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Lawyer 'very surprised' if Ian Brady knew where Keith Bennett's body was

17 Mai 2017

The serial killer, one of the Moors Murderers, carried out five killings between 1963 and 1965 and buried four of his victims on Saddleworth Moor in the South Pennines.

Mr Makin said he did not think Brady had any information which would help the search for the body of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, the only victim of Brady and Myra Hindley whose remains have never been found.

Senior coroner for Sefton Christopher Sumner said that he would not release the body until it was guaranteed his ashes would not be scattered over the moor. "Sixties Britain was appalled by the revelation that children had been abducted, sexually abused, tortured and buried in shallow graves on Saddleworth Moor on the outskirts of Manchester".

In 1966, Brady and Hindley were jailed for life for the killings of John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17. Myra Hindley died in prison in 2002.

It has also been revealed, that one of the victims also had the humiliation of their murder being captured on tape by Hindley and Brady.

Kilbride also expressed his sorrow for the family of Keith Bennett, who disappeared on June 16, 1964.

Martin Bottomley, head of Greater Manchester Police's Cold Case Review Unit, said: "Following the death of Brady, our thoughts - as they have been for over 50 years - remain with the families of all of his victims".

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

Brady was transferred to maximum security psychiatric hospital in 1985 after being diagnosed as a psychopath.

The killings began on 12 July 1963 when Hindley lured Pauline Reade into her auto as the 16-year-old walked to a dance at a railwaymen's club in Manchester.

Mr Sumner also sought assurances that there was a funeral director and crematorium willing to handle Brady's body.

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Where is Keith Bennett's body?

John Kilbride's brother, Terry, told the Sun newspaper: "It's been years and years of anguish and pain for us and the families of the victims".

"Whilst we are not actively searching Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester police will never close this case".

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

Since 1999 Brady had been calling for his right to die. His mother, Winnie Bennett, passed away in August 2012.

Detective Superintendent Steve Heywood, who led the search for Keith's body, said in 2009 he believed Brady did know where his body was.

He told Radio 4's Today programme: "I would be very surprised if he really had information that was useful".

"It is especially saddening for the family of Keith Bennett that his killers did not reveal to police the whereabouts of Keith's burial site".

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.

Conceding that he did not have the legal power to withhold the body he said the decision was the "right and proper moral judgment to make" as it would be "offensive" if they were.