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Brady and Hindley: the Moors Murders


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Police were able to identify the location of the grave of 12 year old John Kilbride from this snapshot. John’s body was discovered buried faced down, his jeans and pants pulled down, with his legs knotted together. He had been strangled.


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The Moors murders


The Moors Murders were a series of crimes that shocked Britain when they first came to light.


Ian Brady and Myra Hindley murdered between four and eight children during 1963 and 1964 and buried their bodies on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester in northern England.


Lesley Ann Downey, 10, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, and Pauline Reade, 16, were the known victims. All were all sexually assaulted before their deaths at the hands of the couple.


Brady and Hindley often spent days out on the moor, picknicking and taking photographs of each other - sometimes on the graves of their victims.


Their downfall came when they killed Edward Evans, a 17-year-old they had met in Manchester city centre and lured back to their home at Hattersley, a council estate on the outskirts of Oldham.


Brady murdered the youth with an axe in the front room of the house while David Smith, Myra's brother-in-law, was there.


Horrified, Smith returned home and contacted the police.


He also told officers that Brady had talked of other murders and of burying bodies on Saddleworth Moor, which at the time he had dismissed as fantasies.


After the bodies of Lesley Ann Downey and John Kilbride were recovered from the moor, Brady and Hindley went on trial on 27 April 1966 at Chester Assizes, where they pleaded not guilty to all charges.


During the trial, recordings of Lesley Ann Downey's last moments - recorded by the pair as they tortured and sexually assaulted the girl before strangling her with a piece of string - were played to the court.


Brady and Hindley were convicted of murdering Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, while Brady was also convicted of the murder of John Kilbride. They both received life sentences.


Although they were strongly suspected of the killings of Keith Bennett and Pauline Reade, their bodies had not been found at the time of the trial.


In fact, it was not until the 1980s that fresh light was thrown on their disappearances.


Hindley and Brady finally admitted the killings, and Saddleworth Moor was sealed off while they returned to the scene of their crimes and attempted to help police pinpoint the graves of the two children.


After months of digging, officers recovered the mummified remains of Pauline Reade.


Keith Bennett's body has never been found, and police have no plans to carry out more searches on the moor.


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Moors Murderess Myra Hindley and her sister Maureen.


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Moors Murderer Ian Brady arrvies at court.


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Moors Murder Ian Brady at the scene of the murder of Keith Bennett.


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Saddleworth Moor, where the body of Lesley Ann Downey was found.


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The Moors Murders...a body is recovered from Saddleworth Moor.


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# posted by ladyshark @ 3:05 PM 0 comments  


mother wants to find her son 12 year old Keith Bennett, his body has never been found

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Myra later confesseed to police that she had abducted Keith and taken him to Brady. He was lured to the moors, where he was stripped, tied, raped and strangled with a piece of string. Brady took photographs of the helpless child’s pleading.


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Brady took 9 Photographs of Lesley Ann Downey before raping and strangling her with string. She was tied up, gagged and naked.


Lesley Ann Downey, had vanished without trace on Boxing Day 1964 after going to a fun fair with friends. These transcripts tell the tragic tale of what this young girl endured before her murder. Ian and Myra recorded the murder on audio tape to relive their act over and over and over again.


CHILD: (screaming) "Don't! Mum, ah!"
WOMAN: "Shut up!"
CHILD: "Please, god, help me! Ah - please - oh!"
WOMAN: "Come on."
CHILD: "Please, please - oh! (faintly) Help, oh! I can't while you have hold of my neck. Oh! (loud scream)...(shrieking) Help!"
WOMAN: " down and be quiet."
MAN: "Go on."
(Lesley crying)
WOMAN: (whispering) "You'll be alright...sit down and be quiet."
MAN: "Come on."
(Lesley's crying becomes muffled - something has been stuffed in her mouth)
MAN: "Here."
WOMAN: "Hush. Go on. Sit."
(Lesley crying)
WOMAN: "You're alright. Hush, hush. Put it in your mouth and keep it in and you'll be alright. Put it in. Stop it. If you don't-ssh! In your mouth-hush hush! Shut up or I'll forget myself and hit you one. I'll hit you one! Keep it in!"
(Lesley whimpering)
MAN: "Put it in."
WOMAN: "Put it in - keep it in - stop it now. Stop it now."
WOMAN: "I am only doing this, and you will be alright. Put it in your mouth. Put it in now...Will you stop it! Stop it! Shut up!"
CHILD: "Can I tell you summat? I must tell you summat. Please take your hands off me a minute - Please!...Mammy...Please!...Please!, Mam, please - I can't tell you. I can't breathe...I can't bear it....Please, god...why? What are you going to do with me?"
MAN: "I want to take some photographs, that is all."
CHILD: (sobbing, crying) "Don't undress me, will you?”

MAN: Sneering

CHILD: “I want to see my mammy...Honest to god, will swear on the bible...I've got to go because I'm going out with my mama. Please, please help me, will you?”

CHILD: “Why? What are you going to do with me?"

MAN: "I am going to take some photographs. Put it in your mouth."

CHILD: "What for?"

MAN: "Put it in your mouth. Right in!"

CHILD: "I'm not going to do owt!"

MAN: "Put it in. If you don't keep that hand down, I'll slit your neck. Put it in."

CHILD: "Won't you let me go please?"

MAN: "No, no, put it in. Stop talking. They longer it takes you to do this the longer it takes you to go home."

(Lesley whimpering)

MAN: "Wat's your name?"

CHILD: "Lesley"

MAN: "Lesley what?"

CHILD: "Ann"

MAN: “What’s your second name?”

CHILD: “Westford. Westford.”

MAN: “Westford?”

(Chld sobbing frantically)
CHILD: "I’ve got to get back before eight o' clock. I got to get...or I will get killed if I don't. Honest to god!"

MAN: “Yes.”

(movement, steps, etc)

MAN: "What is it?"

WOMAN: "I’ve left the light on."

MAN: "You ‘ave?"

WOMAN: "So that..."

(Child crying loudly)

CHILD: "It hurts me neck."

MAN: "Put it in your mouth and you'll be alright."

WOMAN: "Shut up crying!"

CHILD: (shrieking) "It hurts me!"

WOMAN: "Hush. Shut up now. Put it in and don't dally. Just keep your mouth shut, please.”

WOMAN: “Wait a bit. I'll put This on again. Do you get me?"

CHILD: (whining) No, I...

(mumbling, crying)

WOMAN: "Sh. Shush. Put it in your mouth!”

WOMAN: “And again, packed more solid...No, it's alright."
MAN: "Eh?"

[Three loud cracks were heard next on the tape. Brady explained that they were the sound of his Camera tripod being lowered. Mrs. Downey heard most of the Tape in court, and we can bask in her distress. Christmas music, "The Little Drummer Boy", was the last thing heard on the Tape.]