where to look for Keith – that could come next. No one I know has seen how important the book is. It is hard reading at times but there are hidden messages.

“I believe that Brady thought he was dying and wrote the cipher as his legacy. I know many criminologists have looked at the book but I read it in reverse – from this I found his cipher.

“He writes about his victims – giving them the names of serial killers he writes about.”

Myra Hindley died in 2002, aged 60, whilst Brady lived on until 2017 after making it clear he never wanted to leave jail and and repeatedly asked to be allowed to die.