Ian Brady's ashes must not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, coroner demands

One of Britain's most notorious killers, Ian Brady, has died aged 79.

The inquest heard that Brady had died of obstructive pulmonary disease and cor pulmonale, a condition that causes the right side of the heart to fail, just after 6pm on Monday (15 May) after serving 51 years in prison.

Brady had stated he did not wish to be resuscitated if he suffered a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 18:03 BST on Monday, it emerged.

Hours before his death, Brady reportedly was told to "do the right thing" and reveal the location where 12-year-old Keith Bennett, the last of his child victims, is buried. "Good riddance", he added. One message said: "Sorry you didn't get the answers and knew where Keith was".

Writing on Facebook, Alan Bennett said: "Thank you to everyone for your honest words and thoughts".

Brady was detained and sentenced to three life sentences in 1965 for the murder of three children, 12-year-old John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12, 1963 and John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November the same year.

Brady, who died in Ashworth Hospital near Liverpool, had been on hunger strike off and on since 1999, arguing he should be allowed to die, but had been force-fed because he was classed as mentally ill.

In 2013 Brady asked to be moved to a Scottish prison so he could not be force fed, but his request was rejected.

He was turned down at the mental health tribunal on the grounds that he was insane.

When it was rumoured Brady was dying last December, Mr Ainley said: "It is hard to know, without Ian Brady releasing a qualified medical report, the true prognosis bearing in mind previous stories concerning his poor state of health". His mother, Winnie Bennett, passed away in August 2012.

"Cynically, this is another attempt to draw attention to himself and elicit some sympathy".

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

'I was seeing him for professional reasons to do with legal and practical issues that had to be addressed, ' Makin said.

The Police officer who led a fresh search for Keith's body on Saddleworth Moor said he believed Brady had known exactly where the burial site was.

He therefore left Keith's family and relatives to live with a devastating unanswered question hanging over them.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "I don't think anybody will mourn Ian Brady". The thoughts of everyone within Greater Manchester Police are with the families who lost loved ones in the most painful and traumatic way.

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

"For their relentless appeals and false hopes that they gave the families for over 50 years destroyed all of the families as well, even to this day".

"Although we have stopped the sandworm surveys, the Manchester police will never close this case".

  • Leroy Wright