Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with ‘no music and no ceremony’, a judge at the High Court has ruled. The decision was announced in London today by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos.
Moors Murderer Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died aged 79 on May 15 this year but his remains have not yet been disposed of. Sir Geoffrey had been asked by two local authorities to make decisions relating to the disposal of the serial killer’s body so that it can be ‘lawfully and decently disposed of without further delay’.
Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s.
Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines. The whereabouts of Keith Bennett’s body, however, was never revealed.
The first victim, Pauline Reade, disappeared on her way to a dance in Gorton, Manchester, on July 12 1963. She was 16 years old. Brady had told Hindley he wanted to ‘commit the perfect murder’ that night.
He arranged with Hindley to have her drive around in her van with him following her on his bike. When he spotted a victim, he told Hindley to offer them a lift.
Pauline was a friend of Hindley’s younger sister Maureen, but still she lured her into the van by asking her to help her find an expensive missing glove on Saddleworth Moor. Once there, Pauline is believed to have been sexually assaulted before being murdered, and her body buried.
John Kilbride was just 12 when Brady and Hindley offered him a lift home from a market in Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire on November 23, 1963. As it was already the evening, the child agreed to go in the car with them because he thought his parents would be worried if he were late home.
On the way back, Brady suggested they take a detour, claiming they needed to search for a glove Hindley had lost on the moors. Once there, John was sexually assaulted before Brady tried to slit his throat. He then strangled the young boy, possibly with a shoelace.
Keith Bennett was also 12 when he went missing on his way to his grandma’s house in Longsight, Manchester, on June 16, 1964. Hindley lured him into the back of her van by asking him to help her load some boxes. When he did so, Brady was waiting.
As before, Brady and Hindley took their victim to Saddleworth Moor on the pretext of searching for a lost glove. Hindley later said Brady told her he had sexually assaulted Keith before strangling him with a piece of string.
Despite numerous appeals to Brady, Keith’s body was never located, and the murderer never revealed where he was buried. Bennett’s mother Winnie Johnson died never knowing – and Brady has now taken the information with him to the grave.
Lesley Ann Downey was abducted by the murderers from a fairground on December 26, 1964 – the day after Christmas Day. She was only 10 years old. The couple lured her to their home by asking her to help them carry some packages for them.
Once she got there, they sexually assaulted and killed her. Brady later claimed it was Hindley who murdered her. The next morning, the two drove the body to Saddleworth Moor and buried her there.
Their fifth and final victim was Edward Evans, a 17-year-old apprentice engineer. Brady met Edward at what was then Manchester Central railway station on October 6, 1965. The killer invited him back to his home in Hattersley, Cheshire. Once there, he beat him to death with an axe.