Ian Brady dies at 79, refused to reveal victim Bennett's location

Notorious "Moors Murderer" Ian Brady has died in a high-security United Kingdom hospital aged 79, hours after he was urged to reveal where the last of his child victims is buried.

Ian Brady's lawyer has said he would be "very surprised" if the serial killer had withheld information on the burial site of 12-year-old Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett, as police said the case remains opened.

Brady was found guilty of snatching and killing 12-year-old John Kilbride, Edward Evans, 17, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, while Hindley was convicted of murdering Downey and Evans and shielding her lover in the third case.

Brady has taken to his grave the location of the grave of one of his victims, Keith Bennett, aged 12, whose body has never been found.

Brady was jailed for life in 1966 along with his girlfriend Myra Hindley for abducting, abusing, torturing and killing five children in Manchester before burying them on nearby Saddleworth Moor.

Hindley's brother-in-law David Smith was present when Brady hacked the homosexual teenager to death with an axe.

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.

Brady had been getting palliative care in the last two weeks because of his failing health and the tube used to force feed him was removed on 11 May.

She tried to find favour with the court by unsuccessfully trying to help police find the missing body of Bennett. Hindley was convicted in the death of Evans and Downey.

He said according to the BBC: "I would like an assurance before I do so that first of all the person who asked to take over responsibility for that funeral has a funeral director willing to deal with the funeral and that he has a crematorium willing and able to cremate Mr Stewart-Brady's body".

Upon hearing news of Brady's death, Kilbride's brother, Terry, in an interview with The Sun, described Brady as a "murderous psychopath" who "ruined our lives all these years and he'll still ruin it even though he's gone".

But Keith Bennett's body has never been found, despite desperate pleas from his family.

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.

Brady had ignored repeated requests from Keith's mother Winnie Johnson, who died in 2012 not knowing where here son was buried, to reveal the location so she could give him a Christian burial.

In 1985 Brady was moved from prison to a psychiatric institution, where for many years he resisted treatment and fought unsuccessfully to be sent back to prison.

Brady had been on hunger strike since 1999, protesting that he wished to die.

He said: "I have to say there was one occasion in the many letters he wrote to me over the years when he did express some kind of remorse".

Robin Makin, who is the executor of Brady's will, said he was called to go and see him just hours before his death.

We will act on credible and actionable information that will help lead us to him.

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

  • Leroy Wright