Moors murderer Ian Brady left grim boxes with locks of his hair, old handkerchiefs and photos of his killing grounds to friends after his death.
The serial killer left the personal mementos to people who had kept in touch with him during his 51 year behind bars.
He also included introductions on how to behave at his funeral, reports the Express.
Brady, 79, who murdered and tortured five children, died in Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside on 16 May.
He had been getting round-the-clock care from cancer nurses.
His solicitor, Robin Makin, handed out the boxes last week.
Moor murders experts believe the macabre boxes should be handed in to police to see if they contain any clues to the whereabouts of Keith Bennett, the 12-year-old victim whose body has never been found.
A recipient of one of the boxes is a Glaswegian woman whose grandmother went to school with Brady and knew the killer’s foster parents.
A friend of the woman said a number of penpals collected boxes that were apparently sealed with tape.
The distribution of the boxes means that Brady’s funeral may happen soon.
The child-killer wanted his ashes spread on Saddleworth Moor where he and lover Myra Hindley buried four child victims they had tortured and killed in the 1960s.
Coroner Christopher Sumner is refusing to release Brady’s body until he is informed an undertaker is willing to deal with the funeral, but no funeral firms are willing to take on the job.
His body remains in storage.
The coroner also wants assurance that his ashes will not be spread on the moor.
Brady and Hindley were jailed for life in 1966 for the murders of 12-year-old John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.
The crimes of Brady and Myra Hindley – who died in prison in 2002 – shocked the nation as details of how the pair snatched children off the street, abused and tortured them to death were recalled during their trial at Chester Assizes.
Brady escaped the hangman’s noose as the death penalty was abolished just months earlier and was handed three life sentences.
The vile killer was born in Glasgow in 1938 and attended Shawlands Academy – a school for above-average pupils.
Eventually Brady and Hindley were arrested and then jailed for life for three murders in 1966.
They also later confessed to the others. Hindley died in hospital aged 60 in 2002.
In 1985, Brady was transferred from jail to Ashworth.
He has been on suicide watch for years and went on hunger strike in 1999 in protest at being declared insane.
He kept alive by being force fed a liquid diet by nasal tube.
In 2013, Brady forced a £250,000 mental health tribune in which he claimed he was no longer a paranoid schizophrenic and should be moved to a jail in his native Scotland and allowed to die.
But he lost the ruling and was returned to Ashworth.