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

Elias Hubbard
May 27, 2017

Brady, 79, who tortured and killed five children with lover Myra Hindley, buried four of his victims on the moor.

Brady and his partner Myra Hindley - who died in prison in 2002 - tortured and murdered five children between July 1963 and October 1965 near Manchester, in central England.

Brady was not found dead in his room, its spokesman said, but he was unable to confirm if anyone was with him when he died, adding: "Quite possibly".

Sefton Coroner Christopher Sumner said he also wants assurances that a funeral director and crematorium will be willing to cremate Brady, who died at Ashworth High Security Hospital in Merseyside on Monday.

Before his death, Brady was urged to "do the right thing" and reveal where he buried his last child victim before he died.

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.

Ian Brady's body will not be released until assurances have been given that his ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, a coroner has said.

"[The police] were trying, I think, to implore Brady at this very late stage to pass on any information or documents to them so they could carry out a meaningful search of the moors", Bennett family lawyer John Ainley told "Good Morning Britain".

"She wrote to him during her lifetime without obtaining any meaningful information and I have written to him a couple of times on behalf of her and subsequently for the family seeking a meeting".

A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said Brady had died at 18:03 BST on Monday.

Brady's lawyer Robin Makin, the executor of his will, said that the murderer did not pass any information about Bennett in the moments before his death.

He later confessed to the murders of Keith Bennett, 12, and Pauline Reade, 16, together with Hindley.

Mr Kilbride has said he hopes the killer "rots in hell".

He said: "I suppose it is a double-edged sword in that he has died and a lot of people will take solace from that but I think as far as the family is concerned it is the end of the line for information from him".

The country as a whole is breathing not only a sigh of relief that this monster is no longer costing us anymore, but that his death was painful and slow after his declining health due to cancer.

In comments reported by the Manchester Evening News, he said: "When somebody dies, it is natural in a civilised society that we show compassion".

Mr Sumner confirmed he had received a request to release Brady's body.

Former police officer Norman Brennan, who represented the family of victim Lesley Ann Downey, told Newsnight about the "grief and torment" he saw on the faces of her mother and father.

Vile Brady has taken the secret of where he buried Keith Bennett to his grave.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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